Once again, join us as we will continue with our multipart podcast series on Yeshua and Salvation. Psalm 23:4 tells us: Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
What exactly is this idea of “the shadow of death”? To better understand the expression as it appears within the context of Psalm 23, I suggest that we examine it through the lens of the Hebrew language from Genesis 2:17 – “…But of the tree of the knowledge of good but evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of him, in dying, you will die.” This passage of the Hebrew Torah is clearly referring to two deaths; the first is physical and the second is spiritual.
According to Psalm 23:4, the shadow of death is a physical first death, and no one can escape it. And concerning our physical first death, it is described in the Bible as merely a shadow. What is more troubling and definitely eternal is the concept of the reality of death’s shadow. The Bible calls it the second death and this is the one that is going to be very painful because it is not a shadow; it is a reality that we need to be saved from. This is where Yeshua, the Son of Man, comes into the picture because he descended into the fiery flames of this second death and attached to him was the fall of man and his DNA genetic imprint from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good but Evil in Genesis Chapter 2:9, 2:17 and 3:6. Replacing our eternal death curse with an eternal life blessing is what Yeshua and our Salvation is all about.
This is Real Israel Talk Radio, AR210227 Episode 60, Program 7 in our series on Yeshua and Salvation.