Who is really the Savior?
By: William J Jackson
So who is the Savior? To those who are Tanakh centric (Old Testament), like the Jewish people are, the answer will be YHVH, and of course to the Christian, it’s going to be Jesus or Yeshua. So let’s turn to G-d’s word and resolve this matter.
The Tanakh/Old Testament:
The Hebrew root word for Savior is “yasha” (yaw-shah’) which also means “to deliver” or “deliverer“(1). As we read we see in 26 cases G-d is declared as our Savior. In 3 of these cases He is identified as our only Savior (Isaiah 43:11, 45:21, Hosea 13:4). G-d being our exclusive Savior only makes sense. This is actually the first of G-d’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3).
The New Testament:
Now in the New Testament (NT) the Greek root word for “savior” is sótér (so-tare’) which also means “deliverer”(2). Interestingly G-d is declared Savior throughout the NT (Luke 1:47, Titus 1:3, 2:10). Even Jesus proclaimed G-d as Savior (Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4).
Remember, there’s a difference between the Savior and the Messiah:
Never forget, at no point does G-d extend His title as Savior onto anyone else, and that includes “the Messiah.” “I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God…” (Isaiah 45:5).
Here are the 26 verses declaring the One and only G-d as Savior:
2 Samuel 22:2 He sang: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
2 Samuel 22:3 the God who is my Rock, in whom I find shelter, my shield, the power that saves me, my stronghold and my refuge. My savior, you have saved me from violence.
Isaiah 43:3 For I am Adonai, your God, the Holy One of Isra’el, your Savior — I have given Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and S’va for you.
Isaiah 43:11 I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other Savior.
Isaiah 45:15 Truly, you are a God who hides himself, God of Isra’el, Savior!
Isaiah 45:21 Let them stand and present their case! Indeed, let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, announced it in times gone by? Wasn’t it I, Adonai? There is no other God besides me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides me.
Isaiah 49:26 I will feed those oppressing you with their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood as with wine. Then everyone will know that I, Adonai, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Ya‘akov.”
Isaiah 60:16 You will drink the milk of nations, you will nurse at royal breasts and know that I, Adonai, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Ya‘akov.
Isaiah 62:11 The Lord has sent this message to every land: “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your Savior is coming. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’”
Isaiah 63:8 For he said, “They are indeed my people, children who are not disloyal.” So he became their Savior.
Jeremiah 14:7-8 Although our crimes witness against us,
take action, Adonai, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. You, hope of Isra’el, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler turning aside for the night?
Hosea 13:4 Still, I am Adonai your God, from the land of Egypt; and you don’t know any God but me or, other than me, any Savior.
Zephaniah 3:17 Adonai your God is right there with you, as a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you and be glad, he will be silent in his love, he will shout over you with joy.”
Psalm 17:7 Show how wonderful is your grace, savior of those who seek at your right hand refuge from their foes.
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
Psalm 24:5 They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior.
Psalm 27:9 Do not hide your face from me, don’t turn your servant away in anger. You are my help; don’t abandon me; don’t leave me, God my savior.
Psalm 38:22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.
Psalm 40:17 As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.
Psalm 42:5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!…
Psalm 42:12 My soul, why are you so downcast? Why are you groaning inside me? Hope in God, since I will praise him again for being my Savior and God.
Psalm 42:11 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!
Psalm 43:5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!
Psalm 65:5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.
Psalm 68:19 Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Interlude
Psalm 70:5 But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O Lord, do not delay.
(1) Bible Hub Strong’s (3467) http://biblehub.com/hebrew/3467.htm
(2) Bible Hub Strong’s (4990) http://biblehub.com/greek/4990.htm