Let Israel Hear Handel’s Messiah!

George Frideric Handel lived in England at the time when there was a great spiritual awakening underway in the early 18th century. Throughout his life, he manifested a deep appreciation of religion. In conversation he would frequently speak of the pleasure he felt in setting the Scriptures to music, and how meditating on the sublime passages in the Psalms had contributed to his edification At a time when he was close to bankruptcy, he was approached by a number of Dublin charities to compose a work for a benefit performance – to help free men from debtor’s prison. Handel began composing Messiah on August 22, 1741. He composed like a man obsessed. He rarely left his room and rarely touched his meals. But in 24 days he had composed 260 pages—an immense creative and physical feat.

When he finished writing what would become known as the Hallelujah Chorus, he said, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God himself. “

In the coming months David Loden, known as the father of Modern Messianic Jewish Hebrew music in Israel and with many years of experience as a composer and conductor of classical music, is again preparing to perform Handel’s Messiah – beautifully translated into Hebrew – for Israeli audiences.

With a highly professional choir of 22 singers, four Israeli soloists and an orchestra of 16, the work can travel and be performed in different areas of Israel. This season will be the first time the Messiah in Hebrew will be performed in the south of Israel where rockets and missiles are still a constant occurrence. David’s vision is to see God’s word, the words of our faith, penetrate the minds and reach the hearts of our Jewish people in their own heart language – Hebrew. To that end, he has taken Handel’s Messiah to the north, to the east and to the west of Israel. All that remains is to move south and the year 2016 is the time.

The cost of one performance is $15,000. Maoz Israel wishes to sponsor at least one of these performances. However, if more funds are contributed for additional performances, there are many areas in Israel that would be delighted for David Loden to present this beautiful work. The texts of Handel’s Messiah present the gospel of Yeshua from his birth to his resurrection.

Holocaust survivors are invited and their attendance is subsidized by the goodwill of those who realize that this may be the first time (and perhaps the last time) they will be able to hear the glorious gospel of Yeshua in such a beautiful fashion.

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem,
and cry unto her,
that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill made low,
the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given,
and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion;
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem:
behold, thy King cometh unto thee.
He is the righteous Savior.
And he shall speak peace unto the heathen.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Let us break their bonds asunder,
and cast away their yokes from us.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power,
and riches, and wisdom, and strength,
and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Blessing, and honour, glory and power,
be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

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This article originally appeared in Moaz Israel Report, November 2015.