Moses (Mosheh) משה Messiah (Mashiach) מָשִׁ֫יחַ
What is the same – the Mem מ and the Shin ש
What is different? The Yud י is added, and the Hey ה is a Chet חַ
What do the same letters mean? These are the qualities that Moses and the Messiah share.
Mem means water – a large amount, overflowing – waves, flood. Water with no boundaries. Chaos, overpowering. The letter Mem also turns a verb into a noun. It is actuality. Reality is made through chaos.
Shin means tooth, a sharp rock, cliff, crag. Consume, destroy. Shin turns a verb into the person doing it. (Who has done this thing..)
Both are active, both involve chaos and change of an overwhelming kind. Both involve a change from the normal to a totally different way of life. Both involve transformation from action to actuality.
What do the different ones mean?
Yod represents a closed hand, the right hand, to strike or pierce, a blow. Deed, work, to make, responsibility.
Hey – as a prefix this letter serves as the definite particle, the. It also means Lo, see, behold, (therefore) a lattice or window for that purpose. It is a frame that reveals.
Chet means to fence in, destroy. Private, to separate. Create anew, an enclosure, fenced in, ark, refuge.
They Hey in Moses’ name was pointing the way, saying look at what is coming. They Hey is a marker, a sign, saying look for something like this to come, but more and bigger.
Through the hand of power, of strong action, a new creation is made.
Both Moses and the Messiah are to lead people out of slavery and bondage – one from physical slavery, the other from mental slavery.