The ‘Messiah’ [Mashiyach: Consecrated, Anointed, etc..] is ‘God’s [ha-‘Elohiym’s] Power and Wisdom
“18 For the message about the ‘cross’ [t’ashshuwr: Cedar or Gopher tree, the wood the ark of Moses is carved from; abar: set-apartness, etc..] is nonsense to those who are being destroyed, but it is ‘God’s [ha-‘Elohiym’s] power to us who are being saved.”
An ark of gopher wood, said YHWH, “Make thee an ark of gopher wood (a tree)“.
That which points to salvation: A tree, an act, a Messiah…… Amein!
Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon:
Messiah: 4899 mashiyach maw-shee’-akh from 4886; anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically, the Messiah:–anointed, Messiah.
G-d: 430 ‘elohiym el-o-heem’ plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:–angels, X exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.
Cross: 8391 t’ashshuwr teh-ash-shoor’ from 833; a species of cedar [gopher] (from its erectness):–box (tree). Or 5674 `abar aw-bar’ a primitive root; to cross over; used very widely of any transition (literal or figurative; transitive, intransitive, intensive, causative); specifically, to cover (in copulation):–alienate, alter, X at all, beyond, bring (over, through), carry over, (over-)come (on, over), conduct (over), convey over, current, deliver, do away, enter, escape, fail, gender, get over, (make) go (away, beyond, by, forth, his way, in, on, over, through), have away (more), lay, meddle, overrun, make partition, (cause to, give, make to, over) pass(-age, along, away, beyond, by, -enger, on, out, over, through), (cause to, make) + proclaim(-amation), perish, provoke to anger, put away, rage, + raiser of taxes, remove, send over, set apart[ness], + shave, cause to (make) sound, X speedily, X sweet smelling, take (away), (make to) transgress(-or), translate, turn away, (way-)faring man, be wrath.