Who are you calling on? Part 1

2 Jan

Now that we have dealt with the Father’s name, it is time to deal with His Son’s name.  The name that is commonly used is Jesus Christ.  I would like to submit to you that ‘Jesus Christ’ is NOT the name of the Son of Elohim (God).  How can I say that?  There are numerous reasons for this, which I will give in this blog.  But before I continue, I would like to say that I do not call the Messiah by the name ‘Jesus Christ’ or any variation of that name.  I call Him by the name Yeshua.  So when I speak of the Messiah in this blog, I will use His name ‘Yeshua’ and not ‘Jesus’.

Now that we have that out of the way, let us get down to the business of establishing what is the Messiah’s name and why we should call Him by that name.  We need to look at some fundamental truths concerning Yeshua.  A lot of these facts, surprisingly, are over looked and not ever considered, but they are the facts none the less.  We need to understand that Yeshua is NOT a westerner, He was not born in a western culture and He certainly did not have white skin and blue eyes.  This is very important as many people miss this very important fact.  Yeshua was born in Israel, in a town called Bethlehem.  He was born of the lineage of King David, of the house of Judah.  And that would make Yeshua as Jewish as one gets.  And guess what?  Yeshua was not brought up speaking  English.  He spoke Hebrew (and probably some Greek and Aramaic too) and learned the scriptures in Hebrew, in the language that the Scriptures were given in.  These are facts that cannot be debated as they are historically true.

Saying that brings me to my first, very important point.  What was the name that Mary and Joseph were instructed to give to their unborn child?  Was it the english name Jesus?  No, it was not!  Was it the Greek name Iesous (Jesus is a transliteration of this Greek name)? No, it was not.  So the question is, why not?  Very simply, they were not English and they were not Greek.  So then, what was the name the Messiah was to be called?  Yehovah promised that the coming Messiah would come “in His Name”.  Now ‘Jesus’ or ‘Iesous’ have no relation to the name of Elohim (God).

The angel Gabriel gives a very important piece of information.  To explain what he said I need to show you how name giving works in Scripture.  A persons name is given and the reason for the name.  The meaning of the person’s name is always the reason for the name.  Let me explain.  In Genesis 30:13 it says, “And Leah said, “How happy I am!  The daughters will call me happy.”  So she named him Asher”.  So the reason for the name ‘Asher’ is ‘How happy I am’.  That means the reason “how happy I am’ will be contained in the name ‘Asher’.  This is how it works in Scripture.  Asher, by the way, means ‘Happy’.  You don’t see the beauty of the Hebrew language in the English.  What has been done is called a word pun.  These word puns are used throughout Scripture.  A pun is a play on words.  Let me show you again it being used in this verse.  “And Leah said, “How (Osher) happy I am!  The woman will call me (Asher) happy.” So she named him Asher (Happy).

Another example is the name of the first man, Adam.  He was formed from the dust of the Adamah (ground), so He was called Adam (man).

In Matthew 1:21 Gabriel tells Joseph, in one modern version,”And she shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus FOR He shall save His people from their sins.”  The reason for the name being given is, “For He shall save his people from their sins”.  Now tell me, does ‘Jesus’ mean anything like that?  Unfortunately not.  Actually the name ‘Jesus’ has no meaning whatsoever.  It is only a transliteration from the Greek into English.  If you take a concordance or a bible dictionary and you look up the word ‘Jesus’ it will tell you word in the Greek text is “Iesous”.  It will also tell you that the name in Hebrew is ‘Yehoshua’.  What this says is that there is NO MEANING for the name ‘Iesous’ OR ‘Jesus’.  They both point to the Hebrew name ‘Yehoshua’.  The Hebrew word Yehoshua is equivilant to our English word Joshua.  So if the Hebrew name the messiah was given, was Yehoshua, and the English translation of that is Joshua, why do we call Him Jesus?  But, you may also be asking what relation does ‘Yehoshua’ have with ‘and He shall save His people from their sins?’ Quite simple really. ‘Yehoshua’ means ‘Yehovah shall save’.  So let us recap.  ‘Jesus’ does not mean ‘He shall save his people from their sins’, neither does ‘Iesous’, but Yehoshua does.  The shortened, and accepted version of Yehoshua is Yeshua.  All this information is accepted throughout the scholarly world.  It is also confirmed in the Hebrew text of the book of Matthew.

But now there is still something  very profound in this verse that I need to point out, and I pray that you see it.  The angel said to Joseph “…you shall call His Name Yeshua for HE shall save His people from their sins…”  Remember Yeshua means ‘Yehovah saves’, but the angel did not say “….for Yehovah shall save His people….”.  He said “….for HE shall save His people…”.  What the angel is pointing to is that Yeshua IS Yehovah.  We need to understand the importance of that.  Yeshua is Yehovah in the flesh.  The name ‘Jesus’ OR ‘Iesous’ does NOT contain the name of Yehovah, but Yeshua does contain His Father’s Name, as promised nearly 1500 years earlier.

Every time you call on ‘Jesus’ you are calling on an empty, meaningless name.  But everytime you call on the Name ‘Yeshua you are proclaiming that ‘Yehovah has saved’ you. You are proclaiming that salvation comes by no one else except by Yehovah! And THAT is consistent throughout Scripture.

I will continue this study in Part 2. Until then…

Love Yehovah and Live in Peace.

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