Monday, 23 November 2009

Names of the Bible

continuation of Names of the Bible

Many times we say a prayer and finish it off by saying in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen. So do we know what the name of Jesus is and how or why we use it? Let’s explore and find out why we use "in Jesus' name".
The whole book of Exodus discusses about the Israelites being lead by Moses out of Egypt. In Exodus 3:13 Moses asked God what he will say to the Israelites if they asked him who sent him.
Ex. 3:13- 15 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
The phrase “EHYEH (I am) ASHER (who/that) EHYEH (I am) DOES NOT ONLY mean “I AM that I AM”. The Hebrew word here is “Hayah”, which can also mean “To be”. “Hayah” is also not in the present tense, but the future, imperfect tense. The imperfect tense means that something is undone and incomplete, to be revealed in the future. And because Hebrew names described the character of that which was named, the real meaning can also be “I WILL BE THAT I WILL BE” as He had not revealed His complete character as of yet. The Messiah would bring completeness and fullness to His great name.
Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ Anytime you see “LORD” in all caps like this, you are seeing the name of God. The Hebrew for “LORD” is “YHVH” (Yud, Heh, Vav, Heh) or “Yahweh”. God says that “Yahweh” is His name forever. There is no “The” in front of “LORD” in the original language. The verse should say, “Yahweh Elohim of your fathers, Elohim of Abraham, Elohim of Isaac, and Elohim of Jacob, has sent me to you.”
The word “Elohim” means “plural majestic magistrate, judge”. Kings were also called Elohim along with anyone in great authority. The meaning of the name “Yahweh” is amazing when you break down what each individual letter means.
So, the very name of God means, “The Hand that reveals the nail that opens. So what do we mean when we say “In the name of Jesus”.
First of all, let’s find out what Jesus’ real name was in that time period as it obviously was not “Jesus”. The Letter “J” was not to be invented for another 1600 years! If you saw the movie “Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson, then you might recall everyone calling him “Yeshua”. This is the short form of “Yahoshua”, which, (Are you ready for this?), was the Hebrew name for Joshua. So, if “Jesus’” real name in English should be “Joshua”, then why do we call him “Jesus”? Where did we get the word “Jesus”from? It is a horrible attempt to translate “Yeshua” into the Greek “Ieosous”, and then they mixed in a little Latin to end up with “Jesus”. The name “Yahshua” (Joshua) is the combination of two Hebrew words, “Yah”, which is the short form of “Yahweh” (like Jim is the short form of James) and “Shua”, which means “salvation”. So the name Joshua means “Yahweh is salvation”.
Mat. 1:20-21 says, "Behold an angel of YHWH appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Spirit of YHVH. And she will bear a Son; AND YOU WILL CALL HIM "YAHSHUA" (YAH IS SALVATION) FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS."
The very name our Messiah was given gives glory to the Father. And what does “Yahoshua” (Joshua) mean in Hebrew word pictures?
JOSHUA: (all caps are actual meanings of each letter.)
YUD- a WORK of the HAND
This just makes me so excited and blows my little brain. Just as the first Joshua was chosen to reveal the security of Yahweh to the Israelites that would destroy the Israelites security in themselves, so the second Joshua (Jesus) was the hand that revealed the nail that would bring true security to the people of Yahweh and destroy the security that man had in his own experience. There was a prophetic reason why Moses was not allowed to take the people into the Promised Land. Joshua was to be the proto-type and foreshadow of the True Joshua to come.
Now that we know the actual name that the disciples called the Messiah (Yeshua), and the real name of God (Yahweh) and their Hebrew meanings, let’s unravel some very interesting verses in the New Testament that are commonly just glossed over without thought. In the process we will see how the name of God relates to the Son.
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; Something that is often overlooked in this passage is that it is a direct quote from Isaiah. Paul is quoting Isaiah 45:23: “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto ME every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” Yahweh is the one talking and He says that everyone will be bowing to HIS name (Which we now know is Yahweh). Yet, Paul says that everyone will be bowing before the “name of Jesus”. Will we be bowing to two names? Is Isaiah quoting YHVH correctly, or is Paul correct? Well, they both are.

Let’s go further and discover what Jesus says in the New Testament
Jesus says in John 5:43 "I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me…” Yeshua came in the name (by the authority of and in the character of) the Father. Just as a messenger that is sent from a king has no authority unless he has the king’s signet ring, in the same way, Yeshua says his authority comes directly from the Father and is intimately connected to The NAME.

Yahweh Bless till then...

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