Loving The Name of Our Savior
When it comes to the names of the Father Yahweh and His Son Yahshua most people accept that the name of the Father is Yahweh. This name is often mentioned in television programs, Christian radio, books and magazines. In fact the name Yahweh (YHWH) is found in most Bible prefaces and many Bible footnotes. It is not uncommon to hear the name Yahweh in popular songs, such as the song sung by U2 called Yahweh. Even some ministers who do not put much importance in our Fathers name, will sometimes utter it in their sermons.
When it comes to the name of the Savior, Yahshua, the opposite is true. Rarely is this name uttered and/or recognized by the masses. When people do hear it, they often state that they don’t think that it is important to use because he knows whom we are talking to. Another popular excuse often used is we don’t worship a name. There are countless other excuses but they all echo the same sentiment. The true name of our savior is not important!
This article hopes to address this line of thinking and will answer the question does it really matter what we call him? For starters let us begin by discussing a principle that is so simple that even a fifth grader understands. I recently had the opportunity to pose this question to a fifth grader: Question: A child is named Randy at birth by his parents, what would his name be when he is five years old? Fifth Grader: His name would be Randy Question What if he lived to be 70 years old? Fifth Grader: His name would still be Randy! Question: Let us imagine for a minute that he lived to be 100, 300 or even 500 years old? Fifth Grader: His name would still be Randy! Question: What if he lived to be 2000 years old? Answer: Well his name would still be Randy.
The fact is that by applying this very simple
reasoning to our Savior’s name, one would figure that if our savior
was named Yahshua at birth, as he was, his name would still be
Yahshua 2000 years later. To begin with let us look at some
Our Savior was Jewish
One of the other excuses that some people give not to use our savior’s true name is that the name of Jesus is just his English name. The problem with that is that our Savior was not English or even American. If we are going to use this excuse when it comes to the name of our savior then I would like for somebody to tell me what the English name for Osama bin Laden is. What would be the outcome if the American Soldiers were in the mountains of Afghanistan yelling for Osama but calling him by the English name Joe? The fact is that our Savior was never given an English name and for that matter neither was Osama. If you can call a man that is detested by many by his real name, than why not call a man that is loved by many, by his real name?
The book of Matthew 1:1-16, makes it clear that he came from Hebrew decent through the tribe of Judah. In other words he was a Jewish man, who spoke Hebrew or Aramaic (Acts 26:14) and was born to and raised by Jewish parents who raised him under Jewish culture.
No Letter J in the Hebrew
One obvious fact that our Savior was never called Jesus is because neither the Hebrew or the Aramaic contain the letter J. Any good encyclopedia shows that the letter J did not come to be used as a consonant until the 17th century. Notice what The New Book Of Knowledge says about the letter J: J, the 10th letter in the English alphabet, is the youngest of the 26 letters. It is a descendent of the letter I and was not generally considered a separate letter until the 17th century. Given this fact, one can reason that since this letter did not come into existence until the 17th century, then there must have been another letter used in his English name prior to that. Notice what the Strong’s Concordance says about the pronunciation of the name Jesus: NT:2424 Iesous (ee-ay-sooce’); of Hebrew origin [OT:3091]; Jesus (i.e. Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites: It is evident by the information noted above that the name of our Savior was Hebrew, not Greek or English. Doing further research one can find that the name of our Savior was closely related to the name of Joshua, who was Moses prot. Digging deeper leads us to the Hebrew name Yeshuwa, which is Strong’s word # 3442. Notice what Strong’s says about this name:
Yeshuwa` (yay-shoo’-ah); for OT:3091; he will save; Jeshua, the name of ten Israelites, also of a place in Palestine: So the name Jesus is closely related to the name above which means he saves. In fact there are some people who use this name when they refer to our Savior. However we need to understand that the men who used this name in the Old Testament were just mere men. They were merely a representation of the future Savior that would come to save the people from their sins. A man who would be given a name that would be above any other name; this name would be far greater than any common name.
He came in His Father’s Name
In John 5:43 our Savior gives us an important clue that helps us determine what his real name really is. For he says: John 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name.
So we see that our Savior makes it clear that he came in the name of the Father. Certainly this implies that he came in the â€˜authorityâ€™ of the Father, but in addition it also means that he did literally come in the name of the Father. This is not surprising or unusual because the Old Testament gives us many names that literally have the name of the Father in them. In a minute we will look at a few of them but before we do that, let us clarify one simple fact.
The Hebrew word, hallelujah composed of hallelu & jah is a word that literally means Praise You Yah. Remember that there is no J in the Hebrew. In fact the name Yah is a poetic and shortened way of writing the name Yahweh which is our Creator’s true name. An example of this can be found in the King James Bible in Psalm 68:4, notice this literal translation:
Ps 68:4 KJV
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. The fact that there is no letter J in the Hebrew is commonly known, that is why this mistake was later clarified. Notice this literal translation of the New King James Bible:
Ps 68:4 NKJV
Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
Now that we have made those clarifications let us continue on and review some of those prophets that came both by the authority and literally in the name of the Father.
Notice what the Holman’s Bible Dictionary says about some of the names found in the Old Testament:
Jeremiah, personal name meaning, May Yahweh lift up.
Obadiah, personal name meaning, Yahweh’s Servant.
Micah, personal name meaning, Who is like Yahweh.
So if these prophet’s
names who were just mere men had the name of the Father within their
name, then how could His Son, the one that would come to save the
people from spiritual death be any different?
Name is Yahshua
In the book of Isaiah, we are told that Yahweh our Father is the savior and there is no savior but him. Isa 43:11 I, even I, am Yahweh, and apart from me there is no savior. This verse and many like it, not only gives us a clue to our Savior’s name but also tells of who will ultimately receive the credit when our Savior accomplishes his goal of saving his bride, destroying death, and establishing an everlasting Kingdom. Before we get to that however let us review what Acts 4:12 really means:
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” This verse makes a lot of sense when you read it for what it says. There have not been any men alive that have received this wonderful and powerful name. In fact you can read the entire Old Testament and you will not find this name given to any other man. There are several names that come close, most notably Joshua, who was actually called Yahoshua and whose name meant, Yahweh Saved or Yahweh delivered. Remember that it was through Yahoshua that Yahweh delivered the Israelites from the wilderness (Num 27:18, Deut 1:38). Another name closely related to our savior’s name is of course Yeshua which means he saves. As it was already noted, the name Yeshua was a prophetic statement to the man that would eventually receive the only name whereby one can be saved. This divine name of course is Yahshua which means Yahweh Saves This wonderful name is divine for several reasons; first it contains the divine name of our Father Yahweh and secondly it is a name that was given directly from heaven.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Yahshua, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.
The fact is that our Savior came in his Father’s name, was named by his Father (John 17:11-12) and was sent to do the Father’s will, which is, to die for our sins, be resurrected, to destroy death and dominion and to establish a purified and Everlasting Kingdom.
1 Cor 15:20-28
But Messiah has indeed been raised from the dead, the
first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came
through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
22 For as in Adam all die, so in Messiah all will be made alive. 23
But each in his own turn: Messiah, the first fruits; then, when he
comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he
hands over the kingdom to the Father after he has destroyed all
dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put
all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is
death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it
says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that
this does not include [the Father] himself, who put everything under
Messiah. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made
subject to him who put everything under him, so that [Yahweh] may be
all in all.
Love the Name of Yahshua
When we say that we love our Savior then we must love everything about him. Especially his name; his name is his identification. Not only does it define his character but it expresses his purpose. We have all made honest mistakes by calling somebody by the wrong name. If we are corrected in our error we are quick to apologize and respectfully use people’s correct name. If we refuse to use their name after being corrected then you can bet that the relationship will be severed. The same can be said about our Savior. He certainly does know whom we are talking to if we don’t know his name. However when we find out his name and refuse to use it, then we become like those of the world who do not recognize him:
John 1:10-13 – 10
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of [Yahweh]- 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of Elohim.
The statement above is true even to this day; the world refuses to recognize him by his true name. Do you?