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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

More on This "Yeshua" Business

Follow-up post on THIS POST

Let me start by again noting that I have no problem if people want to refer to the Lord Jesus Christ as “Yahushua” or “Yeshua” (we’ll see why it differs). Lately, I’ve been finding myself calling out to him as (phonetically) “Ee-ay-sooce’.” But all of these names are Anglicized versions of non-English words. “Jesus” is a westernized rendering of the Anglicized “Joshua,” the Lord’s name according to the flesh.

So what’s the problem? The problem arises when people and groups start to distinguish between real Christians and those who apparently and secretly worship Satan based on the name we use for God or for the eternal Son of God. As one writer chastised us in a group, “Yahushua Ha maschiach is the only way , truth , and life in the Father Yahuwah!” He went on to argue, “jzeus [sic] christ [sic] is not the messiah !!!!!!!” Exclamation points in the original.

There is a tremendous irony at work here. Both “Yahushua” and “Yahuwah” are Anglicized versions of Hebrew. The Hebrew for Joshua (Jesus) is יְהוֹשׁוּעַ (right to left). The English translation of the name of the covenant God of Israel (note that) is “YWHW.” No vowels. As to the “proper” Hebrew pronunciation, we cannot be sure. But I can be sure of this, whatever the proper pronunciation of the names might be, “Yahushua” and “Yahuwah” are not them. If we tried to spell the Anglicized “Joshua” phonetically it would be “yehôshûa.” “Yahushua” is bastardized Hebrew. We write his name and pronounce it in English.

What do these people do with the countless languages in the world? The Bible itself speaks to us in three languages. I wonder what these people think of the deaf and mute communities?

In Greek (the language his Apostles were inspired to write) it's "ιησους," which is pronounced roughly, "ee-ay-sooce’." The writers of the gospels, Acts, epistles and the Revelation used the Greek. Were they heretics? They used “ theós” for God as well. The guy who was accusing us of worshiping a false Messiah (another Anglicized word for a Hebrew word, by the way), uses “Father” with “ Yahuwah.” The cognitive dissonance is strong in this one. “Father” is obviously English. The Lord Jesus used “Abbâ” which is Aramaic. Would he condemn him? Well, probably.

I don’t know what these people do with all the pronouns used in scripture; Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. Surely pronouns can’t be “high” enough for them.

Salvation by pronoun: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” -John 5:24

I'll skip the original language for Messiah for our purposes here, but the Anglicized Hebrew phonetically would roughly be "mâshı̂yach." He got that wrong too. And, of course, the Greek we render as "Christ" ( Christós ), was used by the Apostles as well. I suppose these people have a copy of scripture in its original languages and that's what they read? Doubtful. ANd even if they did, they’d probably go through and correct the apostles, crossing out ιησους and writing in Yahushua (in English, of course).

Peter declares, “ ιησου χριστου του ναζωραιου [Jesus Christ of Nazareth] ... for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Paul declares that if we profess with our mouths the “κυριος ιησους [Lord Jesus],” we will be rescued from death. I wonder what the “Yahushua” crowd do with Peter and Paul... and with the Angel Gabriel, for that matter.

“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name ιησους [ee-ay-sooce’, Jesus].” Now, Gabriel could have greeted Mary in Hebrew, but The Holy Spirit saw fit to preserve it for us in Greek.

Scripture warns of “false Christs” and of “another Jesus.” Now, the Holy Spirit uses Christós and ιησους in those instances, so it’s not a matter of simply getting the name correct, it’s the Person behind the name we need to understand.

We must believe on the true Christ, the Son of God, the Holy One, the Savior who came down from heaven, took on a body that was prepared for him, was born of a Virgin in the line of David, lived a perfect life, died a substitutionary sacrificial death, did not decay in the tomb, and arose from the grave, conquering the curse of death and decay, to live forevermore.
He is Joshua, Yahushua, Ee-ay-sooce, Jesus. Call upon his name, believe on Him of whom the scriptures speak, trust in nothing else apart from his death, burial and resurrection and you will be rescued from the curse of sin, death and decay! If you will, You will rise again one day in a perfect body “like unto his glorious body” (Phil 3:21).

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