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God's name is very important. His name is holy, pure, and represents His character and love towards us. Yet I often hear prayers end in "amen" without mentioning even the phrase "in His name I pray", or "in name of Jesus I pray", or something similar. The Scripture is full of examples of men calling on the name of God in their prayers. Here are a few examples:
May God bless you all!
Abraham called on the
name
of the Lord (Genesis 12:8; 13:4).
The Lord proclaimed His own
name
before Moses (Exodus 33:19; 34:5).
Isreal was warned against profaning the
name
of the Lord
The
name
of the Lord was not to be taken in vain (Exodus 20:7;
The priests of Isreal were to minister in the
name
of the Lord
The
name
of God is called "wonderful" in Isaiah 9:6.
To call on the
name
of the Lord was to worship Him as God
(Leviticus 18:21; 22:2, 32).
Deuteronomy 5:11).
(Deuteronomy 18:5; 21:5).
(Genesis 21:33; 26:25).
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Until He returns:
So - what is His Name?
In this series of articles, I want to explore the various names of the Lord. When we pray and call upon His name, it is good to know on whom we are calling. Does that mean that there are many gods? NO! It does mean that He has many names, and that each has been given to us so that we can pray more specifically and use one of the many characteristics that is embodied in our God. Let's look back at the Old Testament again this month as we close this set of articles:
Yeshua - Salvation (Joshua, Jesus)
There are 164 occurrences in 158 verses that use the word
yeshua
which means
"salvation." Let's look at first use:
Genesis 49:18:
"I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD."
This verse is buried between the prophetic predictions/blessing of Jacob as he blesses his twelve sons at the end of his life. I've looked at commentaries and most agree that it is almost out of place (Wesley, Gen 49:18; Gill, Gen 49:18; MHCC, Gen 49:13-18) as it does not fit Dan's pronouncement (verses 16-18) nor Gad's pronouncement (verse 19). It is almost like Jacob has moved through the various boys and, after Dan's "blessing", he, in a plea for help for all his sons, stops the blessings, looks to God, and proclaims his desire for God's salvation; for surely, no salvation can come from his sons.
English words used in King James Version of
yeshua
include: salvation (translated
the most - approx. 83%), help, deliverance, health, save, saving, and welfare
Yeshuah
: Strong's H3444;
yeshua
: Strong's H3442). Here are a few more verses:
Exodus 15:2:
"The LORD
is
my strength and song, and he is become my
salvation [my yeshua]: he
is
my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my
father's God, and I will exalt him."
1 Samuel 2:1:
"And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD,
mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation."
2 Samuel 22:3:
"The God of my rock; in him will I trust:
he is
my shield, and the
horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence."
2 Samuel 22:36:
"Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy
gentleness hath made me great."
2 Samuel 22:47:
"The LORD liveth; and blessed
be
my rock; and exalted be the
God of the rock of my salvation."
2 Chronicles 20:17:
"Ye shall not
need
to fight in this
battle
: set yourselves,
still
, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and
Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD
will be
with you."
Psalm 13:5:
"But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy
Psalm 18:2:
"The LORD
is
my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God,
my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation,
and
my high tower."
Psalm 27:1:
"A Psalm of David. The LORD
is
my light and my salvation; whom
shall I fear? the LORD
is
the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
Psalm 35:3:
"Draw out also the spear, and stop
the way
against them that
persecute me: say unto my soul, I
am
thy salvation."
Isaiah 12:2:
"Behold, God
is
my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the
LORD JEHOVAH
is
my strength and
my
song; he also is become my salvation."
Isaiah 12:3:
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."
I could have named many more verses, but these give you a flavor. Salvation can be personal, national, from enemies, from depression and stress, eternal, and much more. Psalms and Isaiah are filled with verses regarding salvation.
Joshua
is an extended Hebrew word changing
yeshua
to
yehoshua
. It is a contraction
of two Hebrew words: Jehovah and
yeshua
(or
yasha
) - literally "Jehovah-Saved"
(Strong's H3091). Jesus is the Greek name for Joshua (Strong's G2424). If we were to address Jesus with His Hebrew name, we might easily call Him Joshua or
Yeshua
.
When we reflect on who Jesus is, we see many names and/or titles in the Scripture. Take this verse:
Isaiah 7:14 (emphasis added):
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name
Immanuel
."
(Which is roughtly actually two Hebrews words concatenated together (
Immanu
with us) and (
How about this verse:
Isaiah 9:6 (emphasis added):
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Jesus (or shall I say Joshua or
Yeshua
) has many names as clearly indicated by the
Bible.
I rest in the many names of God and Jesus. Each has a specific meaning and reveals a characteristic of God.
Yeshua
is a most important one for it reveals why He came in
the form of a man - to save us from our sins. To redeem mankind.
Some related names: The Living Water, the Light of the World, The Bread of Life, The Great Shepherd, and many more.
I really like to put two verses together which are:
Isaiah 12:3:
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of [
Yeshua
salvation."
John 4:10:
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift
of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."
Jesus is the living water, He is Salvation. I can go to Him and draw joy out of the wells of salvation, out of Jesus!
In the future when you think of Jesus, think of His Hebrew name -
Yeshua
. When you
think of His Hebrew name, think of its meaning - salvation. When you think of salvation - think of Jesus! Draw as much joy from the living waters that you can from
Yeshua
!
Henry, M.
Wesley, J.
El
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Maranatha Church!
(
stand ye
salvation."
-
With Us?")
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Gill, Dr. J.
Meyers, R. (2005). e-Sword.
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