Monday, November 29th, 2021
Verse of the Day ~ Matthew 1:21
The Biblical baby name Jesus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Joshua and its meaning is savior, or Jehovah is my salvation. *
Wow, this is an exciting and new fact I never knew about the name of Jesus. Digging deeper into the names of Jesus and Joshua I found more fascinating details of the well documented and known Joshua of the Old Testament; and Jesus is a beautiful tapestry flowing throughout the Bible, from prophecy to fulfillment of the Law in the New Testament.
The name Jesus was a very common Jewish boys name when Jesus was born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. From the very beginning God took hold of something commonplace to show us that there was something infinitely more than the common.
Here’s a few references to Joshua, son of Nun, in Deuteronomy 32:44 (Joshua leading the people of Israel out of Egypt with Moses), Nehemiah 8:17 (the gathering of the Feast of Tabernacles that was last performed in the times of Joshua), Acts 7:45 (the tabernacle in the wilderness brought to the Gentiles by Joshua), Hebrews 4:8 (Joshua speaking of another day ahead for God’s people), and in the books of First and Second Chronicles and Ezra. In the Hebrew text, Joshua is named “Yeshua bin-Nun” (Neh. 8:17) and “Yehoshua.” (1 Chron. 7:27). *
Joshua was a great leader to the Israelites, charging them into many epics battles and led them to the promised land. Jesus came to save people from their sins, He saved through an epic battle he fought alone, making the way for His people to enter the Promised Land of God’s presence.
The Israelites of Jesus’ day were looking for a leader much like Joshua. They looked for someone to free them from the Roman reign of oppression, to remove the heavy yoke that afflicted pain upon them but physically and emotionally, not to mention spiritually. They wanted someone to lead them like their forefathers. Someone to rescue them and they did not see Jesus being that person.
God’s plans are always better than our own. His perspective is bigger and wider than even our imaginations. The Creator of the entire universe had more than an earthly plan for the dilemma of sin. His answer was that of cosmic proportions, to save all who believe in Him from the yoke and bondage of soul-deadening sin and welcome all, Jew and Gentile a like into the family of God.
As we enter this season of Advent, do you have any expectation for yourself, what about of Jesus? Is there a list, perhaps checking it twice? Are there requests you have made in prayer? This I know to be true, prayers are answered! We may not like or want the answer we get and we may not understand the answers we receive, please know that God’s perspective is that of an advantage it is always in our best interest. A challenge that we can all accept is to open ourselves to God’s saving touch, the presence of the Holy Spirit, asking God what He wants to do in our lives. Let us begin with open hearts filled with HOPE, knowing Jesus is the Savior!
Lord, Jesus, thank you for coming into this world to save me, and not just me but for all people. Please forgive me of my selfishness and my arrogance, teach me your ways. Soften my calloused heart so I can love as you do. Fill my heart with your hope and transform me into your image. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.“ – Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV). Amen.
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~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.
* Biblical reference for baby name Jesus:
The New Testament Strong’s Bible concordance G2424