What's in a name? Does your name have a meaning?
Or did your parents simply like the sound of it.
DAVID: did you know that your name means "beloved?"
MICHAEL: your name means "who is like El ("God")."
RACHAEL, or RACHEL, or RAQUEL: you are a "ewe."
SARAH: you are a "princess."
These are some of the most common HEBREW names found in the English-speaking world today, DIRECTLY TRANSLITERATED from the original language. Would these names be given to children of an English-speaking person if they were TRANSLATED?
"How are you today, BELOVED?" (Well, that one might be.)
"Nice weather, isn't it, WHO IS LIKE EL?"
"Did you have a nice trip, EWE?"
The "y" is transliterated from the Greek letter iota (ι), which in turn was transliterated from the Hebrew letter yod (י). This, then, brings us backward to Yesus (YAY-sus - Ιεσους). The first "s" in the Greek replaces the "sh" sound from the Hebrew letter shin (שׁ), since the Greeks had no "sh" sound. The final "s" in the Greek was simply an appendage supplied by a common Greek practice of ending masculine names with an "s." This leaves us with Jeshu (YAY-shoo), after the Greek dropped the final "ah" sound of the ONE NAME under Heaven . . . whereby we must by saved:
YAH is my strength and song, and he is become my YESHUAH: He (YAH) is my El, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's Elohe, and I will exalt him. Ex. 15:2
Sing unto YHWH, all the earth; show forth from day to day His YESHUAH. 1 Chron. 16:23
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy YESHUAH. Ps. 13:5
Oh that YESHUAT YISRA’EL (the salvation of Israel) were come out of Zion! When YHWH brings back the captivity of His people, Jacob shall rejoice, and ISRAEL SHALL BE GLAD. Ps. 14:7
We will rejoice in thy YESHUAH, and in the NAME of our ELOHE we will set up our banners; YHWH fulfill all thy petitions. Ps. 20:4
YHWH is my light and my YESHUAH; whom shall I fear? YHWH is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. 27:1
Isaiah 12:2-3: "Behold, El is my YESHUAH; I will trust, and not be afraid: for YAH YHWH is my strength and my song; He also is become my YESHUAH. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of YESHUAH." This is one of two scriptures (the other being
Jer. 2:13) that Yeshua may have been hinting at when speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well: "Yeshua answered and said unto her, If you knew the gift of Elohim, and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink, you would have asked of him, and he would have given you LIVING WATER."
The Spirit reveals Himself when we search for Him, and we know when we have found Him. Translators are human! Sometimes a word is translated one way, when an equally, or even more, accurate word should be used.
For instance, Psalm 118:24 says, "This is the day which YHWH has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." According to the Hebrew, an equally acceptable (and I believe preferable) translation of the last part is, "we will rejoice and be glad in HIM." The Hebrew pronoun can be used either way.
Does Elohim speak English? Certainly. Was the Bible written in English originally? Be serious! Some people think that if the King James Version was good enough for the Apostle Paul, it's good enough for us.
Can you read Hebrew or Greek? How can you tell what the translation SHOULD be? Do you accept blindly what someone else's interpretation is? Or do you accept without blinking the word of your minister, or a preacher on the radio or television, or someone whose writings you find on the internet? Don't even take MY word! Search for yourself. STUDY to show YOURSELF approved to Elohim, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, because YOU know how to rightly interpret the Word of Truth!!
Is the Old Testament done away? Paul had a few things to say about this. ASIDE from the fact that he quoted it extensively (here is what Romans 9 would look like without quotes from the OT), he wrote to Timothy that, "All scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of Elohim may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (3:16-17)
What "scripture" was he referring to? His OWN writings? The Gospels, which were probably written ten to forty years after he wrote? NO! He was referring to the "Law" of Moses, the prophets, and the other writings in the "Old" Testament. Should we disregard the teachings of the "Old" Testament, then? Not if THEY are "all scripture!"
If we deny our Hebraic roots, then we deny EVERYTHING in the Bible. The entire Bible, all sixty-six books, were written by HEBREWS. (Some claim that Luke was not a Jew, but there is scholarship which believes that he was converted to Judaism.)
If we deny our Hebrew sources their just place in our background, then we deny the sacrifice of the PASSOVER LAMB, OUR Passover Lamb, for without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. (Heb. 9:22)
Mainstream Christianity has already denied and changed Passover, replacing it with the Babylonian goddess, Ishtar (Easter).
Most of mainstream Christianity doesn't even KNOW that the Holy Spirit was given on one of YHWH'S Holy Days that he gave to the Hebrews (and to US) -- Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks.
If we deny our Hebrew roots, we deny the faith of Abraham, our spiritual father, and the BLESSING which came through his seed.
(Acts 3:25) But Christians must also realize that "Jewish" does not equate to "Hebrew." Abraham's faith is the basis of our faith. Jewish rabbis, for about 200 years before and 200 years after Yeshua, changed much of the Torah, and today claim that the "Oral Law" supersedes the written Law, so we should not be seeking to follow our "Jewish roots," but rather our "Hebrew roots."
Antisemitism raises its ugly head in clandestine ways sometimes. Any time we deny the Chosen People of Elohim, any time we denigrate the Jews, any time we espouse the "New Israel" theory, we risk being cursed of Elohim. "And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you." (Gen. 12:3)
Through all this, please don't misinterpret. I am NOT saying that to be a part of the Kingdom of Elohim you must become Jewish. What I am saying is that, to properly understand a Hebrew Book, you must have some idea of what Jews believe about that Book. Discrediting those who are seeking truth through study of their Hebrew roots, or attempting to convert a Jew to Christianity, does injustice to all Christendom. The Jew will be and must remain a Jew, knowing his Hebrew Messiah!
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