Yet Another Foolish Reason to Divide or Form
More Self-righteous Religious Clubs?
I ask the reader to please consider this thought. Let's say you meet someone at lunch time in a park, and sit next to them and developed a relationship with them over a period of months. They are a nice person and you find you have much in common, and you spend an hour each day talking with this person and building a relationship with them. Let's also say that you both decide not to share your names with each other. My question is, can you get to KNOW that person without knowing their name? The honest answer is yes. You could get to know that person very well, and if your spirits were really kindred, you will even know your name-less friend better than many of your named friends whom you might spend more time with. Names are significant, but they are not necessary for getting to know someone. What's the point? I suggest this is also true with God and His Son. This is particularly significant given Messiah's words in John 17:3.
Just what is God's Son's name? For that matter, what exactly is God's name? There is about as much argumentation and division related to this endeavor as there is over which bible version is superior. Unfortunately, it appears most of this is just more of men's religious flesh seeking to feel better than the next religious person who hasn't yet 'seen the light' on this the latest religious-intellectual angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin fad. How much easier it is to argue over words than to follow the Son. Oh glorious Father, help us to avoid this foolishness.
All English translations of the New Testament over the past several centuries have translated the name of the Son of God as "Jesus". There are many who are intrigued with the Old Covenant or with 'Hebrew roots' who say that is not a proper translation/transliteration of His name, and they have some very sound reasons. They claim that He ought to be called, Yeshua, Yashua, Yahasuah, and about six other variations. Yes, there is much disagreement among the Hebrew roots people about which spelling and pronunciation is the correct one. In fact, you can find ten so-called Hebrew 'experts' (or annointed leaders) who are stuck in this thinking, to oppose each other and defend why it ought to be Yeshua instead of Yashua, or Yahshua instead of Yehshua. And yet all seem to agree that the name of God the Father was given as YHWH with no vowels. So, isn't it just a bit silly to argue over vowels that were never given in either the Father or the Son's case?
As disciples of Messiah, we must be very careful not to make errors that He specifically addressed. I would suggest that to condemn, divide or walk in self-righteousness over the best or most proper English spelling and/or pronunciation of Messiah's name is committing the error He warns against in John 5:39-40 as well as disregarding his teaching in Matt. 18:3. Because a person has some additional insight (a bit more head knowledge) regarding understanding of the original bible languages does not mean that person is pleasing to God the Father...and little children don't argue over Hebrew and Greek! (Remember, the Messiah says that unless we have faith as little children, we will not enter the Kingdom of God.) If you believe that God will be displeased with people who are sincerely seeking to obey His Son, and yet may not have the right English spelling or pronunciation of His Son's name due to the fact that every major bible translation of the past five centuries translated the Son's name as Jesus - then you have a very warped view of the Most High God and His compassionate mercy for those who seek Him and who love His Son.
Let us not forget the example of knowing someone without knowing their name...remember the friend in the park example this letter opened with? If the Son of God's name was left out altogether from the gospels, could you get to know Him anyway, by the Spirit and through his Words? The truthful answer to that question is "yes".
Some will say, "oh, but Yahshua makes a big deal about his name, and so we should too". Really? Where does Jesus say something to the effect of, "if anyone does not know exactly how to spell or pronounce my name, then they will be rejected by, or less pleasing to, my Father"? In fact, he does not teach that. And all who know him well, know that he is much more concerned about the Spirit of his person and teachings than about the letters of his name.
Let us obey the Father's Messiah, the Son of God, and be gracious and merciful to each other as we use the names of God and His Son that we have come to know. If we love the Son, we will read His words, receive them, obey Him, and thus get to know Him, period (John 17:3).
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