WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Some believers who are new to the concept that the Messiah has a Hebrew Name and some who look to the Jewish believers for truth wind up calling the Messiah – ‘Yeshua‘.
This article is not written to attack those who do so. Most of us have come from one denomination of christianity or another and have inherited many wrong doctrines… This article is written to clear up confusion for those who don’t understand why there is a difference, or indeed that there is a difference.
As it turns out there is very much indeed a difference and a very important difference at that!
The root of the difference lies in the problem with Jewish tradition… According to the pharisees and Talmudic teachers of law, the Name of the Almighty Creator – Yahweh is too ‘holy’ to pronounce. This ‘tradition’ goes against all Scripture commanding us to: Praise His Name (Psa 113:1)… Call on His Name (Psa 105:1)… Sing praises to His Name (Psa 61:8)… Bless in His Name (Deu 21:5)… Not to bring His Name to naught (Exo 20:7)… His Name is a remembrance (Exo 3:15) etc. see article below:
The Jewish tradition of not pronouncing the Name of Yahweh extends to the Name of the Messiah…
The Name of Yahweh is known as the ‘tetragrammaton’ (YHWH), meaning ‘four’ (tetra) ‘letters’ (gramma) amongst scholars and in Hebrew is spelled:
ה ו ה י
yod, hay, waw, hay
The Name of the Messiah in Hebrew is spelled: (read left to right for simplicity)
ע ש ו ה י
yod, hay, waw, shin, ayin
You will notice that the Messiah’s Name (like many in Scripture – Eliyahu – (My El is Yahweh), Yeshayahu– (Salvation of Yahweh) Nethanyahu – (given of Yahweh), Obadyahu – (servant of Yahweh), Mattithyahu -(Gift of Yahweh), etc… there are nearly 100) contains the first three letters of the Name of the Almighty –
ו ה י
yod, hay, waw
This is known as the ‘trigrammaton’ (YHW).
Because this trigrammaton is contained in the Name of the Messiah and the pharisaical tradition to not pronounce the Name, the Name of the Messiah is abbreviated to – Y’shua (pronounced Yeshua).
HE CAME IN HIS FATHER’S NAME
It will be quite obvious to you by now that by using the abbreviated form of the Name of the Messiah is in effect taking the Name of Yahweh out of the Name of the Son. Why would the prophets of Yahweh have His name in theirs and not the One and Only Son?
The Name of Yahushua means – ‘Yahweh‘- (Yahu) ‘is salvation‘ (shua)
Matthew 1:21 “And she shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His Name יהושע for He shall save His people from their sins.”
Yahweh proclaimed that He would have His Name:
Exo 23:21 “Be on guard before Him and obey His voice. Do not rebel against Him, for He is not going to pardon your transgression, for My Name is in Him.”
Yahushua also proclaimed that He came in His Father’s Name:
John 5:43 “I have come in My Father’s Name and you do not receive Me, if another comes in his own name, him you would receive.”
Joh 17:12 “When I was with them in the world, I was guarding them in Your Name which You have given Me…”
In it’s basic Hebrew sense, ‘Yeshua‘ simply means – ‘salvation‘, but if our Messiah said He came in His Father’s Name; who are we to remove it by tradition, or any other well meaning reason?
There are approximately 90 names in Scripture that contain the ‘tri-grammaton’ – YAHU and a further 85 containing the Name YAH.
Here are some of the names of others with YAHU in them…
Adoniyahu (Adonijah) – “my Master is Yahweh”
Azaryahu (Azariah) – “ Yahweh is help”
Bereḵyahu (Berekiah) – “blessed of Yahweh”
Gedalyahu (Gedaliah) – “Yahweh is great”
Kenanyahu (Chenaniah) – “Yahweh has planted”
Hananyahu (Hananiah) – “favoured of Yahweh”
Mattanyahu (Mattaniah) – “gift of Yahweh”
Pelatyahu (Petaliah) – “Yahweh has delivered”
Semaḵyahu (Semakiah) – “Sustained of Yahweh”
Shephatyahu (Shephatiah) – “Yahweh has judged”
With all these men of Yahweh so favoured to have the Father insert His Name in theirs, He definitely placed His Name in His own Son’s Name, Yahushua (Yahweh is salvation).
We will not be seeing HIM again unless we say He comes in
His Father’s Name and call upon that Name (John 5:43)…
“For I say to you, from now on you shall by no means see Me, until you say, ‘Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of YHWH!”