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Who is "Yeshua" anyway?

Yeshua is the Hebrew name for the one people call "Jesus".

You've probably heard the popular Christian question, "What would Jesus do?" This question helps Bible Believers to keep their Messiah's actions in mind when they go about their daily duties. It's a good thing to think about! After all those of us who claim to follow the Messiah of the Bible, should, in fact, live as He did.

You'll find when reading the Bible that the names the Creator YHWH, (Yahweh, Yehovah), gives to His people mean something special.

All of the names given to the important figures in the Bible either describe who that person is, their character, their potential in God's service, or very often, their names point to the One who created them.

If you take a look at some of the prominent names in the Bible, the first thing you'll notice is that all of their names are Hebrew. The Old Testament/Tenach was written in Hebrew and the fact is, according to Scripture, the Hebrew people were the people of God. The Messiah, the one they were waiting for, was also a Hebrew person. He was born of the tribe of Judah, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The Messiah was a Jew and all of His disciples were Jews as well.

So, if this is the case, that the true Messiah was Hebrew and that names have meaning, doesn't it make sense that the Anointed One, the Holy One, sent by God Himself, would have a name that was, first of all, Hebrew and that His name would have great meaning?

The Hebrew name Yeshua or Yehoshua, means
"YHWH is Salvation"!

What a great name!! Yeshua's name proclaims the Awesome Power of the Almighty God to grant us eternal life! YHWH uses Yeshua, as a tool, to accomplish this blessing.

Why then did the translators of the New Testament feel the need to change Yeshua's name to "Jesus"?

Now, we know that some change their name because they simply don't like the sound of it or they feel like their name doesn't fit who they are but many times a name is changed in order to modify that person's identity. Could it be that this is the reason why Yeshua's name was changed by those who translated the New Testament/Brit Hadashah? Could it be that they didn't like who the Messiah really was? Is it possible that they wanted to hide His true identity?

What was Messiah's true identity?

Our Messiah was a faithful, Torah observant servant of the Most High, the Son of the Living God. Yeshua taught obedience to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. On the other hand, the popular mainstream Christian character of "Jesus" is most often depicted as one who "did away" with YHWH's perfect law of liberty by "nailing it to the cross". Something Yeshua never did. Sadly, this erroneous teaching about who Messiah was has led many sincere Believers to live in disobedience to their Heavenly Father YHWH, the Creator of all things.

Let's think about this. If a biography was written about the famous Britain, Prince William, we would expect his name to be transliterated as "William", even if the story was translated in to Spanish. His name would stay the same because his name identifies him as the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Changing William's name to Guillermo, the equivalent to William in Spanish, would change Prince William's identity. "Prince Guillermo" is no one anyone knows. William is the name that was given to him by his British parents. The name William identifies him and we understand who the story is about. William wouldn't answer to Guillermo. Using a Spanish name in place of William's real name would surely distort the reader's view of him.

The name Yeshua is the name that our Messiah's Mother called Him and it properly identifies Him. Because the name "Jesus" is Greek, it can lead people to think of a Greek person, rather than the Hebrew/Jewish person Yeshua was, and as we said above, using the name "Jesus" can distort the identity of our true Messiah. We're not saying that using the name Jesus is some kind of a sin, we're just saying that names have meaning and that using the name that YHWH intended for His Son can help us to understand more of who Yeshua truly was and is.

Greek people lived differently than the Hebrew people lived in Yeshua's day. The Hebrew people respected the Torah, the moral code of behavior given by the Creator for all of mankind, the first five books of the Bible. They had a lifestyle that was mapped out for them by YHWH that set them apart from the pagan societies around them. The Greek people did not live the same lifestyle. As you read the Bible you'll see that the Holy Bible was not written with the Greek people in mind. It was written about the Hebrews and for those who would join with them and take on the customs by which they lived. The people of God lived a lifestyle that included the observance of the seventh day Sabbath and Holy Days listed in Leviticus 23. Yes, Yeshua, and those who followed Him, came together to celebrate the Feasts of YHWH and they kept all of YHWH's Commandments. They did not participate in pagan practices. They were set apart by God as they practiced the lifestyle He gave them.

Yeshua was a Hebrew man who lived by the words of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob perfectly and who taught His followers to strive to do the same.

If those following His example failed to live by the Creator's standards, if they stumbled, they could be forgiven upon repentance and the blood of their Messiah would cover their sin. In effect, they could pick themselves up from the fall, brush themselves off and start again. That is what our loving Messiah did for us. He showed us the way to live, by His example, that pleases the Heavenly Father and He gave us a way to be made right with God when we fail to live up to that standard. He stood in our place and took the punishment we deserve for the sins we've committed.

So, with all this said, why not use the name that was originally given to the Messiah? Why change His name? Can it be that using His true name will help us know Him better? Can it help us to remember what kind of a person He was and furthermore, what kind of a King He will be when He reigns in YHWH's Kingdom, upholding every word of His Father? We believe Names matter to our Creator and that's why we choose to call our Messiah, the One prophesied in the Holy Bible, Yeshua!

Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Messiah lived! I John 2:6

Names have meaning.

ADAM
This is the Hebrew word for "man"

EVE
From the Hebrew name Chavvah, which was derived from the Hebrew word chavah "to breathe" or the related word chayah "to live"

ABRAM
Means "high father" in Hebrew. hamon 'many'

ABRAHAM
This name may be viewed either as meaning "father of many" in Hebrew or else as a contraction of ABRAM and Hebrew hamon "many

DANIEL
From the Hebrew name Daniyel meaning "God is my judge"

DAVID
Possibly derived from Hebrew dod meaning "beloved"

EDEN
Means "place of pleasure" in Hebrew

ELIJAH
From the Hebrew name Eliyahu meaning "my God is YHWH"

ELISHA
Means "God is help" in Hebrew

ELIZABETH
From Elisabet, the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elisheba meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance"

EMMANUEL
Means "God is with us" in Hebrew

ENOCH
From the Hebrew name Chanok which meant "dedicated"

EZEKIEL
From the Hebrew name Yechezqel meaning "God strengthens"

GABRIEL
From the Hebrew name Gabriyel which meant "strong man of God"

GAMALIEL
Means "benefit of God" in Hebrew

HANNAH
From the Hebrew name Channah which meant "favour" or "grace"

HILLEL
Derived from Hebrew halal meaning "praise"

ISAAC
From the Hebrew name Yitschaq which meant "he laughs"

ISAIAH
From the Hebrew name Yesha'yahu meaning "YHWH is salvation"

ISRAEL
From the Hebrew name Yisra'el meaning "God contended" or "to prevail with God"

JEHOSHAPHAT
Means "YAHWEH has judged" in Hebrew

JEREMIAH
From the Hebrew name Yirmeyahu which meant "YHWH has uplifted"

JESSE
From the Hebrew name Yishay which possibly meant "gift"

JOB
From the Hebrew name Iyov which means "persecuted, hated"

JOEL
From the Hebrew name Yoel meaning "YHWH is God"

JOHN
English form of Johannes, which was the Latin form of the Greek name Éùáííçò (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan meaning "YHWH is gracious"

YOCHANAN
Original Hebrew form of John

JONATHAN
From the Hebrew name Yehonatan (contracted to Yonatan) meaning "YHWH has given"

JOSEPH
From the Hebrew name Yoseph meaning "he will add"

JOSHUA
From the Hebrew name Yeshua, Yehoshua, which means "YHWH is salvation"

JESUS
English form of the Greek name Iesous.

JOSIAH
Means "YHWH supports" in Hebrew

JUDAH
From the Hebrew name Yehudah which means "praised"

MALACHI
Means "my messenger" in Hebrew

MATTHEW
English form of Ìáôèáéïò (Matthaios), which was a Greek form of the Hebrew name Mattithyahu which means "gift of YHWH"

MICAH
Means "who is like YHWH?" in Hebrew

MICHAEL
From the Hebrew name Miyka'el which meant "who is like God?"

MOSES
From the Hebrew name Mosheh which is most likely derived from Egyptian mes meaning "son", but could also possibly mean "deliver" in Hebrew

NEHEMIAH
Means "comforted by YHWH" in Hebrew

NIMROD
Meaning unknown, possibly of Babylonian origin or possibly meaning "rebel" in Hebrew

NOAH (1)
Derived from the Hebrew name Noach meaning "rest, comfort"

NOAH (2)
Biblical Derived from the Hebrew name No'ah meaning "motion"

SATAN
Derived from Hebrew satan meaning "adversary"

URIAH
From the Hebrew name Uriyah which means "YHWH is my light"

ZECHARIAH
From the Hebrew name Zekaryah which means "YHWH remembers"

ZEDEKIAH
Means "justice of YHWH" in Hebrew