Q: Our Bible study today is Philippians 2. Verse 9 speaks about the Name that our Father gave to our Lord. How is His Name above every name? And in verse 10 it says every knee should bow. the word should is far different from will bow?
I am very grateful, always, that you taught me His Name. I have very much more to say and think about.
A: How did your study go? I know many will say that the name of our Lord must be JESUS today becaise that is the most popular name today so this verse must be saying the name above every name is JESUS. But does that verse really say that? Let's use a little common sense and let the Spirit talk to us and see the error in this faulty reasoning.
The verses in quesiton:
(Php 2:9-11 KJV) Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: That at the Name of YaHshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that YaHshua is Christ (Messiah) Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
It is very plain, and does not need any interpretation. The only problem is deciding on the Name that our God in Heaven, His Heavenly Father, gave Him. One thing is sure, it could not have been the name, JESUS, because that name never existed at the time the letter to the Philippians was written. And if we go back to the to the Gospels we find Gabriel telling Mary and Joseph the Name they were to Name Him, and this Name comes from His Heavenly Father. Again, the name JESUS did not exist at that time. In Acts 4:12 we are told that the Name He was Named is a Name found among men -- a name already in use, here on earth, the Name He chose to Name His First Born Son. When we look in the OT record we find this Name, a name that became popular among the Jews, a Name that belonged to a person that was responsible for leading the people of God into the Promised land, the Promised Kingdom. In the English we see this name as JOSHUA, pronounced, YaHshua.
This Name has been around since before our Lord came in the flesh. This Name "becomes" above every name, on the day He decided to Name, or give, His Son that Name, and it is a very appropriate Name. Later when the Temple was being rebuilt and the King of Persia was allowing people to return to Jerusalem, a Priest was consecrated as High Priest and this same man was also crowned, at the same time as King -- a King Priest, and this man was chosen by YaHWeH, and this man's' name was, and is, YaHshua (Old English transliteration Joshua). Both of these men were types of Christ's for their people, and in these we see the Name, YaHshua, had already been determined to Name the coming Messiah.
And, of course, this Name means, YaH is Savior, or is Salvation. One of the reasons the Jews, then and now, become so sensitive to anyone trying to suggest anyone is the fulfillment of what that Name is declaring.
Looking into this further we find that the "...should bow ..." leaves and opening for some who, in the future, would not bow -- the problem is this word "should" is not actually in the original Greek copies. The correct translation should be, "will bow", as this agrees with the verse in the OT from which this is quoted.
(Isa 45:23 KJV) I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
(Rom 14:11 KJV) For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
In Philippans 2:10, Stong's Greek Dictionary gives us the answer: G2378, is "bend" -- every knee will bend. The word "bend" stands by itself and the word "should" has been added. The New American Standard version has corrected to to say, "... every knee will bow ..." This is still not very good wording. The Greek says, "bend", as a knee cannot "bow". A person can "bow" but a knee "bends". When anyone comes before a King it is proper to bow, as a sign of respect, but in this case the person coming before the King of Kings will fall to his or her knees willingly or be forced to. "...every knee will bend .." -- bend or be broken. He has clear "sworn by Himself" that this would take place and this command comes from His Mouth to our ears -- Strong's H3766, to bend -- here too, in the Hebrew it is to "bend", not "bow". To bend the knee is more drastic than a mere mild curtsy.
Every knee will bend and every mouth will confess YaHshua as Messiah, Son of the Living God. Every knee will bend and every tongue will confess His Name, YaHshua. How many other ways can it be said. HalleluYaH