Jews Should Know
Emails & Questions
Q: The Jews recognise ( and they should know!) Orthodox etc & Messianic Jews call him Yeshuah, we in the west call him Jesus, sometimes when a name is transfered to another language it is sometimes then unrecognisable ! The Lord knows we mean him! With most " Christians celebrating the wrong date for pagan Easter! Christmas! And Sabbath! If God rejected them all their would be no Christians saved? Allen
A: Thanks for the input, however, I have to disagree with you. Your view is an expression that mirrors many others thinking this same thing. For one thing, it is an error to think that names change to something unrecognizable when moved from one language to another. The vast millions, even billions of names do not change to something else in different languages. If that were true everyone would lose their personal identity. Many times the names of people we recognize, like celebrities or leaders of a country, appear in newpapers and are repeated over news casts and not once is their names changed,m not once. So, that being true, why would we change our Lord's Name to something else completely while we honor our leaders by not changing their names, why, then, chang His? Also, remember, His Name is in the Bible, we find His Name in the Old English transliteration, even to this day in Modern translations as "JOSHUA" -- so why use a totally new and different name like, JESUS? There is no excuse, none, and your argument, that the Jews should know is built on sand.
See the Hebrew writing of His Name, to the right? Notice that this is the name YaHshua, and you will notice that in this modern Hebrew/Jewish language the YH is present, while in the English, your Messianic, Jewish, friends leave that all importan letter out of their pronunciaton, saying, Yeshua instead of YaHshua. Why do you suppose that is? Many of the converts coming from Judaism to Christianity do not, themselves, know any better, this is what they have been taught all their lives, but this does not make them the authority. Remember, the Jews are charged with "profaning" His Name where ever they go.
Lev 22:32 Do not profane My Holy Name. I must be acknowledged as Holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD (YHWH), who makes you holy
Eze 36:20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned My Holy Name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD (YHWH), and are gone forth out of his land.
The Jews should Know?
Yes, they should but do they? We must not forget it is the Jews that have denied YaHshua as Messiah. They do not accept the Christian Messiah as their own so why should Christian use anything the Jews have to say concerning our Lord? A certain number deny our Savior's existence and the writings of some of their sages speak evil of Him. On the one hand he was denied to have existed, and then by the same detractors He was accused of having perfomed the miracles He did by the use of black magic. How strange to deny someone's existence and then turn around and admit their existence in answering a question surrounding miracles.
The Messianic Jews, those who confess that He did exist and is the Jewish Messiah, use a name that is only partly correct. As you can see from the Hebrew writing of our Savior's Name (above) the letters for YaHshua are all there but when they say His Name they drop the "H", going from YaH, to Ye. Some of the Orthodox and Ultra Orthodox will write His Name out as Y ' shua. This is a method noting a missing letter. In my conversations with those using this method they say this is not a deliberated omission but a form of respect for this Name. Looks like a deliberate omission to me, what do you think?