May 10, 2017

New Name

I took a photo for an article and one of the subjects immediately let me know that she takes it as a personal insult if her name is spelled incorrectly. I have no idea if the woman is a person of faith. However, if she is a child of God, she may be in for a real shocker when she gets her new name. Jesus said, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it” (Rev 2:17 NIV).


Steve Corey said...


-----I have a good friend who is one of these “Yeshua” types. He’s only a few years into his commitment to the Lord. Unfortunately, he mixed in with a “Yeshua” crowd in Grand Junction led by another good friend from a dozen or more years ago. These people teach that “Yeshua” is the only name Christ has (but of course, “Christ” is a category title for the category of “anointed one“, not a name, they say.)
-----A couple times in our recent conversations, the “Yeshua” thing has come up. He was objecting to the name “Jesus” on the basis that it didn’t come from the Hebrew. But of course it doesn’t…directly. It actually comes from the Greek. And it came to the Greeks from the Hebrew “Yeshua”, which is just “Joshua”. And the Greek for “Joshua” is all over the New Testament in the Greek form of “Jesus“, since the New Testament happens to have been written in Greek. So I explained this origin of “Jesus” to my friend, not to pop his bubble, but only to give him a clue as to how far off track jot and tittle legalism can lead a person.
-----Funny thing about the Hebrew is that its writings before Medieval times were done with only consonants. The reader had to know what vowels belonged to the consonants. But being forbidden to speak God’s name, they brilliantly forgot what vowels belonged to its consonants. So now that they have been writing with vowel indicators since Medieval times, they don’t know how to spell God’s name! And this lady thinks she’s highfalutin enough that her name MUST be spelled correctly? Poor God, He’s got to take the back seat now. Isn’t it amazing where insisting on jot and tittle perfection can take one?
-----I wouldn’t be delighted to have my name misspelled either. And we do all need to rather attempt correct spelling, else everyone’s name will wind up like God’s has. But there’s no way I will take the misspelling of my name as a personal insult. That attitude is accusatory, and I try not to take after the Accuser, no matter how his name is spelled.

Love you all,
Steve Corey

Pumice said...

Of course we then have Jesus, Jesu, Yeshua and all the other variations of the name above all names.

Grace and peace.

Gail Marvel said...

Steve and Punice,
Great minds think alike...Your illustration is better than mine!