What's in the name Jesus?

     I had a link up that vanished so I'll summarize a few things today 5/7/2018 -rw

I've seen a lot of arguments I'll preface, about the pronunciation/spelling of the name of the Messiah as he dwelt on earth. Historically we know that an adaptation was made using Greek phonics and characters and that is where the English word "Jesus" was yet again adapted to fit our set of characters and phonics. Languages on earth vary widely. Some tribes talk through clicks and pops. In their language they would attempt again to adapt the name from English perhaps to their totally different phonics.

So it all becomes something like the game where you pass the story on. It's a complex story and it winds up altered and confused and the final result is often quite different. And we must remember that Jesus wasn't speaking Greek when he told people his name. We get a more accurate picture of how the name was actually pronounced by noting that Zechariah prophecies in the 4th chapter or thereabouts as I recall to perhaps the sixth....about the messiah ...here is the specific quote from chapter 6 that is the central focus:

11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;

12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:

Ok so Joshua is the way the name apparently came out in English from Hebrew. And the Hebrew pronunciation is more like Yesua from studies I've seen. So I usually spell it that way after learning that but pray and do your own study on that. I believe there is a much more important thing though. Since nobody pronounces anything *precisely* the same as God probably. There are technically essentially millions of variations in an analog signal describing a name of that length that could be detected by instrumentation. But God isn't obviously going to judge us by whether we precisely match his phonic representation of his name. Thank the Lord.

Rather *name* to the people the books of the bible were originally written to, means *character*! And God has given us many character attributes he possesses in complete clarity. His perfect holiness, truthfulness, loving kindness and long suffering and so on. Think of how this clarifies the meaning of various previously confusing scriptures. For example how do you immerse people into a label? But rather if you understand you are to immerse people into the CHARACTER of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that makes a lot more sense. There is a spiritual picture this evokes. We imitate God as dearly loved children in Eph 5:1. So as people are around us they are 'immersed' in his character. We teach OF his character while they're around us.

And how impossible to reconcile a scripture that says 'Ask anything in my NAME and it will be given to you'. Ok if we insert character for NAME there it makes perfect sense! If it just means to slap the label of "Jesus" or whatever on your request that makes no sense. Why would God want to give a witchcraft type formula to people so they can use it to acquire whatever their heart desires? Yesua speaks of why we do not receive what we ask for. He said it is because we ask to squander it on our own vain striving or like that. Search the scriptures like the Bereans and see if I am not right. Oh wait Bereans didn't have search engines. haha. See how idle/lazy people are today? There is a joy in the journey of seeking God through searching the scriptures diligently.