When people say that Yeshua (Jesus) is found throughout the Old Testament, they probably don’t visibly see him in the written Word, that little Alef and Tav –– את (et). While writing out several verses in Hebrew the other day, three contained the Alef and the Tav, the ‘sign’ of Yeshua. The Torah and Prophets revealing what Yeshua meant when when he said, “I AM the Alef and the Tav, the beginning and end” in Revelation 22:13.
This parashah is entitled Bo. In Hebrew, bo has two meanings: ‘Go’ and ‘Come.’ As Adonai continues to judge Egypt, He is bringing Pharaoh to the point where he tells the Hebrews to ‘Go’ while also preparing the Israelites to ‘Come’ to Him. This parashah describes the last three judgments on Egypt and ends with Passover.
The Hebrew word for ‘salvation’ is yeshua. ‘Salvation’ is found 158 times in the New American Standard Bible, both testaments. In the Complete Jewish Bible, ‘salvation’ as ‘yeshua’ is found 1181 times, both testaments. The Savior’s name and his purpose are one in the same. Yesha, the Hebrew root of yeshuah, signifies that which God will do on man’s behalf or that which has already been done by God for man.
Most Christians acknowledge that Jesus was not born on December 25 in the middle of winter. Yet few realize that his birth is outlined in the Bible if they could unravel some of the clues given to them in the gospels that refer back to the Hebrew Scriptures. The account of the ‘reason for the season’ begins in the book of Luke chapter 1 when Zechariah was in the Temple burning incense to God. The time of his Temple service is the key to understanding when of the birth of his son, John, took place as well as the birth of Jesus (Yeshua).