Posts Tagged ‘salvation’

The Birth of The King

On the first night of Hanukkah, an angel appeared

To Miriam in Nazareth and said, ‘Have no fear.’

You are highly favored so please don’t frown

The ‘appointed time’ for heaven come to earth is now.

God favored Miriam above all others

She would become Immanuel’s mother

The Spirit of God placed a baby in her womb

And Miriam worshiped El Elyon with a tune.

She ran to the hills, her cousin surprised

Miriam not only saw it in her eyes,

But, jumping in her womb Elisheva’s baby

Made is clear Miriam was a special lady. 

Yosef feared to make Miriam his bride

He was confused as to why she would tell him a lie.

But an angel came to him in a dream

Saying, “Things aren’t always as they seem.”

He told Yosef to name his coming son

Yeshua, the name of ‘salvation’ for everyone.

The name was given from God Most High

His heavenly Father he would glorify.

Now, the king of the land wanted to count

How many men in his kingdom;  he needed an amount.

So Yosef and Mary riding a donkey they went

Miles and miles to the town of Bethlehem.

Miriam’s baby was born one night

In swaddling cloths she wrapped him tight.

In a sukkah with hay he lay sound asleep

Not once did he struggle or make a peep.

Shepherds were grazing temple sheep on a hill

When they heard voices that gave them a chill. 

Above the Migdal Eder an angel throng

Shared the good news of Messiah with a song.

“From the highest heaven to the nations on earth

Shalom to you and go view the birth;

Salvation in flesh for everyone to see.”

They ran and worshipped him on bended knee.

Eight days later and circumcision the rite

Yosef named the infant in everyone’s sight.

As he was told by the angel sent from above

He named him ‘Yeshua’ with his Father’s love. 

Many months after arrived some faraway kings

Who brought the boy Yeshua some special things.

Resin of myrrh, frankincense, and gold

For the new king of Isra’el they wanted to behold.

The days of Sukkot were the time of his birth.

The Living Yeshua still brings shalom to the earth. 

He brings hope and forgiveness to me and to you

And remains forever the King of the Jews. 

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Salvation – Hebrew: Yeshua

The Hebrew word for ‘salvation’ is yeshua. ‘Salvation’ is found 158 times in the New American Standard Bible, both testaments.

ישוע

Yeshua in Hebrew means ‘salvation.’ His name and his purpose are one in the same.

“ADONAI  is my light and salvation (yeshua); whom do I need to fear?” (Psalm 27:1, CJB).

Yesha, the Hebrew root of yeshuah, signifies that which God will do in man’s behalf or that which has already been done by God for man.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Yod is a picture of a Closed Hand and means ‘finished work’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘consume’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘binding’

Ayin is a picture of an Eye and means ‘see’ or ‘understand’

yeshua – understand the finished work of the binding ‘of Isaac’

“For Your salvation [Yeshua] I wait, O Lord” (Genesis 49:18).

“”He [Adonai] saw that there was no one, was amazed that no one interceded. Therefore his own arm brought him salvation [Yeshua], and his [yeshua] own righteousness sustained him” (Isaiah 59:16) Complete Jewish Bible

“His glory is great through Your salvation [Yeshua], Splendor and majesty You place upon him” (Psalm 21:5).

“I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation [Yeshua]; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation” (Psalm 40:10).

“Oh, that the salvation [Yeshua] of Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores His captive people, Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad” (Psalm 53:6).

The Greek word for ‘salvation’ is solteria, but that is not the name given to Joseph for the child conceived by the Holy Spirit. When Yeshua is placed into the gospels and letters, the uniqueness of Yeshua comes to light.

“But while he [Joseph] was thinking about this, an angel of Adonai appeared to him a dream and said, “Yosef, son of David, do not be afraid to take Miryam [Mary] home with you as your wife; for what has been conceived in her is from the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit].  She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua [which means Adonai saves] because he will save (yasa) his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20) Complete Jewish Bible

“You people don’t know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation (Yeshua) comes from the Jews” (John 4:22).

“Therefore God raised him [Yeshua] to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow – in heaven, on earth and under the earth – and every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai (Yahweh] to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua (salvation), because through Messiah Yeshua (salvation) the law of the Spirit of life set me from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2, NIV).

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation (Yeshua) and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).

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The Sons of Israel

These are the Hebrew Word Pictures for names Jacob/Israel, Rachel, Leah and their 13 children (12 sons and one daughter).

Jacob, the Father

Jacob (Supplanter)

Hebrew,  Ya’akov or יעקב

Yod, Ayin, Kof, Bet – ‘seen as the least in the house’

Israel (Overcomer) – Hebrew, Yisra’el or ישראל

Yod, Shin, Resh, Alef, Lamed – ‘hand destroys the first shepherd’

Rachel and Leah, the Mothers

Rachel (Ewe, female sheep)  Hebrew, Rachel or רחל

Resh, Chet, Lamed –  ‘head authority in the inner room’.

Leah (Weary or tired) –  Hebrew Leah or לאה

Lamed, Alef, Hey –  ‘behold the first strength’.

Leah gives birth to six sons and one daughter.

Twelve Sons of Jacob – The Tribes of Israel

1. Reuben (See, a son!) – Hebrew, Reuven or ראובן

Resh, Alef, Vav, Bet, Nun – “head strength is secured to the house of life’

Reuben was the firstborn of Jacob.

2. Simeon (Hearing) – Hebrew, Shim’on or שמעון

The root is related to the word, Shema or Hear.

Shin, Mem, Ayin, Vav, Nun – “consume the chaos the eye ties to life”

3. Levi (Joining) – Hebrew, Levi or לוי

Lamed, Vav, Yod – “shepherd joined to the hand”

4. Judah (Praise) – Hebrew, Y’hudah or יהודה

Yod, Hey, Vav, Dalet, Hey – “behold the hand bound, behold the door”

9. Issachar (Hire, reward) – Hebrew Yissakhar or יששכר

Yod, Shin, Shin, Kaf, Resh – “hand consumes doubly, allowing head”

10. Zebulun (Living together) – Hebrew Z’vulun or זבולן

Zayin, Bet, Vav, Lamed, Nun – “house weapon that ties shepherd to life”

Daughter, Dinah (Controversy over rights) – Hebrew Dinah or דינה

Dalet, Yod, Nun, Hey – “finished work of the door (hand) behold life’

Bilhah, the maid of Rachel, gives birth to two sons.

5. Dan (Judged) – Hebrew, Dan or דן

Dalet, Nun – “door of life”

6. Naphtali (My wrestling) – Hebrew, Naftali or נפתלי

Nun, Peh, Tau, Lamed, Yod – “life flows from the mouth sign of the shepherd’s hand’.

Zilpah, the maid of Leah, gives birth to two sons.

7.  Gad (Good fortune) – Hebrew, Gad or גד

Gimel, Dalet – “raised up at the door”

8. Asher (Happy)- Hebrew, Asher or אשר

Alef, Shin, Resh – “first consumes the head”

Rachel, gives birth to two sons

11.  Joseph  (May he add) – Hebrew, Yosef or יוסף

Yod, Vav, Samech, Peh – “hand ties and supports mouth (like a beginning river)”

12. Benjamin (son of the right hand), Hebrew Benyamin or בנימין

Bet, Nun, Yod, Mayim, Yod, Nun – “house of life is finished (closed hand), chaos of life is finished (closed hand)

Putting the Hebrew Word Pictures of the children of Israel together:

The strength of the shepherd is secured to the House of Life.  It consumes the chaos that binds the eyes to life.   The shepherd is bound (by nails) the finished work.  Behold the finished work, the nails, the door, behold.  The door is life.  Life flows from the mouth (words), a sign of the shepherd’s finished work and raises up the pathway.  Strength consumes the head, but the hand allows the the finished work to be the weapon of destruction securing the shepherd to life.  The finished work supports the words.  The House of Life is finished; the chaos of life is finished.  Behold life, the finished work of the hand, the pathway.

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Yeshua Increased in Favor

“And Yeshua increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). 

As a baby growing into a child and then into a  young man, Yeshua would grow in physical stature and the wisdom that comes from maturity.   But why would he need to ‘increase in favor’ or grace?  Yeshua did not need the grace of God for salvation because he is salvation.  Yet, Yeshua increased in grace with God.

Though the Scriptures clearly state that no one is saved nor has ever been saved by obedience to Torah (Galatians 2:16), Kefa (Peter) says there is a spiritual growth process that includes knowledge.  By growing in our knowledge of God and His Word, we protect ourselves from the error of lawless men who preach a lawless  gospel.

“Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Messiah Yeshua. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18).

If grace is considered a once and done salvation event, ‘saving grace,’ why did Yeshua need to ‘grow in grace?’   As a man walking in this world, he needed the power of his Father’s grace to live out His divine will.  He needed to grow into the fullness of the divine nature which he embodied.   To suffer punishment and death for the sins of the world would need a significant amount of ’empowering grace.’

“And God raised us up with Messiah and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Yeshua, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace …”  (Ephesians 2:6-7).

We are raised up with Yeshua and  seated in the heavenly realm with him.  As I write this little selah, I am sitting in my living room.  While my human body and mind are in this world being templed to sin on a daily baisis, I know my redeemed ‘self’, my soul, is in the heavenly realm. I can either succumb to my sinful nature or be empowered by riches of the Father’s grace and have victory over that nature.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:3).

Sha’ul (Paul) tells the Roman believers they must no longer conform to this world, but have a renewed mind.   Our minds are not suddenly renewed when we are born again.  Our thinking patterns must be transformed away from this world’s godless values and ethics. When we allow the ’empowering’ grace of God to renew our minds to the pattern of ‘the heavenly realm’ we will understand His good, pleasing and perfect will. We will have the mind of Messiah (1 Corinthians 2:16).

“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11).

As  ‘aliens and strangers in this world,’ we must keep ourselves from enjoining ourselves to sinful desires that war against our soul.  To be an ‘alien and stranger’ means we will not fit into the world’s view of life or death. We will  find our identity and purpose in values other than touted by the world around us.  If our body and spirit were completely and utterly redeemed at the moment of rebirth into the Kingdom, it would not even have selfish desires likes envy, jealousy, anger, hatred.

“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.  Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.  I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1).

Sha’ul told the Corinthian believers to purify themselves.  If the the ‘saving grace’ of God purified us, then there would be no continuous need to purify ourselves – body and spirit – from things that are unclean.  We would begin our spiritual walk in holiness and have no need to perfect holiness.

In order to be received as sons and daughters of the Most High God, we must perfect holiness!  It is something we must do – something that will bring us to the final goal of being like Yeshua. Perfecting holiness does not suggest a complacent ‘saving grace’ that us to remain irreverent, disrespectful, or contentious to His will.  These are words of action and without the action of perfecting holiness we are not really the sons and daughters of Almighty God.

As part of humanity, Yeshua struggled with the temptation to sin, like we do.   He needed the ’empowering grace’ of God to stand against temptation, like we do.   It was only the ’empowering’ grace of God that he remained steadfast when tempted by the Adversary in the wilderness. He never made excuses for the sinful world in which he lived, saying things like, “Abba, I live in a fallen, sinful world and I just can’t overcome sin.”  Nor did he believe he needed to taste sin in order to have an affect on a sinner’s life.   He knew the commands of his Father, taught the commands of his Father, lived the commands of his Father, and stood against the Adversary and his own temptations through the Torah of his Father.  He needed the ever-increasing favor of God to empower him to overcome.   Because he overcame and stood against the temptation to sin, he was righteous above all others which qualified him to be the substitute sacrifice for my sins, your sins, and the sins of the world.

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin” (1 John 2:1).

It is only by using the the instructions of our Father, that honest followers of Messiah learn what is ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ so that they can purify themselves body (Old Testament) and spirit (New Testament).  It is only through the Truths written in God’s Word that we know His good, pleasing and perfect will: holy days, dietary regulations, how we treat our physical temples, how we treat our neighbor, and our animals.   It is only through meditating on the Truth that the mind can be transformed.  Through the process of this transformation, we experience the fullness of God’s ’empowering grace.’

Yeshua understood that grace was more than just one moment of being ‘saved.’ He guarded himself from the ‘lawless ‘one’ and ‘lawless men’ by obeying the instructions of his Father.  With each step of his life, he increased in ’empowering grace’ and grew in wisdom and stature among men.

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