The Hebrew name of the Messiah which is Yahuwshuwa (not yeshua or jesus) is not just a name, it's an oracle. Many of the revelations are lost when its replaced with the name Jesus. Yahuwshuwa means " Yahuwah brings salvation and riches to those that cry out". let me break this name down.
Moses was the first man recorded in the scriptures to receive the revelation of the coming Messiah's name. In numbers 13:16 the KJV reads:
These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land.
And Moses called Oshea the son of nun Jehoshua".
This is a very significant verse. According to Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History 1:3:4, the modern name Jesus originally comes from this name Jehoshua. The Masoretic text gives us a 6 letter rendition ( יְהוֹשׁ֫וּעַ) and also a 5 letter rendition (יְהוֹשׁ֫עַ) of this name, this is why Jehoshua changes to Joshua soon after this verse. You can see these two renditions of this name in the Strong's concordance Hebrew dictionary #3091.
In Ezra 3:2 ( which was written in Aramaic not Hebrew) gives the name Jeshua when speaking about Joshua the high priest, compare Ezra 3:2 with Zechariah 6:11. This is because Ezra 3 was translated from the Aramaic. This is where Yeshua comes from.
So we can see our English bibles give us 4 different names for the Messiah. It gives us Jehoshua, Joshua, Jeshua , then Jesus in the new testament. Its interesting that the modern church ignores Jehoshua which is the most accurate English transliteration of the original name, but they use Jesus which is the least accurate. Even Joshua is more accurate than Jesus. We can even see Joshua, who led Israel into the promise land, is called Jesus in Hebrews 4:8 KJV. This is because they are supposed to be the exact same name.
We know that there was no J sound in the Hebrew language, and it was the latest letter to come to the English alphabet. So when we put in the ancient paleo hebrew vowel sounds, which are A,I, and U, to יְהוֹשׁ֫וּעַ then we get Yahuwshuwa ( jehoshua).
Yahuw (YHW) or Yah (YH) was commonly attached to the beginning or ending of Hebrew names to represent the Fathers name YHWH. For example:
- Isaiah= Yesha'Yahu which means "Yahuwah is salvation".
- Jeremiah= Yirmeyah, which means Yahuwah throws".
These examples are given in the introductions in my Thomas Nelson KJV bible.
So Yahuw in Yahuwshuwa is showing the Father's name inside the name Yahuwshuwa.
Now lets go to the next part of his name which is SHUWA. The Strong's Concordance #H7769 and 7768 gives us the definiton as " crying out, freedom from trouble, and also riches". Then when we go to #H3444 we see yeSHUWA means deliverance, Salvation, prosperity.
When we put all these together we get " Yahuwah brings salvation and riches to those who cry out". The definition of this name is a theme played out throughout the entire bible.
Moses didn't just make this name up out of nowhere, he received the Revelation of this name after personally witnessing the bondage of his people in Egypt (Exodus 1:13), them crying out for deliverance ( Exodus 2:23-25), then being saved from Egypt taking the riches of the Egyptians with them (Exodus 12:35), passing through the Red Sea ( baptsim) to a life of freedom. After putting all these things together, He came to the revelation of this name through the divine Spirit. The entire exodus story represents the gospel message, but that will go off track from the question.
examples of people crying out before receiving deliverance:
- Genesis 21:16-20,
- Exodus 2:23-25, 14:10-13
- Psalms 34:17,107:19-20
- Matthew 14:10-13
- Mark 10:46-52
The cry is very important. Salvation doesn't come from repeating a "sinners prayer", it comes being convicted and realizing who you are as a sinner in need of a savior, coming to the Father through His Son and his finished work on the cross, with a humble heart in faith, crying out in repentance. Many christian testimonies testify to this.
The "riches" don't attest to material riches in this world, but to the heavenly and spiritual riches. examples :
- Ephesians 3:8 4:8
- colossians 1:27, 2:2-3
- Matthew 5:20
Its not a coincidence that Moses gave this name to Oshea the son of Nun, who would lead Israel to receive their inheritance. It was a prophecy of the coming Messiah ( anointed one) that would come in this name and lead his people to an everlasting inheritance. Moses , a prophet , foresaw these things and crowned Oshea with this prophetic name. Joshua would foreshadow the one who would truly fulfill the name Yahuwshuwa in its fullness . After this name was attached to Joshua , we see that he was able to do incredible miracles like making the sun stop in the the sky (Joshua 10). Again, all this connects to the coming Messiah who would do miracles.
Moses also gave the title Christ ( Mashiyach in the Hebrew) to his brother Aaron the anointed high Priest and his sons ( Leviticus 4:3-4). This was also Symbolic and prophetic.
So we see the name Yahuwshuwa HaMashiyach represented through two men. Through Joshua, who was the successor in the government of Israel, and through Aaron who held the priesthood making atonement for the sins of Israel. both of them together show what the one Messiah would accomplish. Showing him to be both Ruler and Priest.
This name was prophesied to come long before His incarnation. This name was chosen because it displays Yahuwah's entire plan of salvation. It shows that through our faith in His Son ( who bears this name), the Father would bring salvation and spiritual riches to all who cry out to him from their sinful bondage in repentance with a contrite heart. Just like he did for Israel in Egypt, this was the spiritual meaning of exodus.
Psalm 107:17-20 summarizes the very definition of the name Yahuwshuwa so beautifully when we understand "the Word " to be the Son who healed us by his stripes:
17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their
iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto
the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them
out of their distresses.
20 He sent his Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their