J is for Jesus

Fun factoid: Joshua has the same original name as Jesus. Both are named in the Hebrew “Yahoshua” (Yahweh is Salvation) but have been rendered differently in English to keep their names distinct.

It is thought by many Biblical scholars that Joshua actually met Jesus in Joshua 5:13-15.

Joshua and the people of Israel have just crossed river Jordan (by way of God supernaturally drying it up), circumcised themselves as a statement of belonging to the Lord, celebrated their first Passover, and have set their sights upon the city of Jericho.  Before the battle, we se Joshua go off alone and meet the enigmatic commander of the Lord’s army:

When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” And the commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Because the Bible declares there is only one God (2 Sam 7:22) who has no physical form (Deut 4:12) and yet there is a person in Scripture identified as a man but is worshiped by Joshua and commands him to take off his sandals in reverence, taking a complete view of all Scripture would lead one to say that this must be a pre-incarnate Christ (of which one might also include Jacob wrestling with God in 32:22-32).  The study of the Trinity throughout both Testaments does not return void but edifies, encourages, and emboldens the believer.  Christ is said to have had all the fullness of deity dwelling in bodily form (Col 2:9) and is also identified as the Alpha and the Omega (Rev. 22:12).  If all of recorded existence could be measured across the alphabet of Alpha to Omega, then the Son would be found at both ends and in multiple points in between.  The world was created through Him (John 1:3) at the Alpha point, He walked in the the garden with Adam and Eve (Gen 3:8) and appeared in multiple letters (as shown above),  He took on the form of a poor Galilean further along in the sequence (Matt 2:11), and presided over the Great White Throne judgment at the Omega point (2 Tim 4:1, Rev. 20:11-15).

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4 Responses to “J is for Jesus”

  1. An excellent J post.

  2. I’m here. I’m reading. I don’t have much to add to the discussion, but I’m here.

    • Thank you. I always look forward to your A-Z clay posts, be encouraged to keep up the fantastic work. Just don’t hurt yourself!

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