Day 42: El Yeshuatenu

Praise the Lord; praise [El Yeshuatenu]!
    For each day he carries us in his arms. 

Psalm 68:19 (NLT)

El Yeshuatenu: God of Our Salvation (or God Our Savior)

Embedded in El Yeshuatenu is Yeshua; do you recognize that name? It was the name an angel handed to a young virgin the day he told her she would have a child from God, without a man. It was the name God gave His own Son. “El” means God; “tenu,” then, must mean our. This verse written in the Psalms, then, hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, in our language could say, “Praise the Lord; praise God Our Jesus.”

Whaaaat.

Did David, the Psalmist, know? No, I don’t think he did. He knew God was our Savior, and that is why he called Him by this name. He certainly knew the name Yeshua because it was a common one, having belonged first to Moses’ successor, the man who led the Israelites into the promised land itself where he, David, dwelled in strength and prosperity, where he knew this name in a much different context than we do. Nothing about this appearance of our Messiah’s name in the Old Testament, then, was humanly intentional. Isn’t it beautiful how God hid this in there only for us to find it hundreds and thousands of years later? The proof, the never-ending evidence that He intended our salvation all along! His joy in burying these treasures in His Word for us to find and His absolute pleasure in seeing us find them is that of a Father, an ‘Ab, telling His children a masterful story and delighting wholeheartedly in our delight.

And also He uses this name to open our minds to see, to prove again, that His Son is Who He said He is. He has been all along. He has been El Yeshuatenu, God our Salvation, from the beginning of time and before. God our Jesus still, as always, carrying us every day in His arms.

I and the Father are one.

John 10:30

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Deuteronomy 6:4 (NIV)

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