When Israel was released from captivity in Babylon, and allowed to rebuild the Temple, the High Priest Jeshua, helped led the people into the land, along with the man who would be king, had Israel not sinned, Zerubabel. Jeshua is a variation of the name of Jehoshua, meaning God Will Save. In fact, in the book of Zechariah, Jeshua's name is rendered Jehoshua, basically the same meaning. After the people were removed from the land, they returned under the leadership of a man named God Will Save.
THE JESHUA THAT WILL BE:
The next prominent Jeshua we find in scripture is Jeshua of Nazareth. Known to the Western world as Jesus Christ. Jesus was Hebrew, His mother was Hebrew and His given name was Hebrew. His name was not Jesus, it was Yeshua, meaning God Saves. Just as Joshua's name was anglicized, so was Jesus' name rendered in Greek, the common language of the world at the time. At the time of the writing of Ezra, Jesus was still over 400 years in the future. We attribute our salvation to God, incarnated as a man named God Saves.
NAME PLACEMENT ON THE LIST:
Also of note is the placement of the names on the list. There was no natural order to this list, meaning it was not a genealogy, nor was it an alphabetical list. This list has no discernible order, other than it was dictated by God to be written as we see it to represent time. Notice the first Jeshua on the list comes in right towards the top, placing the name in proximity to the beginning of the forming of the nation of Israel, just like the first Jeshua. We do not see the second Jeshua on the list until about 29 lines later, indicating a long period of time period of time passing before the next Jeshua shows up to lead the people to the land. Interestingly, this Jeshua actually represents himself, as this is the literal High Priest Jeshua who led the people out of captivity. Next, after a relatively short period of time, we see the third and final Jeshua appear on the list. This Jeshua represents Jesus, who came on the scene about 400 years after the writing of this passage, a relatively short period time, receiving very little historical coverage in scripture, in comparison to the about 1000 years of Jewish history that most of the Old Testament seems to cover.
The final Jeshua is not a representation of anything, but the genuine Messiah, who leads His people to the Father and ultimately, Heaven, the true promised land.
This passage of scripture took place concurrently with the ministry of the prophet Zechariah, who revealed the name of the coming Messiah to be Jeshua click here to read my blog on this topic
God, our Father, is not a God who leaves things to chance and luck. He is a God of order and design. The plan for the redemption of man through God's becoming a man named Jeshua, was planned from the foundations of the earth and is encoded in scripture for us to find. Ezra shows it symbolically and Zechariah states it emphatically, yet almost all of Israel missed it and the majority of the Gentile world misses it as well. The truth of God's plan is hidden in plain sight and we are told to "seek and ye shall find" so go seek out these truths and be enriched in your faith.
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