Joseph Herrin (03-09-2012)
In the previous post I listed some examples of people in the Bible who bore the same name while sharing remarkable similarities to one another. The life of Joseph, the son of Jacob, was compared to Joseph of Arimathea and Joseph the husband of Mary. Although nearly 2,000 years separated these individuals’ lives, they shared an unusual closeness of spirit and purpose. As we saw, both Jacob’s son and the husband of Mary were given divine guidance and insight through dreams. Additionally, Joseph prepared his father Jacob’s body for burial and Joseph of Arimathea prepared the body of Christ for burial.
These parallels are not random, undirected events. Such “coincidences” are predestined by Yahweh. They serve to reveal a divine presence in the creation and a divine ordering of the lives of men.
Not all such parallels between people of the same name are obvious. Many of these connections are obscured due to inconsistencies in translating names in the Bible. Although our English translators have rendered the name Joseph fairly consistently (the KJV at times renders the name as Joses), they have been very inconsistent in the rendering of other names. For example, Simon Peter’s Hebrew name was Simeon, the same name borne by the second son of Jacob. Judas Iscariot shared the same name as Judah, another of Jacob’s sons. The author of the book of James had the same name as Jacob, the patriarch of the Old Testament, and the Son of God bore the same name as Joshua, the Israelite leader who led the people of God to take possession of their inheritance.
Most Christians today are unaware of these shared names. In every instance there are powerful and profound parallels to be discerned between the Old Testament and New Testament characters. Let us look at each of the men named above.
Simeon was the second son of Jacob by his wife Leah. The name Simeon means “he hears.”
Then [Leah] conceived again and bore a son and said, “Because Yahweh has heard (Hebrew shama) that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” So she named him Simeon (Hebrew shimown).
The characteristic of hearing was prominent in the life of Simeon Peter as well. In the following gospel account we see that Christ makes much of the fact that Simeon has heard the voice of God the Father.
Now when Yahshua came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simeon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Yahshua said to him, “Blessed are you, Simeon Barjona (son of Jonah), because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
At this very moment Yahshua could truly have said of Simeon Peter, “He hears!” This was the actual meaning of Simeon’s name. There is also a correlation to what was heard. When Leah named her son Simeon she said, “Yahweh has heard that I am unloved.” There is an intentional parallel between this statement and Christ’s questioning of Simeon Peter after His resurrection. Three times Yahshua asked Simeon, “Do you love Me?” Why did Christ ask him this question three times? Was it not because the Savior wanted Simeon to truly HEAR Him? Simeon was led to deeply consider what it means to love Christ. If Simeon loved Him, he would be willing to lay down his life in service to others and to Christ. Yahshua wanted Simeon to understand that when His disciples refuse to suffer for Him that He is unloved.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Simeon did hear Yahshua, and he became a faithful shepherd of the people of God. In the end Simeon was crucified for his love and faithfulness to Christ. He fulfilled the pattern set by his Master.
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.”
Three times Yahshua gave Simeon the command to “feed My lambs (or sheep).” Simeon heard Yahshua, and he proved his love for his Lord and Savior by laying down his life to fulfill the command of Christ.
Simeon Peter shared another less noble attribute of the son of Jacob. Of that earlier Simeon we read that he was involved in a scheme with his brother Levi to punish the Hivites for defiling their sister. Shechem, the son of the ruler of this Canaanite people, had lain with Dinah and then requested that he might marry her. This greatly displeased Simeon and a plot was formed to exact revenge. Simeon and Levi told Shechem and his father that their families could only intermarry with the Canaanites if they agreed to be circumcised. The men of the land consented, and when they lay disabled due to the pain of the circumcision, Simeon and Levi took up the sword and slew all the men.
Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and killed every male. They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and went forth.
Simeon is named first, indicating his leadership role in this matter. Jacob was sorely displeased with this action of his sons. When it came time to prophesy over his sons prior to his death, Jacob remembered the fierce anger of these two men.
“Simeon and Levi are brothers; Their swords are implements of violence. Let my soul not enter into their council; Let not my glory be united with their assembly; Because in their anger they slew men, and in their self-will they lamed oxen. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel. I will disperse them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.”
Which of the twelve disciples of Christ do you suppose was quick to pick up the sword and use it against others? It was Simeon Peter. At Christ’s arrest we are given the following account.
Simeon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus. So Yahshua said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?”
Another parallel between these two men’s lives is that both were placed in prison and later delivered from it.
When [Joseph] returned to them and spoke to them, he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.
When Joseph’s brothers returned a year later to buy more grain Joseph released Simeon and restored him to his brothers.
He said, “Be at ease, do not be afraid…” Then he brought Simeon out to them.
In the New Testament we read of Simeon Peter being bound in prison alone. The church mourned for Peter’s imprisonment, praying for his release. Surely Jacob and his family prayed likewise for Simeon. Jacob spoke of being bereft of his son, and it was no doubt a trial to the entire family. I suspect Joseph chose Simeon to be his captive in part because he seemed well favored by his brothers, and was a leader among them. Simeon had led the campaign to slay the Hivites, and his brothers had followed behind, looting their treasures and taking their flocks and herds. No doubt Simeon continued to act as a leader among his brothers, for he was the second born and Reuben, the firstborn, had disgraced himself. Simeon Peter was likewise a leader among the twelve disciples. Where he went, they were prone to follow (John 21:3).
In the 12th chapter of Acts we read of Simeon Peter being imprisoned and then set free without any harm coming to him. An angel appeared to Peter in the prison and loosed him from his chains, opened the prison doors, and led him out to freedom. For those who care to study the lives of these two men, I am sure that many more parallels can be discovered.
There are few Christians today who realize that Judas, the betrayer of Christ, had the Hebrew name Yehudah (Judah). When one compares the life of Christ’s betrayer with the son of Jacob of the same name, the connections between their lives become clear. Judas is infamous for acting in the most treacherous manner due to an inordinate love of money. Judas was the treasurer, the holder of the money bag for Christ and the disciples. We are told that he used to pilfer money from the bag, for his heart was not right.
But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.
Because Judas did not master this impure love of money in his heart, he eventually acted in the most abominable fashion. He betrayed One whom he had lived with, ate with, and had fellowship with for several years. It seemed a small thing to him to sell an intimate acquaintance for monetary gain.
Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.
In a remarkable parallel, it was Judah who suggested to his brothers that they sell Joseph and make a profit off of his suffering.
Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver.
Judah sold Joseph for 20 shekels of silver, and the disciple of Christ who bore the same name sold Yahshua for 30 pieces of silver. Such Biblical parallels are not happenstance. They reveal types and anti-types, shadow and substance, between the Old Testament and the New.
Another remarkable parallel between the Testaments that is obscured due to an inconsistency in the rendering of names is that between Jacob and the author of the book of James. The actual Hebrew name is Ya’aqov. This name passed into Greek as Iakobos, and into Latin as Iacobus. Later a variant of this Latin name appeared as Iacomus. Most languages today render these two Latin names identically, recognizing that they come from a single source. English, however, is the odd man out as it renders one of these Latin names as Jacob and the other as James.
It is regrettable that the translators of our English Bibles did not perceive the value of rendering names consistently to preserve the connection between the bearers. No doubt Satan has had a hand in this obfuscation. He is the adversary of the saints and actively opposes truth and spiritual understanding. Yahweh permits this that men might prove their love of the truth by searching for it as for hidden treasure. It is the will of God that those with only a casual interest in truth and understanding should find it difficult to perceive those things that are of value in His kingdom. The Bible remains a veiled book to the majority of Christians today.
Understanding that the author of the book of James bore the same name as that man we commonly call Jacob opens up new insights. Jacob was the father of twelve sons who became the twelve tribes of Israel. The author of the book of James begins his epistle with the following words (Note that I have rendered James more faithfully as Jacob):
Jacob, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Yahshua Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.
What is more natural than for a man named Jacob to be sending a letter to the twelve tribes of Israel (his sons)? One can imagine Jacob, the son of Isaac, saying some of the same things that this man states in his epistle.
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?
Even as Jacob of old perceived bitter jealousy and selfish ambition among his sons, so too does the author of this book grieve over the same among his brethren.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
We read of Jacob’s sons that they could not speak civilly to Joseph, for they were jealous of him. There were dissensions and envying among them, for they came from four different mothers, two of whom were wives and two who were concubines. One wife (Rachel) was loved more than the others, and her sons were shown favor by Jacob. The entire family was full of petty jealousies and quarrels, at times leading to major transgressions such as the betrayal of Joseph by his brothers. The author of the book of James is addressing similar behavior among the body of Christ.
What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel.
The connection between these two men named Jacob could not be clearer.
What could be more obscure than to call two men that had the same Hebrew name Joshua and Jesus? These names sound nothing alike. One has three syllables and the other two. The vowels are different. One name ends with a vowel and the other a consonant. It is easy to see why most Christians have failed to comprehend that Christ’s Hebrew name was the same as the Israelite leader whom Yahweh appointed to take His people into their inheritance. Yet it was by God’s design that these two men should bear the same name. One serves as a type of the other. First the natural, then the spiritual.
In the Hebrew language both these men were called Yahshua. This name has been Anglicized as Joshua. In Old English the letter J was pronounced as a Y. We can still see this in words such as “Hallelujah.” In fact, the “jah” in hallelujah is derived from the same Hebrew word that forms the beginning of the name Yahshua. Yah (Jah) was the name of the God of Israel. This name occurs 49 times in this form in the Old Testament, as in the following verse.
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
In most instances the translators of our English Bibles have not rendered the name of God faithfully. It was the tradition of the Jews to refuse to pronounce the name of Yah, or the longer form Yahweh, considering the name to be too holy to be spoken. Yet the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Old Testament to pen the name Yah 49 times, and the longer form Yahweh 6,828 times. The translators of the most popular English Bibles have continued the tradition of the Jews and have obscured God’s name. It has been totally removed from many English Bible translations and has been replaced by titular substitutes such as “Lord” and “Lord God.”
There has been a great attack launched by Satan against the rendering of names faithfully in the Bible. Satan is a great deceiver and the enemy of truth. He does not want Yahweh’s people to become intimately acquainted with their God. This is leading to gross error and deception in this hour when many Christians who have never learned the name of Yahweh are being deceived by ministers who are declaring that Christians serve the same God as Muslims. This claim is often followed by a pronouncement of Jews, Christians, and Muslims all tracing their faith back to Abraham. Abraham, however, was a worshiper of Yahweh, and the Muslim’s follow Allah (this is also a title, not a name). The holy book of Islam, the Koran, denies that Yahshua is the Son of God. It says He was only a prophet, and Mohammed is a greater prophet. The Koran denies that Yahshua was born of a virgin, or that He was crucified and resurrected. The Koran teaches that Allah is only one, while the Bible declares that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a triune God consisting of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Such confusion would be easily allayed if Christians knew that the name of the God of the Bible is Yahweh. However, this name is not to be found in the most popularly used translations today such as the KJV, NAS, NIV, and others. One has to purchase a divine names Bible to have a text that does not employ titular substitutes for these names and many of the divine name Bibles have errors of their own.
*Note that “Lord” and “God” are not names. They are titles. There are many lords, and many gods (I Corinthians 8:5). Each one has a name. Tragically, most Christians do not know the name of their God. Perhaps this is itself a parable, for knowing another’s name is a token of intimacy. Is Yahweh declaring that His people today do not know Him?
Yahweh gave no prohibition against speaking or writing His name. He openly declared it. He had it recorded thousands of times by men who were inspired of the Holy Spirit to pen the scriptures. There are a vast number of other names in the Bible that incorporate God’s name “Yah.” Consider the many names that end with “ah” in the Old Testament. Most of these names were a testimony of Yah. Following are some examples. I will give first the English rendering, then the Hebrew form, concluding with the name’s meaning.
Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu): Yah has uplifted.
Hezekiah (Hizqiyahu): Yah strengthens.
Adonijah (Adoniyah):My Lord is Yah.
Obadiah (Obadyah): Servant of Yah.
Zechariah (Zekaryah): Yah remembers.
Zephaniah (Tsephanyah): Yah has hidden.
Nehemiah (Nehemyah): Comforted by Yah.
Note: Hebrew spellings are from The Scriptures divine name Bible. Meanings of names are from the website www.behindthename.com.
These are just a few of the myriad of names that incorporate within themselves the name of Yah. At times the name Yah appears at the beginning of a person’s name as in the following examples.
Jehoiachim (Yehoyaqim): Yah uplifts, or establishes.
Jehoshaphat (Yehoshaphat): Yah has judged.
Joshua (Yehoshua): Yah’s salvation, or Yah is salvation.
There is no concrete rule on to how to render Hebrew names into English. I have seen the name of the Savior translated as Jesus, Yahshua, Yeshua, Yehoshua, etc.. I have chosen to write the name as Yahshua as it preserves the connection to the name Yah, the name of God the Father. It is immediately apparent that “Yah’s salvation” is an appropriate title for the Son of God, for He is the Savior of the world. It was understood at the giving of this name to the son of God that this connection was intended.
“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Yahshua, for He will save His people from their sins.”
The translators of our English Bibles have done a grave disservice to the church by rendering the name of the Hebrew leader Joshua and the name of the Savior differently. In the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament from which the translators were working, both of these names are identical. For example:
“Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen. And having received it in their turn, our fathers brought it in with Joshua upon dispossessing the nations whom God drove out before our fathers, until the time of David.”
The name Joshua here is a translation of the Greek “Iesous.” Strong’s Concordance lists the following entry on this name.
Iesous (ee-ay-sooce’); of Hebrew origin [OT:3091]; Jesus (i.e. Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites:
It states that the origin of this name is from the Old Testament name designated number 3091. Following is that entry.
Yehowshuwa` (yeh-ho-shoo’-ah); or Yehowshu`a (yeh-ho-shoo’-ah); from OT:3068 and OT:3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua), the Jewish leader: -Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua.
James Strong wrote his concordance at a time when many Bible scholars believed Jehovah was the correct rendering of the four Hebrew letters Yod Hay Vav Hay, which is commonly called “the tetragrammaton.” These four Hebrew letters spell the name Yahweh. Bible scholars have since learned that Jehovah is not an accurate rendering of the name of God, and most have ceased using it.
Why did the translators of the NAS, NKJV, NIV, and numerous other Bibles render Iesous as Joshua in Acts 7:45, but translate it as Jesus in nearly every other instance? Such inconsistency reveals a profound lack of understanding of the ways in which Yahweh speaks to men through types and anti-types.
The two entries above from Strong’s Concordance reveal that the name of the Israelite leader known as Joshua, and the name of the Son of God, are one and the same. They also show that this name is connected to the idea of salvation which is provided by Yahweh.
Joshua was intended to serve as a type and shadow of the Savior who would make a way for the people of God to enter into their inheritance. Joshua’s leadership began at the crossing of the Jordan River. Standing before the people of God was an impassable body of water. The Jordan was in flood stage and could not be crossed. Yahweh divided the waters and allowed the Israelites to cross over on dry land with water on either side.
Similarly, the Son of God who bore the same name began His ministry at the Jordan River. Yahshua presented Himself to John to be baptized in the waters of the Jordan. Standing before mankind was an impassable barrier called death. It prevented mankind from entering into their spiritual inheritance. Christ came to make a way for mankind to get past this barrier.
When Joshua led the Israelites through the Jordan, a baptism was being signified. Moses had forty years earlier “baptized” the people at the crossing of the Red Sea.
I Corinthians 10:1-2
For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea…
Moses, however, could not lead the Israelites into the promised land. In Yahweh’s foresight and predestination it was given to one bearing the Hebrew name Yahshua to lead the people through the Jordan, for this symbolized that work of salvation provided by the Son of God.
Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Yahshua have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Moses as the Law giver could not provide new life to the people of God (Galatians 3:21). Only the Son of God, Yahshua, can give divine life to mankind. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes unto the Father but by Him (John 14:6). To signify that salvation Yahshua would provide to mankind 1,500 years later, Yahweh appointed another man named Yahshua to lead His people through the Jordan and into their inheritance.
In addition to both of these men beginning their ministries at the Jordan, there are many more profound parallels between their lives. They are too numerous to cite, and I consider myself to have comprehended only a small portion of the ways in which these men’s lives correspond. Nevertheless, following are a limited number of examples.
Joshua and Yahshua: Both Leaders of God’s People
Joshua: [Moses said] Yahweh was angry with me also on your account, saying, “Not even you shall enter there. Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there; encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it.” (Deuteronomy 1:37-38)
Yahshua: “And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; for out of you shall come forth a Ruler, Who will shepherd My people Israel.” (Matthew 2:6)
Joshua and Yahshua: Both Called out of Egypt
Joshua: “None of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land… except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have followed Yahweh fully.” (Numbers 32:11-12)
Yahshua: “Joseph arose and took the Child and His mother by night, and departed for Egypt; and was there until the death of Herod, that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ‘Out of Egypt did I call My Son.’” (Matthew 2:14-15)
Joshua and Jesus: Both Filled with the Spirit
Joshua: So Yahweh said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him.” (Numbers 27:18)
Yahshua: “You know of Yahshua of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit…” (Acts 10:38)
Joshua and Yahshua: Appoint Twelve Men
Joshua: “So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe.” (Joshua 4:4).
Yahshua: “And He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach…” (Mark 3:13-14)
Joshua and Yahshua both Circumcise the People
Joshua: “At that time Yahweh said to Joshua, ‘Make for yourself flint knives and circumcise again the sons of Israel the second time.’ So Joshua made himself flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth.” (Joshua 5:2-3)
Yahshua: “And in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.” (Colossians 2:11 )
Joshua and Yahshua Deliver a Harlot from Death
Joshua: “However, Rahab the harlot and her father’s household and all she had, Joshua spared; and she has lived in the midst of Israel to this day.” (Joshua 6:25)
Yahshua: “The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?…” When they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her…” When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Yahshua said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Yahshua said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”(John 8:3-11)
Joshua and Yahshua Conquer a Great City
Joshua: The conquest of Canaan began with the overthrow of that great city Jericho with its massive walls. The plan of battle was most unusual, and Yahweh definitely is revealing something through the extraordinary details. For six days Joshua led the people in marching around Jericho. On the seventh day they marched around seven times. They then blew the trumpets and shouted and the walls of the city fell down. The inhabitants were slain and this territory fell into Israel’s hands. The remainder of the Canaanites, hearing about this, trembled in fear for their lives.
Yahshua: Christ has come to destroy the works of the devil (I John 3:8). Satan’s works are symbolized by the great city Babylon. The book of Revelation reveals the destruction of Babylon by Christ, and there are great similarities to Joshua’s conquest of Jericho. Christ’s judgment of the world begins with seven trumpets being blown. In a parallel to the conquest of Jericho, the seventh act of God is further divided into seven individual actions. Pertaining to Jericho, on the seventh day the Israelites were instructed to march around the city seven times. On the preceding days it was only one time. In a parallel, when each of the first six trumpets are blown in Revelation there is a single event that occurs. However, when the seventh trumpet is blown there are seven vials poured out. Thus, as with Jericho, the seventh act itself has seven parts. When the last of the seven vials is poured out, there is a great earthquake, the city falls and is destroyed.
Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath.
Each of these parallels between the characters of the Old and New Testaments could make a study in itself. Many, many, more examples could be cited. This token sampling of types and anti-types should be sufficient, however, to demonstrate that Yahweh has with great purpose and design raised up individuals who bore the same names to show forth patterns and testimonies to His holy people.
Great mysteries are waiting to be plumbed in the word of God. It is my desire that your eyes might be opened to seek out and understand these treasures of truth; things hidden in darkness that Yahweh will reveal to those who love the truth.
“I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, Yahweh, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.”
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