Yeshua is the Memra

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:1,14

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  Act 5:29

Who is Yeshua?

Yeshua is the real name of Jesus. The name “Jesus” comes from the Latin Iesus, which comes from an Anglicized form of the Greek name Yesous.

The name ‘Jesus’ did not yet exist during the time that Jesus or the Apostles were alive.

In Hebrew Yeshua means "He is salvation". The name Jesus has no intrinsic meaning in Hebrew whatsoever.

Before the 12th century, the letter ( J ) did not exist in the Old English language. The sound the letter ( J ) makes has never existed in the Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin languages. This fact is why no one in Yeshua's day could have accurately pronounced the English name Jesus.

The name "Jesus" is actually an invention of man. The name "Jesus" came into existence when it was first published in the 1611 King James version Bible, which means the name Jesus is only around 400 years old !

The early believers used the real true name "Yeshua Ha-Mashiach" when talking about their Saviour. Ha-Mashiach means "The Anointed One" in Hebrew.

What is Memra?

Memra is an Aramaic word, translated into the greek as "Logos", and english as "the Word".

Memra is found hundreds of times in the Aramaic Targums (the translations into Aramaic and paraphrases of the Hebrew Scriptures used in synagogues for centuries around the time of Yeshua).

The Memra was the instrument of creation as recorded in Genesis 1:3

Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

"And God said"........  Everything God created, He did so by use of His Memra, by means of His Word. So without the Memra, nothing would exist that now exists.

The memra was also the instrument of salvation.   Whenever God saved throughout the history of the Old Testament, whether physical like the Exodus out of Egypt, or spiritual salvation, God always saved by means of His Memra - by means of His Word.

So, is God's word enough?  Proverbs 30:5-6 says

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.  Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. 

Unfortunately many denominations, and outright cults, teach that the Word of God is not enough. They claim that the Word of God is insufficient without the aid of their non biblical traditions and writings by men who are not even mentioned in the Holy Scriptures.

They do so at their own peril.   Yeshua says in John 12:48

He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.

And in Matthew 15:9

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Never does Yeshua refer to oral traditions in a positive way. Every time he defends truth he refers to the scriptures.

Yeshua and the apostles constantly appealed to the Word of God as the final authority. This they often did by the introductory phrase, “It is written,” which is repeated some 90 times in the New Testament.

Yeshua used this phrase three times when appealing to Scripture as the final authority in His dispute with Satan (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10).

What is more, Yeshua made it clear that the Bible stands on its own, exalted above all tradition.

God also says in Deuteronomy 4:2

"You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you."

And in Revelation 22:18-19

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:     And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

This simply cannot be coincidence that Revelation 22:18-19 is at the very end of the Bible,  Sola Scriptura (Latin for: by Scripture alone) could hardly be stated more emphatically !