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Was Jesus a Rabbi?

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Pastor Luis Yosefus

The simple answer to the question is, “Yes!”  Jesus was indeed a Jewish “teacher” of God’s Law and “Master” or spiritual leader over those who followed Him as His disciples. That’s what Rabbi means – a teacher or master.

A Rabbi in early first century Judaism and Christianity was very similar to what we call a “Pastor” or “Preacher” today.  The title “Reverend” that is commonly in use today was never permitted in the early church, since it was considered blasphemous to call any man Reverend (which means to be revered).  God alone is to be worshipped and revered.

Years ago, when I was first ordained as a minister of the gospel I was given the title “Reverend Luis.”  I used this religious title for a brief time not knowing any better. I must confess that being addressed as “Reverend” inflated my ego a little bit and I enjoyed the false sense that I was somehow better than others, on a higher spiritual level than other Christians. But as I grew older (and hopefully wiser), I saw the arrogance of such a preposterous title. I humbled myself before God and asked for His forgiveness. Afterwards I discontinued using the title Reverend or allowing anyone to address me in such a manner.  I prefer to be called Pastor or Shepherd or Teacher of God’s flock, under the authority of the Great Shepherd Himself – Jesus the Messiah.

In Jesus’ case, however, he was more than just a Rabbi or Teacher.  He was the only begotten Son of God, the long awaited Messiah of Israel, and Redeemer of all mankind.  To say that Jesus was simply a good teacher or godly prophet is to minimize His spiritual authority and ignore His divine attributes.

Today for the sake of brevity, we will focus on His role as a Jewish Rabbi who was anointed of God to correctly teach God’s people about the Kingdom of heaven.  As we seek to further understand the Jewish roots of our Christian faith, we must realize that Jesus was not only sent by God the Father to die for the remission of our sins, but also to dispel many false religious doctrines and traditions that had perverted the worship of Yahovah God.  Judaism, 2000 years ago (as well as today) had been contaminated by thousands of man-made traditions that had made the Word of God void.

In Mark 7:6-9, Jesus rebuked some of the Rabbis and religious leaders of His day for being hypocrites and only honoring God with their lips and not their hearts.

He answered and said to them, Well has Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. However, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things you do. And he said to them, Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.”

They had substituted outward acts such as washing of hands, cups, pots, and brazen vessels, for the more important attitudes of inner holiness. Outwardly, these religious leaders appeared righteous, but inwardly they had no real love for God. Sound familiar?

Many of the Jewish Rabbis and teachers of the Law were guilty of placing man-made traditions above or before God’s written Word.  The same problem exists within the Christian churches today. Man-made or denominational doctrines have also superseded the Word of God. Jesus the Rabbi would again rebuke many of the religious shephereds (Christian pastors and preachers) today for being hypocrites and following the traditions of men instead of Gods Word.

Jesus indeed was the greatest Rabbi that has ever lived!  If we are to practice an authentic form of Christianity, Jesus the Messiah, our Savior and Lord of our lives, must have the final word over everything that we accept as truth, and practice.

If you’re not sure if your church or denomination is teaching the absolute truth according to the Old and New Testament Bible, go to Rabbi Jesus. Pray and ask Him to show you the way.  Rabbi Jesus declare in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one can come to God the Father except through Me.” AMEN.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus


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Jesus, Yeshua, or Yahshua?

Since Jesus was born into a Jewish family, what was His real name in the Hebrew language?

Our Lord’s actual Hebrew name is a point of contention among many believers. Some say that it should be transliterated as “Yahshua”, while others say it should be pronounced “Yeshua.” The variation is trivial since the only difference between both is in the vowel sounds, “eh” versus “ah.”

Those in the Sacred Name Movement (a sect of Christianity) aggressively oppose the use of YESHUA claiming that this is incorrect and the result of a Jewish conspiracy to hide the Savior’s true name. They insist that YAHSHUA is the correct name and should be used instead. Although no such conspiracy ever existed regarding Jesus’ name, they endlessly argue about this and even separate themselves from other believers who don’t adhere to their viewpoint.

Dr. Daniel Botkin writes: “To people who actually know Hebrew – people like Dr. Ben-Gigi, Dr. Bivin, and others – it is very obvious that those who insist on the Yahshua form know very little about the Hebrew language. The only Hebrew that most of these self-appointed scholars know is what they can learn from a Strong’s Concordance. Strong’s is a great study tool and a fine place to start, but it is not a means by which a person can learn the Hebrew language.”

Is “Jesus” a pagan name? God forbid!

Opponents of the use of YESHUA also teach that the name “Jesus” has a pagan connection and should never be used. This is another false accusation that can be disproved historically and linguistically.

The English form of JESUS is derived from the Greek name “Yesous”, which was transliterated from the original Hebrew (shortened) name of YESHUA that was given by God to our Savior when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” – Matthew 1:21.

I agree with Dr. Botkin’s conclusion in his article* that, in this case, we are arguing about petty matters that are not really important to Christian unity, and “splitting hairs” over issues that matter little to God.

“Paul warned Timothy about “doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising [suspicions]” (1 Tim. 6:4). Unfortunately, this is an accurate description of what goes on among many people in the Sacred Name movement. Personally, I would rather fellowship with non-contentious people who call the Messiah “Jesus” than with contentious people who insist that everyone call Him “Yahshua.”*

The apostle Paul warned us against the evil of creating division in the Body of Christ over such menial issues. Those who become obsessed with trivial disputes and arguing over petty differences in words will eventually grieve the Holy Spirit and become men of corrupt minds, destitute of the truth (1 Timothy 6:3-5).

Without compromising sound doctrine, believers in Jesus the Messiah should live humbly and gently, always endeavoring to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace whenever possible, by bearing one another’s minor differences in beliefs and walking in love. (Ephesians 4:1-5).

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus



*The Messiah’s Hebrew Name: “Yeshua” Or “Yahshua”? http://www.yashanet.com/library/Yeshua_or_Yahshua.htm

For further study: “The Unholy War of Names” http://www.perfect-word.org/2011/08/23/the-unholy-war-of-names-yeshua-vs-yahshua/


COMMENT FROM DAVID: “Thank you very much, Pastor Luis. It is very interesting to learn all about Jesus. God bless your ministry.”

COMMENT FROM MARY: “Splitting hairs it is, but any Hebrew scholar will tell you that Yeshua is the correct spelling.”

COMMENT FROM DIANA: “I totally agree with you, I would rather fellowship with non-contentious people.”

COMMENT FROM TOBY: “Thank you Pastor Luis.  The name of our Savior has never bothered me one bit.  Out of habit, I always refer to Him as Jesus but I have a Jewish friend who always refers to Him as Yeshua.  This does not bother me.  Of course, I am trying to learn the Hebrew language so sometimes I will call Him Yeshua.  You gave wise advice.”