The Naming of Joshua son of Nun

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The Naming of Joshua son of Nun

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:35 am

The Naming of Joshua (Numbers 13:16)

There is something very curious written in the thirteenth chapter of Numbers. When naming the first spies sent into the Promised Land in verse eight we read that among them was, “…from the tribe of Ephraim, Hosea son of Nun,” and then in the conclusion of citing the names of those sent to spy out the land we read, “And Moses changed the name of Hosea son of Nun to Joshua.” This is intriguing because according to Exodus the name Joshua was used before the children of Israel arrive at Sinai and at Sinai, apparently before the actual naming by Moshe; also here we are told that he is from the tribe of Ephraim, which is significant because of the blessing of Jacob upon the sons of Joseph, and his blessing Ephraim over Manasseh, the younger son over the firstborn son of Joseph. The mention of the tribe from which Joshua came and his name change is something like secret mysteries hidden in plain sight that those who study the Holy Torah closely might notice. With God’s help, let us contemplate what this might suggest concerning mysteries of the soul and destiny.

First, considering the blessing of Jacob upon Ephraim, who said of Ephraim “his offspring shall become a multitude of nations,” and then went on to speak a blessing placing Ephraim before Manasseh, “By you Israel will invoke blessings, saying, ‘God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh’” (Genesis 48:19-20), it may be said that Jacob ‘saw’ that the Hosea, Joshua, would arise from the line of Ephraim; hence, he beheld that the spiritual leader who would bring the children of Israel into the Promised Land would be from this tribe. If we consider the blessing of Jacob upon his grandsons and upon all of his sons, they are prophecies concerning events in future generations and as such, as all prophecy does, they suggest a play of predestination to some extent in the incarnations of souls, as well as predestined or foreseen ‘spiritual currents’ driving events within the generations of humanity. Assuming Jacob did, indeed, ‘see’ this great spiritual leader of Israel arising from the tribe of Ephraim, so he was able to see the destiny of that soul - the destiny of Joshua son of Nun.

According to the Christian Kabbalah the soul that was destined to be the Messiah was incarnate in Jacob, and appeared again as Joshua, then Elisha, before incarnating as Yeshua, the one who would become the Messiah, the Anointed of God Most High. Thus it is not surprising that Jacob had such prophetic insight into the tribes of Israel and their destinies, especially so with regards to the heavenly soul, the holy neshamah, that was incarnate in him. This hints at the capacity of ‘sight’ or ‘vision of the One Soul, the Soul of Adam, of it is said that it can ‘see from the beginning of creation until the end of days and behold all the generations of humanity in the realms and worlds of creation, and points to the great prophets, apostles and tzaddikim who may experience conscious union with the One Soul, or ‘Light Continuum,’ and so hold something of this foreknowledge in the Divine Presence of the Eternal One - Yahweh.

Now, that the name of Joshua appears in the Holy Torah before the change of name implies that all along, from his youth, Hosea was destined to be Joshua - ‘Yahweh delivers,’ and destined to be the one to lead the children of Israel into the Holy Land, fulling the promise of Yahweh to their ancestors and them. That the name change occurred just before Hosea/Joshua was to enter into that land for the first time suggests the true beginning of the fulfillment of his soul’s destiny in that life; hence his receiving a spiritual name in harmony with the holy neshamah within him.

That all the while he is called Joshua throughout Exodus also indicates another secret mystery. As we have said, Joshua is a spiritual name associated with his neshamah, his heavenly or supernal soul, and as we know that soul was a very special and lofty soul, one realized in previous incarnations. The use of the name Joshua before Sinai and after Sinai, even though the name was not actually given to him until apparently afterward, suggests that the influence of his holy neshamah was very strong in him even in his youth and before his spiritual realization in that life. This, of course, is often true of souls of very high grades, even before their awakening in their incarnation their neshamah has a significant influence as a result of spiritual or supernal realization in previous incarnations; hence, because of very ‘positive karma’ or ‘merit.’

The story of Joshua and the reception of his true spiritual name is, indeed a tale of an extraordinary individual, the first commander of the armies of Israel, protege to the great prophet Moshe, and ultimately the successor of Moshe, becoming Baal Shem, a Master of the Name himself. Yet that meaning of the story goes beyond him, and beyond souls of very high grades or stations, and speaks spiritual truths of all human souls, including me and you. You see, we all have a destiny that is ordained by God, a great destiny that spans many incarnations, and a lesser destiny within each incarnation, and through the event of our lives, heaven and God guide us towards the fulfillment of our destiny, and within and behind outer and earthly aspects of our soul our heavenly or supernal soul labors towards this end. Consider the vision of Jacob and his knowledge of what would come forth from Ephraim, the fulfillment of the destiny of Joshua was completely interconnected with many other souls fulfilling their destiny over numerous generations, in the tribe of Ephraim and all of the tribes of Israel - so many, many souls, truly!

Understand, you have a destiny to fulfill in this life, and through various events, occasions, in your life heaven and God are guiding you towards your destiny. This, of course, is a natural point of faith, that God has a greater purpose for you in life and trust that in turning to God, God will guide you to the fulfillment of your true purpose.

There is, no doubt, much more that might be discussed in this line of contemplation, but this seems enough for a start.

O Holy One, we offer ourselves and our lives to you, and we pray that we might fulfill our destiny, our true purpose in service to your divine kingdom! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Jacob & Israel

#2 Postby Elder Gideon » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:34 am

Shabbat Shalom, Tau Malachi:

I'm very grateful for your drawing out this most peculiar example of a spiritual renaming of a biblical character. The young Hosea is later renamed Joshua by Moses, yet throughout Hosea's career as protégé for Moses, we only hear his ordained name Joshua.

If I may make a parallel, this same soulstream of Joshua, according to our oral tradition, incarnated as the patriarch Jacob, whose renaming as Israel is unlike any other in the revelation: Jacob's former name never disappears. The rabbis know this and have many insights to share about this, which you essentialized when you said,

“You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel.” This in intriguing, because nevertheless this patriarch is called Israel and Jacob alternatively throughout the remainder of stories about him in the Torah, so in fact he was still called Jacob. Indeed, for Jacob was his name on earth, as he was in himself, and Israel was his name in heaven, as he was in God Almighty (El Shaddai).

This leaves me wondering how the ambivalence between Jacob and Israel might interact with the name of Hosea and Joshua.

Gratefully,

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Re: The Naming of Joshua son of Nun

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:40 am

Blessings to you in the Holy Light of the Messiah, the light of all prophets and apostles of God!

There is something more that can be said of Jacob and through an angel God giving him the name Israel. You see, the name Israel wasn’t given to Jacob alone, but rather it was given to an entire people - the ‘children of Israel’; thus, God named him as a people and named a people as him, and this name was not isolate to him. As an individual his name was Jacob, then Israel prophetic of his descendants and the coming of the Messiah through them - reality of the name Israel, ‘one who strove with God and was victorious,’ that victory being the Holy Cross and resurrection of the Savior.

In this regard it isn’t surprising that the Torah goes back and forth between his two names, Jacob and Israel, for in so doing subtle truths of secret wisdom are conveyed.

Now with Hosea and Joshua there is something similar, though very different. First, as we know, the soul incarnate in Jacob/Israel and in Hosea/Joshua was one and the same, then again that very soul was incarnate as Elisha, and finally as Adonai Yeshua (Joshua). As with Jacob, Hosea is the name of the individual, but unlike the name Israel - a name for a people, Joshua is the name of the mission of that holy soul, neshamah, and the soul’s destiny to be the Messiah. This too, though, is for the people, and more so, all humanity, the entire world.

Here we may say that the name Israel corresponds with all spiritual human beings, the spiritual elect, all who awaken their holy soul, neshamah, and embody that divine or enlightened nature, realizing the image of God within themselves and so embodying of the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit. The ultimate fulfillment of this is in the Messiah, whose name is Yeshua, Joshua, and as we know this is the Great Name of Yahweh with the addition of one letter - Shin, meaning ‘Yahweh delivers.’

If the name of Joshua was for the people, it was as a prophecy, promise, of God’s ultimate intention in the exodus - the Great Exodus, Great Ascension, the Messiah would usher in, and so the soul destined to this was among the children of Israel during the exodus from Egypt and the name change was an empowerment at that time, and a message of a time to come when true salvation would be manifest. On account of this the name Joshua is used for this holy man almost exclusively in the Holy Torah, though a window is given to us for insight through the citing of the change of names from Hosea to Joshua in Numbers. It certainly provokes deep contemplations.

It is quite something, Joshua leading the people into the Promised Land of this world, and Joshua, or Yeshua, leading the people into the Promised Land of the world-to-come; ‘Yahweh delivers,’ indeed! Hallelu Yah!

May we be blessed to abide in the holy sanctuary of Yahweh delivers - Messiah Yeshua! Amen.

Yeshua Shalom!
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Re: The Naming of Joshua son of Nun

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:09 pm

Grace and peace to you from Yeshua Messiah!

The Spirit inclines me to speak a last word, as it were, on this contemplation. May God gift us with the fruit of understanding! Amen.

“Where is he who has been born as the king of the Jews?”
(Matthew 2:2).

If we contemplate this with understanding, so we shall read this verse in this way: “Where is he who has been born as the king of Israel?” Truly so, for as we have established the name Israel that was given to Jacob was not only a name given to him by God, but to an entire people - ‘children of Israel’; but as we know, the intention of Israel is as a light to all people, all nations, all humanity, and designates something more than a single people, the Hebrew or Jews, but in truth designates spiritual humanity through which the perfection of humanity is realized - the ‘Son of Man,’ the Messiah, and all of those who are rightly called lovers of God, friends of God and knowers of God, the holy and enlightened ones, and those who follow in their way - the way of the prophets and apostles of God. This is spiritual humanity, the spiritual Community of Israel, the reality of which is established in Messiah Yeshua, Joshua; spiritual humanity being found within all peoples, all nations.

Indeed, there is Israel and there is Joshua, Israel the conception of a people as a womb for spiritual humanity and the perfection of humanity, the ‘Son of Man,’ the Messiah, and there is Joshua, the one who completes the exodus from Egypt leading the children of Israel into the Promised Land in this world, but then destined in times to come to lead Israel into the Promised Land of the world-to-come, the true kingdom of heaven, or God. The King of Israel, that kingdom not of this world, is the Messiah, and understand, through the experience of a ‘Promised Land’ in this world and its failure to satisfy souls and bring lasting peace and joy, so the desire was generated in Israel, spiritual humanity, for the true kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven in the world-to-come.

Now we know that the holy soul, neshamah, incarnate as Jacob/Israel and Hosea/Joshua was also incarnate as Elisha, the disciple and protege of Elijah, before the incarnation as Yeshua Messiah. Were it not for the incarnation of this very lofty and holy soul as Elisha there would have been no one able to receive the fullness of the da’at and ruach, or knowledge and power of Elijah to come into being as Baal Shem, Master of the Name; the succession of prophets and their light transmission would have passed out of the Hebrews, the Jews, and this world. As we know, it is the succession of prophets in Israel that opened the way for the coming of the Messiah, heralding the eventual coming of the Messiah and generating the Messianic expectation in Israel and all humanity. Thus, between Elijah and Elisha near the Sacred Jordan the meeting of Yohanan the Baptist and Adonai Yeshua in the Sacred Jordan was conceived, those two lofty and holy souls returning to fulfilled their destiny, the coming of the Messiah, the revelation of the true kingdom of heaven, or God, leading souls in the Great Exodus, Great Ascension - the perfection of humanity in God, enlightenment and liberation.

This is the prophecy given in the names of Israel and Joshua, and given the incarnation of this lofty and holy soul as Elisha, it is not surprising that we hear of the appearance of Moses and Elijah with Yeshua Messiah - True King of Israel, in the transfiguration, the spiritual masters, mentors, of Joshua and Elisha, bearing witness of the great prophecy, mission, and Divine Destiny being fulfilled. Hallelu Yah!

We may ponder the end of days with Moshe when he met the Shekinah of Yahweh on the Mountain to gaze into the Promised Land before his final vanishing in Yahweh; no doubt he did gaze into the Holy Land of this world into which the Children of Israel would be entering led by Joshua, but then, being the great prophet who conversed with Yahweh face to face, his was also the vision of the transfiguration that would come to pass on a Most Sacred Mountain, gazing into the true Holy and Promised Land. Praise God!

This is enough, I can say no more.

Gifting us with knowledge and understanding, may God gift us also with wisdom - the enlightenment of the Messiah! Amen.

Yeshua Shalom!
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