It is said in Ps. 34 to magnify His name. What is there to the name of our Christ? I remember when choosing the names of my three children that I searched for names representative of the primary character traits the spirit indicated to me. Others choose out of respect for another family member. What's in a name? Why not call Him John the Messiah or Brian of Monty Python fame? Jesus is the English version of the Hebrew name Yehowshuwa which also branched down to Joshua. There is no "J" in Hebrew so the "Y" came into our language as such. Yehowshuwa, Joshua, Jesus all mean Jehovah is Salvation. This is a powerful name. It is the "I AM" of Moses with this added office of Salvation incorporated. It includes in name by reference "Christ," Messiah" and all other prophetic labels of identification.
There were a few Joshua's in the scriptures. Is Jesus anymore significant than these others? First let's look at Joshua Moses' servant. He was a great leader and obedient unto God. He brought a level of deliverance to the people of God but he did not bring them rest. Though he was an excellent type his failure was indication of the need for a greater Savior. The other was Joshua the high priest found in Zac. 3:1-10. He likewise is a faithful servant unto God but he has to be delivered from his own filth. The text makes it clear a "branch," one greater, would come to ultimately deliver what these saviors lacked. That being the rest of God. This is spoken well of in Heb. 4:1 - 5:10. The very name of Jesus is the hope to all men of God taking on our need for salvation. He is by His show in the flesh upon this earth all about the redemption plan of God. Jesus Himself never used prayer for His selfish ambitions or desires. He always kept His prayer life in submission to the redemptive work of His Father. Obviously we can't pray as Christ did but how are we to pray? Jesus tells us in Luke 11:1-13. Our need of bread is present but if you'll notice it is co textually within a prayer consistent with God's redemptive work. Many pray and never see their answer. Is this truly possible if this text be true? I've learned from the Lord's prayer in Jn. 17 which is answered that if we actually pray by the true redemptive definition of prayer, praying is the answer. For by it we become one as God is one with God. Is God not the answer to all our prayers? As I sought God recently for His word He drove me into that Samuel spirit of friendship. The word I was seeking was Smallville compared to the answer I received in His presence. How much larger was my answer when the revelation of God entered the equation. Suddenly it was not ab out me or my imaginations of the work before me, it was God's work in me and me in His work. He is about things for superior to my imagination. So great is His work that my request actually appear silly and off point to me now.
I'm beginning to see Dorean outside the windows of Smallville. Let me ask you a question; if God truly directs and makes firm our steps (Ps. 37:23-24) and delights in our way is it possible for Dorean to exist and for your involvement to occur by happen stance or mere chance? If you have come to this knowledge that you are in this by God's design let me ask you another question. Is it Smallville thinking just to concern yourself with economic stability for this life? Have you invested any time in knowing what God is doing? Could it be that your petty little concerns might just be swallowed up in the greater work of God? Let me give you an example from scripture. In Jn. 21:1-14 we have God's disciples falling back on their own talents in fishing. They have seen the resurrected Lord before but they are not prayerfully "watching" this strange redemptive work of the Lord. They fish all night and catch nothing. In the morning against all proper fishing techniques the Lord tells them to throw their net over the side. Foolish to their skill set but done as an accommodation. Now they catch 153 fish. Why 153? 153 is the sum total of 1-17. 17 is the number for victory. 153 represents the number for the sons of God. Right in the midst of Smallville ordinary is a significant revelation of God's redemptive work. Think how this truth was recorded so 30 generations of men could read it. This was not just a catch of fish there was eternal truth about God within. Think also how God maintained and fed those fish until their use in history. Everything is placed into service for God's purposes. In your ordinary life, in your ordinary mortgage scenario, in your ordinary financial struggle is there an extraordinary event just on the other side of your boat? How can you know if you are not watching and praying with the Lord as He agonizes over His redemptive work? Magnify the Lord with me and let us pull in all the fish around us to the glory of our Lord.