24 Days of Advent Scripture Devotionals

Day 17 – He Lived Up To His Name

Dead Sea Scrolls Isaiah 12


The screenshot above comes from the online version of the Dead Sea Scrolls and shows the passage Isaiah 12:2. You can browse the Isaiah scroll online at http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/isaiah.

Isaiah 12

And in that day you will say:

“O Lord, I will praise You;
Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’”
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.
And in that day you will say:

“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

The prophet Isaiah wrote, “the LORD is my salvation” and used the Hebrew word, yeshua, which means exactly that. The name Joshua has the same meaning and we know the name in the Greek form: Jesus.

Read the words of the angel Gabriel who gave instructions to Joseph on how to name Mary’s baby.

Matthew 1:20-25

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

In many cultures, people give their children names which express something about their character or temperament. How wonderful that God would name his Son “The LORD is Salvation”. Jesus, Yeshua, definitely lived up to his name.

Song: King of Heaven

You tore the night apart
And ripped the silent skies in half
Your glory breaking through the dark

And here our worlds collide
Divinity in man confined
This great design drawn out for me

Emmanuel, God with us
Emmanuel, Hallelujah

You hold the ends of time
Yet placed Yourself here into mine
My life is now forever changed

Our eyes be lifted up
Our great eternal hope arise
This great design drawn out for me

In our silence
Heaven whispered out
In our darkness
Glory pierced the night
We were broken
But now we’re lifted up
King of heaven
God is here with us

Hallelujah
Angels crying aloud
Singing holy
All the praise resound
King of Heaven
On the Earth be found
King of Heaven
On the Earth be found

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