The Tongue of Angels?
Have you ever wondered what Paul meant in 1 Corinthians 13:1 when he wrote, “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels…?” I have. Is it even possible to speak in the tongues of angels? My thought is that the angelic “tongue” whatever it might sound like, would leave no room for confusion on the part of the listener.
Imagine if the angel in Matthew 1:21 who gave Joseph the name of the child in Mary’s womb spoke English. He would have said, “You shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." If Joseph understood English, he would have had to wonder what the name Jesus had to do with the word "save" because of the word of causation "for". If the angel spoke in the Greek language he would have said, You shall call his name… “Iesoun autos gar sowsei” and if Joseph understood Greek he would be scratching his head wondering why the name Iesoun was connected with sowsei. Here is what is really interesting, for those folks out there who are convinced that Aramaic was the only language of the First Century Jews. The angel would have said, You shall call his name…Yeshua and connected that name with the word Nachiohi which means "he will cause to live". At that point, Joseph would probably think to himself that the name Yeshua must have a deeper and hidden meaning unavailable to the common folks.
Now imagine if the angel spoke in the Hebrew tongue? Joseph would have heard, You shall call his name “Yeshua ci hu yoshia” and there would be no doubt how the name Yeshua connected to the word yoshia. In fact, the name Yeshua and the word yoshia is what is called a Hebrew word-pun which happens on nearly every page of the Hebrew Bible! The word yoshia means “he will save”. You probably already know, just like Joseph did, that the name Yeshua means “Yehovah saves”. Can you imagine the theological discussions Joseph and Mary had during those nine months before the birth of Yeshua?
It has been suggested by many scholars that the Gospel of Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. If that is true, it would be the only language that would explain the connection between the name given by the angel and the mission that name carries. Can you hear it?…Yeshua yoshia. Makes perfect sense, until you translate from the original Hebrew into Aramaic, Greek, Latin or even English.
For those who are interested in learning to read the words of the angel in Hebrew, we have an exciting announcement. BFA International has been given permission to make available for a limited time a full-color 18" x 24" poster reproduction of chapter 1:18-25 of the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew that witnesses to the “tongue of the angel” who announced the naming of the one many people call Jesus. Church Father Eusebius quotes Papias...
"Matthew therefore in the Hebrew dialect ordered together the oracles, and each one interpreted them as he was able."
Israeli Hebrew scholar Nehemia Gordon explains the significance of this important Hebrew manuscript: George Howard discovered the Hebrew version of the Gospel of Matthew in the 1980s. Howard considered the British Library manuscript to be the most accurate surviving manuscript of Hebrew Matthew. He based his 1987 publication of Hebrew Matthew on the British Library manuscript. Now a section of this manuscript is made available for the first time.
Numerous books have been published claiming the existence of ancient Hebrew or Aramaic documents. A famous example is The Jesus Papers by Michael Baigent, who claimed he saw Aramaic scrolls written by Jesus himself and addressed to the Jewish Sanhedrin. If the "Jesus Papers" really exist, they are arguably the most important discovery of all time. Baigent claims he saw these scrolls years ago in a vault but now they are hidden away. There are numerous claims of documents that are "secret" or "hidden". Did these documents ever exist? No one knows. You need to take one man's word for it. This is why it is important to see a document for yourself, so you don't say, "That scholar told me there is a Hebrew version of Matthew." With this full color reproduction of the British Library manuscript of Hebrew Matthew, you can see it for yourself and show it to others.
“Matthew… composed a gospel of Christ, at first published in Judea in Hebrew… The Hebrew itself has been preserved until the present day in the library at Caesarea… I have also had the opportunity of having the volume described to me by the Nazarenes of Beroea… who use it.” Jerome, 392
From now until the end of December we have brought together resources on this important topic of study including a special gift from BFA International to you! We are calling this bundle of information, inspiration and revelation, Yeshua’s name and prayer pack! For those interested in having these resources to share with family and friends, this pack is for you! Visit the BFAInternational.com store to reserve your Yeshua’s name and prayer pack today! In the meantime, go ahead and speak in the tongues of angels; but with much love!