Jesus or Emmanuel?

Reference Scripture In Question:

Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (19) Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. (20) But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (21) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (22) Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, (23) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (24) Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: (25) And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Question:

Does the angel of the Lord instructing Joseph to call his soon to be born step-son’s name Jesus contradict the prophecy that says, “they shall call his name Emmanuel”?

The following is my understanding of this Holy Scripture, and Holy Scripture that I believe is directly relevant to the question.

Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (19) Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. (20) But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (21) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (22) Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, (23) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (24) Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: (25) And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Luke 1:26-35 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. (28) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. (30) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

In the above Holy Scriptures, as referring to the LORD Jesus Christ, it is said that He shall be called the various names:

Matthew 1:18-25–Jesus, Emmanuel.

Isaiah 7:14–Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6–Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Luke 1:26-35–Jesus, Son of the Highest.

Notice something that none of these Holy Scriptures claim? None of these Holy Scriptures claim that the LORD Jesus Christ will only be called by the name or names listed in each passage. And indeed, the LORD Jesus Christ has not only been called by every one of these names, but has become known by all of these names.

Think about this for a few moments, does the LORD Jesus Christ being called Jesus (in English, Iesous in Greek, and Yeheshua [Joshua] in Hebrew, which means “the salvation of Yehovah” or “Yehovah the Saviour” or “Yehovah shall save”) prevent Him from being called by any other names?

In today’s practice, using myself as an example, the name on my birth certificate is “James Stephen Pappas”. Does this prevent me from being called by any other names? It truth, it does not. I have been called (we’ll stay with the clean and family friendly names) Jim, Jimmy, Jimminy Crick, Kentucky, Red, Carrot, Carrot Top, Animal, Mr. Intensity, Orange Crush, Jimmy Porpoise, Papoose, soldier, trainee, maggot, paratrooper, Mop Patrol (MP-Military Police), son, brother, dad, father, Uncle Jim, and Grandpa. All these names have been accurate descriptors of me at the times they were utilized [for those that understood them] though some with a little humor intended. Not one of these names I have been called or known as has prevented my from being James Stephen Pappas.

In the same way, our LORD Jesus Christ has had prophecy concerning Him that stated He would be known by, or called, various different names. These names were to be indicators that He was the WORD Of GOD made flesh Who IS our Saviour; that He is the Messiah that Israel was to be waiting and looking for. There were several, numerous even, conditions that were to be met in the life of the Messiah that Israel was waiting for. The fulfillment of these signs, including the various and several names, when fulfilled in one single person would leave no doubt that the Saviour (the Messiah) had arrived; to those who were looking with eyes to see the work of Almighty GOD.

The LORD Jesus Christ has been known and called all the names prophesied concerning Him. Thus, there is no contradiction in the above Holy Scriptures since no name prophesied concerning our LORD Jesus Christ negates Him being called or known by any other name.

Our LORD Jesus Christ was given the name “Jesus” (in English from the Greek “Iesous”) by Almighty GOD through His earthly parents (his step-father and his mother), and He was also called by them and many others (including people today) both “Jesus” and “Immanuel” (or Emmanuel). For the LORD Jesus Christ lived up to both of those (and many other) names and titles. He was and is both “the Salvation of Yehovah” (Yehovah is translated “the LORD” in English) and “GOD with us”. Both names were and are accurate.

As I stated earlier, this is my understanding of the Holy Scripture in question.

Please, be most blessed.

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