God of Jeshurun

God of Jeshurun is one of the names of God that speak of His relationship with people. In this case, the word Jeshurun refers to Israel. It is like a nickname for the nation. The name literally means “God of the upright one” or “God of the law-keeping one.” Knowing Israel’s wavering history it does not seem like an appropriate name. But perhaps Israel were God’s ideal, intended to be upright with respect to keeping the law. Certainly, God sees us as the final product that He intends to make us. Even while we are sinning, God sees beyond the sin to a forgiven sinner who glorifies Him.

This is a name that celebrates God’s commitment to us. It is a name of hope.

God of Jeshurun (El Yeshurun) pictured in the Hebrew text of Deuteronomy 33:26.

God of Jeshurun (El Yeshurun) in the Hebrew text of Deuteronomy 33:26.

God of Jeshurun in Hebrew:

’El Yeshurun

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 410, 3484

Bible reference: Deut. 33:26

There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. (Deuteronomy 33:26)

In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the word egapemenos is used in place of the Hebrew Jeshurun (Deut. 32:15; 33:26; Isa. 44:2). Egapemenos is translated “Beloved” in the New Testament and is one of the names of Jesus (Yeshua‘). So, in a sense, the people of God share the same nickname “beloved” with Jesus.

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