Hebrews 4:7-8 (KJB) Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
Acts 7:44-47 (KJB) Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. 45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; 46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. 47 But Solomon built him an house.
Wow! In these scripture examples the inspired and recorded name of Jesus was updated to read Joshua in many modern Bibles. While these are two important figures of biblical history as men, they are not synonymous with one another.
Especially since only Jesus is both God and man, was present on this earth from the beginning (plural us in Genesis 1:26), and who now is set at the right hand of God in heaven. Joshua was a person, not equal with God, and who was born as a man on this earth and personally came to know God. At best, we can say that Joshua is an Old Testament illustration pointing to Jesus Christ in the future, but we cannot exchange the names of them making Joshua equal to God.
Certainly, you would agree, though Stephen is speaking about Joshua in the book of Acts, we cannot use their names, Jesus and Joshua, interchangeably as did modern scholars in their attempt to update scripture in making it easier for us to understand. This exchange of names can only muddy the waters, especially for those who are not personally familiar with the Old Testament. A true child of God will have no trouble understanding the context of these verses as recorded at the inspiration of God with the name of Jesus in these passages.
Now, it is important to understand that this was an Old testament reference to Joshua at the culmination of the Exodus. The historical timeframe was after the rein of King David, about four hundred years prior to the New Testament, and before the birth, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The truth found in these passages; both in the book of Hebrews and in Acts and by David in Psalm 95:7-8, all point to the ageless truth that today, in the here and now, is a great day to be saved. Properly comprehending these scripture passages begs each of us to ask why should any soul wait another day to accept the gift of God when right now in this very moment is the time to find favor with God?
Tomorrow may be too late to choose to agree with God about the nature of sin and be found in sweet eternal fellowship with Him. Rest in spiritual alignment with God is available today.
The message of scripture always rings true from the very beginning to the very end of the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation without need for any alterations. And, because God’s inspired Word is timeless, not affected by the passing of time or changing circumstances, this important truth continues to ring true today. No matter whether a man lived, whether it be in Old Testament Times, New Testament times, born today, now this very moment is the time for salvation.