Gen 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and empty. And darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.
Gen 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created in the day that Yehovah God made the earth and the heavens.
Dt 6:4-5 Hear, O, Israel. Yehovah our God, Yehovah is one. And you shall love Yehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Ex 4:22 And you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus says Yehovah: Israel is My son, My first-born. Continue reading “YEHOVAH, The Triune God and Father”
Who are you? Has anyone ever asked you that question? Were they genuinely interested in knowing who you are, or were they challenging you? Did you know how to answer the question? Let’s look at a scene in the Bible, and how this question and answer can help us know who we are, our identity:
Jn 8:12-30 (23-25) And [Yeshua] said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I Am He, you will die in your sins.” Then they said to Him, “Who are You!?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.”
Continue reading “Who I Am In Messiah – 14 Jan 2015”
Lk 2:11 There is born to you this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord!
Our faith in God through Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ is unique and different from all other religions and faiths. Every other religious faith requires keeping certain commandments and doing certain works in order to maybe earn by our own efforts what can be called “inheriting the world to come”. That is, earning the right to live, both now and forever. Faith in Yeshua as the Messiah and the Son of God justifies a person in God’s sight for salvation, and God gives each and all who do believe with their mind and heart the gift of eternal life.
In other religions there is the need to appease an angry God, or capricious gods, in the hope that you might be saved from his/their displeasure. This can even be said to be true about what Israel made of their religion in professing to believe in Yehovah their God. Yet He had spoken to them of His desire that they should love Him for being their Savior and Deliverer in bringing them out of slavery in Egypt, and in giving them the Land of Canaan as their everlasting possession. If they had loved Him, they would have obeyed Him with faith, and be blessed by His presence among them, and by peace and prosperity. (Jer 7:20-26) Continue reading “Yeshua is the Savior; He is YEHOVAH! – 27 Dec 2014”
As we begin a new year it is good to consider what we are looking forward to. In Messiah all believers are priests, and we are called to carry God’s burden for His people and for His holy name’s sake. These two elements are inseparable: the glory of the holy name of YHVH is connected with the life and character of His people worked out in love for Him and for one another.
Ex 34:6-7 Moses asked God to show him His glory. God answers by saying that He is “YHVH, YHVH God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger (long-suffering), and abounding in lovingkindness (grace) and truth, keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but by no means clearing the guilty. . . ” Continue reading “Priests Are Burden-Carriers of God’s Glory: Merciful”
Ex 20:1-7 no other gods ‘above’ YHVH; do not carry YHVH’s name in vain
Ps 8:1 YeHoVaH, our God, how excellent is Your Name in all the Earth . . . .!
Everyone has received a name from his/her mother and/or father. We who are parents have given names to our children.
—Ex 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: sanctify their names by honoring them in our
own name as their children.
–hearts of fathers to the children, and of the children’s hearts to the fathers: functional, healthy family
Who of you want people to think well of you when they hear your name?
Who of you do not want people to think well of you when they speak your name?
Who of you do not care whether others think well of you or not when your name is mentioned? Continue reading “SANCTIFICATION OF GOD’S NAME – 20 Oct 2012”
What’s in a name?
Words have great spiritual importance. God created the world with words, and rules over the world with words. The power of words is in their meaning, not so much in their pronunciation. I am often asked how the name of YHVH is pronounced (Yahweh or Yehovah)? The very question partly misses the point. There is no discussion in the Torah, the Prophets, or the New Covenant on how to pronounce the name.
A name is a word that describes a person. The names in the Bible had prophetic meaning. They described a person’s character, his destiny, his purpose. To the degree that we are looking at a name to have power by its sounds, we have fallen into superstition. However, when we seek to understand the spiritual significance of a name, we are touching the root of its power.
So if I were asked how to pronounce the name YHVH, I would like to respond: Exodus 34:5-7 Continue reading “YEHOVAH or YAHWEH – by Asher Intrater”
(Teaching at conference in Lubumbashi, DRC – Pentecostal Epiphanie Church — May 26, 2009)
Mt 5:17-19; 2 Cor 1:20 Jesus came not to cancel or to break the Law and the Prophets, but rather to fulfill every jot and tittle of them
Ex 25:21-22; Lev 16: 11-14 the Ark of the Testimony was set in the Holy of Holies; the intercessory cloud of incense covered, and the blood of atonement was sprinkled on the Ark as a witness to the hope of redemption from the holy and righteous demands of the Law of Moses
Acts 24:14-15 Paul’s testimony about the hope of the fathers, as written in the Law and the Prophets, for the resurrection
Rom 8:18-25 the redemption of our bodies in the resurrection
The word redemption in English means to buy (purchase) back and restore what is rightfully mine but legally lost through forfeit (loss of privilege or honor through disqualification by breaking, or by not living up to, the rules or law). The word ransom means the payment of a price for deliverance from some evil. It could be for a prisoner of war, a hostage, a slave, or one’s own life (Ex 21:29-30). In the Bible, redemption requires two things: the legally qualified person, and the willingness and ability of that person to pay the required price to buy back what was given up. (see Lev 25; Ruth 4; Heb 2:14-18; 1Pt 1:18-19) The year of Jubilee is all about redemption and restoration, both of people and of property. A redeemed person or possession is restored to his or its intended purpose. His dignity is regained. And the honor given him is greater than before the loss. Redemption brings a better state than the original natural creation or nature. Continue reading “YHVH’s COVENANTS WITH ISRAEL”
Rev 19:11-16 Jesus in righteousness judges and makes war
Gen 2:4 YHVH God is the Creator of the Earth and the Heavens
Ex 3:14-15 YHVH, God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; His memorial name to all generations
6:7-9 the children of Israel will know that YHVH is God by His bringing them out of Egyptian bondage, and into the land of promise
7:3-5 the Egyptians learned that YHVH, He is God by His great judgments
8:22-23 (18-19 Heb) Pharaoh found out YHVH is God Almighty as He makes a distinction between His people and the people of Egypt
9:16-17 all the Earth will know the name of YHVH by His great power shown towards Pharaoh
10:1-2 Moses and his sons and his sons’ sons (from generation to generation) will know YHVH is God by His special acts against Pharaoh
12:12 YHVH defeated all the gods of Egypt
14:1-4,18 the Egyptians confirmed in their knowing that YHVH is greater than the gods of Egypt, when He gained honor over them in leading Pharaoh and his army into the sea to overthrow them all
14:30-31 the Israelis saw that YHVH is the Savior God
15:1-3,11 the Song of Moses: celebrating the victory; YHVH is my God; there is none like Him! Continue reading “Through Judgments and War, KNOW that YHVH, He is GOD!”
This week at least three different and separate occasions brought to mind the thought of the relationship between God the Father and us as His sons and daughters in Messiah: the Bible study at Grace House on Sunday; a letter from Hannah concerning the establishment of a Christian school; and a discussion with a man from Canada who prays for 60 ministries in Israel.
Dt 5:16 Honor your father and your mother, that you may live long on the land/earth which God has given you, and that it may go well with you.
1Jn 5:9-13 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater, for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. Continue reading “A SON WITH THE FATHER’S HEART”
We previously looked at striving together in prayer for the sake of the gospel; zeal for the sake of God’s covenant; regathering and salvation of Israel for the sake of YHVH’s holy name.
Mt 5:11-12 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in Heaven; for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. WITHIN ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH
Mt 10:21-22 Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. WITHIN FAMILY; CIVIL WAR
Jn 15:18-21 If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake because they do not know Him who sent Me. WORLD-AT-LARGE AND ALSO AMONGST PEOPLE OF GOD Continue reading “HATED FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE”