Our Desire

July 24, 2016

Yes, YHVH, we wait for You in the path of Your judgments. Our desire is for Your name and renown. Isaiah 26:8

Note: Some people may not be aware that the name for God in the Old Testament, YHVH (in the original Hebrew; it appears that YHWH may be Aramaic), was changed to "the LORD" in most modern Bible translations (look in the preface of your Bible for confirmation--it is a tradition of men) even though there is already a different word for Lord: Adonai.  Whereas, the original word usually used for "God" is Elohim.

There are many interpretations of how to spell and pronounce the name YHVH due to the fact that there are no vowels. Yahweh (usually pronounced "yah-way") is an often-used translation, as is Jehovah. However, there is NO letter J in Hebrew (nor Greek or Latin, even if spelled that way, it was pronounced "ee"), so Jehovah does not actually make sense (unless pronouncing the J as Y). As for Yahweh, I don't see why "ah" for the first H and "ay" for the second.

The name Jesus is the Greek version of Yeshua (or Y'Shua, Yahshuah or similar variations due to the different interpretation of the vowels). Even the name Jerusalem is more properly pronounced Yerusalem. Interestingly, there would technically be no such word as Jew, either. That word stems from Judah and Judea, both of which originally began with Y (Yehud or Yehuda), as did Yeshua (one variation of the original Hebrew name for Joshua in the Old Testament).

Joshua was a symbolic foreshadow of Jesus in that he led the Israelites into the promised land and rest from wandering in the wilderness. This pointed towards how Jesus is the only way for us to enter the Kingdom of God and we do not work for salvation--but we do FOLLOW Jesus just as they followed Joshua--you don't enter in by NOT following. It's clearly a matter of logistics, and the path is NARROW and HARD. (Matt. 7:13-29)

At some point, the Jews began to teach that God's name was too sacred to pronounce, but there is no instruction in the Bible not to utter God's name--except not to use it in vain (which includes disparagingly or when taking an oath--Jesus said to let our "yes" mean yes and our "no" mean no--not to take oaths against anything, including God's name, temple, altar, etc. Matt. 5:33-37)

God's name, YHVH, has power. It tells us that He always has been, He is and He will always be. His very name excludes the possibility of the existence of any other god, ever. He alone is God. Hallelujah! Or, as it is pronounced: Halleluyah: Praise [Hallelu] God [Yah]!

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