Sunday, July 24, 2016

Our Desire


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

Just a note: Some people may not be aware that the name for God in the Old Testament, YHWH (in the original Hebrew), was changed to 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.  (The original word usually used for "God" is Elhohim.)

There are many interpretations of how to spell and pronounce the name YHWH due to the fact that there are no vowels.  Yahweh is an often-used translation, as is Jehovah.  However, there is NO letter J in Hebrew, so Jehovah does not actually make sense unless pronouncing the J as Y.  The name Jesus is the Greek version of Yeshua (or Yahshuah, Yehoshuah, Yahoshuah and similar variations due to the different interpretation of the vowels).

Jews feel that the name is 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.  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, as Jesus is the only way for us to enter the Kingdom of God and we do not work for salvation).

God's name, Yahweh, 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, ever.  He alone is God.  Hallelujah! (Or more accurately, as it is pronounced: Halleluyah:  Praise God!)

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