Q: What is all the noise about a name for god? Lord God, Christ, Jesus, what does it matter? Besides if you use the Jewish name, you might be offend god's people.
A: This question, in different forms, comes up often. The answer is found throughout the writings on this website, and still the question is raised. Is it important? Yes, it is. But first, maybe, one should wonder why His Name is not presented, or present in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles printed in English? Or other languages, for that matter. Why has His Name, a name found in most ancient of writings, been replaced, with titles, or as in the Christian Bibles, replaced entirely? Why replace His Name, when His true Birth Name is available? Look at it like switching name bands on new born babies. Certainly the parents would be alarmed. Or what if you went into your bank to take out a mortgage on a house, or a loan on a car, or just to withdraw some of your own cash, and you discovered that someone had changed your name on all of your accounts -- they call that Identity theft, and this is what has happened with the Identity of the God of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible. Yes, the Hebrew/Christian Bible is a really good guide for moral conduct, and lessons in what happens when the words of our Creator are ignored. And, there is a component to the Christian writings found in not other -- the pathway to eternal life. This pathway comes to us, is offered to us, by and through a particular man. He has an Identity, not just any identity, but a particular identity by which all that will be saved, are to be saved. Our confession is not in just any name, but a particular name. And, make no mistake, it is important, and your life may depend upon it.
(Act 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
(1Ti 2:4-6) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Anointed YaHshua; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
(Php 2:9) Wherefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a Name which is above every name:
Your Bible most likely uses a completely different Name from that "given" to our Lord by God the Father. A messenger Angel, Gabriel, delivered to both Mary and Joseph, the Name to Name Him -- Luke 1:31-32 & Mat 1:20-21. Read those verses and you will see that a Name was given to both, a Name from God the Father, a particular name. And, remember, as you read those verses, that the false name, JESUS, never existed then. In fact, that particular name never existed until some 400 years ago, so that name we see in most, if not all, of the Christian Bibles has been REPLACED with a different name.
What about the Hebrews, those we call Israelis, or Jewish people? Should it be important to them as well? Aren't most believers following in their footsteps? After all, the Christian populations claim the same Bible, don't they? Most of the questions I ask are self-explanatory, you already know the answer. Still, let's take a brief look at something that happened, that was not suppose to happen, the discarding of our Creator's Identity.
The Christian community used to promote the Ten Commandments, posting them in public places, like Federal and State capitals, and teaching the children in the various congregations, to memorize these Ten Basics -- the same Commandments, found in Exodus 20:1-17. It was understood that these Commandments were spoken to the people of Israel, by God YHWH, Himself. They heard them, and these Ten Commandments were written out, originally, in stone by His own finger. Later, Moses in a fit of anger over the backsliding of the Israelis, broke those tables of stone and had to redo them. These Ten Commandments were the lead in to some 613 more commandments. But, the first Ten, the Christian were latched onto, as a witness to the Word Spoken as the very Word of God Himself. Today, sadly, many institution in the United States have taken these Commandments down, or covered them up. Why? For fear of hurting someone's feelings. But, is it important to the believer? Does it matter? Are we to avoid offending people? There is an old saying, "You can please some of the people some of the time, but you cannot please all of the people all the time". So, what has changed, or has it? Of course, if you are a bible reading, bible believing follower of the Word, then you know the answers. And still, some professing to be using the Holy Bible as their guide in life, will relegate much of what they believe to others, and if something seems to contradict what the wolf, standing behind the pulpit, is saying or leading the people to, so what, they must know better, after all, goes the argument -- "The Bible is full of contradictions", or, "Who can read it, it is full of old language, and for another time, right?". so, we end up with the careless remark, "None of that matters, it is all about what is on your heart that counts." Jeremiah 17:9, The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? -- So, good luck with that.
Strong's Hebrew Dictionary:
(Exodus 3:14, IAM) H1961 - hayah - A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): - beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use.
So, what do we see if we stay with the Hebrew, as opposed to the Greek or English? "And God (El) said to Moses, HaYaH that (that is to say) The YaH: and He said, thus shall you say to the children of Israel, The-YaH (eh-YeH) has sent me to you." It just keeps getting better, doesn't' it. We find the English/Greek for IAM, taken from the Hebrew is a proclamation of His Holy Name, YaH, and we can look at Strong's H1961 -- hayah, to prove it -- it does not get much simpler than this. But, just so we know that this it not "new knowledge", that this is something your Pastor, Priest, or Minister should know, and probably does. Let's go to a couple of other translations -- this is not hidden, only covered up, or ignored:
Hebrew Roots Bible:
Exo 3:14 And Elohim said to Moses, EHYAH ASHER EHYAH ; and He said, You shall say this to the sons of Israel, EHYAH has sent me to you.
Hebrew Study Bible - exert :
מֹשֶׁ֔ה H4872 mo·Sheh, unto Moses אֶֽהְיֶ֖ה H1961 'eh·Yeh I AM אֲשֶׁ֣ר H834 'a·Sher WHO אֶֽהְיֶ֑ה H1961 'eh·Yeh; THAT I AM
Christian Jewish Bible:
Exo 3:14 God said to Moshe, "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be]," and added, "Here is what to say to the people of Isra'el: 'Ehyeh [I Am or I Will Be] has sent me to you.'"
Is this Important?
Read Exodus 20:7, the 3rd Commandment -- Thou shalt not take the Name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that take His Name in vain. (And this English translations, does just that -- LORD is NOT His Name, they have replaced, destroyed the use of His Holy Name, by replacing it with LORD -- it should read, YHWH, which is pronounced, YaHWeH. There it is, right in your face)
How This 3rd Commandment should read
Exo 20:7 "You shall not take the Name of YaHWeH your God in vain, for YaHWeH will not hold him guiltless who takes His Name in vain.
What does "in vain" mean?Strong's Hebrew Dictionary H7723: From the same as H7722 in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive) literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false subjectively) uselessness (as deceptive objectively; also adverbially in vain): - false (-ly) lie lying vain vanity.
To destroy or make useless, and that is exactly what has happened. First the Jewish leadership, then the Christians. While the Jewish side made His Holy Name Useless by not using it, by saying it was too holy for the common people to say, the Christians replaced it. The Christian leadership replace His Holy Name with another, another name, this is evident in nearly every Christian Bible translation, especially in the New Testament copies. Read Strong's definition again. And for a second witness for this word, "in vain" --
Brown-Driver-Briggs, Hebrew Definitions:
1. emptiness, vanity, falsehood
This is what we see today. In fact, this has been going on for centuries, and one of the reasons the Wolves within the Christian communities and orders, have found it so easy to replace the ONLY NAME by which we MUST be Saved, with a complete different name. By hiding and allowing for title substitution for His Holy Name, they have made it "useless", even "worthless" -- what good is it if we are not allowed to know it, to call out to Him by His Holy Name? The Third Commandment that the forefathers Israelis heard, was a warning not to do what they have done, and what the Christians also have done, and worse, by replacing His Holy Name with "another" -- John 5:43a. emptiness, nothingness, vanityb. emptiness of speech, lyingc. worthlessness (of conduct)
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