His Name, His Covenant
His Name Does Matter
The following is a brief look at His Name -- a Name that has not been hidden or lost, as some teach. Remember, the Old English J was originally the Latin and Greek i -- the letter J did not become a consonant until around the 14th century, it was originally the i with a tail. Because of the pronunciations between the two letters changing, the J took on a different sound from the i. Even the i letter change from the Hebrew Y sound (as in yod) to a completely different sound, i as in, in. To recapture the correct sound in speaking His name we need to restore the i and the J back to what these letters used to sound like, or restore the Hebrew/Aramaic Y letter to its proper sound. The Y as in YaH, or YeH -- see, it is not difficult.
See below the Hebrew for His Name, according to the Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, this too, agree with Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Definitions.
H3068yeho^va^hyeh-ho-vaw'From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: - Jehovah, the Lord.
yeho^shu^a? yeho^shu^a?yeh-ho-shoo'-ah, yeh-ho-shoo'-ahFrom H3068 and H3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (that is, Joshua), the Jewish leader: - Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. yah-ho-shoo'-ah, yah-shoo'-ah YaHWeH-saved; YaHshua
_____________________________YaHshua YaHshua Savior’s name Capitols to emphasize the Hebrew spelling.H3091 yahshu^aYaH-shoo'-ah YaH-saved; YaHshu
His Name Above Every Name:
(Php 2:9-10) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: That at the Name of YaHshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
How important is this? It is up to you to decide
Restoring His Birth Name to the New Covenant Writings:
(Rom 10:9-10) ... that if you will confess with your mouth that YaHshua is Lord, and believe in your heart that God (The Father) raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
(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. KJV
(Act 4:12) Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." NIV
It is your belief and confession in HIM that makes you righteous, not your righteousness but His -- all coming through and by Him, YaHshua. And then, it is by and through this we confess YaHshua and no other, as the one and only, First Born, by the Resurrection, of God The Father -- the ONE whom no one knew about until YaHshua revealed Him --
(John 5:43) I have come in my Father's Name, and you don't receive Me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.
(Luke 24:46-47) He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, (47) and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem (YaHshalayim).
Do you supposed that the Name preached, beginning at Jerusalem, was any other name than the Name He was given at Birth? Of course not, and still, that is what has happened -- a completely different name is being preached, a name that never existed until about 400 years ago.
Even though we have done nothing to earn any of this, it is our belief and confession, recognizing the one and only Savior, YaHshua, through whom we are given this gift of life. Our Heavenly Father has seen fit to make us righteous in Him and by Him. No one, no matter how righteous they may be among men can, or will be granted life eternal without confessing YaHshua as Savior, as the Son of the Living God. By this confession we are deem righteous by the covering of His Blood. Do not be deceived our righteousness is as nothing -- anyone who tries to tell you it is all about what is in your heart, how you feel, or see things that counts just happen to be living in a universal deception -- the righteousness of men is nothing, it is all about our confession and acceptance of the One He sent, and He does not come in any other name.
(Isa 64:6) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. KJV
(Isa 64:6) All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. NIV
(Mat 19:17) And he said unto him, Why call thou me good?there isnone good but one,that is,God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. KJV
No one can brag about their righteousness, no one, but many do. Some of Christianity exercise their own righteousness by saying they are not bound by any law or legalism -- a form of "self-righteousness". Then there are those who say they are bound by the Law (Torah) and go to great lenths to discount the opposite opinion, making everything eternal and never changing. This last groups struggle and strive to make some kind of restoration for something lost, like the Torah Laws, saying our Lord meant all of Torah. But our Lord YaHshua, prior to the New Covenant, told the young man and us which of the commandments, with no mention of the civil laws given to Israel in their covenant -- He only mentions those commandments we find in the Ten Words, or Ten Commandments.
The Hebrew Roots and Sacred Names groups attempt to restore something they think has been lost, but how can you restore what has never been lost, how can you restore that which does not need to be restored? Of course, they want to restore His Law so they can be righteous enough to gain the Kingdom. This is why Paul was and is hated by some groups, as he taught righteousness through and by YaHshua. YaHshua had one teaching for Israel before His going to the Cross and another after, when the New Covenant was sealed by His blood. Remember, the Old Covenant was sealed by the blood of animals, a continual sealing, by ritual, that had to be done yearly -- year after year to forgive sin, and in this system forgiveness was only temporary, thus the need for another animal (blood) sacrifice. To seek restoration of the Old Covenant is to say, in truth, that our Lord's Sacrifice and His blood is still, for them, not enough. There is a reason our Savior is called our Savior.
The only good argument, almost, I have heard to support Paul as a Torah observer and teacher comes from an example found in the Book of Acts. Paul was taken off to the side by James, the Jerusalem Church leader, and he talked Paul into participating in a Jewish cleansing ceremony and in addition to this, he told Paul he should pay for seven others as well, according to the custom -- and this would prove to all that Paul was a good Jew. You see, all of the ceremonies and rites conducted at the Temple cost money, and Paul was willing to put up the money to demonstrate that he was still a Jew. Do you see the possible conspiracy here? Paul is causing all kinds of problems for the Church as his ministry to the Gentiles makes it look like he is teaching the Torah is no long of use and this has many a religious Jew up in arms. Paul was sent into the lions den by none other than the Leader of the Church, the brother of YaHshua, James (half brother). Paul almost made it through but someone eventually recognized him and it did not matter that he was participating in a cleansing ritual along with other brothers. The cry went out and Paul's life was on the line. One has to wonder where were all of the Christian brethren during all of this? No one appears ready to protect Paul and he was about to die. Of course our Lord delivered Him from death and made something of use out of the whole attempted murder of Paul. And, if Paul had been stoned to death at that time? Well, certain of the brethern would not have shed so much as a tear for this trouble maker.
Paul usually demonstrates great insite into events surrounding him and what is to come. Everything he sees, good and bad, as a path laid out by his Master, YaHshua. Paul knew, I am sure, knew that this dangerous undertaking, encouraged by James and others at the Jerusalem church would either be his end, or our Lord would use it for something greater. Paul surly knew that the Temple had become a big money maker for the Priests and others, but instead of turning over tables, he still went along with this plan James had instructed him in -- head of the Jerusalem Church, had come up with life threating plan? What was James thinking?
Paul follows James advice, stepping into the lions den, so to speak. This is all very suspicious, as the believers and brethren should have had no problem with Paul, or so it should have been. Paul was going to do something to tame the accusations of fellow believers and the outsider Jew, those continuing in the Old Covenant. How could this have been a defense of the New Covenant? It wasn't, this was an attempt by Paul to settle the minds of Jewish brethern, at the request of James and other brethern of the chruch. I say other brethern because their absence in defense of Paul when the cry goes out for his head. The absence shouts out complicity, even a conspiracy.
Confirming Paul supports the Old Covenant, or Not?
Those pointing to Paul's actions, by participating in this cleansing ritual, say he is doing this and thus proving the Old Covenant rule of Law is still in action. The problem, of course, is that this was a ceremonial cleansing and not an Old Covenant command, it was a Jewish religious custom, a practice of self-righteousness, putting your own righteousness on display. Paul should never have listened to James, of course, but Paul saw something deeper going on here, and exposing those who would and would not support him in his ministry, a ministry assigned to him by none other than our Savior, YaHshua. This ritual Paul participated in certainly did not prove to those seeking his life that he was a good Jew.
When YaHshua went to the Cross, for us, the Old Covenant need to be modified, and this modification became known as the New Covenant, a new and better covenant. For if fault had not been found with the Old Covenant -- well, what does the Word say?
(Jer 31:31) Behold, the days come, says YaHWeH, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
(Heb 8:6) But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which on better promises has been given as law.
(Heb 8:7-9) For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. For finding fault with them, he said, "Behold, the days come," says YaHWeH, "that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they didn't continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them," says YaHWeH.
Even though, this was understood, that a New Covenant had been delivered, it was not the abolishment of the First, not at all, even though this is what is taught. There is a new covenant, one that YaHshua poured out His Blood to institute, but the this did not being an end, with Israel and Judah, the Covenant made with them -- yes and New Covenant is offered but not a New Covenant with Israel -- yes, they could accept this new offering, and some did, even Jewish Elders and those of the Phaisees (Acts 15:46). Yes, many people of Isreal and of Judah will accept this New Covenant offer to EVEREYONE, but thsi is not just those of Israel and Judah. A NEW COVENANT is going to be made with Israel and Judah but that is not yet, it is still future. The Covenant offered up by the Sacrifice of YaHshua, by His Blood, is for everyone, but the New Covenant Church, made up primarily of Jews, did not see this at first. They were still under the impression this was the fulfillment of the New Covenant promised to the total of Israel and Judah. As we will see, it was not, it was a covenant offered to Jew and Gentile, Male and Female. There is another Covenant for the Peopel of Israel, but as mentioned before, this will not happen until our Lord returns, and then and only then, all of Israel will be raised up -- I repeat, all of Israel and Judah, of all that have lived before will be raise up to meet the one they denied, YaHWeH/YaHshua. And they will cry out with a new heart and mind, changed to see their error --
(Jer 31:31) Behold, the days come, says YaHWeH, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them, says YaHWeH.
Do you see? The covenant we, as followers of YaHshua, engage in, sign up for is not the covenant mentioned here. Read all of JeremYaH, chapter 3 and come back to JeremYaH chapter 31 and you will see that the Covenant mentioned is not the same as the Covenant we have accepted. Understand this -- it is not wrong to be part of a different covenant but one will change and another offered. Abraham's Covenant has been renewed, but another covenant is to be made with all Israel and Judah and that Covenant is still in the Future. With this understanding let us then go back to the Apostle Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles. He does not condemn the money grabbers, and he does not correct James, Paul does what is expedient, to prove his neutral stance, taking part in a ceremony that last a week, and footing the bill, just to satisfy a few.
Paul still wanting to please his brethren of the flesh and the faith, but, as we see, on the last day of the cleansing ceremony someone tipped everyone off all those present by shouting out that the heretic Paul was in their midst, never mind that he is observing a Jewish custom, they still rise up to kill him. Funny how this worked out, only one more day to go and it would have been done, but before that day would end, someone declares to all present that Paul, the Jewish heretic, that one teaching the Moses is dead and he is in their midst -- funny, again, the timing of this. After that someone shouted out, they all rose up to kill him. Where was James and the rest of the believing, Jewish brethren? Suddenly Paul is on his own and his life is in the balance. Sounds a lot like a set up, to me. The question is, however, does the actions of Paul put the seal of approval on keeping the Church Jewish? The answer is, of course not! Observing a custom, not a command, is not an example of support for the Old Covenant at all, and certainly not an excuse to find the Jewish roots or .
What Paul proved, if anything, is that all things are lawful to him and other believers, but not everything is of benefit. Paul taught this -- he said he became a gentile to have the opportunity to witness YaHshua, and he would be a Jew to convince his flesh and blood brothers that the YaHshua whom they crucified was indeed the Messiah.
(1Co 9:21) To those not having the law I (Paul) became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law.
It should be noted that the words within the parentheses ( ) were additions, most likely taken and inserted as notes. The point here, however, is that Paul acted like a gentile among the gentiles and like a Jew among the Jews. He was, as he put it later, all things to all men for the sake of preaching YaHshua.
(1Co 9:22) To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
We actually have a better report that the Old Covenant no longer ruled over the Jewish converts by the actions of Peter, as reported by Paul --
(Gal 2:12) Before certain men came from James, he (Peter) used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.
The "circumcision group", the Jewish believers, were attempting to keep the Torah over believers, keeping the Way of YaHshua, Jewish. Apparently the Jewish groups, based in Jerusalem, were doing just as they had always done, keeping the Laws of Moses, following in the customs and traditions of their father before them, while accepting YaHshua as the fulfillment of the promised Messiah, for them it all remained for the Jews of Israel to rule the world. At one point they insisted the Gentile believers had to be circumcised in order to take part in this coming domination of the Word, but this was over ruled by the Holy Spirit and put to rest, as recorded in Acts 15, the Gentiles did not have to follow Moses, a better way was seen and presented. We see, however, later, that this ruling at Jerusalem did not settle the question, at least for many of the Jewish believers. There is a covenant offer for all people and there is still to come a New Covenant offering to the people of Israel and Judah, on into the Millennial Rule of YaHshua.
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