Identity Theft (part two)

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 28, 2007
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Notes:

Exodus 3:13-14 I AM -- There is no reason for God's existence outside of Himself. "I AM" signifies the real being of God, His self-existence. Revelation 4:8 says it well: holy, holy, holy is the LORD GOD, the almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come.

Exodus 3:15-18 He clearly states His name is YAHWEH and that He wants to be called by His name and worshipped as such. Last week, we looked at some of the many places where He identified Himself as YAHWEH YOUR GOD or YAHWEH OUR GOD.

From the Holy Name Bible:
Isaiah 42:8; Psalms 135:13; 1Kings 18:21(Baal means the lord; Adonai also means The Lord) Jeremiah 23:26-27; Hebrew 2:12 & Psalms 22:22; Acts 2:21 & Joel 2:32: Psalms 9:10: Jeremiah 33: 2 & 3; John 17:6, 26; Matthew 6:9; John 5:43

The Jews decided not to use the name YAHWEH so as not to violate the commandment not to take His name in vain. Some believe that during the 70 years of captivity, they decided not speak His name, so the pagans would not hear and slander it. However, clearly in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, the name is known and used even by Cyrus, king of Persia.

The Septuagint is the Old Testament translated into Greek. It was translated between 300 - 250 BC. YAHWEH was completely left out of the text and replaced with the Greek word Kurios, Lord.

The Massoretes (Jewish scholars) between the 7th and 10th centuries placed diacritical marks beneath "YAHWEH" to indicate pronunciation of the word. It was to be spoken as "Adonai," not as the word written "YAHWEH," which the Jews considered too sacred to be spoken aloud.

Jesus knew the name of his Father and declared it to his disciples:

John 17:26 & Hebrew 2:12
I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.
In the New Testament, GOD'S name is lost and never used. Rather, the Greek word kurios is written. Many Old Testament verses that have the name YAHWEH are quoted in the New but were changed to kurios.

Look on our website to see all the O.T. Scriptures quoted in the N.T.

Matthew 4:7 is from Deut. 6:16; Matt. 4:10 from Deut. 6:13, 10:20; Matt. 22:37 from Deut. 6:5; 10:12; 30:6; Matt. 22:44 from Ps.110:1; Mark 12: 29 & 30 are from Deut. 6:4 & 5.

So, what are we to do with this identity theft? When we read "LORD," we know it is YAHWEH. When we see in the New Testament a quote from the Old with YAHWEH or we know from the context it is YAHWEH, we should begin to think and say His right name -- YAHWEH.

Jesus introduces YAHWEH to us in a different way and told us to address Him in a different way.

Matthew 5:16 Live to glorify your Father
Matt. 5:44-48 Be like your heavenly Father
Matt. 6:1-6 Be real with your Father
Matt. 6:7-9 Pray -- OUR FATHER
Matt. 6:14, 15 Forgive like your Father
Matt. 6: 25-34 Our Father cares for us
Matt 7:7-11 Father cares for you

1Cor. 8:6; Eph. 1:1-3 Jesus is Lord, and YAHWEH is our God and Father

God and Father



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