WHAT’S IN A NAME?


WHO IS GOD? DOES HE HAVE A NAME? SHOULD WE BE USING IT?

There can only be only be one supreme being, one original source of all that exists.

Shakespeare includes the line: “”Nothing can come of nothing: speak again.” on the lips of King Lear King Lear (I, i, 92)

But the thought is much older, coming from the mouth of the ancient Greek  Parmenides and later from the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius

Plain simple logic tells us there must be a transcendent, eternal being from whom all other things come!

My quest is to establish whether He has a Name and if so, what is it?

Should someone want to know my name, or for that matter your name, they would need to ask you or someone who had already found out.

Names must be revealed if they are to be known, God’s Name has been revealed:

Exodus 3:13–14 (NKJV)

13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

The personal name of God revealed to Moses in the burning bush—“I AM WHO I AM”—conveyed something of His character (Ex. 3:14). According to Exodus 34:5–6, when the Lord “proclaimed the name of the Lord,” He added words that described His character. The name of the Lord was virtually synonymous with His presence: “For your wondrous works declare that your name is near” (Ps. 75:1). To know the name of God is thus to know God Himself (Ps. 91:14). For this reason, to “take the name of the Lord your God in vain” (Ex. 20:7) is to act in any way that is inconsistent with the profession that He is the Lord God.

[Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., & Harrison, R. K., Thomas Nelson Publishers (Eds.). (1995). In Nelson’s new illustrated Bible dictionary. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.]

In the Bible a name is much more than an identifier as it tends to be in our culture. Personal names (and even place names) were formed from words that had their own meanings. Thus, the people of the Bible were very conscious of the meaning of names. They believed there was a vital connection between the name and the person it identified. A name somehow represented the nature of the person.

[Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., & Harrison, R. K., Thomas Nelson Publishers (Eds.). (1995). In Nelson’s new illustrated Bible dictionary. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.]

Throughout the Old Testament God’s personal Name is YHWH [ancient Hebrew has no vowels, only consonants], in what now appears to be an almost superstitious reverence based on:

Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)

7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

the Jews substituted the word ‘adonai’ [my Lord] for YHWH to avoid breaking God’s Law. They emphasised the need to use this substitute by including the vowels of ‘adonai’ with YHWH in their written text.  The result of this being that when some of our medieval ancestors wanted to translate the word YHWH into our language, they either simply used LORD or included the vowels of ‘adonai’ to form the familiar word ‘Jehovah’.

JEHOVAH is not God’s name

Even those who claim to be His sole representatives today concede that they use ‘Jehovah’  though ‘no one today can say for sure exactly how people of Bible times pronounced YHWH’. And then excusing themselves with: ‘However should this prevent us from using God’s name?’ they proceed to assert that unless you use the name ‘Jehovah’ to address God, you are insulting Him! [From ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach’ page 195, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc. 2005]

GOD HAS REVEALED HIS NAME AND WE ARE TO USE AND TREASURE IT:

 Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

 Matthew 1:23 (NKJV)

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

He is the One called YHWH – compare these two verses:

John 12:41 (NKJV)

41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

Isaiah 6:3 (NKJV)

3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Jesus is God – God’s Name is Jesus!

Those who use it as intended find in Him a Friend and Saviour who delivers from the treadmill of man made religion.

His work on the Cross reconciles us to God and establishes an eternal relationship of life, begone the yokes that religious organisation coerce those they delude to embrace.

Matthew 11:28–30 (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Acts 4:10–12 (NKJV)

10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 

 

Life is a Puzzle!


IN PICKERING MARKET PLACE – Saturday 16th August 14

Are You Puzzled?

Are You Puzzled?

NO NEED TO BE PUZZLED – Jesus is the Solution.

Turn to Him, Trust Him, Take Him at His Word, He soon make sense of your life for you.

John 14:1 (NKJV)

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

 

 

 

Rubbish!


Bin Contents

Litter Bin Contents

 

Observing life from the vantage point of my good news table I was struck today by how much we rely upon those who keep our towns and cities tidy.

People produce junk, rubbish or litter, and so on our streets rubbish bins are appropriately placed. The public have been well trained – are you old enough to remember the ‘Keep Britain Tidy Campaign’ of a previous generation? If you visit Pickering you will notice that it is generally clean and tidy, stand and watch for a minute and you’ll see people dropping their empty bags, bottles etc., into the appropriate receptacle . Closer observation will reveal the local authority worker picking up odds and end from the pavement and taking them away. Pickering is pretty because of this constant attention to detail, one can only imagine how unpleasant a place this would be if all our trash was left unattended!

plastic bottles and other rubbish on the heavily polluted river              or:canstock6411473

 

 

 

I hope you are in agreement so far, but what if I were to say that there’s another kind of rubbish which we create and is piling up around us day and daily? You know what I mean, its often just in our minds – evil thoughts, wicked schemes, careless living – using the resources God has supplied and indifferent to the mess we are making.  Some might be asking, ‘What are you taking about?’ Let’s be clear, if we could see ourselves from God’s perspective, our lives are a mess, just like the rest of mankind. The reason our world is such a mess is standing in your shoes, sitting on your chair, lying on your bed – YOU!

The Bible says:

James 4:1 (NKJV) Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

For those who can see this, the Good News is that Jesus Christ has lived, died, is risen and ascended to put an end to such strife and its chaos by transforming people from troublemakers into peacemakers – and this includes you, should you desire it.

Romans 5:10 (NKJV) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Need to know more – just ask – or come and see me – most Saturdays in beautiful Pickering Market Place.

Telling the world how and where people can be cleaned up.

Telling the world how and where people can be cleaned up.

 

Scientism, the Religion of Closed Minds


SCIENTISM A recent dialogue with a young man from Manchester exposed the awful prejudice against the Gospel that seems to permeate the younger generation.

It all began when I commented that our school children should be allowed to make up their own minds on how our world came into being, that the arguments for Evolution should be presented together with those for Intelligent Design.

“I’m happy for them to have ‘all’ the evidence and then let them make up their own minds, isn’t that what education is about?” I wrote.

“you can tell them that people believe in god. But you could never give them any evidence because there is none.” Was one of the replies.

Links to peer reviewed research from the Discovery Institute simply resulted in a plaintiff cry to a certain Mr Dawkins for evaluation.

http://www.discovery.org/a/2640 

Suggesting that they see for themselves that many eminent ‘scientists’ are not convinced by the fairy tale called ‘evolution’ I gave them this link:

http://www.discovery.org/a/10661 

Pointing out that the so called ‘big bang’ is not and cannot be scientifically verified cut no ice. Attempts to demonstrate that there are other types of ‘evidence’, and that our whole study of history and that of our law courts relies upon evidence and facts was dismissed as make believe.

This quickly exposed the hand of my correspondent, the only evidence allowed is what he deigns to be evidence. Nothing must be allowed except that which he decides can be scientifically verified. This is religion at it’s worst – Scientism!

From here on in abuse and ridicule became their way to deal with serious discussion, no matter what I proposed, the self appointed judge and jury of Scientists barred it as inadmissible.

THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE WHO WILL NOT SEE.

My assertion that there is historical evidence for the existence of God in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is simply scorned:

“every one of the pieces of evidence was simply someone’s account of the event. That isn’t evidence by any measure”.

“there’s no actual physical evidence to support it. Just what’s written in people’s accounts of the event.”

By this standard our courts of law have no basis for operation, and history has just become bunk!

I’M GLAD TO SAY THAT DESPITE THE BLUSTER AND SMOKE SCREEN THE EVIDENCE FOR GOD’S EXISTENCE STANDS UNTARNISHED.

Look here I said:

www.bible.ca/d-resurrection-evidence-Josh-McDowell.htm

But closed minds have no place for facts, they simply spew a flood of scorn!

I even wanted him to see that his own arguments have been ably demolished, but to no avail:

http://academics.holycross.edu/files/crec/resurrection-debate-transcript.pdf

I DREAD THE DAY SUCH PEOPLE ARE IN POSITIONS OF POWER AND INFLUENCE.

But wait, it’s too late, Scientism has become the official religion of our education system.

Read the dialogue in my profile here:

https://twitter.com/WHorsburgh

What are we to do? Be Patient, Watch and Pray. Those Ivory Towers Will Tumble.

Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”