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.”

 

 

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How to be a successful Backslider by Derek O Swann.


It is a miserable thing to be a backslider. Of all the unhappy things that can befall a man, I suppose it is the worst. A stranded ship, an eagle with a broken wing, a garden covered with weeds, a harp without strings, a church in ruins – all these are sad sights, but a backslider is a sadder sight still” – J C Ryle

 

The golden rule of backsliding is ‘a little at a time’. Backsliding cannot be achieved overnight; it takes time and effort to be a really successful backslider. Most people make the mistake of believing that some great sin will start them on the road to successful backsliding, but this is a grievous error. When we hear of Christians falling into some disastrous sin, it is more likely to be the result of steady backsliding than the cause of it. A brick wall doesn’t collapse without there being some reason, such as decaying mortar or crumbling foundations. When Christians fall, you can be assured that there has been some steady or serious crumbling, somewhere.

 

To the would be backslider here is some sound advice:

FIRST, you must abandon the practice of prayer. However, this must be done very carefully, and with as little fuss as possible. Don’t give up praying altogether, otherwise you will frighten your conscience into action and that is fatal. Remember the secret is ‘a little at a time’. Don’t be in a desperate hurry; try to be as busy as you can, preferably in Christian work, so that you have less and less time to devote to prayer. You can always quieten your conscience by telling it that while you haven’t been praying as much as you should, you have at least been doing the Lord’s work in other ways.

SECOND, you must stop reading the Bible. But again, remember to ease your way out gently or you’ll have your conscience shouting at you. Some have found it useful to substitute the reading of good Christian books instead of the Bible, and then quietly to drop these off. In this way you hardly notice that you’ve stopped reading the bible!

THIRD, you must misuse all opportunities for Christian Fellowship. It is advisable not to break off contact with other Christians, otherwise your conscience will prick you and one of your friends might become suspicious, and try and help you. When you meet with other Christians don’t talk about the Lord Jesus Christ, but about other things. Discuss events, people, books, the weather, the latest fashions, anything in fact but the Lord Jesus Christ.

FOURTH, you must get as much of a worldly spirit into your life as your conscience will allow. There are several ways in which you can do this. Love of money is a sure winner, as long as you remember to call it ‘thrift’. This is a very respectable sin and will hardly be noticed by your Christian friends. Again under a cloak of spiritual zeal, you can dabble in al sorts of  worldly alliances which will help to weaken your spiritual resistance. For example, you might engage in an intimate friendship with an unbeliever of the opposite sex, and justify it on the grounds that you may win this one to Christ. Many a Christian has been kept in a healthy state of backsliding by this means.

FIFTH, you must as soon as possible make a resolution that one day you will mend your ways. This is very important because it helps you subdue even the slightest twinges of conscience. You can always say you intend to do something about matters ‘one day’. But, remember, don’t decide when that ‘one day’ will be; keep it as vague as possible, and try not to think too much about it.

LAST OF ALL, you must try to forget that backsliding brings great dishonour to God. Never allow this thought to stay in your mind for a moment, otherwise you cannot succeed as a backslider. Say to yourself  ‘I’m not hurting any one, and – in any case – if anyone suffers it will be me.’ Refuse to think of the dishonour that a backsliding Christian brings to God. Tell yourself that you are the only one who will suffer. If once you begin to realise that backsliding drags down the name of God into t he mire, you won’t succeed. Fear of dishonouring Him is one of the chief deterrents.

Your own wickedness shall correct you,

and your backslidings shall reprove you:

know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter,

that you have forsaken the Lord your God,

and that My fear is not in you,

says the Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 2:19

I will heal there backslidings,

I will love them freely:

for My anger is turned away from him. Hosea 14:4

 

Rushworth Literature Enterprise

12 Green End, nr Ware,

Herts, England

 

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.