El Qanna (or Kanno) is a word that appears six times in the Old Testament. It is translated jealous, zealous, or envy. The word first appears when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God. Exodus 20:5a
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai and found the people worshipping a golden calf, he was so enraged he broke the stone tablets. God called Moses back up on the mountain where He rewrote the tablets. This time the use of Qanna was a little more emphatic. Read the rest of this entry »
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalms 73:26
I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Psalm 142:5
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:24
The idea of God as my portion started out simply enough, but the more I rolled it around in my head, the more complex it seemed. In the interest of keeping this post down to an acceptable length, I’ve tried to simplify my thoughts by substituting God into the definition of portion. Read the rest of this entry »
El Olam is a Hebrew name that is translated The Everlasting or Eternal God. El is translated as God, and Olam means forever, eternity, or everlasting. This name emphasizes the fact that God never changes, that His resources are inexhaustible, and that He has no limits.
Abraham was the first one to use the name El Olam in the Bible. He and Abimelech had just made a covenant over the ownership of a well, and he planted a tree as a memorial. Read the rest of this entry »
11 and the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. Then they brought him to Moses. His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan… 16 Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him. The sojourner as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death. Leviticus 24:11,16
In Leviticus 24, the son of a Hebrew woman and an Egyptian man got into a fight. Jewish tradition is that he wanted to camp with his mother’s family, but her neighbors objected because of his Egyptian father. It is not clear whether the blasphemy occurred during the initial disagreement or in a subsequent court battle, but in any case, during the course of the fight he blasphemed the name of God in some way. Read the rest of this entry »
In the eighth chapter of Isaiah, the prophet wrote about a coming Assyrian invasion. However, after making some pretty dire predictions, he offered hope in chapter nine, particularly in this familiar verse:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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This post begins with a confession. Yes, I know it’s late, but aside from that, I had a real “duh” moment while researching and writing it. As often as I have seen, heard, read, spoken, and sung the terms God of gods, King of kings, and Lord of lords, today was the first time I was consciously aware that the first God, King, and Lord are capitalized and the second are in lower case.
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. Deuteronomy 10:17
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