I finished the 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge yesterday–a month-long study of the names of God. I appreciate those of you who followed along and offered encouragement and comments. If you missed any of the posts or would to read some of them again, click on the tab at the top of the screen. It will take you to a page that features links to all the posts.
The challenge is over, but the names of God go on forever. As Sandi Patty says in this song, there is strength, power, and hope in the name of the Lord.
YHWH–Zidkenu, more commonly written in English as Jehovah Tsidkenu, is a name that means The Lord our Righteousness. Blue Letter Bible says that the actual name occurs only twice in the Old Testament, but the assurance that God is completely and totally righteous permeates the Bible.
5 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ Jeremiah 23:5-6
YHWH or Yahweh is used in the Bible more than any other name for God. It appears 6,519 times in the Old Testament and was first used in Genesis 2:4. It is called God’s personal name, and He first revealed Himself by it in Exodus 3.
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. Genesis 2:4
13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:13-14
My first memories of seeing Xmas used in place of Christmas are associated with sitting at the kitchen table, signing and addressing Christmas cards while Mom made date nut rolls and fudge. Our cards were chosen, not for the beautiful images or the poignant verses, but for the price. The least expensive cards usually came in an assortment with some religious ones and some secular ones. Some of the latter cards were completely generic, saying “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays,” but some used the short version–“Merry Xmas.” I slipped those cards to the bottom of the pile, hoping I’d run out of names before I had to use them. Like many Christians, I thought the makers of these cards were attempting to “X” Christ out of Christmas. (more…)
The Greek word logos is translated in the first verse of the Gospel of John as Word. Later in the chapter, John explains that the Word is Jesus Christ.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17
Several passages in the Old Testament refer to Israel as the vine of God. Some of these passages tell about how displeased God was with the vine He had planted because Israel had turned from Him and worshipped idols. The psalmist wrote about what happened to Israel when God withdrew His hand of protection, but Isaiah offered hope in his prophecy of a new vine that would appear later. (more…)
For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; Hebrews 7:26
This verse describes Christ, not only as the once-for-all perfect sacrifice for sin but also as the high priest who is uniquely qualified to offer His sacrifice to God. Because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, He was undefiled by the sin of Adam, and because of His personal holiness during His earthly life, He didn’t have to purify Himself before entering the holy of holies. (more…)