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What’s in a name?

Psalms 113 emphasizes the “Praise to the name of the LORD.” I quickly found myself asking which name the writer was alluding to, since GOD has a manifold list of names. The names of God are a direct reflection to who He is and His righteous attributes and character. The Jewish writers and priest so revered the name of God, that they wouldn’t even say His name; The Name of Yahweh. We have what is known at a tetragrammaton word for Yahweh which is Jehovah. God, being trinitarian, represents Father, Son and Holy Ghost [Spirit]. When we say God, in our minds we think God as Father exclusively. In the Old Testament the LORD – is reference to the Father; Lord is referenced [especially in the New Testament] as reference to Jesus. It is very hard for our finite minds to conceive the “realm of God” and not separate the Trinity into separate, albeit equal persons. When trying to describe God in terms we can understand the one illustration that helps me is the use of an egg. An egg has three distinct parts – yoke, whites and shell. However, the egg cannot exist without any of the other elements. SO the egg is three distinct parts, yet dependent on all three parts functioning at the same time to make the greater whole. In any illustration to explain God will break down at some point, but I have found this egg illustration helps the most.

Okay, back to the praise of the name of the LORD. In Psalms 113 verse 5 it asks us “who is like our God? Immediately I think of Isaiah 40 which descriptively asks question to who we would compare God too. There isn’t anything on earth, or in heaven that we can really compare God to or with. His names are self descriptive of His nature. Our God is known by name for what He does. He has a covenant name – Exodus 3, in answer to Moses “I am that I am” which uses the verb “to Be” – which is a verb of Being or essence. YHWH – the Tetragrammaton, we get Jehovah. This is the same name Jesus used in his “I am” statements in the Gospel of John, which further gives a description of God by what He does/performs.

Elohim – the powerful God; which refers to His creative power; He created, spoke into existence everything we see from Ex Nihilo, from nothing.

One of my favorites is El Shaddai – Almighty God ; speaks of His blessing and love for us. I don’t have time nor space to go through all of the names of God, for further reference look at the book “the names of God” by Ken Hemphill.

A name use to be precious, for most people it was all they had; all you had to do is say a name and it brought to mind the character and reputation of the person. Even so this should happen to the believer as the Name of God evokes in our mind the wonderful attributes of how God expresses Himself to us His children. There is great power in his name, great reverence and awe. There is no other name under heaven whereby men must be saved. It is a glorious name, worthy of praise – hence every knee will bow, earth, under the earth, in heaven – at the mention of the name Jesus!

So in our praise we have an inexhaustible ability to praise continually the attributes of God – unceasing praise – Praise the LORD!

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Creation and the Creator

It is fitting that this first blog for 2017 be about the Beginning – for we all have this “natural” new start with the New Year upon us. What we do with it, as far as success or failure is yet to be determined.  My hope and prayer is that each of you will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to know the peace of God which passes all understanding. Now on to the Book of Genesis – the book of beginnings. We learn of OUR beginning, not God’s. There isn’t anywhere in the bible that tells us where God came from, and how He came to be. “In the beginning” refers to when God began to do His creative work. Now I have to predicate this study in Genesis with a caveat, there is no way to address the entirety of Genesis and all that it discloses. Even in my own reading, I found more questions to ask than before.  The blog will try to give a synopsis of our reading. Obviously this will be limited to time and space.

There is great debate on the “day” definition. Are we to think that each day is a 24 hour day or some era of time, like an age/time span? This has been debated over and over again. The struggle with the “day” is the need for us to have a long enough time to reconcile the findings of scientific experiments; that and reconcile the long life span of the early primordial fathers. I have an example that may shed light to this. In John 2, Jesus turns the water into wine. The wine was chronologically only minutes old, yet it tasted aged or mature. When we try to reconcile the scientific measurements of time, they are given as chronological time, yet when God created, He is not limited to Chronos time, but kairos time. In other words the earth and all of creation was as old as God wanted them to be when He created them. Adam was a mature being, he had the ability to fend for himself, oil in the garden and the ability as an intellectually developed man to name all the animals. So when we hear that billions of years ago scientific remarks, we must remember that their findings may be true, but that the earth was the age that God wanted it to be [or appear] when He created. I am a young earth proponent. This means that I hold to an earth that is 12,000 years old or so. I don’t have time space to go into why, but the explosion of Mount St. Helen’s and the geological data recorded clearly establishes the argument for a young earth. ***note look at http://www.icr.org for more information.

When we look at the creation week, we find that God was in fact preparing the earth and universe for the habitation of mankind. Mankind is placed in an already mature, producing agricultural environment.  It is interesting, that the old question of which came first the chicken or the egg is answered in chapter one. Clearly and repeatedly we find that everything reproduced after its own kind. This eliminates evolution from the macro sense.  Chronos time doesn’t start until day four. [Genesis 1:14-19] Our time is marked by seasons and orbits, God’s is not. In creating God created by “speaking into existence” all things – this is called Ex Nihilo – from nothing came. When we think of the absolute power of God – the things He spoke into existence had to come about for His power is omnipotent!

Genesis 1:26-28; gives us the implied Trinity existence – “Let Us” the plural use indicates the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in cooperation creating man. Now man was created from dust, formed and fashioned by God – unlike all other creation. Also, man became a living being – a soul person by virtue of the “breath of God” breathed into man. As God created, His commentary about what He created was – It was good, but mankind, the pinnacle of creation He says It is Very Good. In Chapter 2, we get a synopsis again of creation; plus the addition of woman; being formed from the side of man. The institution of marriage is captured for us – the reason “It is not good for man to be alone.” God created deliberately, by design and with dutiful functions for all of creation. Male and female were created by God – the ongoing distortion of what mankind is doesn’t change the fact that God created Male and Female; only two gender identities. It doesn’t matter how someone “feels” what matters is how they were created biologically and physically.

 

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