Pastor's Corner March 2017

When I was 10 years old, I was converted, baptized, and called into the ministry of our God. I became aware that our God had a name different from other people’s god. In the Holy Bible, Psalms 83:18 says, “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.” As I grew in faith, knowledge, and understanding in my teen years and early 20s so did my thoughts mature on this topic. I wanted to be respectful and careful in using God’s name. Yet I was finding many interesting concepts concerning our God’s name. The four letters in Hebrew, translated to English as “LORD” could be pronounced Jehovah or YAHVAH or YAHWEH because the Hebrew language does not have vowels for this word. I have heard various stories of how protective the Hebrews were of God’s name. In the book of Psalms there are about 95 times where we are encouraged to know our God’s name as in Psalms 91:14, “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.”; verse 15 “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”; and verse 16 “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” I want that kind of blessing! God’s name and variations of it are somewhat hidden in the words of the Bible. Examples are: Psalm 68:4, “…by his name JAH...” (See the center reference). This word came from Hebrew Hallelujah. Also see the center references at Psalm 105:45; Psalm 106:1; Psalm 115:18; Isaiah 12:2 which states “…LORD JEHOVAH is my strength...” and Isaiah 26:4 “… LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:.” Also Matthew 1:23 “…Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” God’s name stands for a wealth of metaphors as shown in at least seven books of the Bible: Rock, Shepherd, Shield, Stronghold, Light, Strength, Refuge, Sun, Father, Mother-Bird, Help, Shade, Portion, Song, Redeemer, Warrior, Potter, Husband, Fountain, Dew and more. Our God, Jehovah, is powerful and yet gentle and He would love to talk and walk with us in the Garden in the cool of the day. Love Him and give the glory due His Name. Psalm 29:2 tells us “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” This is a very interesting part of knowing more about our God. He is a mighty God yet He can be in our hearts and be our friend. God’s plan of salvation is for every nation, nationality and individual. Nothing in Scripture says those people have to learn Hebrew to be saved, live for God and be in the Kingdom of God. This topic is just another reason for reading the Bible and getting to know more about God.

Pastor Ed Lewin, Westside COG7

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