Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Jehovah & His Son

This is in response to:


We are glad to see that some reference is being given to the name of Jehovah (Yahweh), although much of the information is not totally correct. Jehovah (Yahweh) does not mean "I AM" but rather it means "He is", "He will be", etc. The Hebrew word that is rendered "I am" in Exodus 3:14 is not Yahweh (Jehovah), but it is usually transliterated as "Ehyeh." Both words are forms of the same the name, but one is from the vantage point of the first person "I", while the other is from the vantage of the third person, "He".

The name of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does indeed mean more than just that Yahweh is self-existing, or that he is eternal. It refers more correctly to all that Yahweh is, all of his being as well as his undeniable qualities of character. By undeniable, we refer to his own to the fact that He cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13); he cannot deny anything about his own qualities of character or of his own being. Thus, if he speaks anything, or makes any promise, that promise cannot be denied, and his name expresses that. In the connection with what he was about to do, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not know his name in the sense of knowing, experiencing, fulfilling of his promises that he had made to Abraham. Now, Moses and Israel was going to know, experience, the name Yahweh in the fulfilling of his promise to bring out of the land of Egypt and finally into the promised land. His name, in effect, expresses that his word is undeniable, since He is who He is.

Genesis 1 does not tell of God's creating the universe, as many assume. It tells of the creating, the founding, that is, the ordering, of the planet earth with its dry land (the earth) and things upon in, and the creating, founding, ordering of the sky (heavens) above and the things in it. The beginning in Genesis 1:1 as well as in John 1:1 both refer to the same beginning. It is not the beginning of the physical universe, nor was it the beginning of living creatures. The angelic sons of God were already in existence at the beginning spoken of in Genesis 1:1, as can be seen from Job

Jesus said, as recorded in Matthew 19:4:

He answered, "Haven't you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, ..."

We can learn from this that Jesus associated "the beginning" with time of the creation of Adam and Eve. The "beginning" of Genesis 1:1 is further shown in Exodus 20:11: "in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them." This shows that the "beginning" spoken of in Genesis 1:1 is the six days that are described in Genesis 1:3 through Genesis 2:1. Adam and Eve's creation was on the last of the six days of creation in which God created the heavens and the earth. Thus, the "beginning" spoken of in Genesis 1:1 is regarding the six days of creation. Jesus, was already with his God and Father (John 17:1,3,5) *before* the "beginning" spoken of in Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1,2, and thus before the first of the six days of creation, before the world of mankind was made.

The six days of creation are speaking of the creation of the "heavens and earth", the sky, the "up above", as seen from the surface, and the land masses and things on those land masses.

The Genesis account tells nothing about the creation of the planet Earth itself. It says, "In the beginning the Earth was -- without form and void" -- shapeless, empty. There were neither mountains nor valleys, trees nor shrubs, rivers nor oceans, but the Earth was. How long before that it had been created, is not stated. The account of the Days of Creation given in Genesis does not relate to the construction of our globe, but to the ordering of it for human habitation. Thus, the scriptures refer to these six days, the beginning, creation, in reference to the creation of the world of mankind (not the sun, moon, stars, etc.), into which world the Logos came. -- Matthew 19:4,8; 24:21; Mark 10:6; 13:19; 16:15; John 1:1,2,10; 17:5; Romans 1:20; 8:19-22; Colossians 1:23; Hebrews 9:11; 2 Peter 3:4.

From the site:
In Genesis 1, God tells us that Elohim created everything, including man, and that He loved His creation. In the next chapter we are introduced to Jehovah. The first words that Jehovah spoke to man are recorded in Genesis 2:16-17 "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'from any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall die.'" Jehovah gave Adam specific instructions concerning his provisions telling him what would happen if he disobeyed. Then, when the serpent arrived on the scene with Adam and Eve, it was their responsibility to make a choice to either believe Jehovah or to believe the serpent. Unfortunately they chose to go along with the serpent’s program. Nathan Stone tells of the attributes of Jehovah: “It is as Jehovah that God places man under moral obligations with a warning of punishment for disobedience….God is revealed as righteousness and true holiness in Ephesians 4:24…Jehovah…is righteous in all His works (Daniel 9:1)….His first requirement of those who should be His witnesses is ‘Ye shall be holy: for I Jehovah your Elohim, am holy’ (Leviticus 19:2)….And a righteous Jehovah whose holiness is thus violated and outraged must condemn unrighteousness and punish it. So it is Jehovah who pronounces judgment and metes out punishment.” That is exactly what Jehovah did with Adam and Eve. He listened to their excuses and then pronounced judgment, first on the serpent, then on Eve, and lastly on Adam. Jehovah then clothed both of them and sent them out of the garden. It was Jehovah that had seen the oppression of His people and commissioned Moses and Aaron to take the sons of Israel out of Egypt. How were His people to know who had commissioned Moses? God answered Moses’ inquiry in Exodus 3:14-15 “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM;’ and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you,’” And God, furthermore, said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.” His name is the same forever because He is the same forever. James 1:17 informs us that He is the giver of everything good; there is no variation in Him. The prophet Malachi tells us that the Lord does not change (Malachi 3:6). His consistency is our security. The same thing was said of His Son in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.” Jehovah revealed Himself to His people; looking briefly at the gospel of John, we find it to be filled with Jesus’ Jehovah-statements of Himself: --I AM He—the Messiah (John 4:25, 26). --I AM the bread of life (John 6:35). --I AM the light of the world (John 8:12). --I AM the Son of Man (John 8:28). --I AM before Abraham was born (John 8:58). --I AM the door—of salvation (John 10:9). --I AM the good shepherd (John 10:11). --I AM the Son of God (John 10:36). --I AM the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). --I AM the teacher and Lord (John 13:13). --I AM the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6). --I AM the true vine (John 15:1). 1. This name is translated GOD or LORD in the KJV, NASV. 2. This name denotes the eternal self-existence of God—the I AM (Exodus 3:13-14; cf. 6:3). It is built off the Hebrew verb “to be”, and is more correctly written Yahweh. 3. This name is commonly associated with the Covenant keeping and Redeemer relationships of God to Israel (Exodus 34:5-7). 4. This word is used only of the true God. Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling, conferences, and local church meetings.

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