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Infinite Light

By Tzvi Freeman

A strong light is hostile to the eyes. An intense light will burn and destroy. An immense body of light will vaporize anything, turning molecules to atoms, atoms to particles, particles to energy.

An infinite light, however, knows no bounds. It can go anywhere and enter any place. Nothing can say to infinity, "I cannot bear you! You are too powerful for me!"-for, if so, that would be a limitation on the infinite.

That is the name the Kabbalists call G-d-the Infinite Light. No place is too small, no moment too insignificant, for the Infinite Light to belong.

They say the most profound darkness comes just before the dawn. The harshest oppression of our forefathers in Egypt came just before their liberation.

That was a coarse darkness of slavery of the body. Today it is a darkness of the soul, a deep slumber of the spirit of Man. There are sparks of light, glimmerings of a sun that never shone before --but the darkness of night overwhelms all.

Prepare for dawn

The sun rises anew every morning, and every moment we rely upon it to keep shining. So too, the Creator renews His creation into being and life with a continual flow of energy.

There is a distinction, however: The sun supports life spontaneously. It is not concerned, nor interested -- nor even aware of the blade of grass that grows from its warmth and light. It is only being itself -- a giant atom crusher in the sky -- and we benefit here on earth.

Creation, on the other hand, is intentional. Every step along the way is a deliberate act, every detail is with intimate concern, every event is judged, decided and accounted for. He vitalizes each thing not only with His light -- but, like an artist, with His entire Being.

And yet, He remains unchanged -- like the sun above, and infinitely more so. Immanent, yet transcendent. For He knows no bounds.

Be as the Infinite Light:

 

Yahweh (Hebrew: יהוה, YHWH, also Yahu - the unvocalised YHWH is the only form that appeared in Hebrew before 800 CE, and Yahweh is a modern "best guess" scholarly convention) is a god in ancient Semitic religion and notably the god of Israel in the Hebrew Bible. The Bible describes Yahweh as the one true God who delivered Israel from Egypt and gave the Ten Commandments: "Then God spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you lived as slaves. You shall have no other gods to rival me.’”[1] Yahweh revealed himself to Israel as a God who would not permit his people to make idols or follow gods of other nations[2] or worship gods known by other names, "I am Yahweh, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, or My praise to idols."[3] Yahweh demanded the role of the one true God in the hearts and minds of Israel, "Hear, Israel: Yahweh is our God; Yahweh is one: and you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might."[4]

Modern biblical scholars have used source criticism to interpret different character attributes of Yahweh. The documentary hypothesis employs source criticism to interpret different character attributes as originating in four distinct source documents of the Torah.[5] For example, anthropomorphic descriptions, visits from Yahweh and use of the personal name prior to Exodus 3 are attributed to the Jahwist source.[6] Use of the generic title, Elohim, and descriptions of Yahweh of a more impersonal nature (for example, speaking through dreams and angels rather than personal appearances) are attributed to the Elohist source.[7] Descriptions of Yahweh as particularly concerned with whether Judah’s kings were good or bad and with centralized temple worship are attributed to the Deuteronomist source.[8] Passages that portray Yahweh as acting through the Aaronid priesthood and temple-based sacrificial system are described as originating with the Priestly source.[9]

The history of the emergence of Israelite monotheism and Yahweh worship has been the subject of scholarly study since at least the 19th century and Julius Wellhausen'’s Prolegomena to the History of Israel; in the 20th century the formative work was William F. Albright's Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan (1968), which insisted on the essential otherness of Yahweh from the Canaanite gods from the very beginning of Israel's history. However, scholars of the Ancient Near East have since seen Yahweh worship as emerging from a West Semitic and Canaanite background,[10][11] a later, more gradual phenomenon than has been assumed.[12] Worship of Yahweh alone is a central idea of historical Judaism.[13] Much of Christianity views Jesus as the human incarnation of Yahweh[14], for details see Names of God in Christianity. The importance of the divine name and the character of the “one true God” revealed as Yahweh are often contrasted with the significantly different character of rival deities known by different names in the traditional polytheistic religions.[15] Some scholars, including William G. Dever, have asserted that the Asherah was worshipped as a consort of Yahweh, until the 6th century BCE, when strict monolatry of Yahweh became prevalent in the wake of the destruction of the first temple.[16][17] However, the consort hypothesis has been subject to debate with numerous scholars publishing disagreement.[18]

One theory is that Jews ceased to use the name Yahweh in the intertestamental period, replacing it with the common noun Elohim, “god”, to demonstrate the universal sovereignty of Israel's God over all others. At the same time, the divine name was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered, and was replaced in spoken ritual by the word Adonai (“My Lord”), or with haShem (“the Name”) in everyday speech[19], see Names of God in Judaism for details

 


Does it matter what we call God?

Yahweh in the process of revealing His Name to the world again?

What about people who came to faith in Yahweh through the name Jesus?

 It's time to tell the world who God is by Name!

Neil Snyder

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Fact 1: His Name is Yahweh

Yahweh, is called the Divine Name and the Tetragrammaton, or four-letter word because it has four letters in Hebrew.  Most Jewish people won’t say Yahweh.  Instead, they say HASHEM—a Hebrew word that means “The Name”, or they say Adonai—the Hebrew word for Lord.  Yahweh is also called the Ineffable Name, or the unspeakable Name, but God’s Name is not unspeakable!

Fact 2: Yahwehs Name Has Been Edited Out of Most Bible Translations

Yahweh’s Name doesn’t appear even one time in the text of the three most popular English Bible translations on the market today.  The King James Bible, the New American Standard Bible, and the New International Version substitute the titles “LORD” and “GOD” with all the letters capitalized where the Name “Yahweh” actually belongs.  Jewish religious leaders introduced this tradition in the mid-2nd century B.C., and it has continued since that time.  This man-made tradition, which achieved near-universal acceptance in 1611 A.D. when the King James Bible editors failed to include the Name ”Yahweh” in their inaugural edition, is wrong and dangerous for two reasons.  First, it nullifies Yahweh’s explicit command to tell the world that we have only One God—Yahweh.  Second, according to the Bible, Yahweh is the only Name in which we have salvation.  This is a startling fact to most Christians because they have never heard a preacher say it from the pulpit, but it is true nonetheless.  Studying this website and the manuscript for HIS NAME IS YAHWEH will confirm it.

Bible scholar and author Charles Ryrie said the Name “Yahweh” appears exactly 6,823 times in the Old Testament.  Since the New Testament is loaded with direct quotes and paraphrased passages from the Old Testament that contain God’s Name, the Name “Yahweh” should appear all over the New Testament as well.  These are undeniable facts.  Even so, most Christians have never seen Yahweh’s Name in print, and as I said before, very few of them have heard a preacher declare God's Name from the pulpit.  Since we were commanded to declare the Name "Yahweh" to the entire world, this is a serious problem.

Fact 3: "LORD" and "GOD" are Titles—Not Names

“LORD” and “GOD” are titles—not names, and Yahweh never even hinted that we should declare His titles to the world.  These two titles can be applied appropriately to wood, rock, or metal, and Yahweh Himself refers to anything fashioned into an idol for worship as either a “god” or a “lord.”  It is a simple fact that “lord“ and “god“ don’t distinguish between Yahweh and inanimate objects and false deities so it makes no sense to believe they are appropriate substitutes for His Name.  In truth, there is no substitute for the Name “Yahweh.“

Fact 4: Yahweh Commanded Us to Tell People Who He is by Name

Yahweh means “I AM”, and “I AM” is one of His Names.  In Exodus 3: 13-15, God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM; thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  Then He added this command:

“Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’  This (Yahweh) is My Name forever, the Name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”

“Forever” means without end so it’s obvious that Yahweh never intended for us to substitute “LORD” and “GOD” for His Name.  Since Yahweh instructed Moses to tell the Children of Israel to remember Him by the Name Yahweh “from generation to generation”, it’s also perfectly clear that He wants everyone

  1. to know His Name,
  2. to call on Him by Name, and
  3. to tell people about Him by Name.

Fact 5: Yahweh is Our Only Savior and Jesus is Yahweh

Jeremiah 23: 5-6 and Jeremiah 33: 15-16 tell us plainly that the Messiah’s Name is Yahweh.  This fact can’t be refuted by anyone.  It’s so crystal clear in Hebrew that only Christians who know very little or nothing about Hebrew would even dare to deny it.  Regrettably, most seminary-trained preachers know almost nothing about Hebrew, so it’s common for them to be ignorant about this fact—even though it’s THE CENTRAL MESSAGE in the New Testament and the Old Testament. 

In Philippians 2: 9-11, the apostle Paul was referring to the Name “Yahweh” when he said,

“God…bestowed on Him (Jesus) the Name which is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

  • Yahweh is the Name God bestowed on Jesus.

  • Yahweh is the Name that is above every name.

  • Yahweh is the Name to which every knee will bow when He returns.

It is an indisputable fact that Paul said God bestowed the Name “Yahweh” on Jesus because in Philippians 2: 9-11 he was paraphrasing Isaiah 45: 21-24.  This is what Yahweh told Isaiah:

“And there is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me.  Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.  I have sworn by Myself, the Word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance, they will say of Me, ‘Only in Yahweh are righteousness and strength.’ Men will come to Him and all who were angry with Him shall be put to shame.”

In Isaiah 43: 11, Yahweh said that He is our only Savior—“I, even I, am Yahweh, and there is no savior besides Me.”  It’s almost impossible to misinterpret this verse because it’s so simple, so clear, and so direct.

In John 8: 58 Jesus said, “Before Abraham was born, I AM.”  To misunderstand what He meant, you have to be ignorant about the fact that Yahweh told Moses that He is I AM.

The Bible repeats these essential facts again and again and again:  

  1. Yahweh is our only Savior and our only God.
  2. Jesus is Yahweh.
  3. Yahweh is the only Name we were told to declare to the world.
  4. Yahweh is the only Name in which we have salvation.

It’s heartbreaking that most Christians don’t know the Name of their God—especially now.  We live at a time when people around the world are being told by political and religious leaders that we all worship the same god, but we call him by different names.  That’s simply not true!  All of us don’t worship the same god!

Satan must be the source of that lie.  He has the most to gain from us not knowing Yahweh’s Name and not declaring it to the world, but Satan’s lies can’t change the truth one iota.  Satan can deceive us and make it difficult for us to see, but he has no power to alter Yahweh's Word.  There is only One God; His Name is Yahweh; and the Person most Christians call Jesus is Yahweh.

This is the message of the Scriptures in a nutshell.  Yahweh came in Person to redeem, deliver, and save His people, and He is our righteousness.

Fact 6: We Have Salvation in Only One Name—Yahweh

Joel 2: 32 says, “Everyone who calls on the Name of Yahweh will be delivered (or saved).”  In Acts 2: 21, Peter quoted Joel 2: 32, and in Romans 10: 13, Paul delivered Joel’s and Peter’s message precisely.  In Acts 4: 12, Peter went even farther—“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”  It doesn’t get any clearer than that!  We have salvation in only One Name—Yahweh.  That’s what the Bible actually says again and again and again!  It’s a disturbing fact that most preachers have failed to deliver this message to their congregations.

Yahweh said He is our only Savior.  Jesus said He is Yahweh.  Joel, Peter, and Paul said that everyone who calls on the Name of Yahweh will be saved.  Peter said there is no other name by which we must be saved.  These aren’t ordinary witnesses, and their testimony is so clear and it’s repeated so often in the Bible that you need help to be confused.

 


 

About Neil Snyder

Neil Snyder has a Ph.D. degree from the University of Georgia, and he taught at the University of Virginia for 25 years before retiring in 2004

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