The following study is part of the new edition of the Advanced Bible Studies Series course Give Attendance to Doctrine that we plan to publish later this year.
“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens”(Gen. 2:4).
Jehovah is the personal name by which God is revealed in the Old Testament. In the King James Bible, Jehovah is translated by LORD in all caps and it appears more than 6,500 times.
Jehovah is both Saviour and Judge. He is the covenant-keeping Redeemer to the believer as well as the holy God of judgment to the unbeliever (Deut. 7:9-10).
The book of Psalms is a book of praise to Jehovah God. Forty-one times the Psalmist says, “Praise the LORD” or “Praise ye the LORD.”
Jehovah is to be praised because of His goodness and mercy (Psa. 106:1; 103:8-14). Sixteen times we are told that Jehovah is good (1 Ch. 16:34; 2 Ch. 5:3; 7:3; Ezr. 3:11; Psa. 34:8; 100:5; 106:1; 107:1; 118:1, 29; 135:3; 136:1; 145:9; Jer. 33:11; Lam. 3:25; Nah. 1:7).
Jehovah’s mercies are great (1 Ch. 21:13), manifold (Ne. 9:19), tender (Psa. 25:6), plentious (Psa. 86:15), multitudinous (Psa. 5:7; 51:1; 69:16; 106:7, 45; lam. 3:32), everlasting (Psa 100:5; 118:1, 2, 3, 4, 29; 136; 138:8). The believer is compassed with Jehovah’s mercy (Psa. 32:10). His mercies are as high as the heaven is above the earth (Psa. 103:11). He is full of compassion (Psa. 145:8).
Jehovah is the Redeemer. Jehovah sought Adam after the fall and clothed him in coats, which signified the salvation provided by Jesus (Genesis 3:8-9, 21). The believer is clothed in Christ’s righteousness (Rom. 3:21-22; 2 Cor. 5:21).
The greatness of Jehovah’s mercy and salvation can only be understand in light of His terrible holiness (Lev. 11:45; 19:1-2; Psa. 11:4-5; Isa. 6:3; Hag. 1:12-13). Jehovah is the lawgiver and the punisher of lawbreakers (Ex. 20:1-18).
The reason that Jehovah can be merciful to sinners is because He Himself has satisfied the requirements of His own holy law. Jehovah is the God of the Passover (Ex. 12:1-7). Yea, Jehovah is the Passover Lamb. He is the only Saviour (Isa. 43:11). He is “Jesus” (Mat. 1:21; John 1:29).
Exodus 6:3 says God did not make his name Jehovah known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but the name appears 141 times in the book of Genesis. How can we solve this seeming contradiction? The answer is that the name Jehovah was not actually revealed to men in history until the days of Moses. It is Moses who wrote the book of Genesis and included the name Jehovah in reference to men in that day. Thus, Jehovah is part of the revelation given by Moses.
There is a Jewish practice that considers the name Jehovah too sacred to be spoken, but it was a ridiculous, superstitious thing that comes from their vain tradition. Since God revealed Himself by the name of Jehovah and put it in Scripture, it is obvious that it is not wrong for man to write or speak the name.
What the Old Testament says about Jehovah, the New Testament says about Jesus.
Title – Jehovah God – Jesus Christ
King of kings – Psa. 95:3 – 1 Tim. 6:14-15
Lord of lords – Psa. 136:3 – Rev. 19:16
Stone of stumbling – Isa. 8:13-15 – 1 Pe. 2:6-8
Judge – Isa. 24:20-21 – Heb. 12:23 Col. 1:17; Jn. 5:22
Reigning – Isa. 24:23 – Mat. 25:31
Good Shepherd – Isa. 40:10-11 – Jn. 10:11
Only Saviour – Isa. 43:11 – 2 Tim. 1:10
Alpha and Omega – Isa. 44:6 – Rev. 1:7-18
Creator – Isa. 44:24 – Col. 1:16
Every knee bow – Isa. 45:23 – Ph. 2:10-11
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Psalm 29(selected verses)
The voice of Yahweh is over the waters; the God of glory thunders. The voice of Yahweh is powerful and full of majesty. The voice of the Yahweh breaks the cedars, shakes the wilderness and strips the forests bare and in His temple all cry, “GLORY!!”
And so it was when Jesus finished these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Two books claiming conversations with God have been best sellers in the last few years.
One called “Conversations with God” (CWG) and one by the name “The Shack”
Many gifted Christian apologists and researchers have done brilliant work in exposing the lies contained in both these books, and I have never felt any desire to read them my self…until recently.
A friend very taken with CWG insisted I read his copy to better understand what was written and to more effectively debate him on my concerns. I flicked through it, noted this “god’s” view of the Bible and of Christ and didn’t need waste any more time on that.
The other book , “The Shack” has had a more profound impact on the people of God with many Christians endorsing and promoting the writings of William Paul Young and his universalistic views. As some close to me had been so impressed I though I would flick through it as well and I found something very interesting. Apart from the doctrinal failures in both books the voice of the “god” supposedly involved in conversation is the same voice. There is a whiny, supertolerant, almost desperate to be liked tone in both the voices that claim to be God and I wondered how so many supposedly Bible believing Christians could be taken in by the decidedly un Godlike voice found in both these manuscripts.
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob does not sound like a first year philosophy major.
There is no echo of eastern mysticism in His words.
The Alpha and Omega does not indulge in pop psychology, or downplay His own written word to make men feel better about themselves.
The wishy-washy, man centred theology of both these books reveal for the alert believer just who is behind both of these gospel denying, religious books… and it’s not the author of The Book.
Of course there will always be satanic counterfeits to the only saving faith. The devil is a liar and the father of lies. And of course those who do not know the God of Glory will be taken in by seductive deceptions, but why do those who claim Christ as Saviour fall for the obvious errors promoted by the ancient serpent?
Far too often church leaders tell us what they think the Word of God should say instead of what it does say. This is one of the reasons many struggle to read the scriptures. They are constantly told pleasant-sounding half-truths (or blatant untruths) and then they open the Book to find it doesn’t reflect the things they’ve been told. As it is impossible to believe two contradictory facts at the same time, they go with the supposed authority of men rather than the perfect authority of God.
This makes people ripe for delusion. It is only a short hop between what is taught in many churches to what Walsch and Young have portrayed in their religious conversations.
A ‘god’ without standards. A ‘deity’ without authority. A humanity without sin. A feel good gospel with no forgiveness. An unnecessary cross. A heaven for all. A denial of Hell
This may make people feel good. But God is not primarily concerned with making us feel good. The true gospel does indeed lift men out of the mire and put a new song in their mouths…but first it brings them low. There is a profound, eternal joy for those who follow Christ. The joy of personal sin and rebellion forgiven and covered by the sacrifice of the lamb.
Peace, liberty and hope are all part of the inheritance of the child of God. But only when they have had revealed first that they were a child of the devil and headed for the same place of judgement.
The voice of God to His people can be and often is gentle but it’s a gentleness with the deep rumbling of authority. God is love and His love is wrapped in a mind numbing majesty.
The weak and powerless pseudo wisdom of the voice in both these books leaves me cold and unmoved. My God does not speak like Gandhi or the Dalai Lama. His uttered words that are not light and wispy. His words speak universes into existence, He doesn’t waste them on low-level philosophy.
When the Ancient of Days speaks, men don’t respond with a distracted, “How nice.” Rather they are rendered silent or else simply declare, “GLORY!!” Men lost in sin don’t find the words of God comfortable even though, if they will lay down their arms against Him, they will find comfort.
God’s voice is rarely wasted telling us how wonderful we are. Rather those who hear the voice of the good Shepherd are forever speaking how wonderful He is. They have lost interest in their own supposed value.
How interesting it is that the voice of the conversational ‘god’ in both these man-pleasing books should sound identical. The same tendency to use many words when a few would do. The same emphasis on man as the measure of truth. The same weak riddles repeated from new age gurus. The same downplaying of God’s holiness. The same sidelining or ridiculing of Yahwehs Book. The same weakly offered hope to men lost in sin.
I believe in conversing with God. It’s a covenant conversation called prayer, to the living God who knows better than me. I bring my requests while submitting to His infinite wisdom. I approach Him with confidence… not in my inherent value but on the eternal value of Christ’s provision on the cross. My God hears my voice and responds as He does with all His twice born children. I hear His voice rumble through the pages of His book and reverberate into my heart by His Spirit and I rejoice. There are many voices today claiming to be God. There are many “deities” questioning “Did Yahweh really say??”
There are many writing books with new revelations of God.
Some will choose the “god” of Neale Donald Walsch over the Holy One of Israel. What a tragic folly.
Some will settle for a fictional deity in an imagined shack rather than bow to the living God who sits on the throne surrounded by an uncountable multitude of worshipping angels . What a loss.
As for me I’ll take Jesus’ word on what He is like. I may only be a sheep but I’m one of the sheep of His pasture. And those in the sheepfold know the voice of the Shepherd and we will not listen to another.
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee” (Psa. 139:17-18).
This entire Psalm is a revelation of God’s tender watchcare over and intimate involvement in the life of each of His saints. When God knows the thoughts of and searches the life of the redeemed, it is not to condemn but to bless. God’s omniscience and omnipresence are not to be feared but to be embraced, because His terrible holiness has been propitiated by Christ’s atonement. He has not given us the spirit of fear but the spirit of adoption (Rom. 8:15).
When He shows me my sin by His Spirit, it is not to destroy me but to lead me to repentance so that I might be conformed to the image of Christ. It is in this context that He knows my downsitting and uprising (v. 2). He knows my thoughts (v. 2).
One of the evidences of Jesus’ divinity was that He knew man’s thoughts (Luke 6:8). God compasses my path (v. 3). He is acquainted with all my ways (v. 3). He knows every word I speak (v. 4). He has beset me behind and before and laid his hand upon me (v. 5). In all places He leads me and upholds me with his hand (vv. 9-10).
Angels are messengers and helpers, but the Lord does not leave the care of His people to anyone else. It is with His own hand that leads and holds.
He fashioned me in my mother’s womb (vv. 13-16). The trillion parts of every cell and the interrelatedness of the 60 trillion cells in my body are His workmanship. The DNA of each cell, with its mind-boggling amount of information, is His workmanship. His thoughts toward me are innumerable as the sand (vv. 17-18).
It is redemption that has removed the terror of the fact that God knows every detail of my life, including every sinful thought, attitude, and action. All of my iniquity has been laid upon Christ, and I have been given His righteousness in God’s eyes (2 Cor. 5:21). Therefore, I do not fear asking God to search me and show me my wicked ways so that I might confess them and remain in fellowship with Him and walk in His will (Psa. 139:23-24; 1 John 1:9).
The more we understand God’s salvation and how completely His holy law has been propitiated (satisfied) by Christ’s blood, the more we can trust Him and draw near to Him rather than run away like Adam.
(Friday Church News Notes, July 5, 2013, www.wayoflife.org)
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. — 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
I have found that many people will reject Christ without even knowing what He says. They will reject the Bible without reading it, even saying the Bible is full of contradictions. But when asked what so-called contradictions in the Bible they have a problem with, they can never identify them. That is because they haven’t read the Bible. They refuse to believe the truth, and instead they believe the lie.
What is the lie? When it is fully realized in the Tribulation period, the lie is that the Antichrist is God, and people will buy into this. Then God will confirm their choice and “send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). Those who turn from the truth of God to the Antichrist and refuse God’s answer of salvation will be turned over to their own self-willed choice.
For example, Pharaoh hardened his heart, even when miracle after miracle was performed by the hand of God through Moses and Aaron. But then we read, “The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh . . . ” (Exodus 9:12). Isn’t that a contradiction? No, it is a progression. Initially Pharaoh did harden his heart. He hardened it again and again. And then God hardened, or strengthened, it.
God has given us a free will. He will not force us to believe something we don’t want to believe. He will come to us and seek to convince us of the truth of the Scripture. The Holy Spirit will work on our hearts. But we have the ability to resist Him.
If you harden your heart again and again, there will come a day when God will strengthen you in your own resolve.
by, Greg Laurie (harvest.org)