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Pronunciation of the Divine Name

Pronunciation of the Divine NameExodus 3:14–15 Excerpt The most important name for God in the ot is the tetragrammaton YHWH (occurs about 6,800 times), usually pronounced ‘Yahweh,’ though the known pronunciation was lost in the postexilic period. Due to the increasing sanctity attached to the name and the consequent desire to avoid misuse, the title ¯Adonai (Heb., ‘My Great Lord’) was pronounced in place of the tetragrammaton. In written texts the vowels of ¯Adonai were combined with the consonants YHWH to remind readers to pronounce ¯Adonai instead of Yahweh. The incorrect hybrid, ‘Jehovah,’ arose from Christian misunderstanding in the late Middle Ages. The respect for the sanctity of the personal name of God is reflected in modern Judaism. More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible Dictionary 1985 : 685. Print.

God’s Promise is the Psalmist’s Hope

God’s Promise is the Psalmist’s HopeExcerpt God’s word of promise has given the psalmist hope, and he pleads that God will not forget it. Past experience of the sustaining power of God’s promise is his comfort in the present affliction. Though proud scoffers ridicule his faith, he does not swerve from his adherence to God’s law. Divine ordinances handed down from ancient times are true and sure in spite of all the ridicule of the scoffers. He becomes extremely angry over those who forsake God’s law. God’s statutes form the theme of his songs; they calm his mind and refresh his spirit in this transitory life of trial. The constant recollection of the Lord and all that he has revealed himself to be, is the most powerful motive to observance of his laws. Whatever advantages others may have had which the psalmist did not enjoy, this supreme privilege had been his, viz., the keeping of God’s precepts. More Smith, James E. The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., …

The Wise Master Builder and His Coworkers

The Wise Master Builder and His CoworkersExcerpt In this section of the argument, several important points become clear. When Paul is discussing divisions in Corinth, he has in mind divisions caused by the response of the Corinthians to Paul and to the chief coworker who followed him in Corinth, Apollos. The so-called “Christ faction” (cf. 1:12) is nowhere to be found here, and Cephas (also mentioned in 1:12) is only named in passing in 3:22. I see no evidence that Paul is trying to tiptoe around a problem really caused by Peter, that is, Cephas, in Corinth. It is the relationship between himself and Apollos that he must explain. He refers to Peter in ch. 1 and in 3:22 because some Corinthians, perhaps especially Jewish Christians, admired Peter, not because there was a “Peter party” created by Peter’s visit to Corinth. The argument in 3:4ff. also makes it very likely that the reference to the “Christ” group in ch. 1was simply a reductio ad absurdum of the whole foolish divisive behavi…

Purity of Heart

Purity of HeartMatthew 5:8 Excerpt The term Matthew used here means pure or “clean.” It can be used literally of physical cleanness, but Scripture often uses it for moral cleanness and purity. A simple but helpful way of looking at the word is to realize that it implies the absence of impurity or filth. It implies a singleness of purpose, without distraction (akin to the concept of “holiness,” being set apart for a special purpose; see Jas. 4:8). Any distracting or corrupting influence a kingdom servant allows into his or her heart makes that person less effective as a servant. The kingdom servant has a heart that is undivided and unalloyed. More Weber, Stuart K. Matthew. Vol. 1. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000. Print. Holman New Testament Commentary.

Morning and Evening

Morning, September 19Go To Evening Reading
“The liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.” Galatians 5:1
This “liberty” makes us free to heaven’s charter—the Bible. Here is a choice passage, believer, “When thou passest through the rivers, I will be with thee.” You are free to that. Here is another: “The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee”; you are free to that. You are a welcome guest at the table of the promises. Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with boundless stores of grace. It is the bank of heaven; you may draw from it as much as you please, without let or hindrance. Come in faith and you are welcome to all covenant blessings. There is not a promise in the Word which shall be withheld. In the depths of tribulations let this freedom comfort you; amidst waves of distress let it cheer you; when sorrows surround thee let it be thy solace. This is thy Father’s love-token; thou art free to it at all times. Thou art …

Connect the Testaments

September 19: Honestly Questioning God Habakkuk 1:1–2:5; Acts 17:1–34; Job 25:1–6 Many people are afraid to be honest with God—which is odd, considering that He already knows what we’re thinking. The biblical authors certainly told God how they felt, and they did so eloquently and often. The prophet Habakkuk remarked, “O Yahweh, how long shall I cry for help and you will not listen? How long will I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ and you will not save?” (Hab 1:1–2). Habakkuk felt that God was not answering his prayers—that God was ignoring his petitions. He reminded God of the desperate need for His intercession. In doing so, Habakkuk reminds us that wrestling with God is a healthy and necessary component of following Him. Habakkuk went on to make more desperate, even angry, pleas: “Why do you cause me to see evil while you look at trouble? Destruction and violence happen before me; contention and strife arise. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice does not go forth perpetually. For the…

My Utmost for His Highest

September 19th Do you continue to go with Jesus? Ye are they which have continued with Me in My temptations.Luke 22:28. It is true that Jesus Christ is with us in our temptations, but are we going with Him in His temptations? Many of us cease to go with Jesus from the moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God shifts your circumstances, and see whether you are going with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh and the devil. We wear His badge, but are we going with Him? “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked no more with Him.” The temptations of Jesus continued throughout His earthly life, and they will continue throughout the life of the Son of God in us. Are we going with Jesus in the life we are living now? We have the idea that we ought to shield ourselves from some of the things God brings round us. Never! God engineers circumstances, and whatever they may be like we have to see that we face them while abiding continually with Him in His tem…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 19 I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction Isa. 48:10 Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, is it not an asbestos armor, against which the heat hath no power? Let affliction come—God has chosen me. Poverty, thou mayest stride in at my door—but God is in the house already, and He has chosen me. Sickness, thou mayest intrude, but I have a balsam ready—God has chosen me. Whatever befalls me in this vale of tears I know that He has “chosen” me. Fear not, Christian; Jesus is with thee. In all thy fiery trials His presence is both thy comfort and safety. He will never leave one whom He has chosen for His own. “Fear not, for I am with thee,” is His sure word of promise to His chosen ones in the “furnace of affliction.” Spurgeon

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.