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November 9, 2012

Teach the truth you learned – A challenge to religious leaders

Fri, Nov 9, 2012

Editor: When reading through the inspired Scriptures, we occasionally encounter some rather puzzling scriptural passages, which we may overlook at times. One such passage is Proverbs 30:4 “Who has ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in his garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?{{more}} What is his name and what is his son’s name, if you know?” The question here is, do you know the name of the Heavenly Father and the name of His Son? Certainly, Bible students must have met them. If you know them, why don’t you use them exclusively?

Scholars, educators, historians and almost every scholarly book commenting on the inspired Scriptures mention the Name of the Almighty. There is no logical reason for substituting another name for the Heavenly Father, when all one needs to do to prove the veracity of the sacred name is to turn to the Hebrew text. There he will encounter the Tetragrammaton (a Greek word meaning a four-lettered word), which is the name of the Almighty (YHWH), inspired by the prophets to be incorporated into the Hebrew Scriptures.

In Exodus 3:15, the Almighty told Moses his name is Yahweh. Not lord; not Jehovah.

Joel 2:32 states “And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those that escape, as Yahweh has said, and among the remnant those whom Yahweh does call.” We must remember that where the King James translators rendered the Tetragrammaton, or the sacred name, into the English text, they inserted the term “the Lord.” If we peruse the Hebrew text to check the original name that was used, we will discover that the Tetragrammaton (YHWH), which should be rendered Yahweh, was used here by the Prophet Joel.

Isaiah 42:8 tells us “I am Yahweh, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to carved images”. The term Lord means Baal. Why should anyone refer to the Almighty by using such an inferior title?

Sheldon Govia