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Exodus 20 – Big Ten!

I am not a Greek, Aramaic, or Hebrew expert.  I wish that i was, and someday i may become those, but today is not one of them.  The nice thing is though that i have studied under people who are, and i have learned a great deal as a result.

One of the principles that i have learned from and really grasped into my life is a better understanding of this concept of “You shall”: “You shall have no other gods before me.”  “You shall not make for yourself an idol…”  “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God (YHWH-Elohim) in vain.”  When you read those words, “You shall”, what does it mean to you?  Chances are, if you are like most people, you see “You shall” as a command.  It begins the 10 commandments and it is God telling us that we have to do something.  While that is not incorrect, neither is that an accurate understanding.

This is one of those easily misunderstood things that once you have a grasp of it, can change your whole outlook on something.  The words “You shall have” here is יהיה (hâyâh).  Strong’s concordance says, “…to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass…”.  So what does that mean for us?  It means that this is not simply a command; it is a promise.  This WILL come to pass!  It is something that we are to do, but when we pursue and surrender to God, this is also a promise to/for us.  So this promise is not just “Don’t have any other god’s before me!”  It’s also, “Don’t worry, you won’t have any other gods before me.”

Isn’t that beautiful!  It’s not only the 10 commands, but it’s also the 10 promises!  That’s what our relationship is like with God.  Yes, He gives us commands to follow!  Yes, we have rules we have to obey; but as time goes by and we pursue Him, these are things that He promises us will no longer be rules and regulations, they will also be a part of who we are.  They go from external instruction to internal drives and motivation.  We have a promise! …that this is who we are to become! …and i love it!

There are still many times that i struggle and sin.  There are still times that i mess up, screw up, and fail.  I have struggled with the concept of repentance, and i need God’s help to get to that place.  Part of these big 10 promises is learning to accept and acknowledge that we fail and we sin.  Understand, i am not some expert in this.  I am just as messed up and flawed in this as so many others.  I need to repent of my sins and stand on these promises as who i am in the process of becoming.  I need the prayer and help.

Thank you,

 

Rev. John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Exodus 6 – YHWH

I am so glad that I do not have to do God’s work for Him.  I am so glad that all He requires of me is obedience.  I don’t think that i could handle the stress of the work that God does… that certainly is a silly statement isn’t it.  The point is, God was the one who did the work of hardening and softening Pharaoh’s heart.  God is the one who did the miracles in Pharaoh’s presence.  God is the one who fulfilled His promises to the people of Israel.  It wasn’t Moses, it had to be God, Himself.

There have been times in my life where God has told me what He was going to do in my life, and then i have attempted to make it happen on my own.  One guess as to the result… yup!  I failed miserably!  Months later, God did it.  You would think that after that i would learn my lesson.  Nope, i continue trying to do YHWH’s work for Him.

One thing i did want to make sure that i touch on is vs. 2-3 “God spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD; and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them.”  The word LORD is the Hebrew word יהוה which is JHWH / YHWH / JHVH / YHVH.   This includes only consonants.  Traditionally, with vowels this word has been pronounced as Jehovah.  However, as time has gone by, there has been mounting evidence that there is a mix of words here.  It is believed that while the consonants are natural to the word, the vowels are not.  The vowels come from Adonai (אֲדֹנָי) meaning “my lord” making יהוה (YHVH) into יְהֹוָה (Yehovah).  The concept here is that in the 10 commandments YHWH says not to use His name in vain.  As such the priests who would read the law to the people would protect them from using His name in vain by not even saying the revered name of God out loud to them.  So whenever they came to the word YHWH, the priests would say Adonai instead.  As a result, over the millennia the true vowels to the name YHWH were lost.

Some would say that that is not the case, that those vowels are actually the correct vowels for the name, but even with a very limited understanding of the history and tendencies of the Israelite people and the legalism of the Pharisees of Jesus time, i’m much more inclined to go with the vast majority of scholars and say YHWH.

Either way, i find it interesting that YHWH first tells His true name not to Abraham, Isaac, & Israel, but rather to Moses and His people in Egypt.

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