Tears on Your Shoulder

Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You.  Psalm 88:1 (English)  NASB Lord, the God – Make sure you realize why both of these words are found at the beginning of this poem.  YHVH, of course, and ʾĕlōhîm.  Today we consider both of these as designations of…

Kinship

“ I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”  John 1:34  NASB Son – Listen, I don’t want to stoke the fire here.  I’m not interested in kindling another Trinitarian blaze.  But recently I read something by Joel Hoffman, a well-respected Hebrew linguist and translator, that revealed another issue in the…

Too Much for Our Own Good

“Who is like You among the gods, O Lord? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?”   Exodus 15:11  NASB Awesome – The Greek heritage of the West is focused on one fundamental goal: to rationally understand.  The method is examination of phenomena in the world in order to discover causal connections. …

My Personal God

“O LORD, rebuke me not in Your wrath, and chasten me not in Your burning anger.”  Psalm 38:1  NASB O LORD – The Hebrew text does not use the word “Lord,” but rather the personal name of God, a name that is never spoken among the Jews.  Worshippers were careful to substitute the word “Lord”…

Who Is God?

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it?  Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?  Numbers 23:19  NASB Not a man – Thomas Aquinas would have gladly endorsed this claim of Moses. …

The Philosopher’s God

For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.  Malachi 3:6  NASB Do not change – This is going to be long, but I promise it will be worth it. Christianity is essentially schizophrenic.  I don’t mean that “Christians” are in need of psychotropic drugs, although sometimes I suspect their public spokespersons…

Who is God?

O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  Psalm 63:1  NASB God/my God– David’s opening two words in Hebrew are ʾĕlōhîm ʾēli.  You might think that he is addressing only the one true God…

My Personal God

“O LORD, rebuke me not in Your wrath, and chasten me not in Your burning anger.”  Psalm 38:1  NASB O LORD – The Hebrew text does not use the word “Lord.” It uses the personal name of God, a name that is never spoken among the Jews today.  Worshippers were careful to substitute the word “Lord” whenever…

God’s Last Name

“Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”  Exodus 3:10 NASB My people – About a month ago we examined thirteen changes that radically affect interpreting the Bible. The first few involved names. “Jesus is not his name” was at…

Sunburned (1)

O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1 NASB God – ʾĕlōhîm ʾēli attah. Even the opening words have some interesting implications. First, of course, is the relationship between…