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…

Remains of the Day

But You, Lord, remain forever, and Your name remains to all generations.  Psalm 102:12  NASB Remain – God remains forever.  In Hebrew, יְהֹוָה לְעוֹלָם.  You’ll notice immediately that David uses the personal name of God, יְהֹוָה , not the word “Lord.”  This matters, since he continues the thought with “Your name,” not “Your title.”  There were plenty of other divine…

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…

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”…

Benefits Evangelism

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; Romans 10:9  NASB As – This is one of the crucial verses that we had to memorize when I was a child.  It is Paul’s statement about how to…

Wrapping Paper (Once More)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23  NASB In – Yes, God’s gift of life is free, but it comes packaged in a particular way.  We are often so intent on getting the gift that we ignore the wrapping. …

Wrapping Paper

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NASB In – God’s gift of life is free but it comes packaged in a particular way. Since we are often so intent on getting the gift, we have a tendency to…

The Trinity: Pointing the Way

The Lord says to my Lord:
 “Sit at My right hand
 until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” Psalm 110:1 NASB Lord/Lord – Sometimes reading a verse in English translation does nothing but confuse the real meaning.  Such is the case here.  Furthermore, since Yeshua quotes this verse in Psalm 110 in…

Benefits Evangelism

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; Romans 10:9  NASB As – This is one of the crucial verses that we had to memorize when I was a child.  It is Paul’s statement about how to…

The Lamborghini

Lord, all my desire is before You; and my sighing is not hidden from You.  Psalm 38:10 Desire – “My desire,” says David.  The Hebrew is ta’awah – desire, delight, bounty, craving and greed.  Havvah used the same word when she described the aesthetic, cognitive and physical beauty of the fruit of that Tree.  It…