Friday, October 24, 2014

Google It

   In today’s world Google which leads to Wikipedia has become the ‘go to’ for verifying information.  Surprise, surprise!  Wikipedia confirms what the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been saying all along.

"Jehovah" at Exodus 6:3
(1611 King James Version)
   Jehovah’s Witnesses started preaching the name of Jehovah from the 1870’s.  To this date many people who pray to a heavenly father still do not believe that he has a name.  They can't accept that the God of Abraham and Moses, who sent his son to redeem mankind from the wages of sin answers to the name of Jehovah.  According to Wikipedia:

   “Jehovah /dʒɨˈhoʊvə/ is a Latinization of the Hebrew יְהֹוָה, a vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible, which has also been transcribed as "Yehowah" or "Yahweh".  יְהֹוָה appears 6,518 times in the traditional Masoretic Text, in addition to 305 instances of יֱהֹוִה (Jehovih)... 

   Most scholars believe "Jehovah" to be a late (c. 1100 CE) hybrid form ... but there is some evidence that it may already have been in use in Late Antiquity (5th century).

Image of Tetragrammaton 
According to a Jewish tradition developed during the 3rd to 2nd centuries BCE, the Tetragrammaton is written but not pronounced... It is widely assumed...that the vowels of the substitutes of the name—Adonai (Lord) and Elohim (God)—were inserted by the Masoretes to indicate that these substitutes were to be used.”

   Note that Lord and God are substitutes because they are not names but titles. i.e. Engineer, General, President, etc.  Thus praying to a title would be like mailing a letter without an addressee.  This is why God’s son Jesus gave the explicit instruction to pray to his Father.

 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9–13) 

“Father, hallowed be your name.” (Luke 11:2–4)

   Wikipedia says about the prayer Jesus instructs his listeners to pray in the manner prescribed in the prayer. Taking into account its structure, flow of subject matter and emphases, one interpretation of the Lord's Prayer is as a guideline on how to pray rather than something to be learned and repeated by rote.

   Jesus said in another prayer to his Father in John 17:6 “I have made your name known to them…”  As per the above it’s safe to assume Jesus was referring to the name Jehovah.  But just to be certain check it out on Google and Wikipedia.  

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