Wisdom-Trek / Creating a Legacy
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I am Guthrie Chamberlain, Your Guide to Wisdom
Jesus Is God, The Name - Wisdom Wednesday
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Hello, my friend, I am Guthrie Chamberlain, your captain on our journey to increase Wisdom and create a living legacy. Thank you for joining us today as we explore wisdom on our 2nd millennium of podcasts. This is Day 1086 of our trek, and it is Wisdom Wednesday. Creating a Biblical worldview is important to have a proper perspective on today’s current events.
To establish a Biblical worldview, you must also have a proper understanding of God’s word. Especially in our western cultures, we do not fully understand the Scriptures from the mindset and culture of the authors. In order to help us all have a better understanding of some of the more obscure passages in God’s Word, we are investing Wisdom Wednesday reviewing a series of essays from one of today’s most prominent Hebrew Scholars Dr. Micheal S. Heiser. He has compiled these essays into a book titled “I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible.”
In our English translations of the Bible, we miss a lot of the meaning of various names in the Bible. This is especially true of the nuances of names in the Old Testament and New Testament with God and Jesus. In today’s essay, we will explore passages that cover…
Jesus Is God, The Name
It only takes a few words to produce dramatic theology. In the short letter we know as 3 John, the apostle is writing to a beloved friend, Gaius (v. 1). He commends Gaius for ministering to fellow believers who were strangers because "they are traveling for the Lord, and they accept nothing from people who are not believers” (v. 7). John
doesn't use the phrase “in Jesus' name” or “the name of Jesus.” It's simply, "traveling for the Lord.” Why this phrase? Is John trying to keep a secret?
John isn’t trying to be cryptic. He's actually drawing on an Old Testament expression. When understood in that original context—and the context of his other writings—John's wording amounts to a powerful statement on the deity of Jesus.
· The Name in the Old Testament
In Deuteronomy 12:5 God instructed the people of Israel that when they got into the Promised Land, "Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored." God
wasn’t talking about writing His name on a town or a building. He was referring to where the tabernacle, and ultimately the temple, was to be His station. But He wasn’t talking about writing “Yahweh” on that either. Nothing of the sort is ever recorded in Scripture. Rather, God was talking about the place where He would choose to meet Israel personally—His very presence.
The description “the name” actually refers to the presence of God. This presence was at times visibly evident through the so-called “glory cloud” (e.g., 1 Kings 8:10-11). At other times the name came in human form. For instance, in Exodus 23:20-23, God tells Moses that He is sending an angel to bring Israel to the Promised Land. God warned Moses that this angel would pardon no transgression since God and the “Angel of the Lord” appear to speak as one. We learn from Judges 2:1-5 that the angel did indeed lead them to the land. But how could God's name be in an angel? The answer is that “the name” referred to the very presence of God, His essence. This is confirmed in Deuteronomy 4:37. Here, we read that—instead of the angel being credited as the one who would bring Israel to Canaan—it is God who brought them there “personally.” We read, "Because he loved your ancestors, he chose to bless their descendants,