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I began to worry that this might just be the mindset of many believers, ignorant of the New Testament's say on the Name of God, and not taking serious what the Old Testament teaches. Lets take a look at the first issue, the ignorance one. The New Testament and Yeshua have loads to say about the Name of Yahuwah.
"Yeshua answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do
in my Father's Name, they bear witness of me."
This next verse I find particularly appropriate for our generation.
"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."
"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads."
That's how unimportant the Name of God is to the New Testament, so unimportant Yahuwah is going to stamp it on the forehead of the 144,000! Please excuse my sarcasm, but you see the point. Yeshua arrived on the scene in the Name of Yahuwah, worked miracles in the Name of Yahuwah, and decided it was important enough to display it on the chosen 144,000 of Revelation.
Now let's look at the second issue, the lack of weight the Old Testament held for this individual. Why wasn't the 6000 + verses in the Old Testament good enough for him to accept the Name of God? Was a verification from the New Testament necessary for him to believe what Yahuwah has already stated in detail from the Old Testament? I began to explain to him a verse from the New Testament that he obviously didn't understand.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
This is a very common verse that is memorized in Sunday school, but I think very few grasp it's meaning, including this man. I explained how at the time this was written no New Testament existed. And while this verse certainly does not exclude the New, it was specifically referring to the Old Testament. So we can see that we should place the same amount of weight on the Old as well as the New Testament. To do otherwise is not taking the whole counsel of the Word of Elohim, and is in fact violating what the New Testament teaches.
All in all I thought that I learned a lot from this phone conversation, but one thing in particular. Until the body of Messiah begins to hold with reverence the Old Testament again, we will continue to miss the many treasures of Scripture, such as the Name of our Heavenly Father, Yahuwah.
Conversation About The Name
By David L. Martin
Not long ago I was talking with someone on the phone concerning the Name of God. For a while I've thought that explaining my use of the Name "Yahuwah" would be easy, until this phone call opened my eyes to a few obstacles. I was talking to this individual about the Name explaining that it was found over 6000 times in the Hebrew Old Testament and was always translated into English as "the LORD." I expressed my desire for people when they hear my songs to come closer to the Heavenly Father by embracing His Name. His response was somewhat disturbing. He asked "What do you think about the fact that the Name of God doesn't seem to be a big issue in the New Testament?" This was surprising to me for 2 reasons:
#1 He was obviously oblivious to how much the New Testament had to say about the Name.
#2 My 6000 + verses from the Old Testament didn't hold enough weight for him!
The Name of The Heavenly Father In It's Ancient Hebrew Pictographic Form... Yahuwah.