Reflections and Poetry

Umbrella of Hope

Does anyone know 

the depth of your power

the strength of your love

the force of your will?

All have fallen short

from grace we descend

to mercy and love

pleading forgiveness.

Does anyone know

the height of your cover

the breadth of your presence

the umbrella of hope?

Forever we yearn

forever we strive

forever we bend —

refusing to break.

Does anyone know

the truth of your Word

the language of trust

the heart of you?

Does anyone know

who You really are?

Reflections and Poetry Watchman on Alert BLOG

GOD is (a poem)

GOD is

We are a whiff, a puff of smoke

A breath

That only exists because of who

GOD is

GOD is mighty, harsh, intransigent and yet

GOD is merciful, gentle, kind

We are ants, a seed ungerminated

A thought

That only exists because of who

GOD is

GOD is creative, expressive, complete and yet

GOD is gently bending to earth

We are unstable, needy, greedy

A whim

That only exists because of who

GOD is

GOD is gracious, timely, wise and yet

GOD gives grace to the humble

We are that which GOD has created

So that we might become like Him

We only exist because of who

GOD is.

Examining Biblical Scripture Watchman on Alert BLOG

The Name of our GOD

The name of the LORD

Joel 2 says, “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

I’ve quoted from the NKJV, an English translation of the Bible.

But LORD does not appear in the Hebrew scriptures; YHWH appears. When the Bible was translated into English, LORD was inserted where YHWH appeared.

For centuries, we’ve thought YHWH stood for Yahweh. The vowels are missing and so the full name had to be figured out. The popular conclusion has been that the name of GOD is Yahweh.

But in recent years (in fact in 2001, just as the New York Twin Towers were attacked and terrorists were shouting “Allah Aqbar”), a Jewish Biblical scholar named Nehemiah Gordon*, was in the vaults of the Vatican doing his research and uncovered the missing vowels. The full name of GOD is Yehovah. Yehovah is His name. (Note: v = w in translation, just as y = j)

Writing the Name of GOD

Historically, Jewish people have not written GOD but G-D. Why?

Another misunderstanding is that Jews are not meant to write GOD but G-D because we’re not meant to spell out the Creator’s name. This however, is superstition, or in fact, rooted in fear. Truly, the historical facts are that avoiding writing the name of GOD was to avoid persecution. Jews learned not to declare or even to write the One True God’s identity, for fear of being identified as Jew. Now, today, we are free to declare His name, and indeed, there is huge power in it.

The Power of a Name:

It’s been proven by psychologists that we all love the sound of our own names. Why would Yehovah be any different? In actual fact, the demons flee at His name, and so there is great power in it as well. So, why wouldn’t it be that, in these Last Days, we would discover, along with so much else, the full and true name of the Creator of the Universe, the One True God, who’s correct name is Yehovah.

Are we Saved?

The text from Joel 2 is powerful. Am I saying if you don’t know His name as Yehovah or don’t speak or write it as such, you are not saved? No, that is not what I’m saying. BUT His name is known – I AM, as he spoke of Himself to Moses at the burning bush, is Yehovah. The One True GOD, Creator of the heavens and the earth, is Yehovah, or Jehovah (in English translation).

Just as many have not known that Jesus is an anglicised name and his Jewish name is Yeshua, now we can also know GOD’s Jewish name, which is Yehovah.

Getting specific:

Further, the name LORD or GOD is very general, and open to ambiguity. History tells us that many gods were called God. Yehovah is not to be confused with any other god.This is not Allah, nor Buddah. He is not Saint Paul or Mary or even Jesus. His name is not even Abba — although Abba or “Daddy” as it translates, is one of His roles. His actual name, to be compared with my actual name as Sarah Tun, is Yehovah. It is He whom Jesus/Yeshua points to, and it is He who is the Creator of the Universe. Now we know He has asked us to learn it, know it, and call upon Him by name.

Let us learn and speak His name, because He has now revealed it to us.

*An examination of Nehemiah Gordon’s books and video teachings will disclose many wonderful “Ah ha’s!” as you delve with him into texts that have until recently been locked in the Vatican and unexamined, awaiting revelation.

He is a Jew, unsaved, but who works with Messianic and Non-Jewish believers to open up texts to the world, so that more can be known about the Father.

I recommend you go to Nehemiah’s Wall:

to explore what he shares with us, so we can better know and understand the Creator, Father of Mankind, first and always, the G-D of the Hebrews.

Examining Biblical Scripture

Jew and Gentile together: a Wake up call to Evangelical Christians

Advance Warning

I’m not judging, but I am learning and posting as I recognise incongruence. If you as a reader feel convicted, I believe that will be the Holy Spirit at work and we can both Praise God!

I’ve been delving into our Hebraic Roots, studying the Hebrew alphabet and am learning a lot about how Jewish language and culture ooze GOD.

I’m realising that it requires much more commitment for a Jew to follow Yeshua Messiah than for a Gentile to believe in Jesus…. The person of Hebraic understanding sees the huge cost to following Yehovah in a way that I’m realising a typical Gentile such as myself initially at least, cannot fathom.

If you believe each of us is responsible for our degree of revelation, then come along with me to catch a glimpse of the revelation a Jewish person will have when he catches Jesus…

This is why

At the deepest level, a Jew understands what a huge commitment it takes if he is to follow Messiah. They are the keepers of the Book, including the Law of God: Ten Commandments, food laws, cleanliness laws, family and criminal law. They have the cultural history of sacrifice for sin. Religion and Faith is more than head knowledge; it goes into the fibre of their being. A gentile can have faith and claim he follows Jesus… even without really following him at all but claiming when he’s remiss that he’s simply imperfect and saved by God’s grace…. This is both true and a lame excuse in my view (though I have been guilty of weak Christianity through my own ignorance too). A Jew is bred to know too much of the nature and authority of God to take it lightly when he sins.

I encourage us all to look at the Hebraic roots to make sure we are Believers and Followers of Jesus/Yeshua. To be born again is what matters (John 3, Ephesians 2), but to fully understand what born again means, I’m realising we need to go further than the Evangelical profession of faith (or a traditional communicants class or First Communion), for:

“Even the demons believe” (James 2:19) and “faith without works (not simply good deeds, but authentic surrendered lifestyle) is dead.” (James 2:20)

This is a raw word and will upset some readers. I’m sorry. Truly.

But we have to get to the deep things with God and not take for granted we understand enough. We are to study to show ourselves approved (2Timothy 2:15) for we are perishing for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

God never changes, but He does bring more and more revelation and responsibility to those who entrust their lives to Him and seek to walk as the New Man (Ephesians 2), led by God’s Spirit and not by our own flesh.

I am only just realising that the Evangelical view, while solidly Biblical, can be just as much tradition now as other – perhaps more culturally established – styles of Christianity. If the Evangelical is no longer growing, seeking, but is resting on his salvation, how is s/he any different than any follower of traditional Christianity?

Please let’s dig deep, asking God what He wants

My prayer is that all of us will hunger for more of God and surrender to Him our time, talent and hearts ‘all over again’ so that we are not like the Ephesians of Revelation who have “lost their first love” but are like the Philadelphia, full of joy, exercising their commitment.

Hallelujah, Jesus saves. God loves us unconditionally. But it is equally important that we also love Him and demonstrate our love to Him, so that we don’t receive “I never knew you” when we cry at the End of the Age, “Lord, Lord!” (Matthew 7:21-23)