Deities and the True Elohim
A Little History Lesson:
-The Masorites, Hebrew Scribes in the Middle Ages, were responsible for the biggest cover-up in history: They removed the name of our Creator and many of the Messianic prophesies from the Scriptures. It was removed by Jewish scribes as time went on because of the superstition that The Name was too sacred to speak or even see. The “tetragrammaton,” YHWH ( יהוה ), appeared approximately 6,283 times in the original Hebrew Tanakh. The resulting “Masoretic Text,” the Hebrew Bible lacking of the Name of Yahweh, became the foundation for the Tanakh translation in the King James Version of the Bible.
-This fact was also perpetuated by the Pharisees and Sadducees in the 1st Century C.E. as referenced in Acts 6,7, & 8. The Apostle Stephen was stoned to death for pronouncing the Name of Yahweh in public. It is also referenced in the story concerning the carving of the name plate above the head of the impaled Moshiach : “Yahushua H’Natseret Ha’Wa’Melek Ha’Yehudim – YHWH.”
-Some time after the return from the Captivity, and before the beginning of the Christian era, the Jews came to believe that the Name YHWH was too sacred to be uttered on ordinary occasions. It was said to be pronounced by the High Priest on the Day of Atonement. (The Century Bible, by Adeney and Bennett, Volume 1, pages 90-91, shows us this information)
-It is recorded that the pronunciation of the name “Yahweh” began to be suppressed in earnest upon the death of a man named Simeon the Just, a High Priest who served in this office in the time span of 310-199 B.C.E., or about 200 years before the nation of Yisra’el came under the rulership of the Roman Empire. The Jewish Encyclopedia of 1901, Volume 11, page 353, points out that this was the turning point, namely the exact time when it became a practice in Yisra’el to no longer pronounce the Name Yahweh:
“SIMEON THE JUST/RIGHTEOUS: High priest. He is identical either with Simeon I. (310-291 or 300-271 B.C.E.), son of Onias I., and grandson of Jaddua, or with Simeon II. (219-199 B.C.E.), son of Onias II… After Simeon’s death men ceased to utter the tetragrammaton aloud (Yoma 30b; Tosef Sotah. xiii.).”
– The Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Yoma, page 39b, also verifies that it was upon the death of Simeon the Righteous that all Yisra’el began to no longer pronounce the Name Yahweh.
…When Simeon the Righteous died, with many indications that such glory was no more enjoyed, his brethren no more dared utter the Ineffable Name…
What about Today?
-Today in the various forms of Judaism, The Creator of Heaven and Earth is referred to as Ha’Shem (“The Name”) or Adonai (Master or L-rd). The Hebrew Tanakh also uses El, Eloha, Elohim, El Shaddai, & El Elyon as descriptors of Yahweh, but do not use His Name.
-In the Hebraic Roots Movement we have, depending on particular affiliations (if any), attempted to restore use of The Creator’s most Sacred Name: YHWH (pronounced in various interpretations as Yahweh, Yahveh, Yahuah, Yehuwah,Yehovah, Yehowah). Yet, considering so many in the movement have come from Christianity, there is an overt tendency to simply call him “G-d.”
-The word “g-d” came from us from the Anglo-Saxons. In the Germanic languages it derived from the word “gott” meaning “to invoke or sacrifice to.” It is a relatively new word that is not found in any of the Judeo-Christian scripture manuscripts that were written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin.
What other religions call their chief deity “G-d”?
Christians – Christianity, with approximately 41,000 different sects (Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, etc.), all refer to the Creator as “G-d” or “L-rd.”
Muslims – Islam, with its different sects (Sunni, Shiites, etc.) have one G-d that the most always refer to as “Allah” (rarely do they stray from that name except in conversations with converts or infidels)
Mormons – The Church of J-sus Christ of Latter Day Saints also call their chief deity “G-d” and believe that both Messiah and Satan are sons of G-d in a cosmic struggle for control of creation.
Jehovah’s Witnesses – Believe in one “G-d” that they call Jehovah (No ‘J’s’ in Hebrew)
Hindus – Although considered a monotheistic religion with a Triune deity (Brahma, Vishnu/Krishna, & Shiva), many of the villages worship an “Avatar” or incarnation of the personality of their one true g-d. There is, to date, approximately 330,000 different incarnations – all referred to as G-d by each village.
And the list goes on and on! So what is the point and what does it matter?
What does our Creator have to say about this?
1.) Shemoth (Exodus) 3:15 – And Elohim said further to Mosheh, “Thus you are to say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘יהוה Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitzchaq, and the Elohim of Yaʽaqob, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations.’
2.) Shemoth (Exodus) 6:2-3 –
(2) And Elohim spoke to Mosheh and said to him, “I am יהוה.”
(3) “And I appeared to Avraham, to Yitzchaq, and to Yaʽaqob, as Ěl Shaddai. And by My Name, יהוה, was I not known to them? “
3.) Shemoth (Exodus) 20:2-3 –
(2) “I am יהוה your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery.”
(3) “You have no other mighty ones against My face. “
4.) Shemoth (Exodus) 20:7 – “You do not bring1 the Name of יהוה your Elohim to naught, for יהוה does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught. Footnote: (1)Or lift up, or take.
5.) Shemoth (Exodus) 34:14 – for you do not bow yourselves to another mighty one, for יהוה, whose Name is jealous, is a jealous Ěl –
6.) Devarim (Deuteronomy) 5:11 – “You do not bring the Name of יהוה your Elohim to naught, for יהוה does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught.
7.) Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:4-5 –
(4) “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!
(5) “And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.
8.) Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:13 – “Fear יהוה your Elohim and serve Him, and swear by His Name.
9.) Devarim (Deuteronomy) 10:20-21 –
(20) “Fear יהוה your Elohim. Serve Him, and cling to Him, and swear by His Name.
(21) “He is your praise, and He is your Elohim, who has done for you these great and awesome deeds which your eyes have seen.
10.) Nechemyah (Nehemiah) 1:11 – “O יהוה, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who delight to fear Your Name.”
11.) Iyob (Job) 1:21 – And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I return there. יהוה has given, and יהוה has taken away. Blessed be the Name of יהוה.”
12.) Tehellim (Psalms) 7:17 – I give thanks to יהוה according to His righteousness, And praise the Name of יהוה Most High.
13.) Tehellim (Psalms) 8:1 – O יהוה, our Master, how excellent is Your Name in all the earth, You who set Your splendor above the heavens!
14.) Tehellim (Psalms) 8:9 – O יהוה, our Master, How excellent is Your Name in all the earth!
15.) Tehellim (Psalms) 20:1 – יהוה does answer you in the day of distress! The Name of the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ does set you on high!
16.) Tehellim (Psalms) 29:2 – Ascribe to יהוה the esteem of His Name; Bow yourselves to יהוה in the splendor of set-apartness.
17.) Tehellim (Psalms) 31:3 – For You are my rock and my stronghold; For Your Name’s sake lead me and guide me.
18.) Tehellim (Psalms) 44:20-21 –
(20) If we have forgotten the Name of our Elohim, Or stretched out our hands to a foreign mighty one,
(21) Would Elohim not search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
19.) Tehellim (Psalms) 54:6 – Voluntarily I slaughter to You; I praise Your Name, O יהוה, for it is good.
20.) Tehellim (Psalms) 83:16-18 –
(16) Fill their faces with shame, And let them seek Your Name¹, O יהוה. Footnote: 1 See also 44:21-22, 74:18, Isa. 52:5, Jer. 23:26-27.
(17) Let them be ashamed and alarmed forever; And let them become abashed and perish,
(18) And let them know that You, Whose Name is יהוה, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.
21.) Tehellim (Psalms) 86:11-12 –
(11) Teach me Your way, O יהוה; Let me walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your Name.
(12) I praise You, O יהוה my Elohim, with all my heart, And I esteem Your Name forever.
22.) Tehellim (Psalms) 148:13 – Let them praise the Name of יהוה, For His Name alone is exalted, His splendor is above the earth and heavens.
23.) Mishle (Proverbs) 18:10 – The Name of יהוה is a strong tower; The righteous run into it and are safe.
24.) Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 25:1 – O יהוה, You are my Elohim. I exalt You, I praise Your Name, for You shall do a wonder – counsels of long ago, trustworthiness, truth
25.) Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 26:8 – Also, in the path of Your right-rulings, O יהוה, we have waited for You; the longing of our being is for Your Name and for the remembrance of You.
26.) Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 42:8 – “I am יהוה, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols.
27.) Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 47:4 – Our Redeemer, יהוה of hosts is His Name, the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl.
28.) Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 52:6 – “Therefore My people shall know My Name, in that day, for I am the One who is speaking. See, it is I.”
29.) Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 2:11 – “Has a nation changed its mighty ones, which are not mighty ones? But My people have changed My esteem1 for that which does not profit.
30.) Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 10:6 – There is none like You, O יהוה. You are great, and great is Your Name in might.
31.) Yechezq’ĕl (Ezekiel) 36:23 – “And I shall set apart My great Name, which has been profaned among the gentiles, which you have profaned in their midst. And the gentiles shall know that I am יהוה,” declares the Master יהוה, “when I am set-apart in you before their eyes.
32.) Yo’ĕl (Joel) 2:32 – “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה shall be delivered1. For on Mount Tsiyon and in Yerushalayim there shall be an escape2 as יהוה has said, and among the survivors whom יהוה calls. Footnotes: 1Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:13. 2Isa. 4:2-3, Obad. v. 17, Rev. 14:1.
33.) Amos (Amos) 4:13 – For look, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, and who declares to man what His thought is, and makes the morning darkness, and who treads the high places of the earth, יהוה Elohim of hosts is His Name.
34.) Micha (Micah) 4:5 – For all the peoples walk, each one in the name of his mighty one, but we walk in the Name of יהוה our Elohim forever and ever¹. Footnote: (1) Zech. 10:12.
35.) Malachi 2:2 – “If you do not hear, and if you do not take it to heart, to give esteem to My Name,” said יהוה of hosts, “I shall send a curse upon you, and I shall curse your blessings. And indeed, I have cursed them, because you do not take it to heart.
36.) Mattityahu(Matthew) 23:39 – for I say to you, from now on you shall by no means see Me, until you say, ‘Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה ” Footnote: See Ps. 118:26.
37.) Yochanan (John) 17:11 – “And I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Set-apart Father, guard them in Your Name which You have given Me, so that they might be one, as We are. Footnote: See 10:30.
38.) Acts 2:21 – ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה shall be saved.1′Footnote: (1) Joel 2:28-32, Rom. 10:13.
39.) Acts 15:16-17 –
(16) ‘After this I shall return and rebuild the Booth of Dawid which has fallen down. And I shall rebuild its ruins, and I shall set it up,
(17) So that the remnant of mankind shall seek יהוה, even all the gentiles on whom My Name has been called, says יהוה who is doing all this,’
40.) Acts 22:16 – ‘And now, why do you delay? Rise up, be immersed, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of יהוה.’
41.) Romiyim (Romans) 10:13 – For “everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה shall be saved.”
42.) Chazon/Hitgalut (Revelations) 15:4 – “Who shall not fear You, O יהוה, and esteem Your Name? Because You alone are kind. Because all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteousnesses have been made manifest.”
All of this amounts to several clear facts:
1.) Yahweh intends for us to be faithful to our covenant with Him
2.) His Name and His esteem is the guarantee by which the covenant is made
3.) We are to give Him esteem and follows His Commandments, right-rulings, and statutes because we love Him :
Mattityahu (Matthew) 11:29-30 –
(29) “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your beings.1 Footnote: (1) Jer. 6:16.
(30) “For My yoke is gentle and My burden is light.”
Marços (Mark) 12:30 & Luços (Luke) 10:27 – ‘And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first command.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:33 – “For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days, declares יהוה: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
4.) We are to guard His Name, and make our oaths by His Name that we honor him and be truthful and righteous.
Bemidbar (Numbers) 30:2 – When a man vows a vow to Yahweh, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
5.) We are to use His Name as the only name: confessing another name with the mouth is not okay, and the excuse of “He knows my Heart” is just that – an excuse:
Marços (Mark) 7:21 – “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil reasonings, adulteries, whorings, murders,
– the things that we say are a reflection of our inward most thoughts and emotions, if they are not centered on following Yahweh our Elohim in Spirit and Truth, then we are either fooling ourselves or we are liars!
6.) We are not to make covenants with those who believe in other Elohim. Those who proclaim the name G-d and believe that Mat 5:17-18 means that the Torah has been done away with do not understand ancient covenant, they are basically calling Yahweh a liar (He cannot be, He is the same yesterday as he is today as he is tomorrow) and we are not to be associated with liars or those that would bring Yahweh’s set-apart name to ruin.
We, as the Body of Messiah, need to remember who we are in covenant with: we are the Bride of Yahushua Ha’Moshiach, and he comes in the name of the Father/Abba Yahweh our Elohim. We are his set-apart people, the remnant set aside for Him. Our words, our action, and our lives should reflect the love of Yahweh and Yahushua to others and should not be minimalized due to pressures of the sea of humanity surrounding us. Stand up-right before him and call upon His Name. May the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth, Our Melek Hagadol, Yahweh our Elohim bless you and keep you, May His face shine upon you and show favour to you, May He lift up his countenance upon you and give you Shalom. (Bemidbar/Numbers 6:23-27).