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The Messiah is the Word of Yahweh—Part 2
Psalm 29 uses the Name “Yahweh” and the “Voice of Yahweh” interchangeably and hints at the fact that they are One and the same Person.
In the King James Version of the Old Testament, the exact phrase the “Word of Yahweh” appears 255 times, and it appears 58 times in the book of Ezekiel. Most of the time, it is used this way: “The Word of Yahweh came to me…” If we read quickly, we will inevitably interpret this phrase to mean that someone, Ezekiel as a case in point, simply heard words, but this is not always the case. In fact, when this phrase appears many times it refers to the Messiah appearing in Person and speaking to someone.
For example, Jeremiah 1: 4 begins this way: “Now the Word of Yahweh came to me….” Then in Jeremiah 1: 9, Yahweh stretched out His hand, touched Jeremiah’s mouth, and said, “I have put My Words into your mouth.” Therefore, the “Word of Yahweh” referred to in Jeremiah 1: 4 must be Yahweh Himself. A few verses later Yahweh said, “I am watching over my Word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1: 12) In other words, the Person called the “Word of Yahweh” is watching over Yahweh’s literal words to make sure all of them come to pass.
Psalm 18: 30 hints at this truth as well: “As for God, His way is blameless; the Word of Yahweh is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”
Does the phrase the “Word of Yahweh” in this verse make reference to Yahweh or His literal words? Since this verse is about Yahweh, it is reasonable to conclude that the “Word of Yahweh” refers to the Person Yahweh.
Today’s commentary is a Bible lesson. Since Sukkot (also known as the Feast of Tabernacles and the Feast of Booths) is right around the corner (October 4-12), I thought you might want to read up on it.
Most Christians don’t celebrate Sukkot, but a growing number of them are beginning to recognize the importance of the Jewish roots of their faith. That group in particular sees celebrating Sukkot and other Jewish festivals as enjoyable. Truth is those festivals are as much Christian as Jewish, so it’s the right thing to do.
For your information, Yahweh commanded us to celebrate certain festivals every year, including Sukkot, and the Messiah was probably born during Sukkot. I’m not going to delve deeply into that subject, but I will say this. It is a provable fact that the Messiah was not born in December. The decision to celebrate the Messiah’s birth near the winter solstice was made in the fourth century A.D. for political reasons. The Roman Emperor Constantine thought celebrating the Messiah’s birth during the festival for celebrating the birth of the Sun god would help him to institutionalize Christianity as the religion of the empire and to consolidate his power.
Take a look at John 1: 14—“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The Greek word translated as dwelt, skenoo, actually means to tabernacle or to pitch your tent. Literally, John 1: 14 says that the Messiah pitched His tent and tabernacled with us. Also, remember that one of the Messiah’s Names is Immanuel. (Isaiah 7: 14) The literal meaning of Immanuel is “God with us.” Both of these verses point to Sukkot. The Feast of Tabernacles is about Yahweh taking on human flesh and tabernacling with His people the way He did in the wilderness when He led the Children of Israel out of Egypt.
Pray about it and see what happens. In the meantime, below are several items that will fill you in on the essential facts about Sukkot.
- About the Feast of Tabernacles
- The Feast of Tabernacles: an overview
- The Messiah fulfills the Feast of Tabernacles
- A Sukkot perspective: just leave home without it
- Finding security under the stars
- ABCs of Sukkot
Preparation for Sukkot in the Old City of Jerusalem
Today’s Events Shaping Our World
U.S. and Western Hemisphere
- Secret Service probing poll on Facebook
- Facebook pulls Obama death poll
- Starbucks pushes instant coffee nationally
- House dems considering insurance tax
- Public plan debate pits dem against dem
- Support for Obamacare at a new low
- Elderly moving away from Obamacare
- At Tufts University, an attempt to prohibit sex when a roommate is in the room
Video (click title)—Obama’s 2016 Olympics flap
- U.S. to Honduras: end emergency decree now
- Pressure mounts on Honduras to end coup crisis
- Palin “going rogue” with early release of memoir
- D.C. data on poverty grim but unchanged
- Obama’s top aide tied to ACORN
- FDIC says bank failures to cost around $100 billion over next 4 years
- FDIC proposes banks prepay deposit fees through 2012
- Fenger parent: “Nothing has changed”
- Teens beating death puts pressure on officials—4 charged with first-degree murder
- Leaders call for witnesses in beating death
- Makeshift memorial for slain student turns chaotic
- U.S. home prices up in July for third straight month
- The Justices of the Supreme Court
The New Supreme Court
- It’s up to Obama to decide on Afghanistan
- In pitch for Olympic games, a gamble for Obama
- Whitman’s voting record no advantage
- Anxiety over H1N1 on the rise
- Committee bill targets 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
- Accommodating Islam?
Israel and Middle East
“On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind Yahweh, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
Isaiah 62: 6-7
Old City Walls
- Israel marks 36th anniversary of Yom Kippur War
- Hezbollah had better intel than Israel
- Gaza rockets mar Yom Kippur for Southerners
- U.S. urges Israel to probe Gaza crimes to boost peace
- Israel and the Gulf states: a thaw in relations?
- The implications of Iran’s second enrichment plant
Video (click title)—Ahmadinejad: Obama will regret his statements
Gorilla Chest Thumping
Do you see the resemblance?
- U.N. scrutinizes Gaza war crimes
- Come spring, Israel will have to decide on Iran
- Netanyahu puts peace process back in proper perspective
- White House: Iran must prove it is not developing nukes
- Why is Israel suddenly praising Iran sanctions?
- Iran put nuclear site next to base in case of attack
- Iran warns West against past mistakes
- Iran insists on “nuclear rights”
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization
- Netanyahu’s U.N. speech: this is the transcript…a must read
- Nuclear nightmare in the Middle East
- Olmert to lecture on Middle East peace
- Iraqi archbishop hopes Middle East synod will be “new Pentecost”
- Failed drive for culture post reverberates across Egypt
- U.K. defers Palestinian bid to have Ehud Barak arrested when he landed in Britain
- Palestinian official: still not ready for direct talks with Israel
- Israeli riot police, Palestinians clash on Temple Mount
Great fauxtography. I would rather see an angle showing the gaggle of fauxtographers.
Now, this is really great fauxtography
This is the land they want, but they can’t have it because it belongs to Israel by decree from Yahweh.
China, Russia, India, and Asia-Pacific
- The Taliban, following the funding
- Philippine flood crisis deepens
- Typhoon Ketsana slams into Vietnam
- Roadside bomb kills 30 Afghan civilians
- Suspected U.S. drone attack kills 5 in Pakistan
- After 60 years, China’s communists mean business
- Russians see Putin, not Medvedev, in control
- NATO head, Rasmussen, tells Obama allies will stay in Afghanistan
Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev
Video (click title)—flooding in the Philippines
- Headlines in The Moscow Times
- Headlines in Voice of Russia
- Headlines in Xinhua News
- Headlines in The Times of India
- Headlines in The Asahi Shimbun
Europe and Africa
- Brown aims to revive U.K. labor with policy blitz
- Guinea warned of sanctions as death toll rises
- Guinea death toll nears 130
- How did Guinea erupt into violence?
- Gordon Brown’s Labour conference speech
- The full story: Brown’s big speech
- Polanski asks Swiss court to free him from custody
- Photo of Spanish PM’s daughters highlights privacy concerns for world leaders
Newspaper Photo of the Obama’s with the Spanish PM’s Family
- Headlines in the BBC
- Headlines in The Times of London
- Headlines in Der Spiegel
- Headlines in Deutsche Welle-World
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