7 Jehovah Mephalte answers

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1.   Through the will of Jehovah Mephalte, the Lord our Deliverer, Moses was given the power to set the Israelites free from their slavery in Egypt.  God delivered the Israelites in a spectacular rescue that included the parting of the Red Sea to provide an escape route for the Israelites who were fleeing their ruthless Egyptian Masters.  “I will” appears 7 times.

2.  He handed over the nations and the Promised Land to the Israelites.

God is the conveyer of grace.  He seeks us out and bestows his unmerited favor on those who will accept it.

When we have faith, we receive righteousness handed to us freely from the hand of God.

God handed over his son for the sins of humanity.

God gives us justification and life when we accept his son. God will hand eternal life to those who come in the name of his son.

God handed the Ten Commandments, the law to Moses

3.  Hannah was given a child.  God delivered her from her anguish and persecution because she had not conceived.

Sarah was barren and God brought her aged body to life and enabled her to conceive and bear the child Isaac.

Rebekah had not been able to conceive, so Isaac went to the Lord and asked for a child from the womb of his beloved Rebekah

4.  Jonah was sent to Nineveh to warn them of judgment if they did not repent of their sin.

Elijah was given the word that there would be no rain or dew for years because of the gross   immorality Ahab had encouraged in Israel.

He advised Elijah to hide at the brook of Cherith because Ahab and Jezebel were going to kill him.  God sent the ravens to feed him while he was hiding

When the brook dried up, God sent him to Zarepath where he met a starving family, a widow and her son.  God sent Elijah to deliver the widow.

God sent power to Elijah that enabled him to provide vessels of oil and flour that never failed to provide food for them all.

He sent a mighty fire from heaven that lit the sodden sacrifice prepared by Elijah.

5.    The king declared that Daniels God was the God of gods, and the Lord of kings and Daniel was made rewarded and made a ruler in the land.

6.    Joshua was promised the Israelites would overtake Jericho.  The people followed the instructions from the messenger sent by God and the walls of Jericho fell.

7.    Jesus Christ, the Savior

8.    He preserves those who are faithful and true to him. Those who have regard to the weak. He preserves the souls of the saints.

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7 Jehovah Mephalte, Our Deliverer, Part One

English: Elijah Resuscitating the Son of the W...

English: Elijah Resuscitating the Son of the Widow of Zarephath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Romans 7:24 KJV O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

When we talked about the God of righteousness, Jehovah Tsidkenu, we found that this awesome God can tolerate no sinful condition in his presence.  And man…has no claim to righteousness.  Romans 3:10-18    As it is written:  “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands;     there is no one who seeks God.  12 All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. 13 Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips.  14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know. 18     There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Sobering, gut wrenching news!  Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, favored by God was not a righteous man.  Righteousness was given him because of his faith in what God told him.  Not one human being has sought God, understands God, or even wants God.  Gentile and Jew have turned away from Him.  We do not even want to obey God and we are of absolutely no use to him.  There is no hope.  Or is there?  Now for the rest of the story,

God has a history in the role of deliverer. Without God our struggle in our own strength is doomed to failure.  Romans 8:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. God has provided deliverance.  Looking at the definition of the word “deliverer, we can find many instances of God in his holy role as Jehovah Mephalte, deliverer of his people. The definition of deliverer in Webster made me ask;   “How does God meet these definitions?”  We will discuss how Jesus meets this definition in another segment.

The definition of deliverer:

1.       to set free:

God had promised to deliver the Israelites from their exile in a strange land many years before the slavery of that nation occurred. The only hope for deliverance from the Hebrew exile was through the promise given to Abraham that his descendants would be made slaves in a strange land but that he would deliver them from that bondage.  Genesis 15:13-14   “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions’.”

Read Exodus 6:6-8.  How did God act as Jehovah Mephalte in this verse?  From your previous experience in the word of God, was this promise of deliverance kept?  How many times does the phrase I will appear in this text?

These are the seven “I wills of redemption.  (J Vernon McGee, Through the Bible)

a)    I will bring you out from under your burden.  God will deliver us from the burden of sin.

b)    I will redeem you with outstretched arms.  God is reaching for us with love and longing.  He has a plan to salvage us from our sins, but he must come to him for it.

c)    I will take you to me for a people.  He not only has plans to save us; he has plans for our future.

d)    I will be to you a God.  He chose us before the foundation of the world.  “He does not struggle to love His own in spite of their failures, God love his own because it is His nature to love.  He wants to be our God.”  (J Vernon McGee.)

e)     I will bring you into the land.   These “I wills” are a picture of what God wants to do for us.  The Old Testament is a picture, an arrow, pointing to Christ.  The land that was promised to the Israelites was Canaan.  For us, it is a picture of the Christian life as we should be living it.  We are given all spiritual blessings.  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to utilize and enjoy them.  Ephesians 4:1, And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 54:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

  f)      And I will give you the land for a heritage.  Our heritage is our salvation and it involves so much more than we realize.  We have access to God; The Holy Spirit to strengthen us and teach us, God’s love is real.  We have been delivered from the wrath we deserve.  We have been justified and have peace with him and in our hearts if we will just receive it.

  1.  to take and hand over to or leave for another: convey <deliver a package>hand over, surrender

Read  Exodus 23:30-31, Romans 3:24, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:3, Romans 5:13,18-21, Exodus 20:3-17. 

From these verses make a list of ways God has acted as Jehovah Mephalte, the Lord our Deliverer by taking, handing over, or conveying something?  Can you think of others?  Write them and the Bible verses to share with others.

He has no reason to justify us.  He freely gives us grace, his unmerited favor, because we need it. We receive his grace, through faith, which is also given if we listen to the word of God.

Adam’s sin, his disobedience brought condemnation and death.  The infinite Christ’s one act of obedience brought righteousness and life eternal.

3.  to assist in giving birth

Read 1 Samuel 1:1-9, Gen. 25:23, Genesis 17:15-16.  .  From your reading of the above verses, discuss how God acted as deliverer in the lives of these three women.

Jehovah Mephalte is merciful, all seeing, and all powerful.  Being a deliverer is just one characteristic of Yahweh.  He is interested in delivering us from our personal problems and stress.

4.       to send (something aimed or guided) to an intended target or destination:

God is a deliverer in this sense also for he delivers his word to his people.  Each time he gives his word, he also has a definite target or destination for his word as well as a definite purpose.

Read Jonah 1:1, What was the word given to Jonah and what was its intended target.

Read 1 Kings 17:1 What word did God give to Elijah and who was the target?

God also sent word to Elijah on at least two other occasions for another purpose.

Read 1 Kings 17:2-15, What did God say to Elijah and why? What did God send to Elijah other than his word?

Read 1 Kings 17:16-38. Who did God send Elijah to and why?

1 Kings 17:16-38 tells the story of a confrontation between the priest of Baal and The God of Elijah.  The verses that concern us as we define our deliver are 1 Kings 17:31-38.

Read 1 Kings 17:31-38.   What did God send to Elijah that ensured his victory over the priest of Baal?

Elijah was sent to deliver God’s opposition to the worship of Baal and those who were participating in that worship.  He was given words of prophesy and signs of great wonder to verify his rebukes from God. God also sent word to Elijah advising him as to where he could find protection and sustenance from his enemies.

5.  to come through with: produce <can deliver the best results>

God always delivers.  He can be counted on to follow through on his promises.  Many stories in the Bible talk about God answering prayers.  Abraham would be the first to declare that God always delivers on his promises.

Daniel, a prisoner of Nebuchadnezzar, was expected enter the kings service after being trained in the ways of Babylon.  This included the worship of strange Gods, idols, which Daniel knew was forbidden in his own religion.  Daniel 1:88 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.  He retained his faith in the most high God and was rewarded with wisdom and good health.  Later we read of the kings perplexing dreams, which only Daniel was able to interpret through revelation from God.

 Read Daniel 2:47-49 47 God sent the dreams to Pharaoh as a warning and he sent the answers to his faithful servant Daniel.  What was the result?

6.  to produce the promised, desired, or expected results:

God delivered Noah and his family and sent them out to repopulate the earth.  Abraham received the promised son.  Israel received the promised land, at least all of it that they were brave enough to take.

Read Joshua 5:13-15, Joshua 6:2.  Joshua 6:20.

The people marched around the city of Jericho as they were instructed.  I wonder if they knew what was going to happen.  Certainly the people of Jericho did not know. What was promised? What was the desired result of God’s instructions and did it come to pass.

How dumbfounded they must have been.  They got the desired results from Jehovah Mephalte.  All they had to do was rush through the broken walls and take the city.  He had delivered what he had promised.

7.  rescuer:

Read Revelation 13:8.  Who was to rescue mankind?

Jesus is the fireman, the policeman, the Coast Guard.  He is the Marine, the foot soldier, the Navy and the Air Force.  He alone can save us.

The plan of the Trinity (Elohim) before the world began was to save mankind. Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  The blood of this sacrifice streams throughout the stories of the Bible.  The plan to rescue mankind involved all members of the Godhead.  The Father would give His Son to be the sacrifice.  Jesus would be the innocent sacrifice who would die to pay the penalty for the sin of man.   His blood would be offered to cover man and provide the justification necessary for him to enter the kingdom of heaven acceptable to God because of what Christ had accomplished on the cross.  John 3:16; 10:17-18 The Holy Spirit would provide the line of communication between God and men.  He would teach men the knowledge and power of the grace that was offered to whoever would come.

And of course Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego, and Daniel in the Lion’s den.  God personally entered the fiery furnace to rescue them and shut the mouths of the lions to deliver Daniel.

8.   Preserver

Psalm 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.

Read   Psalm 31:23NIV. Psalm 41:1-3NIV Psalm 97:10 ASV Who does the Lord preserve?

Though we might fail in our walk with God, he does not forsake us but instead preserves us.     Our souls are protected by Jehovah Mephalte.

And my favorite…Psalm 116:6. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.   I love this verse because it refers to me personally and I am grateful he thought to preserve the simple.

Jehovah Mephalte, The Lord Our Deliverer; how I need him.  He sets me free, delivers his word to me, and conveys grace and favor to me.  He assists women in giving birth.  He always keeps his promises and his word produces results.  He personally enters the fiery furnace of our trouble and iniquity to save us.  He always delivers the promised, desired and expected results promised by his word.  He rescues us from death itself and preserves us by the efforts of the Holy Spirit that we might enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Answers: Chapter 5 Part 4 How to Access the Provision of Jehovah Jireh

Answers:  Chapter  5 Part 4  How to Access the Provision of Jehovah Jireh

That He might prove them to see if they would be obedient

  1. They were commanded not to keep the manna overnight, but some did and it bred worms and stank.  They were told to gather  enough the day before Sabbath to take care of both days.  Some did not and had to do without.
  2. All  our needs. I take Him at His word.  All my needs will be met.
  3. Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first.
  4. They helped him at the beginning of His ministry and when he was in prison.
  5. Forgives our iniquities and heals diseases
  6. While we were sinners
  7. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of Gd.
  8. We cannot be justified by our own efforts to obey the Law of Moses.
  9. Believe on the name of the Son of God
  10. Not of works, not of ourselves…by grace through faith
  11. As partakers of the Divine nature of God, we escape the corruption of the world.
  12. The hope we have in Jesus Christ
  13. Believe that Jesus died and rose again.  Knowing that God raised Jesus and has
    promised to raise us also.
  14. We are crucified with Him, buried with Him.
    We are participants in His death.
    “We are raised to experience a new life in our spirit and we join in His
    resurrection as we identify with Christ in His resurrection.  We can and should walk in Newness of
    life.”  McDonald’s Believers Bible Commentary
  15. He preserves us forever
  16. A.  see essay for mine
    B.  The LORD is my shepherd, I
    shall not want.  Psalm 23:1
  17. A.  Under His wings

B. His truth
19.   Deliverance from sin and cleansing from unrighteousness

20.  snares, pestilence, fear, broken heart, deliverance of the captives, liberty to the bruised, troubles, terror, law of sin and death, truth makes us free, distress, trials, enemies, illness, sins
21.  To humble them, to prove them, or test them to see if they would be obedient

El Shaddai Crypto-Family Puzzle

 

El Shaddai Crypto-Family

Each crypto family is a list of related words in code.  When you have identified a word, use the known letters to help decode the other words in the family.  Each word is a characteristic of Almighty God…

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Is Jesus El Shaddai Chapter Three Part Two

Gospel of Matthew

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Is Jesus El Shaddai?

 

1. How would you describe Jesus?  What words would you use?

List them here. Think back to the attributes of El Shaddai and circle the words that pertain to Almighty God.

 That should answer the question should it not?  But let us go through and methodically find what the Word of God says about Jesus as Almighty God, El Shaddai.  Does the Bible identify Jesus as mighty, powerful, and transcendent?  Is He connected with the act of creation?  Is He the nourisher, the strength giver, the satisfier, who pours Himself into the lives of believers?  Does He chasten and purge and judge creation? Is He abundantly able to save above what we could ever wish or dream?

Almighty God

2. Why is God Almighty?  Luke 1:37 (King James and New International 2011)

He is able to carry out all His plans and purposes to the glorious and triumphant ends he foresaw at the beginning.  He is able to subdue all things to Himself.  Nothing is impossible for Him.

Is Jesus Almighty God?

     A.   Jesus is part of the Godhead (Trinity)

3.  What is present in Christ bodily form?

Read:  Colossians 2:9  John 1:14

He is everything that God is because the fullness of the Godhead is in Him.  It could not be said more plainly.  The Greek πλήρωμα) “pleroma” generally refers to the totality of divine powers. In Him is 100% of the Godhead.

1 Timothy 3:16 16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great(The mystery of godliness…Jesus came, paid the sin penalty, and is making us who believe godly.): He appeared in the flesh    ( refers to the virgin birth, His spiritual pre-existence from eternity but became a man and lived in ordinary human conditions), was vindicated(justified when He came back from the dead) by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. He is now in Heaven at God’s right hand and we worship Him because His power as El Shaddai has wrought redemption for mankind.

(King James Version  And without controversy(obviously) great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.)

4.  When was Jesus chosen for the work of salvation?

Read: 1 Peter 1:20

We are plainly told that Jesus was God manifested in the flesh.  He was present and active during creation.  Jesus is El Shaddai, Almighty God.

 Only God Almighty can forgive sin.

5. What does God do with our sins and why?

Read: Isaiah 43:25  

       B.  Jesus forgave sin in the Bible.

6.  What was the crowd expecting Jesus to do?

Read:  Matthew 9:2

  What did He say to the man? 

 7.  List other places where Jesus forgave sin.

El Shaddai is Almighty God, powerful and sufficient for all our needs.  He alone has the authority to forgive sin.  Jesus is El Shaddai, Almighty God.

     C.   Only God Almighty is entitled to receive worship.

8.  Who are we to worship?  What does God say about sharing His glory? 

Read:  Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 6:13,   Isaiah 42:8

 

Jesus accepted the worship of others. 
A true prophet would rebuke worship, but Jesus accepted it as His due.

Matthew 8:2, Mat 2:2,  Mat 14:33 Luke 7:47-50

9.   Read the following Scriptures in the New International Version and in the King James Version.  What differences do you see? 

 Matthew 9:18 

Matthew 15:25  

 Matthew 20:20 

 

 

 

     D. Jesus claimed to be God, which was the reason the rulers and High Priests set their sights on Him.

John 10:33

 Those who heard Him understood what He was saying.  They could not deny their own eyes.  They saw His many miracles which were His credentials.  They accused Him of calling Himself God, which is exactly what He was doing and rightly so, because He is El Shaddai, Almighty God.

     E.  The Bible says Jesus is the Almighty.

10. Who are the spirits proclaiming God Almighty?

Read:  Revelation 1:5-8, Rev 4:8, Isaiah 6:3

 

 

Jesus is identified as El Shaddai, God Almighty who embodies all of time and eternity.

11.   Who is the witness that all that is written is true and why should we believe Him?

Revelation 1:5

 

 Jesus is the faithful witness that what is written in the Bible about Him is true and we can believe it because He was there and saw it all happen.  His power made it happen.  He is the first to rise from the dead never to die again so those who are His own may follow in resurrection. He is exalted and every knee shall bow in worship of Him. Only El Shaddai could accomplish His purpose to loose us from our sins by the shedding of His blood.  He is infinite God and He alone is able to sacrifice His blood for an infinite number of sins. 

  Rev 1:17-18

John saw the glorified Christ, who had been living, was dead and is alive forevermore.  He has the keys of authority and power over death and the grave.  I am glad He has those keys because He is El Shaddai, Almighty God who sheds forth His blessing in abundance to those who believe.  A man could not do what Jesus did.  He had to identify with man by being one of us, but He had to be God in order to bring about the purpose of Elohim, the Creator who loved and loves, and sustained and sustains  His creation before and since time began.  He had to be God made flesh to take the punishment required by Jehovah, who is righteous and loves Justice.  He had to be 100% man and 100% God, El Shaddai, with the sufficiency, power, supply of grace and purpose to carry out our salvation by pouring Himself out on the cross for our sins.  And as a bonus, He continues to shed forth His grace, to nourish, supply, and satisfy our needs.  He is ever ready to chasten, purify, and cleanse those He loves .

Notice that v 8 and v 5 ties the Alpha and Omega and v5 & 17 ties the first and the last with v 18 indicating the one being referred to is “He that liveth, and was dead”, thus making Jesus the Almighty God, El Shaddai.

     F. His contemporaries recognized that He was God Almighty and worshipped Him. 

 

 12.  When did these acts of worship occur?

Matthew 28:8-10 

 John 20:28

 Matthew 16:16

 

 

 

  Jesus did not chastise Thomas for calling Him God, but instead commended Him.

Jesus goes on to say that Peter’s revelation that Jesus is Son of the Almighty God would be the basis for the Church and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it.  Only El Shaddai could make such a promise and have the strength and self sufficiency to keep that promise.

     G.   Jesus is ready to fulfill His role as El Shaddai when He purifies, chastens, and judges us.

Read: Hebrews 12:3-6

This is a quote from Proverbs 3:11-12  11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
   as a father the son he delights in.

The Greek word for son means full-grown son.  We sometimes think we are mature and do not need His chastening (discipline).  We have to remember that if we are walking with Him, even if it has been for a long, long time, we still wear the mantle of flesh. We suffer because we are stupid, and are sinful. If we refuse to judge ourselves, El Shaddai will do it for us.  We still need His guidance and discipline if we are His children.