Jehovah Jireh Chapter 5 part 5 Essay Why are our prayers not answered?

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Summary of conditions to be met for prayer to be answered

 

As we study God’s word, we see how He has provided in a myriad of circumstances,
sometimes with miracles as with Elisha and the widow, sometimes with circumstances as with Esther, and answers to our problems seem distant and farfetched.  We wonder how we can access His provision for
ourselves in a personal way. First let me say that I believe prayers are answered in a mighty way, just not always the way we would wish at the time we pray.

I want to summarize the conditions for answered prayer.  Do I believe that all of these conditions
must be met for prayer to be answered? No, I do not.

5 And Jehovah descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of Jehovah.
6 And Jehovah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth,
Exodus 34:5-6

God is merciful, full of love, mercy and compassion on his creation.  And that is the reason He answers prayer. He is God and does things just because He wants to.  For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy
on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.
Romans
9:15

Do I believe that we can motivate God to act on our behalf?  Ask Daniel whose persistent prayers caused a
powerful angel of God to fight the demons of darkness for 21 days in order to visit Daniel personally with answers to his questions. Daniel 10

Persistent prayers do get God’s attention, but thank God He most often acts from a completely “God motivation!”  We can read the Bible, pray, go to church, tithe as the Bible commands, serve and love others, worship, but it does not appear that any of those things by themselves can motivate God to act on our
behalf.  God is motivated by His love for us.  Not our actions, not our love for Him, but His love for us.  We do not get answered prayer because we have been good. Our good behavior is not what brings us blessings because our
righteousness is only a filthy rag in His sight.

For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousness are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Isaiah 6:5

That is what redemption is all about.  Thank God my prayers are seen in the light of Christ and what He did on the cross and not on my own merit, because I could not expect any recognition based on that.  Our God is the only true God.  He could not be conceived by human imagination.  Man would dare to create a God that would respond on the basis of merit. But the true God responds because He does not see us as black or white,
good or not so good.  He makes no distinctions and His blessing flow to the righteous and the unrighteous.

 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.For if
you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same?
Matthew 5:43-46 

That being said, there are indications in Scripture that we can hinder our prayer efforts by certain behaviors.

The first prayer God answers is the sinner’s prayer of repentance.  Each of us must walk that path of deep remorse for our sins and the desire to be forgiven. We must have a deep rooted desire to turn from our sins and follow the  way Jesus sets before us.  We must acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God.  God spoke at Jesus’ baptism: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”  Matthew  3:17

He was born of a virgin. “. . . ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found  favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. . . . of his kingdom there will be no end.’ And Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ And the angel answered her,  ” The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of  God” Luke 1:30-35.

He lived a sinless life in human form.  Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  15 For we have not a high priest  that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews  4:14-16
21 Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we
might become the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

We must understand that it was our own vile nature of sin that nailed a  compassionate willing Jesus to the cross in our own place.   “And  by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus
Christ once for all”
Hebrews  10:10.

We must be convinced that Jesus lay in the embrace of death for three days in a dark borrowed tomb and that He routed death forever when He rose on the third day.
because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved:
Romans 10:9.

No longer does man have to be separated from the gracious presence of God  Scripture.  We can face God dressed in the glorious robe of Christ, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus did for us.

21 Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we
might become the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

Before you pray, Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33   What are all “these things”?   19 And  m God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Since Jesus is the author of all things physically and Spiritually, I take Him at His word.  How do I see His Kingdom?  (Luke 17: 20-21)  Jesus told the Pharisees the Kingdom of God was within them.  A  better translation might be “among you”.
Jesus is a representative of the Kingdom of God.  In Psalms 145:10-13 it says, “All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee, They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power. To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations”
.  The
LORDS prayer says Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Jesus is the Kingdom that is coming.

We are praying for His return.  We are to seek Him with reading and obedience to His teaching, prayer study, church attendance, giving, tithe, caring for others, and loving others.

Before you petition God, sincerely,  contritely, and fervently, ask for forgiveness of your sins.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. l John 1-9

If  we are forgiven when we become saved, why do we need to continue to ask for forgiveness.  I found this quote from  Pairtach. Puritanboard postgraduate, Puritan Board Forum that says it far better than I can.

‘“. Justification doesn’t mean :-

(a ) That God is not in some sense displeased when we sin (e.g. II Sam. 11:27)
(b) That we can stop confessing our sins and seeking renewed forgiveness,
cleansing, repentance and new obedience. (e.g. John 13:10) throughout our
lives.
(c) That so-called “little sins” can’t turn into “big sins” that can be
disastrous for our profession of faith and also our lives, and therefore they
need to be nipped in the bud. (e.g. I Corinthians 5:6).
(d) That – although God will never take His Holy Spirit from dwelling in a
justified sinner – He can and may remove His felt presence, usually because of
sin.(e.g. Psalm 51:11)
(e) That we may be chastised by God for various sins (e.g. Heb. 12:7) by
various troubles, or we may experience trouble from God’s hand, not because of
any particular sin(s) but to improve the quality of our faith, love and hope
and hone us to further perfection and maturity, like already pure gold being
purified further (e.g. Job 1:1; 40: 3-5; 42:5-6).
(f) That we may not sometimes or often lack assurance that we justified,
adopted and are being sanctified.”

Before you ask for God to prosper you, be sure you are observing and doing all of His commandments to the best of your ability.  Deuteronomy 28:1-68 lists the many blessing available to those who observe and are obedient to His wishes.

When you ask for God to guide and teach  you, be sure you are open to God.  When you ask Him to instruct you in His ways, ask in absolute awe and reverence, totally convinced that His laws are the only way to live.

10 All  the paths of Jehovah are loving kindness and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.  Psalm 25:10

If you truly want God to plan your life and delight in your path, then follow the path He has planned for you.

 Do not trust yourself, your own wisdom or understanding to plot a course to follow.  Psalm 37:23

Study the Scripture to know what God’s word says about How to live and be convinced that His way is the only true way.

If you want to have peace without fear of evil, then listen to God’s voice as He lovingly whispers in your ear as you
study as you go about your daily life, as you pray.  

18 And therefore will Jehovah wait, that he may be gracious unto you; and therefore will be be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for Jehovah is a God of justice; blessed are all they that wait for him.
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; thou shalt weep no more; he will surely be gracious unto
thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear, he will answer thee.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be
hidden anymore, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers;
21 and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk
ye in it; when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:18-21

If you want to have immediate access to Him, then abide in the vine and be not cut from it. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in
Me
. John 15:4  Be connected!

If you want your prayers answered do not pray with wrong, selfish or evil motives. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures. James 4:3

If you want your prayers answered make sure that you are honoring your husband or wife, because God says your prayers are hindered if you are not doing that. I included the wife in this because I believe it to be inferred in the
previous scripture

Ye husbands, in like manner, dwell with your wives according to  knowledge, giving honor unto the woman, as unto the weaker vessel, as being  also  joint-heirs of the grace of life; to the end that your prayers be not
hindered. 
I Peter 3:7
If you want answered prayer, ask in His name, not just orally, but making sure your request is one He would make if He were the one praying.  That is what asking in His name means. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. “Whatever you ask in My  name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you
ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
 John 14:12-14

When you pray, be sure that what you are asking is within His will…speak what God’s word says when you
pray. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. This is His commandment, that  we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as
He commanded us.  The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
  I John 3:21-24

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His
will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
1 John 5:13-15

Remember what He has done for you when you pray.
 
8 Jehovah is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness. 9 He will not always chide; Neither will he keep his anger forever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins, or rewarded us after our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is his loving kindness toward
them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, So  Jehovah pitieth them that fear him.
His loving kindness is reserved for
those who reverence Him.  He has mercy on  those who fear Him and hold Him in awe and glorify Him for what He has done.
 Psalm 103:8-13

When you go to Him in prayer, Go to Him trusting what He has told you in His word.  Remember that He is your refuge and your fortress.  Psalm 91:1-16

I wish I could tell you that if you will enlarge you ideas of what God can do, or that a prayer of confession and belief will prick God into acting on your behalf, providing you with health, happiness, and financial abundance.
We know of too many people, who are good and faithful Christians, who suffer physically and emotionally.  People who lose their jobs through no fault of their own; people who suffer tragedy and loss or who suffer with seemingly insurmountable health issues who do not see their situations get better.  Bad things do happen to Christians.

Why does it have to be this way?

 We have to begin with this fact.  It is not about me!  It is about God!  It is not about you!  It is about God.

 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;    Colossians 1:16

The Message says it this way.  For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible,…everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.  It is God who directs your life.  The life of every creature is in His power.  “He’s got the whole world  in his hands” is not just a Kumbayah song, but a great spiritual truth.  You were made by God and for Him.  Until you establish that fact in your mind, nothing makes any sense.  Bertrand Russell was an atheist who said, “Unless you assume a God, the question of ife’s purpose is meaningless?
All things happen for His glory. As the cattle that go down into the valley, the Spirit of Jehovah caused them to rest; so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.Isaiah 63:14

He created you and life is about whether you are going to let God use you for His purposes or not.  His purpose for you was declared before your creation and you had “0” input, but what you do about your purpose is your decision.

 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is  the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

There is a much larger purpose that is part of an eternal plan designed by God.  That ought to make us feel great.  It is more than getting up in the morning, brushing our teeth, eating breakfast, going to work, eating lunch, going home, eating supper, washing out our socks, brushing our teeth and going to bed.

God’s will is always for the good of the Saints.  

And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them
that are called according to his purpose.
 Romans 8:28

When we pray, we do not know the whole picture.  What we ask for may not be for the good of the Saints.  We have to be sure we understand what God  wants or at least accept His unknown purpose in the matter is preparing you for eternity.
We can acknowledge him in prosperity.  But thou shalt remember Jehovah thy God, for it is he
that giveth thee power to get wealth; that he may establish his covenant which
he sware unto thy fathers, as at this day.
  Deuteronomy 8:18
We can acknowledge him in adversity, and he said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah.  Job 1:21
We can acknowledge Him In public calamity.  Shall the trumpet be  blown in a city, and the people not be afraid? shall evil befall a city, and  Jehovah hath not done it? Amos 3:6
 Acknowledge him in  daily support. And he blessed Joseph, and said, The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God who hath fed me all my life long unto this day, Genesis 48:15

Acknowledge Him in all things. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:6
We can depend on Him to teach us ways to persevere through guidance and direction. God leads us to new sources of life or new resources for help.  We can depend on Him to teach us to see hope in situations and circumstances when  there seems to be no way out.  He provides just enough to toughen us, to enable us to go on in our everyday life, to take one step after another in the most difficult of circumstances

Remember, God says yes to prayers.  He also says no, and He sometimes says not yet because He needs time to refine you and your prayer to conform to His will.

I want to end with these two verses of great comfort regarding prayer and God’s promises.

7 casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you. I Peter 5:7

God does not love you because you are good, but because He is good.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.  Isaiah 46:4

He will sustain us, rescue us, love us all of our lives because He is God and that is His goal, His aim, and
it is what He has purposed Himself to do…because He first loved us!

Chapter 5 Jehovah Jireh…How do I access the provision of God…Part 3

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Chapter
5 Jehovah Yireh—How Do I Access the Provision of God?—Part Three

The name of
Elohim declares that Jehovah created and loves His creation. He loves mankind and is always working to support creation, to maintain it so it continues.

Psalm 8:3-9

3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 5 You have made them a
little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:  all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

These verses make it clear that God is maintaining His creation for the benefit of mankind,
who in his own strength is incapable of caring for himself or the earth on
which he lives.  It is this attribute,  this love, that enabled the Triune God to covenant with Himself to provide the
sacrifice needed to cleanse mankind from his awful transgressions. The will of Elohim is to take care of His creation because He loves it and He is willing to make any provision, any sacrifice to bring mankind back into a right relationship with Himself.

Jehovah…Yahweh…I AM WHO I I AM…always has
been, is now, always will be. He is beyond human comprehension, transcendent,
yet, it is He who determined to create humanity. Why? I find myself thinking
about that a lot. He says it was for His glory.

Isaiah 43:7  
every one that is called by my name, and whom I have created for my
glory, whom I have formed, yea, whom I have made

Why ?

He knew what we were going to be. He knew us when we were still a puddle of mud and clay. He
knew us when we were in the womb of our mothers, before our cells were knit together.  Psalm 139:13   For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother’s womb.

Yet, clearly aware, omniscient of our capacity to sin, aware of the Hitler’s, Bill Gacey’s, Mousillini’s, and Caligula’s he went on with His plan. Painfully cognizant of every foul murder, sexual atrocity, and cruel act toward the innocent; with full knowledge of our ability to lie, misrepresent, cheat, and lust… He created us anyway. Of course he knew about the Mother Theresa’s of humanity, but were they enough to offset the hideous reality of the mind of man?  He knew what we would be, yet He declared that He would defer His anger and refine us!

Isaiah 48:9-11  For my
name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

10 Behold, I have
refined thee, but not as silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

11 For mine own sake, for mine own sake, will I do it; for how should my name be profaned? and my
glory will I not give to another.

Jesus said none of us are good.  Romans 3:10. as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;

I could not sacrifice my son for the likes of these. But this He determined to do, before their creation? It is beyond the feeble understanding of mankind.  God has a capability for love that is beyond
our understanding.  It is a consuming love, passionate, capable of forgiving, and redeeming.  It was a love that was willing to make whatever sacrifice was necessary to save the object of His love.  Having determined to create man and provide a plan of redemption when man failed and proved himself unfit for fellowship with
the Father, He began to build a creation that would provide an ecosystem, an orderly universe full of beauty as well as provision for every need of man.  Then He created man in His own image.  From the beginning man was intended to reflect the glory of God.  He was to multiply and fill the earth, so the knowledge of God’s glory would cover the sea.  And what is the definition of God’s glory?  God’s glory is the perfect musical harmony of His Names, His attributes, as they merge into infinity and reveal one perfect, beautiful, and personal being, resonating with warmth, love and wisdom.

Would a God like this want to hear from me or from you? Would this God care about our daily need? 1 John 4:8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

God is love and the nature of love is to focus on others.  John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.  Because God is love He can be depended on to be true to His nature.   The evidence of His love is throughout the Bible.  Jehovah
is faithful to fulfill His promises. Jehovah determined to bring us into being with free will even though He knew it would break His heart. Doubtless He sees something that makes it all worthwhile, not in us certainly, but in His divine will, He sees an objective that will magnify His glory and accomplish His divine will. The characteristic of love is seen in Elohim, who wants to cherish us and sustain us. The characteristic of El Shaddai shows us the power and abundance available to us and Jehovah Jireh is the one who provides. He is the one who takes care of the problems. In Jehovah is the love, the sustenance, the power and the ability to provide for our needs.

So why do we go without? Why do face need of any kind? If He loves us so much, where is He? We can see that He determined before time to love us and care for us. We can see that He loves and cherishes His creation and has the power, abundance, and sufficiency to nourish and care for us. And we can see that He has determined to take care of us. We can see He wants to, He can, and He does provide for our needs, yet so often we weep because He is not answering our prayers. How can we access the power and love promised to us?  We will discuss this question and look for answers in the following studies.

Jehovah Jireh Chapter 5 Part Two

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Jehovah Jireh je-ho’-va-ji’-re (yahweh yir’-eh,

The Lord Will Provide

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11.

We often think of our physical needs, in fact we sometimes obsess over them.  Sometimes the things we catalog as “needs” are really “wants.” God does indeed give us all we need to maintain a right relationship with Him.  He provides the means for our physical needs to be met also. 

  1.  Where is God in our time of trouble, in our time of joy, in our time of routine life?

Read Jeremiah 23:23-24

2.  To whom is the Lord near?

Read Psalm 145:18

3.   What does God provide in our time of trouble?

Read Psalm 46:1, Nahum 1:7

He is near to us, accessible, ready to commune with us before we even see our need. He provides refuge, strength, help, and a stronghold.

The Scriptures clearly tell us that God is near and that He wants to commune with us. He sees our human need and because He is El Shaddai, He is sufficient to meet that need in a bountiful and abundant way.  He can meet the need in a supernatural way as He did with Abraham and Sarai and the birth of Isaac. It can be in a seemingly natural way that could be explained away, as He did when He provided a ram caught in the thorns for Abraham to use as a sacrifice.  He did not send it in the arms of an angel; it was caught on the thorns so Abraham could easily get to it.  Abraham did not need a flock of sheep, so God sent just one pure unblemished sacrifice.  How often do we miss the provision of the Lord and dismiss it as a stroke of luck, chance, or being in the right place at the right time.

4.  What is our greatest need?

Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

5.  Why does man need reconciliation?

 Romans 5:12-19    

6.  When does sin become apparent in a person’s life?

Psalm 51:5; 58:3

We are conceived in sin and are sinners from the beginning.  We are born carnal.  Our spiritual life is not apparent without God’s love to awaken it.  man became an object of abhorrence to God when he fell in Adam.

7.  How does man appear without Christ’s robe of righteousness?

 Isaiah. 1:6

8.   Can the carnal man understand the things of the spirit?

1Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:7

 9.   What happens to the natural man without God?

2 Timothy 2:24-26, Luke 1:78-79, Hebrews 2: 14-15

10.  What is the result of continuing to live in our fallen natural state?

Ephesians 2:3  

11.  Will we try to find God in our natural state?

Romans 8:7

12.  What has to happen to bring about reconciliation with God?

Colossians 1:20-22 

Our greatest need is one we are not aware of until we are convicted by The Holy Spirit.  Jeremiah 6:15  “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?    No, they have no shame at all;    they do not even know how to blush.” is talking about the enemies of Israel, but aren’t we all like this before we come convicted by the Holy Spirit?  From before creation, God knew of this need.  He knew creation could not provide for this need of propitiation for sin.

  Isaiah 40:16  “Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.”

  The cattle of a thousand hills, which by the way, belong to God, would create an ocean of blood, but it would not be enough.

Heb. 10:4 “It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins”

God knew nature could not provide what we needed nor could we provide it for each other.

 Heb. 10:4 “Men may themselves die, but in death each man who dies only pays his own debt to nature; there is nothing left for another.”

Ps. 49:7  “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:”

The ransom had to satisfy the need for justice and righteousness in the eyes of Jehovah.  It had to be an infinite sacrifice conceived in love to cover an infinite number of sins.  It had to be pure and unblemished by sin.

Redemption is God’s business.  Where else can we find redemption for the multitudes that would be effective in ransoming us from death and hell?  Only Jehovah Jireh could provide.  Only He could say, “Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom” (Job 33:24).

Jehovah, Almighty God is a righteous God who loves justice.  He is Holy and not only demands holiness from His own, but cannot receive that which is unholy into His presence.

Because Jehovah is Elohim, the Creator who loves His creation, He made a promise to Himself to clothe His creation in righteousness that He might be reconciled and brought into eternal fellowship.  The attribute of fullness, bounty, all sufficiency belong to Jehovah as El Shaddai.  He is fully able to purge us, chastise us, and save us to the uttermost.  And He is willing, even eager to do so because He is Jehovah Jireh.  Before time began, He determined that He would take care of it.

Chapter 2 Jehovah Worship Activity

André Gide, Strait is the Gate.

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This is a fun little exercise that is designed to point our focus to worship of Jehovah.  How do we worship Him effectively?  What do we do in the process?  How does he respond?

Why do we worship Him and why include this type of activity in the Names of God Study?

The word worship means to appreciate the worth of someone.  Revelations 4:11

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

We have discovered from our study so far that God is worthy to be worshiped because He is our Creator, the sustainer of the Universe we live in.  He is our sovereign, faithful I AM.  He is the all sufficient unchangeable Jehovah, who has freed us from the penalty of our sins, through the sacrifice of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.  He has promised us eternal life with Him. So we should worship and serve Him with all our heart, mind, and soul. Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

We should worship Him in Spirit and in truth. John 4:24 God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

We worship Him because He comforts us in times of sorrow and distress.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

We worship Him because of His unfailing love for all of us that is far beyond our understanding. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

This activity is also an excellent introduction to the next name of God we will study, God Almighty, El Shaddai. 

We worship Him because He is almighty God and there is none like Him.  He and He alone deserves our homage, honor, respect, adoration, praise, and glory.  1 Corinthians 6:20-22 (New American Standard Bible)

 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Knowledge of God’s grace to us as sinful creatures demands a heartfelt response placing Him above anything or anyone.  We are compelled to worship Him and bring glory to Him when we know who we are in relation to Him.

Our worship becomes God centered as we learn more about Him.  We cannot learn more about Him unless we study what He reveals about Himself.  God says in Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”  If we don’t know what God says, we are going to be destroyed for our lack of knowledge.

 

 

The following Scripture holds the clue to finding the correct word. (∞=A)

Philippians 3:13-14 (New International Version, ©2011)

What We Do What God Does
Psalm 22:22                      OQ∞HRD 1 John 1:7                      OTQHEHDR
1 John 1:7                  EDKKNVRGHO Deuteronomy 11:5-7         AKDRRDR
Psalm 27:4                            RDDJ Matthew 18:19-20 H ∞L VHSG SGDL
Exodus 20:8 QDLDLADQ SGD R∞AA∞SG Romans 10:17                     E∞HSG
Deuteronomy 11:5-7 QDINHBD Leviticus 20:6 RDSR XNT ∞O∞QS
Leviticus 20:6   AD GNKX Matthew 18:19-20 H ∞L VHSG SGDL
Psalm 95:6 VNQRGHO 1 John 5:14  GD∞QR TR
Romans 10:17 GD∞Q SGD LDRR∞FD Zephaniah 3:17  EHKKR NTQ CDDODRS MDDCR
Hebrews 10:25 DMBNTQ∞FD James 4:8  CQ∞VR MD∞Q SN XNT
Exodus 20:3 MN NSGDQ FNCR ADENQD LD John 15:15  INX L∞CD ETKK
Acts 5:32  NADX Acts 5:32  GNKX ROHQHS

Jehovah Chapter Two Part Two Answers

1.  God said, “I AM WHO I AM.  Jesus says, I AM WHO I AM.  John says Jesus is, was, and is to come.

2.  Is, were, have been

3.  All things were created by Him, through Him, and for Him.  He was present at creation.

4.  He is creator and sustainer of the Universe.

5.  He is head of the church.  The first born of the dead.  the first to be resurrected.

6.The power of Elohim, the power of Jehovah, the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control.

7.  Jesus plainly states “I AM”  In other words, Jesus says he is Jehovah.

8.  Jehovah

9.  The glory He had with God the Father before the world began.

10.  He is one with the Father

11.  Jehovah, 

12.  I AM WHO I AM, Jehovah

13.   The people in the room knew the meaning of God’s name given to Moses at the burning bush.  They understood that he claimed to be God and they rent their clothes in anguish (which in itself was a sin, because the clothes of the High Priest were never to be torn)

14.  That he and the Father are one and the same.

Jehovah Chapter Two Part Two Worksheet Answers

1.  His breath

2.He breathes on them.

3.  Because the LORD is righteous and loves justice

4.  Jehovah is holy.

5.  The names of the LORD

6.  The Day of the LORD

7.  The LORD

8.  Jesus

9.  Anyone who uses god’s name to do good will be blessed.  when we do good in His name we glorify Him.

10.  We do the work as if we were an arm of Christ.  We do for others out of love and obedience to Christ.

11.  Great things are accomplished when we use the power granted to us in Jesus name.

Jehovah Chapter Two Part One Worksheet Answers

1.  8 times

2.  all capital letters are used

3.  I AM WHO I AM

4.  No, God Almighty

5.  “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation

6.  When the serpent and Eve are talking the word God is used.  When Jehovah comes on the scene, the words LORD God are used.

7.  Where are you?

8.  Because of the third commandment not to misuse God’s name.

9.  Death

Jehovah Chapter Two Worksheet Part Two

Jehovah Chapter Two Worksheet Part Two

Blasphemy of the name of Jehovah was punishable by death.  Even in our own time, the name of Jehovah is never read in the synagogue nor is it ever said aloud by its people.  They substitute the word Adonai, or use a word that means “the name.”

Even when the name was to be written, the scribe who was transcribing would stop, remove their clothes, take a bath, and put on clean clothes.  Before writing they were required to stand and say, “I am now copying the Holy name of God.” A new unused pen and new ink was used to write the name and the pen was promptly broken when the name was written. Talmud 10  Comfort, Philip Wesley (1991). The complete guide to Bible versions . Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. pp. 16-20.

Connolly, W. Kenneth (1996). The indestructible book: the Bible, its translators, and their sacrifices . Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. pp. 17-18.

Because the Hebrews never spoke God’s name, we don’t really know how to say it. Orthodox Jews still believe one way they will know the Messiah will be His ability to pronounce the name of God. Names of god by Nathan Stone page 25

The Jewish tradition maintains that God’s name is spoken as a breath, the first breath of a newborn as it emerges from the womb.  The last breath a person takes before his eyes are glazed over by the final enemy Christ will crush, death.    Jehovah comes from the Hebrew verb “havah” which means to be; to exist; being; to breathe.  (Pat Mercer Hutchens PHD) The breath of life is the pronunciation of God’s name. I think that is so neat… the first breath of a baby, Alpha, the last breath of a dying man, Omega.   When God breathed the first breath of life into us, He breathed His name.  Is the breath of life that we all have part of His breath? I think that was originally true, but man refused that breath and instead elected to breathe the polluted air of sin. 

Genesis tells us that God used His breath(Holy Spirit) to create the heavens and the earth.

Isaiah 42:5This is what God the LORD says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:”

In Genesis 6:3 God was talking about the evil people he was about to destroy before the flood. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with( My spirit will not remain in)humans forever, for they are mortal(corrupt); their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

 2001 Translation An American English Bible Based on the Greek Septuagint says it this wayGod says, I won’t allow MY Breath(spirit) to stay with these men through the age, for they are fleshly.”

 God gives breath to mankind, but will not allow His breath to remain in sinful flesh.

Ezekiel 37:1-14

1.  What does Jehovah say He will use to raise the dry bones of Israel?

Read Ezekiel 37:14 14 I will put my Spirit(breath) in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’”

Ezekiel 37 is the story of the dry bones of apostate Israel being brought to life by the breath of God.  In the same sense, the dry bones of a sinful man are brought to life by his repentance and declaration of belief in Jesus Christ virgin birth as the son of God, His death on the cross for remission of sin, and His resurrection, which He promises to all who believe on Him.

Read John 20:21-23 

2.  What does Jesus do to give the Holy Spirit to the disciples when He appeared to them in the upper room?

Is it possible that Jesus restores the breath of God to us when we are saved by giving us the Holy Spirit?

Through the Holy Spirit we pray, are purified, get understanding of the scriptures, and receive the gifts of the Spirit.  We cannot live the life Christ has ordained for us without the Spirit or breath of God.  The breath of God is totally necessary if we are to pray from the heart.

Ephesians 6:17, 18, ‘Also, accept the helmet of salvation and the sword of [God’s] Breath (God’s word). Pray in every way and always keep begging [God]. Pray at all times in the Breath [of God] and stay awake; don’t give up.’ (2001 Translation, an American English Bible)

Read Psalm 11:7   

3.  Why will the upright see the face of God?

The only way we can see the face of God is to receive Christ and the breath of God, the Holy Spirit, who will clothe us in Christ righteousness, and lead us to live a just and upright life.

Leviticus 19:2

4.  Why are we to be holy?

Paul places focus on Jesus Christ as Lord in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 to point to Him as the same Lord or Yahweh of the Old Testament.

 Read 1 Corinthians 1:2

Read Joel 2:32 

5.   Who are Old and New Testament believers to

call upon?  

Read  Corinthians 1:8

Read Joel 1:15 

6.  How do both the Old and New Testament passages refer to the Day of the LORD?

One of these passages is referring to the day of the LORD before Christ was born yet the New Testament refers to the Day of the LORD with Christ in the role of Jehovah.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:31

Read Jeremiah 9:23-24

7.  Who are Old and New Testament believers to boast in rather than ourselves?

8.  Who is Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians?

Paul is talking about the same LORD Old Testament believers were to boast in.  Both are referring to Jehovah God.  Paul, along with us can boast in Jehovah God, who is also called Jesus Christ.

Read 1 Corinthians 2:16   

Read Isaiah 40:13 

Spirit can be translated as mind, so it really says who can know the mind of the LORD.  Paul is applying this scripture to Christians knowing the “mind of Christ.”  The mind of the LORD and the mind of Christ are the same.

Read Mark 9:36-41

9.  What does Christ say about anyone who uses His name.?

  1. What does it mean to do something in the name of the LORD?

 

Read Luke10:17-20

11.What meaning do you get from these verses?

 

 

The name Jesus gives us will be highly personal.  He will choose it for us, but if you could choose a name which is reflective of your personality or character in Christ, what would it be?

Mine would be Joy, because that is what He has given me.  He gives me the joy of my salvation in times of trouble.  He gives me joy when I persevere in times of stress and problems.  He gives me joy in my rest, my worship, my work, my family, and my friends.

When I was in grade school I had to memorize all the forms of the verb “to be” (am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been, has, have, had, do, does, did, shall, will, would, should, may, might, can, could) These small words are the essence of almighty God.

Jehovah was God, Is God, will always be God.  We are His creation.  He has control of the universe, has always had control and will always be in control.  He should destroy us because of our evil natures, He could do so, He will to those who do not exercise obedience.  But because Jehovah is eternally loving, continuing in His efforts to fulfill His covenants of deliverance and redemption to bring man from utter corruption back into a pure and holy fellowship with himself His plan of redemption and salvation from before the beginning of time will inevitably “BE.”

Jehovah Chapter Two worksheet Part One

Jehovah Chapter 2 Workbook Part One

Jehovah…Hebrew eh yeh asher eh yeh…I AM THAT I AM

Jehovah is God’s proper name.  All of the other names of God are derived from his works and describe His Holy attributes. On Mount Sinai, God revealed His name to man both verbally and in writing when He gave the Ten Commandments, which he had written with His own finger on tablets of stone.

Exodus 20:1-17.

1.  How many times is the word LORD found in the ten commandments.

Each time we see LORD, the name given is Jehovah.

The first time Jehovah is used is in Genesis 2:4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.

2.  What is unusual about how the word LORD is written? 

This is the name referred to in our Bibles as LORD(Jehovah).  This is done to distinguish the use of Jehovah from Adonai or Lord.  The scribes used Adonai in place of Jehovah to keep from desecrating God’s name. Jehovah occurs in the Bible 6,823 times. God himself tells us the meaning when he appeared to Moses in the burning bush.

Read:  Exodus 3:12-15

3.   What does God say about the meaning of His name?

 

 

Read Exodus 6:2-3

Did the patriarchs know God by the name Jehovah?

4.  We have not taken up this name but do you know the  name the patriarchs were most familiar with?

 

God says he appeared to Abraham as God Almighty, El Shaddai.  The word LORD is used to indicate the new name being divulged, Jehovah. We will study this name God Almighty, El-Shaddai, later.

Read Exodus 3:15(Exodus 3:15 The Hebrew for LORD sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for I AM in verse 14.)

5.   What does God say that indicates He is forever faithful to be their God?

 

I AM WHO I AM means to be or being.  God is the being who is absolutely self existent. He permanently exist, always has been, is now, always will be.  He is eternal, unchangeable, permanent.

What in the world does He mean by I AM?  We do many things.  We talk, and talk, and talk.  We work, run, play, and learn.  We don’t do these things all the time.  Sometimes we do one or two of them at a time, but we aren’t in the process all the time.

We are many things.  We are mothers, fathers, grandparents, teachers, attorneys, mechanics, cooks, aunts and uncles, someone’s children.  We are in the process of being those things 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  That is the definition of the word “be”.  We are in the process of being those things all the time.  We can’t stop being a mother.  We might not be a very good one, but once you are a mother, you are always a mother.

That is what “I Am” is doing.  He is in the process of being Eternal God, doing all the things the Almighty does.  He has always been and always will be …Jehovah God.

   He is one who will always be continuous and absolute.  Jehovah tells Moses that He remembers His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He is ready to act on their behalf. It is here that we begin to see God as a personal living being, who remembers and faithfully fulfils His promises through many generations.

Read Genesis 3: 1-8

6.  What is different about the way God and LORD God are written?

The name Jehovah also reveals that God has moral and spiritual attributes.  Elohim is the creator who loves his work and preserves it.  Jehovah reveals this love as conditional and places a moral obligation on the creation and places a promise of punishment for disobedience.  This can be seen when Eve is tempted by the serpent.  It seems like the serpent does not want to remind Eve of God as  unchangeable in His views, as almighty God, the Judge between what is good and evil. Later on, the residents of the Semite region would use the word, El and Eloam to refer to their gods and I am sure that this was Satan’s evil idea. The serpent and Eve refer to God as Elohim, but it is Jehovah who calls them from their hiding place to account for their actions.  As Jehovah he is forced to condemn immoral acts.  He is outraged and violated by sin.

Jehovah is love.  This is revealed when we see him grieve and suffer because of the sin of his creation.

Read Genesis 3:9

7.What question did God ask?

His love compels him to bring the creation back into fellowship with Him.  He seeks out Adam and Eve.  He teaches them how to use a living thing as a substitute sacrifice for their sin. 

It is Jehovah who condemns the world in Noah’s day because his Holy anger demanded retribution and punishment.  Yet His love provides a way for the continuation of mankind through Noah and his family.  It was Elohim who brought the animals to the ark to preserve them from the flood.  It was Jehovah who commanded that seven pairs of each clean animal be brought aboard for sacrifices. And it was Jehovah who shut and locked the door.  In Jehovah, we see preservation, forgiveness, and the desire for fellowship with man.  He does not forsake fallen man, but in His love for them provides merciful covenants, acts of deliverance, and total redemption in the gift of Jesus Christ.

Yahweh was the name used by the people who had received God’s revelation and were in covenant with him.  The descendents of Japeth(Noah’s son…His descendents probably wound up in Europe.)  had Elohim,  but the Israelites descended from Shem had Jehovah,  the God of revelation, because it was with them the covenant was made. (Names of God, by Nathan Stone)  It is the most sacred name of God.  Its meaning is related to God’s presence, God was present with them as “Jehovah Shammah.

Exodus 20:7

8. Why do you think the Israelites were so cautious about using God’s name?

So holy and sacred was this name to them that they were afraid to say it, probably because of the third commandment.  Do not take the LORD’s name in vain.  Translation of that commandment means, don’t take the name of YHWH your God to be false, useless, worthless, without result, a lie.

Read Leviticus 24:16

9. What was the punishment for blaspheming God’s name?

 Blasphemy of the name of Jehovah was punishable by death.  Even in our own time, the name of Jehovah is never read in the synagogue nor is it ever said aloud by its people.  They substitute the word Adonai, or use a word that means “the name.”

Even when the name was to be written, the scribe who was transcribing would stop, remove their clothes, take a bath, and put on clean clothes.  Before writing they were required to stand and say, “I am now copying the Holy name of God.” A new unused pen and new ink was used to write the name and the pen was promptly broken when the name was written. Talmud 10  Comfort, Philip Wesley (1991). The complete guide to Bible versions . Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. pp. 16-20.

Connolly, W. Kenneth (1996). The indestructible book: the Bible, its translators, and their sacrifices . Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. pp. 17-18.

Because the Hebrews never spoke God’s name, we don’t really know how to say it. Orthodox Jews still believe one way they will know the Messiah will be His ability to pronounce the name of God. Names of God by Nathan Stone page 25

The Jewish tradition maintains that God’s name is spoken as a breath, the first breath of a newborn as it emerges from the womb.  The last breath a person takes before his eyes are glazed over by the final enemy Christ will crush, death.    Jehovah comes from the Hebrew verb “havah” which means to be; to exist; being; to breathe.  (Pat Mercer Hutchens PHD) The breath of life is the pronunciation of God’s name. I think that is so neat… the first breath of a baby, Alpha, the last breath of a dying man, Omega.   When God breathed the first breath of life into us, He breathed His name.  Is the breath of life that we all have part of His breath? I think that was originally true, but man refused that breath and instead elected to breathe the polluted air of sin.

Jehovah Chapter Two Part Two

Is Jesus Jehovah?

Read Revelations 1:4   

1.What have you learned about the name of Jehovah that applies to what John is saying about Jesus in this Scripture.?

Read Colossians 1:17   

2.What verbs are used in speaking of Christ in these passages?

All the verbs are forms of the verb “to be.”  Paul is saying that Jesus was there when the world was created. 

According to this Scripture, Jesus is before all things. An important concept relates Jesus to both Jehovah as the preexistent one and Elohim as Creator and sustainer of the Universe.

3.How does this scripture relate Jesus to Jehovah? 

4.How does this scripture relate Jesus to Elohim?

Jesus is holding all things together.  As Jehovah, He has the power to do it. As Elohim, He has the love of His Creation at heart and devotes Himself to keeping it running as it should.  Have you ever thought about what would happen if He did not.  Think of the lowly atom.  Jehovah derived the whole plan and Elohim put those little atoms in order.  Ernest Walton and John Cockroft (1932) were the first to split the nucleus in a completely controlled manner. What happens when this tiny atom is split has enabled mankind to build a weapon that has the potential of destroying all life on earth.  If Jesus decided to stop holding the uncountable jillions of atoms of the Universe together the whole thing would disappear in the greatest fireworks show of eternity. Christ holds all things together, from the stars in the great Universe to me and my runty little black dog. 

Paul wrote in present tense when speaking of Christ existence which establishes the timeless fact of His Diety.  He created the Universe.  He is the sustainer of His creation.  (in Him all things hold together.)  The sun, moon, and stars maintain their orbits by Him. Gravity holds us to the earth.  Photosynthesis produces the necessary gases for life to thrive on the planet.  The Universe is maintained by Him, and was maintained by Him even while He was on the earth. (McDonald Commentary)

Read Colossians 1:18  Not only is He the beginning of all earthly, temporal creations, but He is the beginning of spiritual life.  He is the first to die a physical death that did not require a second death.  Elijah raised the boy from the dead, but that boy would one day die again.  Christ rose in a glorified body that does not require a second bout with death…

5.What is Christ relationship to the church?

This Scripture says Jesus is the firstborn of the dead.  He is the only one who has died and been raised to new life in a glorified body today.  When Christ comes to take the church, we too will leave our corrupted flesh and receive the glorified body that is like Christ. I John 3:22 “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a(or when it is made known)] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

Read Philippians 3:20-21 

6.What power will Jesus use to transform our bodies?

He could only use this power if He were Jehovah.  He could only have this power if He were Elohim. He will use this power on resurrection day to free us from the plagues that bedevil our mortal bodies, as he finally and forever reconciles the Universe to Himself and restores its original purpose to glorify Jehovah. All praise and glory to Him who deserves it.

We will be free from sin, morally like Jesus.  We who belong to Him can trust that He will keep His covenant that we shall also rise from the dead with a glorified body like His.

Read John 8:57-59

7.Who did Jesus say he was? 

What name of God is defined by the statement “I AM WHO I AM?”

Jesus made His claim to be eternal Jehovah here.  He called Himself “I AM” totally enraging the religious rulers, who completely understood what He was saying. Yet they were totally unable to understand the divine truth of what He said.  He had been with God the Father throughout eternity.  There was never a time when he had not existed. 

Read John 17:5  

8. What is Jesus asking for?

 Jesus had left the honor and glory He had with the Father when he came to earth and took on weak human flesh.  The world did not know Him. He does not have that glory on earth as a human being.  It sounds like He longs for the happiness, the blessings, the identity He enjoyed with the Father and he asks for it to be restored.  Vernon McGee says “He emptied Himself of the prerogatives of deity; He laid aside his glory.”  He was still 100% Jehovah, 100% Elohim, still holding the Universe together while on earth as 100% man, but letting go of the glory that was His.

Read John 10:30,

9. How does Jesus identify Himself in this verse?

10. What is He claiming to be?

John 13:19-20

11.Who is Jesus claiming to be in this passage?

Jesus is also saying that when His word, His message is received, regardless of who gives the message; His word is true.  Judas went out and preached the word.  Many were saved because of the message he brought.  Many were healed.  It was the word that saved them.  It was the message that healed them.  Not the messenger who would later betray the One who sent him.  Only Jehovah could enable the word to work in this way. We are saved by hearing the words and accepting Christ. Only Jehovah could bless His word in this way.

  

 MARK 14:61-62

12. What was the significance of Jesus reply to the High Priest question?

 John 14:10

 13. What is Jesus asking the disciples to believe?

We can believe that He is Jehovah because all of the prophesies about Him are fulfilled in His person. We can believe that He is equal to the Father in every way.   We can believe because He had the power to speak the words of the Father and do mighty miracles.  We can believe because of it was His claim and he is unable to lie.

God said His name was and is and always will be “I AM WHO I AM”.  Jesus said He is, was, and always will be “I AM WHO I AM.”  John knew Him as no other did.  He was Jesus beloved friend.  He had worked intimately with Jesus.  He ate with Him, walked with Him on the dusty roads of the Holy land, and listened to the teachings of Christ.  He came to know the “man” who called Him into the service of Jehovah was “Jehovah.”  John assures us that we can believe Jesus is, was, and always will be “I AM WHO I AM’.

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