As I was sat contemplating life and thinking about the many conversations I have had with people over the last few years it got me thinking. Uh oh – me thinking! – very dangerous!
I was thinking about how society and people, like to label our beliefs and faith and try to compartmentalise them neatly into acceptable categories or sects. For example: our beliefs are boxed into religions. i.e Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Messianic etc. and then statements of faith are set out and weaved into doctrines, denominations, theologies and church buildings i.e. Methodist, Pentecostal, Baptist, orthodox, brethren, gnosticism, sacred-namers, Calvinism, etc. The list goes on and on. Each religion believing that their denomination, doctrine or theology is right.
The definition of doctrine says: the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group.
But who is to say which group is right or wrong? Surely if we all read the same scripture book shouldn’t there be agreement not division? Where does it mention religion or doctrines in scripture?
When Yahushua walked this earth He came up against many religious leaders who felt very threatened by His teachings as it came against many man-made teachings and doctrines. Yahushua even quoted His Father as spoken through the prophets, ‘Matthew 15 v 8-9 'This people draw near to Me with their mouth, and respect Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'
Religion over the centuries has been used to control people. Many people have died at the hands of religion and much corruption has been seen within religious circles. Much church doctrine and theology has changed over time and been influenced by man and they have mixed in many pagan influences into their traditions and doctrines. Many people have been hurt and disillusioned with church over the years and have failed to experience the love of the Father.
What if we put aside the teachings of religion and doctrines and theologies and actually started to ‘seek first the kingdom’ and study and find out for ourselves what scripture teaches and just do it, instead of relying on man-made belief systems? What if we realised that the Most High, the Creator of the universe, the One who loves us and holds everything in the palm of His Hand cannot be boxed into a religion or doctrine or church building? How radical would that be?
Having spent a lot of time studying scripture, history and Hebrew, I have shared my findings with many people. I have introduced many to the fact that our Creator has a name, which is YaHuWaH and that our Hebrew Messiah from the tribe of Yahudah (Judah) was not called the erroneously transliterated Greek / latinised name ‘Jesus’ when He walked this earth. He was called Yahushua (some will say Yahoshua (known as Joshua in English translations) or Y’shua the shortened form) meaning Yahuwah saves / delivers. I have put before them proof and evidence of these facts. If you don’t believe me check it out for yourself!
Many have said to me that the names don’t matter and that it doesn’t really matter what we call our Father and Creator or what we call our Saviour. Yet if this is the case why do they get so upset when I call My Father Yahuwah and My Saviour Yahushua? Is it because they worship the doctrines and traditions of man over the truth of the Word? Are they worried about what other people will think?
Many will say that it’s all about our relationship with our Father, which I agree with. But how many people do you know and have an intimate relationship with and you don’t know their name? How can we know our Father intimately and know His love and manifest His love to others if we don’t even know His name? Granted that until now you may not have known His name or even thought about the fact that we don’t call on his name or have known that His wonderful Name has been removed from our scriptures. For forty years I didn't! But, now you do know.
Throughout scripture we are instructed to call on our Father’s Name. So why don’t we?
Why do we ignore the fact that His Name has been replaced nearly 7000 times with the titles ‘God’ or ‘Lord’ in our scriptures?
This was even prophesied by the prophet Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 23 v 26-27
"How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; which think to cause my people to forget MY NAME by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour,as their fathers have forgotten MY NAME for Baal (Lord)."
Why do we just accept everything that we are taught as truth?
Why do we refuse to listen or research anything that doesn’t agree with what we have been taught? Especially as there are numerous warnings in scripture about not being deceived. Are we too lazy? Do we just choose to listen to the pastor on the stage? Do we doubt the ability of our Father to teach us in the Way that we should go?
For anyone who says that the Name of our Creator is not important, I would have to disagree and I will show you in just a few scriptures why.
Read the following scriptures:
Proverbs 30 v 4 asks a question:
‘Who has gone up to the heavens and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists?Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, and what is the Name of His Son, surely you know?’
If Names aren’t important why ask this question?
Philippians 2:9-11 states:
“Wherefore Yahuwah also has highly exalted Him, and given Him the NAME which is above every NAME: that at the NAME of Yahushua, every knee should bow, of those in the heavens, and those on earth, and those under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Yahushua is Master, to the glory of Yahuwah the Father.”
Yahuwah has given His Son a Name that is above all other Names. His Name must be important.
These following verses show that His Name is linked to our salvation and our forgiveness of sins.
‘I write to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His NAME.’ 1 John 2 v 12
‘And there is NO deliverance in anyone else, for there is NO other NAME under heaven by which we need to be saved.’ Acts 4 v 12
‘This is His Commandment that we should believe on the NAME of his Son Yahushua Messiah.’ 1 John 3:23
Also,Yahuwah’s promises are linked to His Name.
Psalm 91 v 9-16
‘Because you have made Yahuwah, (My refuge) the Most High your dwelling place, no evil befalls you, and a plague does not come near your tent, for He commands His messengers concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You tread upon lion and cobra, young lion and serpent you trample wider foot. Because He clings to Me in love, therefore I deliver him, I exalt him, because he has KNOWN MY NAME. When he calls on Me, I answer him, I am with him in distress, I deliver him and esteem him. With a long life I satisfy him and show him My deliverance.’
These promises in Psalm 91 aren’t linked to what religion we are, or what church we go to, or what doctrines we follow. These promises are for those who cling to Him and KNOW HIS NAME.
Finally a prophecy to come in end times: Jeremiah 16:19-21
“O Yahuwah, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge, in the day of distress, the Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth, and shall say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity,and things where in there is no profit.” Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My might; and they shall know that My Name is Yahuwah.”
If His Name isn’t important why does Yahuwah speak so strongly about His Name?
Finally, Yahuwah told Moses this in Exodus 3 v 15:
‘The Mighty One (God) said further to Moses, ‘Say thus to the people of Israel,YAHUWAH, the Mighty One of your fathers, the Mighty One of Abraham, the Mighty One of Isaac and the Mighty One of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my NAME FOREVER, this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.’
His NAME IS FOREVER! His wonderful, powerful Almighty Name is to be remembered forever! How amazing it is to know His wonderful Name, to call upon and cling to His Name,to meditate on His glorious Name and character.
This is by no means an exhaustive study and there are many scriptures that talk about His Name.
Do you KNOW HIS NAME and do you CALL upon HIS Name and cling to Him in love? If not, maybe it is time to shake off the labels and doctrines of religion and begin to free your mind. Maybe its time to make some time, and do some research. Your salvation depends upon it.