[This is the follow-up promised in last year’s Good Friday Insights – better late than never! For an introduction to Steve Maltz’s work and Hebrew see Holy Treasure of ‘The Open Door’ and A Deep Insight From Hebrew.]
According to Steve, author of God’s Signature, the only time the sacred, personal name of God was spoken by the ancient Israelites was during worship in the Temple in Jerusalem, and especially on the Day of Atonement when the High Priest pronounced it ten times. The Talmud has many warnings about using that name, which is also regarded as having special powers of healing. Apparently knowledge of its pronunciation was lost after the fall of the Temple in AD70 prophesied by Jesus Christ.
Perhaps the knock-on effect of that event, together with the 3rd Century Roman Church’s withdrawal of financial support for churches in the Holy Land founded by Jesus’ own ‘kith and kin’ (‘desponyni’), was the great loss of full understanding of the Church’s Hebraic roots. Hence the confusion and doctrinal disagreements over Jesus’ claim, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (John 14:10).
Digging deeper we encounter an astonishing revelation of that double-identity!
The post-Shakespeare English-speaking world referred to God’s holy name as ‘Jehovah’ or ‘LORD’ (letter ‘J’ was then starting to replace ‘i’) from translations of Hebrew. However, Jews preferred well-known descriptive titles such as ‘Elohim’ – God, in all the fullness of His attributes; ‘El Shaddai’ – Almighty; ‘El Sabaoth’ – Lord of heavenly hosts; or Adonai’ – Lord, and more often than not the reverent term ‘Ha Shem’ (The Name) sufficed.
Scribes, or sopher, needed to take special care in praying before writing the holy name, which must be done without interruption. Were a mistake made, it must not be corrected but the whole page discarded and the page restarted. Numbering had to be carefully handled too because Hebrew characters represented both letters and numbers. So the logical way of writing 15 is to add a yod (ie 10) to a hey (ie 5) and likewise for 16 (a yod to a vav). But this never happened because, as part of the sacred name, they could accidentally be read as this name. The holy name is shown below, but read from right to left:
“Yod-Hey-Vav-Hay” first appears in Genesis 2:4 statement that ‘The Book of Beginnings’ is the account of, “When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens”.
This name was first revealed when Moses encountered God in the burning bush when he asked Him who he should tell the Israelites had sent him to get them out of their slavery in Egypt.
“This takes the meaning of “I will be”…(which) shares a similar three-consonant root with YHVY in Hey-Vav-Hey and Hey-Yod-Hey…and as they’re related are both ways of describing God”. Hence my liking of describing God as “Always” and “Now”, the latter being used by Charlie Shamp too.
HOLY FATHER-SON UNION REVEALED & THE CRUCIFIXION FORETOLD
As mentioned in the preceding links, literary Hebrew developed out of pictographic forms representing gestures and their meanings. We logically surmise both original visual and later written forms were known to and, therefore, used by the Lord in communicating with Abraham and his descendants through Issac and Jacob, and used by Moses and his scribes in compiling the first five books of the Bible.
Comparing the literary and pictorial forms of the name Moses heard and recorded as being from the Lord, we have this graphic (credit Heart To Heart):
Hebrew is read right to left, ie ‘hand-look-nail-look’, but if we read as normal left to right we find not only the Name of God describing who He is, the fullness of His character and abilities, but also its exceptional prophetic nature in it foretelling the pivotal point of His action plan for humanity: the crucifixion of His Son Jesus Christ!
BEHOLD – A NAIL – BEHOLD – A HAND
AND THIS ‘WORD’ SHOWS TWO PERSONS!
Could this clearly indicate that Christ was hidden in Father when Moses encountered them at the burning bush but manifested as ‘The Angel of the Lord’ or pre-incarnate Christ ? It’s worth reading Exodus 3 carefully again and note Who is speaking to Moses…
Moreover, the pictogams graphically portray God as ‘hands up’ in connection with a nail – and putting all together into one picture we get a typical image of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary…