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Last weekend I attended a Jewish service.
The rabbi used the term “ya” and never said “Yahweh.”
What’s that about? I assume that this is about respect. Is an abbreviation more respectful than a full name?
But, this is different than normal English usage. “Ed” or “Sam” is more casual than “Edward” or “Samuel.”
Can anyone explain this to me?
Greg, what kind of Jewish service? Messianic? Traditional Jewish? Conservative? Reform?
I’m not sure!
Not Messianic and it didn’t seem very traditional. It never occurred to me to ask. (I’m pretty ignorant of Judaism.)
I was there for a bat mitzvah.
Is the “Yah” name for God not common practice?
Greg, did the people there believe in Jesus (Yeshua)? If not, there’s no way any of them would refer to God as “Yah” — which is a short form for Yahweh found in words like “Hallelujah,” praise Yah. But Jews don’t use God’s personal name — unless they are Messianic Jews, who often do.
No mention of Jesus by any name.
I definitely heard the Rabbi use the name “Ya” — not just once but a number of times.
Is it possible that a very liberal synagogue would do that? They did include modern music and some dancing.
I wish I had known how unusual it was. I would have asked. I asked all kinds of other questions.
I am new to your website but listen to you everyday Dr. Brown on WFIL. I have a question and have heard different things on this subject and I am wondering if you could give clarity on the subject. When a believer dies and the scripture says “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” What does that mean? I’ve always believed (been taught) that it means the believer goes straight to heaven. However, recently someone told me that isn’t the case until the Lord returns. That we will be with the Lord but not in heaven. I am ashamed to admit I am confused are we in a state of sleep? Can you PLEASE give me some clarity? Thank you in advance.
HI Dr.Brown- I read an article recently that said Yah was a roman moon god.Is it really appropiate to use Yah as a name of God or Yahweh? I am a christian but I hear alot of Hebrew Roots people say that you should only use Hebrew names.Why can’t you use what they translate into your language.Jesus Christ etc ? Thank you.
I am not speaking for Dr. Brown.
Maybe the question is, “Out of love, what is best to do?”
1Co 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
We come into the world knowing nothing and learn more and more. We call our father Dada at first…if we speak English. We do not usually continue this for more than a very short time. Why? Because we can do better now.
English Bibles usually have the word “LORD” instead of Yahweh’s name in them. The original reason was to continue a Jewish tradition of not saying YHWH’s name. So…Christian Bibles are such to continue a Jewish tradition. That tradition was for the reason of not defaming or mispronouncing the most holy name. It is an idea of man, but the Bible says to do otherwise.
Ex 3:15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the Israelites: Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation. (HCSB)
Ps 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Ps 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name YAH, and rejoice before him.
Ps 83:18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is YHWH, art the most high over all the earth.
Every place in the KJV Bible that you find “LORD” in all capitals it is YHWH’s name that is being replaced. People used and declared and said it very often. His name becomes unknown if we do not use it. What is best? Should we use His name or continue in a Jewish tradition of men to replace it with a title?
Jer 23:26 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;
27 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.
The word “Baal” is the Hebrew word for “Lord.” It means master just like the English translation of it. Have we been tricked into calling YHWH master instead of calling Him by the name He asks us to remember Him by?
What is best?
Messiah’s name is not “Jesus.” “Jesus” is the way we have come to call Him in English. Is it the best way?
His and mother and step father and brothers and sisters and all of His disciples did not call Him “Jesus.” They had no “J” or “J” sound in their language. Neither did the Greek and Latin speaking gentile disciples. As a matter of fact, neither did the English speaking believers at the time that the KJV was translated. The “J” was just a decorated “I” when it came at the beginning of a sentence or a proper name.
In Greek a proper name has an ending attached to it to indicate it’s relation to the other words in the sentence. The “S” at the end of “Jesus” comes from this. Hebrew names do not have this. English names do not have this. The first and last letters of the word “Jesus” bear no resemblance to the pronunciation of the name that He was given by commandment from His Father YHWH. The “S” in the middle of the word “Jesus” is the closest that Greek could come to the Hebrew “SH” sound. The Greeks back then, like most orientals today cannot say “SH” sound…English speakers can.
“Iesus” is the approximate English letter for letter equivalent for the approximate Greek letter for letter (with the s ending added) of the Hebrew name “YSHUA.” Why should we not just go directly from Hebrew to English? We know that the person in the Bible that we call Joshua had the same exact name as the Messiah. This pronunciation is very close except for the “J” sound at the beginning.
We have been made accustomed to calling YHWH, “Lord” or “God” and calling Y’shua, “Jesus.” Can we pronounce Yahweh and Y’shua? Can we do better than what we first called them when were babes in Messiah? Are their names important enough to say them as well as possible? Are they important enough to call them what they were asked to be called? Why would we not want to do as well as possible?
Ac 2:21 And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Ac 4:12 Nor is there salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven which has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
We can and do say Satan’s name pretty close to right. Almost every language has managed to get this name right. Why would we forget to say YHWH’s and YSHUA’s name right?
If we cannot make the “SH” sound or if it is impossible not to make the “J” sound at the beginning of words or the “S” sound at the end of them, that would be one thing…
Is the best way to call upon THE NAME by actually saying it correctly, if we can? Would you like it if I always pronounced your name wrong when you knew I could pronounce it correctly and when you herd me pronounce your arch enemy’s name right?
Names mean something in Hebrew. YHWH means I am that I am, denoting eternal and uncreated existence. YSHUA means YHWH’s Salvation. “Lord” only means master. “Jesus” has no inherent meaning.
Out of love, what is best?
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