Bearing the Name: City On a Hill

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14, ESV) We’ve been considering what it really means to bear the Name of God in a worthy manner—not taking it in vain. We have looked at what is, perhaps, a better translation of the commandment: “You shall... Continue Reading →

Bearing the Name: Immanuel

“‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us)” (Matthew 1:23, ESV). I realized after posting the quote last week that I had really jumped the gun. We will get to that quote, and more of what it entails, soon enough. But this... Continue Reading →

Bearing the Name Part 3: El Shaddai

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,’” (Genesis 17:1, ESV) There have been numerous postulates formed over the actual meaning of El Shaddai. El certainly means “God.” The truth is, we simply don’t know for sure the... Continue Reading →

Bearing the Name Part 2

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7, ESV) Last week we began looking at another way of looking at the above commandment. We saw that the high priest had affixed at the forehead... Continue Reading →

Bearing The Name

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain….” Exodus 20:7 (ESV) Recently, as a part of my research on the Name, I came across a podcast that really piqued my interest. The premise asserts that perhaps we have mistranslated the above quoted commandment. Or, at the very least, we have... Continue Reading →

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