“Abraham served other gods” (Joshua 24:2)
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Consider some of the most commonly used names of God, as they are seen in this study.
“Elohim,” God (Gen 1:1). “Yahweh” (YHWH), Lord: “Lord God,” (Gen 2:4). “Lord,” (Gen 4:1). “El Shaddai,” God Almighty (Gen 35:11). “El,” God, mighty one, hero (Gen 46:3). There is no such name as Jehovah that is used for the Name of God. Whenever other Names of God that appear in our study, they will be explained.
God was looking for Abraham; Abraham was not looking for God. God had a specific purpose for His call on Abraham’s life.
1 Peter 1:2 Names of God Bible (NOG)
2 God the Father knew you long ago and chose you to live holy lives with the Spirit’s help so that you are obedient to Yeshua Christ and are sprinkled with his blood.
Genesis 12:1-3 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Lord’s First Promise to Abram.
1 Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home. Go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse. Through you every family on earth will be blessed.”
Abraham, an idol worshiper, breeds a holy people (Exodus 22:31), God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2), a people chosen to bring the Messiah into the world, a Messiah through whose bodily sacrifice will bring salvation to the world (Isaiah 53:5).
Joshua 24:1-4 Names of God Bible (NOG)
1 Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem. He called together Israel’s leaders, chiefs, judges, and officers, and they presented themselves to Elohim. 2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what Yahweh Elohim of Israel says: Long ago your ancestors, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor, lived on the other side of the Euphrates River and served other gods. 3 But I took your ancestor Abraham from the other side of the Euphrates River. I led him through all of Canaan and gave him many descendants. I also gave him Isaac. 4 To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave Esau the mountains in Seir as his own. However, Jacob and his sons went to Egypt.
The nation that Abraham bred is Israel. Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was named Israel by God, and would become the father of the nation of Israel that we know today.
God’s Promises to Abraham were a people and a land. God made two specific promises to the physical descendants of Abraham in Genesis Chapter 12:1-3. God promised Abraham that He will make Abraham’s descendants into a great nation and that He will give this great nation a specific the land (verses 5-7)
Genesis 12:1-3 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Lord’s First Promise to Abram
1 Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home. Go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse.Through you every family on earth will be blessed.”
Genesis 12:4-7 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Lord’s Second Promise to Abram
4 So Abram left, as Yahweh had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. 5 Abram set out for Canaan. He took along his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the servants they had acquired in Haran. 6 They arrived in Canaan, and Abram traveled through the land to the oak tree belonging to Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I’m going to give this land to your descendants.” So he built an altar there to Yahweh, who had appeared to him.
Abraham Through Isaac – Not Ishmael
God tells Abraham that his wife Sarai, whose name He will change to Sarah, will bear a son and that nations will come through her.
Genesis 17:19-21 Names of God Bible (NOG)
19 Elohim replied, “No! Your wife Sarah will give you a son, and you will name him Isaac [He Laughs]. I will make an everlasting promise to him and his descendants. 20 I have heard your request about Ishmael. Yes, I will bless him, make him fertile, and increase the number of his descendants. He will be the father of 12 princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But I will make my promise to Isaac. Sarah will give birth to him at this time next year.”
Abraham through Jacob – Not Esau
Genesis 25:19-26 Names of God Bible (NOG) Esau and Jacob
19 This is the account of Abraham’s son Isaac and his descendants. Abraham was the father of Isaac. 20 Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to Yahweh for his wife because she was childless. Yahweh answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 When the children inside her were struggling with each other, she said, “If it’s like this now, what will become of me?” So she went to ask Yahweh. 23 Yahweh said to her, “Two countries are in your womb. Two nations will go their separate ways from birth. One nation will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” 24 When the time came for her to give birth, she had twins. 25 The first one born was red. His whole body was covered with hair, so they named him Esau [Hairy]. 26 Afterwards, his brother was born with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, and so he was named Jacob [Heel]. Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.
Genesis 35:10-12 Names of God Bible (NOG) Jacob named Israel. Gods promises Jacob the land of Israel.
10 Elohim said to him, “Your name is Jacob. You will no longer be called Jacob, but your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel. 11 Elohim also said to him, “I am El Shadday. Be fertile, and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from you. 12 I will give you the land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac. I will also give this land to your descendants.”
Genesis 46:1-6 Names of God Bible (NOG) Jacob told by God to move his family to Egypt, and that God will bring Israel back out of Egypt to its promised land.
1 Israel moved with all he had. When he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the Elohim of his father Isaac. 2 Elohim spoke to Israel in a vision that night and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” “Here I am,” he answered. 3 “I am El, the Elohim of your father,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to go to Egypt, because I will make you a great nation there. 4 I will go with you to Egypt, and I will make sure you come back again. Joseph will close your eyes when you die.” 5 So Jacob left Beersheba. Israel’s sons put their father Jacob, their children, and their wives in the wagons Pharaoh had sent to bring him back. 6 They also took their livestock and the possessions they had accumulated in Canaan. Jacob and all his family arrived in Egypt.
We will show the exodus of Israel from Egypt in the next article of Israel, Israel 2.
Consider God’s reason for the Jews of the exodus to live holy lives.
Leviticus 11:43-45 Names of God Bible (NOG)
43 Don’t become disgusting by eating anything that swarms on the ground. Never allow yourselves to become unclean because of them. 44 “Here is the reason: I am Yahweh your Elohim. You must live holy lives. Be holy because I am holy. Never become unclean by touching anything that swarms or crawls on the ground. 45 Here is the reason again: I am Yahweh. I brought you out of Egypt to be your Elohim. Be holy because I am holy.
Let’s consider a Holy Ground experience that comes from the book of Exodus.
God Speaks to Moses from the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-10).
A study about the Jews and Israel is often thought of as being “religious.” But, the truth of such a study is a about a relationship. I encourage you to read the “About Equipping” page of this blog for a more complete understanding of what “religion” is, and is not. https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/about/
Book Overview – Exodus (Scofield Reference Note).
In the book of Exodus we come to know a redeemed people of God. The origin and redemption of God’s earthly people Israel is described. Israel is delivered from the slavery in Egypt and is led on to the way into the promised land of Canaan. Therefore Exodus is the book of redemption. Its landmarks are the Passover and the passage through the Red Sea.(see explanation in 1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2).
1 Corinthians 5:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
1 Corinthians 10:1-2 New International Version (NIV) Warnings From Israel’s History
1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
After the exodus out of Egypt, the people of Israel received the law of God and erected the tabernacle of congregation according to His command. As a result the new relationship between the people and God was fixed:(1) God was now dwelling amidst His people. (2) Israel was able to approach God and to worship Him (by means of the offerings). (3) the Glory of the Lord was typically revealed.
As we study “Israel In The Wilderness” we will identify key events that relate to the purposes of God for His Chosen People, Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6). We will also see that God travels with the Israelites, as opposed to any other group of people throughout the whole world. Israel was chosen to be a holy and righteous people, to bring a Holy and Righteous Messiah into the world, and to have a place of special prominence in the yet future Kingdom Age/Millennium/thousand reign of Messiah/Christ.
Deuteronomy 14:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.
The date of the exodus of Israel from Egypt is stated as being 1445 B.C. by Drs. Charles Ryrie and John MacArthur. The date that Israel ended its wilderness wanderings is shown as being 1405 B.C. by Ryrie and MacArthur. Moses was age eighty when the exodus began.The wilderness journey lasted forty years. Moses was in the court of Pharoah in 1525 B.C. until 1485 B.C. Moses was in exile in Midian from 1485 B.C. until 1445 B.C. Israel was delivered from Egyptian bondage and slavery in 1445 B.C. Israel began a wilderness journey that lasted until 1405 B.C. Moses died at age 120 (Deuteronomy 34:7).
It was through Moses on Mount Sinai, that God gave the Law to the Israelites, and solely to the Jews. Moses actually went up on Mount Sinai several times to meet God. https://www.gotquestions.org/Moses-on-Mount-Sinai.html The Law consists of more than the ten commandments. Mitzvah: A Commandment – There are 613, not just 10, commandments, or mitzvot. There are 613 Torah laws, of which the ten commandments are a part, and can be found written in the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy. http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm Mitzvot are commandments, traditionally understood to come from God and to be intended for the Jewish people to observe. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/mitzvot-a-mitzvah-is-a-commandment/
The Book of Leviticus has a nicely laid out list of much of the law. See Leviticus 1:1-2 and 27:34 to see that the Law was given only to the Jews, and that they were given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. Keeping the law is much more than Sabbath worship (James 2:10). It important to know that Christ came to fulfill every aspect of the law (Matthew 5:17-18), and that was fulfilled when He died on the cross at Calvary (John 19:30).
As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”
Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos. I think that you will come away from this study, especially from the video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought.
Also, I think that a lot of information will be gathered that will show Israel as being the legitimate deed holder of its sovereign land. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying on. https://creation.com/dr-bryant-g-wood
Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 1 of 6
Acts 7:36-38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren.’ 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.
MacArthur Study Note. 7:37 Prophet like me. Quoted from Deut. 18:15, this refers to the Messiah (cf. John 1:21, 25; 6:14; 7:40).
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