Exodus 3 Observations
Exodus 3:14-15 YAHUAH emphasizes to Moses an important connection. He said that He is the same Elohim as was with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He emphasis to Moses to tell the Children of Israel this truth.
We also must remember that YAHUAH, the Elohim that we serve/worship, is the same Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the same Elohim of Moses. He is the Ancient of Days! He is the only living and true Elohim! He is the everlasting Elohim! When I meditate on this truth myself, the all-powerfulness of YAHUAH becomes even more real within my being.
Exodus 4 Observations
Acts 2 Observations
Acts 2:20 There is a colon at the end of verse 20. This means that the thought in verse 21 is connected to the thought in verse 20. Verse 21 is often quoted as a point in evangelistic efforts. That people only have to speak with their mouth that they believe in YAHUSHA (Jesus) and they are “saved.”
Today (12-15-20) when I read this verse, I see that it speaks not of salvation in the eternal sense, directly. Peter, here, is speaking of calling on YAHUAH (God) in that great and terrible Day of YAHUAH that the prophets prophesied of in the Old Testament. I wrote a little about this in Part 7 of the Light of YAHUAH series here.
Some translations connect “call upon” in these verses in Acts 2 with Romans 10:13. Considering what I just wrote, I don’t see this connection or conclusion. They point out Romans 10:13 to clarify Acts 2:20-21. Could it be that Acts 2:20-21 could be seen as clarity for Romans 10:13?
Romans 10:13 cannot be read in isolation. When we read further in verses 14, 15, 16, and 17, we see that calling upon the name of YAHUAH is clearly connected to obedience (vs. 16). Obedience to YAH’s Word, His Laws, should be well established and practiced by each of us well before the actual great and terrible day of YAHUAH, if we expect to be able to call on Him in that day and expect that He will save us (deliver us), not directly in the eternal sense, but in THAT day of YAHUAH (The Lord).
Peter, on the Day of Pentecost (Shavuot) was calling the men of Jerusalem to come back to the everlasting covenant that YAH established with Abraham in Genesis before it was too late. He was not exhorting them to say a simple sinners’ prayer. He was calling the lost sheep of the House of Israel to return to the covenant that will never go away. Of course, Peter later on in Acts 10 learned that the covenant is extended to all those who turn from lawlessness and embrace YAH’s ways and not just the natural seed of Abraham. I wrote a little about this covenant in Passover: the Work is Finished.
Perhaps, Peter and the others assembled there thought that the Day of YAH that the prophets foretold was very near, because of the supernatural manifestations that took place on Shavuot in Acts.
Also, in the Hebrew mindset, hearing (Rom. 10:17-18) is directly connected to and evidenced by doing or obeying YAH’s Word. The common, present-day practice of going to the front of a religious assembly and saying a sinners’ prayer, was not in the minds of any Bible writer when they wrote about calling upon the name (not a title) of the Most High Elohim.
Please, please comment below if you see ANYTHING that is contrary to Scripture that I have presented in these Scripture Observations. I want Truth and when I see that I have made a mistake, I want to correct that. No chips on my shoulders here.
I also ask one thing, though. Please, please present your thoughts in the context of two or three Scripture references, not just one (see Deuteronomy 17:6; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1). One verse (especially one verse out of context) will not be received as evidence. I am just not one to interpret Scripture or accept other’s interpretation of Scripture apart from the written Word of YAH found in the whole counsel of His written Word.
I try my best to limit the use of the precursor words of “I think” or “I believe” without Scripture to back up my “I thinks” and “I believes.” Not only on this site, but be on the lookout anywhere else for excessive “I think” and “I believe” statements presented as Truth, with no Scriptural evidence to back up the statements.
The written Word of YAHUAH is the standard, the vanguard against deception which as you know is quite rampant these days.