For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.
(Deuteronomy 4:31 NIV)
(a cold puffed up Mockingbird perched in the barberry bush / Julie Cook / 2014)
Covenant: a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement
Law: a binding custom or practice of a community: a rule of conduct or action prescribed or
formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority
Ten Commandements: A covenant document
Testament: Latin for Covenant
Oath: a solemn usually formal calling upon God or a god to witness to the truth of
what one says or to witness that one sincerely intends to do what one says
Rebellious: showing a desire to resist authority, control, or convention.
Disobedience: refusal or failure to obey rules, laws
Willful: obstinately and often perversely self-willed, refusing to change your ideas
or opinions or to stop doing something
Obstinance: the trait of refusing to repent
Adonai / Yahweah: Lord. Used in Judaism as a spoken substitute for the ineffable
name of God.
A name of the Hebrew God, represented in Hebrew by the tetragrammaton (“four
letters”) יהוה (Yod Heh Vav Heh), transliterated into Roman script Y H W H.
Because it was considered blasphemous to utter the name of God it was only written
and never spoken. This resulted in the original pronunciation being lost. The name
may have originally been derived from the old Semitic root הוה (hawah) meaning “to
be” or “to become”.
Child: An offspring. A member of a tribe; descendant
I / Me: Metaphysics– the ego.
Grace: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
Mercy: compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender
Savior: one that saves from danger or destruction
Deliverance: the action of being rescued or set free.
Jesus: The name “Jesus” is an Anglicized form of the Greek name Yesous found in the
New Testament, which represented the Hebrew Bible name Yeshua (“Jeshua” in
English Bibles; Ezra 2:2; Neh 7:7). Yeshua, in turn, was a shortened form of
the name Yehoshua (“Joshua” in English Bibles).
“Yehoshua” is a compound name consisting of two elements.
(1) The prefix “Yeho–” is an abbreviation of the Tetragrammaton, God’s Four-
Letter Name: Yod-He-Vav-He or YHVH.
In the Hebrew Bible “Yeho-” is used at the beginning of certain proper names:
Jehoshaphat, Jehoiachin, Jehonathan (the “J” was pronounced as “Y” in Medieval
English). The suffix form of the Tetragrammaton is “-yah” (“-iah” in Greek,
as in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, or Halleluiah).
(2) The second element is a form of the Hebrew verb yasha which means to
deliver, save, or rescue.
Thus, linguistically, the name Yehoshua/Yeshua/Jesus conveys the idea that God (YHVH) delivers (his people).
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