Thursday, January 31, 2008

YHWH - Jehova

Did you know?
The name by which God revealed himself to the ancient Hebrews (Ex. 6:2, 3). This name was spelled "hwhy" (the Hebrew equivalent of "YHWH") and is known as the Tetragrammaton (meaning "four letters"). Since it was considered too sacred to pronounce, the Jews would substitute the Sacred Name (Ha-Shem) with the word "Adonai."

To indicate this substitution in the Masoretic Text, the Masoretes added the vowel points from the word "Adonai" to the Sacred Name. Early Christian translators mistakenly combined the vowels of Adonai with the consonants of YHWH, producing the word "YaHoWaH." When theScriptures were translated into German during the Reformation (16th century), the word was transliterated into the German way of pronouncing it: the "Y" as the English "J", and the "W" as the English "V" -- or "Jahovah." In the early 17th century, the Scriptures were translated into English and the word was again transliterated, as "Jehovah."

This error has carried over into many modern (English) translations, but is now recognized as a translation error that was never used by the Jews.

Encyclopedia Mythica

by Micha F. Lindemans

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Valentine story..

As early as the fourth century B.C., the Romans engaged in an annual young man's rite to passage to the god Lupercus. The names of the teenage women were placed in a box and drawn at random by adolescent men; thus, a man was assigned a woman companion for the duration of the year, after which another lottery was staged. After eight hundred years of this cruel practice, the early church fathers sought to end this practice... They found an answer in Valentine, a bishop who had been martyred some two hundred years earlier.

According to church tradition St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D. At that time the Roman Emperor Claudius-II who had issued an edict forbidding marriage.
This was around when the heyday of Roman empire had almost come to an end. Lack of quality administrators led to frequent civil strife. Learning declined, taxation increased, and trade slumped to a low, precarious level. And the Gauls, Slavs, Huns, Turks and Mongolians from Northern Europe and Asian increased their pressure on the empire's boundaries. The empire was grown too large to be shielded from external aggression and internal chaos with existing forces. Thus more of capable men were required to be recruited as soldiers and officers. When Claudius became the emperor, he felt that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, and thus, will not make good soldiers. So to assure quality soldiers, he banned marriage.
Valentine, a bishop , seeing the trauma of young lovers, met them in a secret place, and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned of this "friend of lovers," and had him arrested. The emperor, impressed with the young priest's dignity and conviction, attempted to convert him to the roman gods, to save him from certain execution. Valentine refused to deny Christ and recognize Roman gods, he even attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the consequences fully. On February 24, 270, Valentine was executed.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

God bless this New Year!

Happy New Year 2008!!!

This site is under Construction"
Hey Guys, your attention please!
Have you ever gone to a website and found this announcement:
"Under Construction"
To me that is never good news cause it means I have to wait until they are ready with their construction.
Patience is a virtue and I hope I am not the only one lacking of patience.
In many "sites" of my life I long to click on them and find that things have change a bit. Now particularly that we have started a New Year, I find myself looking back and hoping that this year I can reach those goals I didn't accomplished last year. In this process I catch myself being too hard on myself for what I didn't accomplished. Does it happen to you too?
Perhaps I am overlooking the little steps God help me take in the past year. Maybe I have been wanting to run while God is teaching me how to walk steady first.
Last year I spent 4 days unfortunately between the hospital and home, but I used the opportunity to be still and let God speak to me and I prayed each day that I could hear His voice loud and clear of what He expected from me and apply to my life what I found in His word. Of course I long to hear His voice every day, but I was focusing on the yearly picture at that moment. This year I thank God for my health and I am spending extra quality time with Him to hear the year resolutions He has planed for me.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

So, lately I have experienced many of those "Be still and know that I am God" moments. It is amazing and sweet how God laid great encouragement in my path, that I needed, at a moment I was seeking to encourage another person. Last week while I was buying a gift for a friend, I bought one of those paper gift bags to put the gift in but I didn't want it to be just a bag. I wanted it to bring a message to that person. It touched me and it was refreshing, today it provides vision and reassurance to recent unpleasant circumstances.
It read:
"The Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to." Deuteronomy 15:10

Many "sites" of my life are still under construction and while I don't know when they will be restored, build and ready for business, I know that am in good hands, God is in total control of my life and how great is it to know that He will bless mine and your work in everything we put our hand to.
As we look toward this New Year, I pray that you might find confidence knowing that God will take care of everything in your life if you let Him, you will be in great hands!
Today I wish to share with you this, my new perspective of being "Under Construction"!

Jeremiah 18:1-4 NIV
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD : 2 "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." 3 So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Happy New Year!

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