Jesus is Lord!

It has never been up for debate to the Jews. God is One (Deut 6:4). They will not hear about another God. They have the Shema posted on their door, and take it with them to prayer. The fact that God is strictly One is never going to change for the Jews. They will never bow down to another God and refuse to believe another God even exists. Don’t take my word for it, God said it Himself through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah.

22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
-Isaiah 45 (KJV)

The only problem with this hard and fast rule that the Jews live by, is that Paul claims that everyone will one day bow down to Jesus.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2 (KJV)

So, how do we reconcile these two verses? How will a Jewish person ever bow down to Jesus when they were told by God through Isaiah that they could only ever bow down to Him?

The simple answer is that Jesus is the same God that spoke to the Jews through Isaiah. God said there, and in many other places, that He is God alone. There is none beside Him. He alone is our Redeemer. He alone is our Savior. So, how can a Jew believe that Jesus is our Savior, Redeemer, Lord?

Let’s start with Jesus’ name. We just read that God gave Him a name that is above every other name. Wait… EVERY name? Even God’s name?

Yes.

Here’s why. God’s name is Yahweh. It means “I AM THAT I AM”. It was first revealed to Moses from the burning bush in Exodus Chapter 3. I found it amazing that God never told His name to anyone until Moses asked. In Exodus chapter 6, God told Moses that he was the first to know His name “Yahweh”. Yahweh was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob but none of them knew His name. Crazy. Now you really understand the faith of Abraham. He walked 35 years for a promise from a nameless God. He almost killed that promise for a God that wouldn’t even tell him His name. That’s faith.

The Jews were so afraid of breaking the 3rd commandment that whenever they came to God’s name in their reading of the scriptures out loud, they would substitute “Yahweh” with “Adonai”. Adonai means Lord. Imagine looking at a word over and over again and then saying another word for a moment. Put yourself in the shoes of the Jews. When they saw Yahweh, their brain said Adonai.

When the Old Testament was first written, the Hebrew language did not have vowels. They just hadn’t invented them yet. So, God’s name was written as “YHWH” (except in Hebrew characters). Later on, when vowels were invented, they were just tick or accent marks. Many scribes put the tick marks for the vowels in Adonai over the word “YHWH”. They did this to remind themselves to say Adonai instead of Yahweh for fear of blasphemy.

Now, back to the New Testament. An angel told Mary to name her baby “Jesus” because he would save the world. “Jesus” means “Yahweh is Salvation”. Remember, Yahweh said he alone was our savior. So, who is this Jesus? In another place, Mary was told that her baby would be called “Emmanuel” which means “God with us”. Paul also said that “God was manifested in the flesh” (1 Tim 3:16), and that all the fullness of God’s nature was inside of Jesus’ body (Col 2:8-9).

Now that you know all this, put yourself back in the shoes of a Jewish person 2000 years ago and reread this passage:

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2 (KJV)

 

Focus on this part for a second: “…confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”
Let’s break that down:
Jesus =  Yahweh is Salvation
Christ = Anointed one or “Messiah” in Hebrew.
Lord = “Adonai” in Hebrew.

So, Paul said that even the Jews would confess that Jesus Christ was their Adonai. They would have heard that as “Jesus is the same Yahweh of the Old Testament that they were reading about all their lives but were calling him Adonai“. So, when a Jew bows down and confesses that Jesus is Lord, they will not be disobeying Isaiah 45:22-23 because Jesus (Yahweh is Salvation) is God manifested in the flesh.

Jesus is Lord!

Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

 

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One thought on “Jesus is Lord!

  1. You nailed the truth! This is perhaps the greatest truth a human can learn. CHRIST IS THE FATHER BECAUSE THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. Christ is the WORD proceeding out if the invisible eternal and unapproachable light, that God who IS that Spirit, that Spirit of CHRIST. Wow

    Wow

    My heart trembles, my day looks brighter, heaven is nearer, my breath is sweeter, I face this morning with knowledge that refreshes my soul.

    Thank you for this post

    Peter

    Like

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