“10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
Imagine a young man, who cannot swim, stumbling off a steep embankment into a deep pond. Flailing in the water, he starts to go under, despite all his efforts to stay afloat. At the last minute, a strong athletic stranger scrambles down to the edge of the water, reaches in, and pulls the drowning youth from the lake.
The young man falls to his knees and begins kissing the stranger’s hand.
“Oh, thank you, Hand,” the young man cries. “I’ll never forget what you did for me!”
After a little while, the stranger leaves for home. Within days, the young man is at his door. As the door opens, the youth again grabs his savior’s hand and begins kissing it, clutching it to his chest. Day after day, week after week, the young man comes to the stranger’s home, worshipping the hand, kissing and stroking it, praising its strength and power. However, not once did it occur to the youth to ask the stranger’s name, thank him for extending his hand, or engage the man in even the simplest conversation. All he would do is incessantly talk to the man’s hand.
This is the state of the modern church. Overcome with gratitude for what Jesus (the hand of Yahweh) has done, believers spend years worshipping, thanking and praising the arm of the LORD. Never does it occur to them that they should at least ask the name of the one who extended His arm of righteousness to save them, much less talk with or worship Yahweh. Clutching onto His hand, Christians spend so much time singing songs and shouting praises that Yahweh can’t get a word in edgewise.
“But,” many Christians reply, “Jesus said, “if you have seen me you have seen the Father.”
Of course, if you see any part of God, you have seen God. But taking your wife’s hand out to dinner is not the same as taking her out. There is more to your wife than five fingers and a palm.
The scriptures are full of references to the name of Yahweh, but these have been altered to read LORD.
The Word declares, concerning the end times, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of Yahweh shall be saved.” Most people think this scripture is referring to the name Jesus, because “YHVH” has been replaced by the word “LORD.”
Many believers do not even know that the personal name of The Father is Yahweh. Neither are they aware that the name of Jesus is actually Yashua, which means “Yahweh saves.”
Yashua came to declare the name of the Father. He did not come in His own name. Perhaps we would be better off if we at least said “hello” to the person who sent the Savior to deliver us from death. We will find out He has been waiting to speak with us for a long time. We may discover that Yahweh has a lot to say about why He saved us to begin with.