So you’ve just started reading, and maybe you’re wondering why on earth a Christian woman is calling Jesus by some foreign name (Yeshua) and sometimes calling God by His name. Some people say Yahweh and I say Yehovah, but those are just different ways of pronouncing the same Hebrew letters: Y (yod) H (hay) V (vav) H (hay). And since English is written backwards from Hebrew, try reading from right to left:
Does it move you to tears? That’s the name…
The name of the God who created the world in six days—and He rested on the seventh.
The name of the God who promised Adam and Eve life for obedience and death for disobedience–because life is only possible with Him.
The name of the God who accepted Abel’s sacrifice and rejected Cain’s–because the rules are up to Him.
The name of the God who told Noah to bring seven of every clean animal and two of every unclean animal into a great big boat (that Noah built with his own two hands) because He was going to wipe disobedience from the earth and start over.
The name of the One True God!
The name of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
If you remember the stories, you’ll remember that YHVH changed Jacob’s name to Israel. Israel had 12 sons.
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin
Twelve sons equals the famous twelve tribes, right? However, the tribe of Levi was given no physical inheritance (because their calling is very special). Joseph was shipped to Egypt where YHVH made him a leader. Joseph’s Egyptian wife bore him two sons whom Jacob accepted as his own.
Can you see the 12 tribes? Whether labeled as Levi and Joseph or Ephraim and Manasseh, the 12 pearly gates of the New Jerusalem will each be named for one of the tribes. Which one will you walk through?
All 12 tribes were rescued from Egypt (where the pharaoh had made them slaves). They were saved by the grace of YHVH through their act of obedience in faith (placing the blood of the lamb on their doorposts). Does this sound familiar?
After they were saved, they were taken to Mt. Sinai and taught how to walk. The instructions given to Israel are commonly referred to as the Torah (though the Torah is more literally the first five books of the Bible). The instructions given at Mt. Sinai (the law, the Torah) were given to make Israel free–the most blessed and prosperous people on the earth–the Bride of YHVH. They were promised great blessings for keeping His ways and curses for departing from them. They were never to depart from the commandments or to believe any prophet or teacher who would lead them astray. Not ever. A Savior who abolished God’s perfect law?! Fuhgeddaboudit!
It was during this time following the exodus from Egypt that Moses (used by YHVH to rescue the children of Israel) mentioned a rag-tag group of people to God. Hey God! What about the riffraff?! These people were not descendants of Jacob; still, they had followed the Israelites out of Egypt because they could see–Israel’s God was the one true God. They wanted to serve Him, too!
God told Moses to let these strangers serve Him. YHVH told Moses to instruct them in His ways. There would be one law for all of God’s people. These strangers would also be Israel! Then Israel had church!
Here at Whatever is Lovely Ministries, we desire to walk as Israel (God’s people) in the best way we can for today. We desire to turn from sin. Would Yeshua (the Living Word of God) come to change God’s rules? We don’t think so!
We believe that the Father and the Son are One unchanging God, and we desire to serve Him as He sees fit (not as we might deem appropriate). We believe that Yeshua came to save us from the curses earned by disobedience (ultimately meaning death), but that God’s heart remains steadfast. The ways He desires His people to walk will always be the ways He desires we walk. And if we love Him, we will keep His easy and delightful commandments.