Words of the Deaf

I want to share another part of my heart. These inspiring thoughts are from some people who are deaf, including me.

ON HIS DEAFNESS (with thanks to John Milton)

When I consider how my silence is spent,
Where I am isolated from the world of voices,
And that the one gift I have, I tried to deny,
Instead I tried to understand, and pretend
To be Normal, till my soul whispered:
In God you will find your true center.
‘How does God expect me to serve; I am deaf’
I fondly ask. But Dignity quells that cry
of rejection and pity. ‘God does not need
either man’s industry or his praise. Those who serve
God best have an honest spirit. His truth
brings freedom: thousands of deaf obey His Word
And tirelessly connect with everyone:
They also serve those in complete acceptance.

Silent Hands

Can you hear me?
Listen, not with your ears
But with your eyes.
To you they speak,
My silent hands.
Hear me tell my tale.
Hear me sing my song.
Learn my language,
My beautiful native language.
Hear my hands,
Hear my music and story.
Learn my language.
Speak to me with your hands.
Share my beautiful language.
Hear my silent hands.
We have a tale to tell,
A song to sing.
Open your eyes
And hear me speak.

Author: Sandra L. Brooks

Thoughts of a Deaf Child

My family knew that I was deaf
When I was only three, and since then fifteen years ago
Have never signed to me.
I know when I’m around the house,
I try and use my voice,
It makes them feel more comfortable;
For me, I have no choice.
I try, communicate their way-
Uncomfortable for me.
My parents wouldn’t learn sign
Ashamed or apathy?
I never cared about the sound of radios and bands;
What hurts me most is, I never heard
My parents’ signing hands.


Stephen J. Bellitz, Reprinted from Senior News, July 1991

DEAF IN CHURCH

I hear no prayer,
I hear no songs,
I feel no atmosphere,
Born deaf, trapped alone in this glass box world of mine,
Why am I drawn to the church so?
Why am I attracted to the cross?
I hear no prayer,
I hear no songs,
I feel no atmosphere,
But within the dead silence of me,
Next to the vibration of my beating heart
And tinnitus of forever worsening hearing loss.
I feel the healing power of Jesus and the presence of God.
They share my box with me, no longer alone I feel.

by Susan Ellingham

Ode to a Deaf Child . . .

One day I saw a little child as lovely as a flower,
She danced and ran, she jumped and turned …
I watched her for an hour.

This child of God was all the things I’d want my own to be,
Magnificent of heart and limb a curiosity.

But when God made this little one he didn’t give her sound,
He left her in silent world where quiet is profound.

A deep abyss, a lonely world, away from all who hear,
To never know the voice of man in happiness or fear.

And as I watched her hands make pictures in the air,
A silent unknown rhythm that I could never share.

For in this world of silence the hearing rarely go,
Because they lack the picture words it never can be so.

This causes me to wonder about the world of sound,
What is it that we’re missing where the silence is profound?

And then I knew the answer, it suddenly was there–
To live and love together means people have to share.

Thus in the world of picture words where pretty symbols flow,
The meanings of I LOVE YOU is there for all who know.

And so I guess the world of sound will stay a world apart,
Until it learns the picture words, it cannot share the same heart.

Philip A. Bellefleur, Ph.D.

My Hands

God chose that I should never talk
and share a voice with you.
My world will be a silent one–
my ears hears nothing, too.

Why was it I was chosen to be
so all alone–
My inner voice was asking if
the answer could be known.

Then I look into the mirror and
saw good things looking back,
I had to take the positives–
put them on the right track.

I thought a lot about it,
and now I want to shout,
The wondrous gifts God gave me
outnumber what He left out.

So let me take the challenge in
meetings life’s demands–
I have the power to change things,
and it lies here in my hands.

Stevie Drown

You Have to be Deaf to Understand

What is it like to “hear” a hand?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What is it like to be a small child,
In a school, in a room void of sound –
With a teacher who talks and talks and talks;
And then when she does come around to you,
She expects you to know what she’s said?
You have to be deaf to understand.

Or the teacher thinks that to make you smart,
You must first learn how to talk with your voice;
So mumbo-jumbo with hands on your face
For hours and hours without patience or end,
Until out comes a faint resembling sound?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What is it like to be curious,
To thirst for knowledge you can call your own,
With an inner desire that’s set on fire –
And you ask a brother, sister, or friend
Who looks in answer and says, “Never Mind”?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What it is like in a corner to stand,
Though there’s nothing you’ve done really wrong,
Other than try to make use of your hands
To a silent peer to communicate
A thought that comes to your mind all at once?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What is it like to be shouted at
When one thinks that will help you to hear;
Or misunderstand the words of a friend
Who is trying to make a joke clear,
And you don’t get the point because he’s failed?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What is it like to be laughed in the face
When you try to repeat what is said;
Just to make sure that you’ve understood,
And you find that the words were misread –
And you want to cry out, “Please help me, friend”?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What is it like to have to depend
Upon one who can hear to phone a friend;
Or place a call to a business firm
And be forced to share what’s personal, and,
Then find that your message wasn’t made clear?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What is it like to be deaf and alone
In the company of those who can hear –
And you only guess as you go along,
For no one’s there with a helping hand,
As you try to keep up with words and song?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What is it like on the road of life
To meet with a stranger who opens his mouth –
And speaks out a line at a rapid pace;
And you can’t understand the look in his face
Because it is new and you’re lost in the race?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What is it like to comprehend
Some nimble fingers that paint the scene,
And make you smile and feel serene,
With the “spoken word” of the moving hand
That makes you part of the word at large?
You have to be deaf to understand.

What is it like to “hear” a hand?
Yes, you have to be deaf to understand.

(Written at 1971 by Willard J. Madsen, professor of journalism at Gallaudet University. This poem was translated into seven different languages and reprinted in publications, including DEAF HERITAGE, p. 380.)

What is it Like to be Deaf

What is it like to be deaf?
People have asked me.
Deaf? Oh, hmmmm, how do I explain that?
Simply, I can’t hear.

Noooo, it is much more than that.
It is similar to a goldfish in a bowl.
Always observing things going on.
People talking all the time.
It is being a man on his own island
Among foreigners.

Isolation is not a stranger to me.
Relatives say “hi” and “bye”.
But I sit for five hours among them.
Taking great pleasure at amusing babies.
Reading books, resting, helping out with food.

Natural curiosity perks up
Upon seeing great laughter, crying, people upset.
Inquire only to meet with “never mind”,
“Oh, it is not important”.
Getting such a summarized statement
of a whole story.

Supposed to smile to show the happiness.
Little do they know how truly miserable I am.
People are in control of language usage,
I am at loss and real uncomfortable.

Always feeling like an outsider
Among the hearing people
Even if it was not their intention.
Always assume that I am part of them
By my physical presence, not understanding
The importance of communication.

Facing the choice between the Deaf Camping
Weekend and Family Reunion.
Facing the choice between the family commitment
and Deaf friends,

I must make the choice constantly,
And wonder why I choose Deaf friends???
I get such great pleasure at Deaf Clubs,
Before I realize, it is already 2 am
Whereas I anxiously look at the clock
Every few minutes at the family reunion.

With Deaf people, I am so normal,
Our communication flows back and forth,
Catching up with little trivials, our daily life,
Our frustration in the bigger world,
Seeking the mutual understanding.

Contented smiles, and laughing are musical.
So magical to me
So attuned to each other’s feeling.
Truly happiness is so important.
I feel more at home with Deaf people
Of various colors, religions, short or tall,
Than I do among with my own hearing relatives.
And wonder why?
Our language is common.
We understand each other.

Being at a loss of control
Of environment, that is, communication,
People panic and retreat to avoidance,
Deaf people are like the plague.

But Deaf people are still human beings
With dreams, desires and needs
Of belonging, just like everyone else.

By Dianne (Switras) Kinnee
(This email address may be out of date)

Deaf Me

How different this silent world is for me.

Sounds all around then quiet came to be.

No more talking in the usual way.

My thoughts and feelings, how can I convey?

 

The voices of my friends fell on deaf ears.

We drifted away after all those years.

All my skills in the English language,

Are now worthless and of no advantage.

 

I prayed to Jehovah for help and guidance.

He is my refuge and trustworthy reliance.

His words in Philippians 4:13 permeate my heart and mind.

With joy and hope my life is now defined.

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The Last Hours of Jesus’ Life

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 Part Three: Nisan 14 33CE

Jesus, with his hands tied tightly behind his back, was pushed and dragged by the angry mob composed of Sadducees, Pharisees, priests and temple guards. They marched that night, united by their hatred for Jesus and their determination to put him to death, to the home of Annas; he was replaced as high priest, by Joseph Caiaphas. The Sadducees violated every single law of justice that Jehovah commanded. (Deuteronomy 10:12, 13 and 17); (Exodus 23:1-8)

Under God’s arrangement, 70 righteous men, would represent Jehovah by exercising justice for all his people. These men would judge the people with fairness and righteousness, never distorting what is true, not being partial, never taking a bribe, the same as Jehovah. These men were commanded to serve responsibly for life. (Numbers 11:16-25) They perverted justice and caused Jesus excruciating physical and mental anguish, disobeyed God’s commands, defamed God, his name and his son, producing a heart-breaking agony, only a parent can feel.

Jesus stood before the 71 members of the Sanhedrin. They were seated in the customary shape of 3 horseshoes, with Joseph Caiaphas, the presiding overseer, sitting in the center. The charge against him was read aloud; Jesus was accused of blasphemy, which was punishable by death. In an accusatory tone, “produce your witnesses,” Caiaphas ordered. Jesus remained motionless and said nothing. The prosecution witnesses were called one-by-one. The 1st witness swore under oath that Jesus alleged he could tear down the temple and rebuild it in 3 days. The 2nd witness testified, but he contradicted the 1st witness. The 3rd witness gave his sworn statement, but he contradicted the other witnesses.

Caiaphas couldn’t believe his ears; he was enraged. Under the Mosaic Law, the testimony of 3 witnesses is required for a capital crime to be proved. Jesus had to be convicted and punished before sunset of the next day; Jesus had to die before the Sabbath. In desperation, Joseph Caiaphas shaking his fist at Jesus and spoke, “I charge you by the living God, tell us, are you the Messiah?” “I am,” responded Jesus. Caiaphas shouted triumphantly, “you heard him with your own ears commit blasphemy; what more do you want?” Once again, in his zeal to execute Jesus, Caiaphas transgressed the Mosaic Law by ripping his garments apart; before the decision of the Sanhedrin was handed down. Every member pronounced Jesus guilty as charged. Members of the Sanhedrin unleashed a series of vicious attacks against Jesus. One came over to Jesus and covered his eyes, while another spit in his face; “prophesy that, who did this?” Then another walked up and punched him as hard as he could in the stomach; prophesy my name, I dare you.” This was only the start of the savage treatment that would be committed against Jesus. (Matthew 26:59-68; Mark 14:56-65)

As I contemplated the details of Jesus last hours on earth, I was overcome with emotion and distress. Reflecting on the suffering and torment Jesus and his Father endured; their great love for us, my heart aches for all they suffered. I am amazed and sincerely grateful for the depth of their loving-kindness. My hope is that as the Memorial of Christ’s Death approaches, we will find ways to demonstrate our love for them and our appreciation for their selfless sacrifices. My heart leaps for joy when I meditate on the multitude of blessings we have now and those to come in the near future.

Caiaphas needed the approval of the Roman governor Pontius Pilot, before his schemes could succeed.  The charge of blasphemy would fall on deaf ears, because Pontius pilot was an atheist. They would simple amend the charge to sedition. So while Caiaphas reconvened the Sanhedrin a second time, this would guarantee the Roman governor would sign the final decree authorizing the execution of Jesus.

One more piece of evidence, which would seal Jesus’ fate; Caiaphas bribed some of the Jews, to shout “Jesus is guilty” when Caiaphas gave the signal. It was 8:00 in the morning, when Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilot.

 

To Be Continued:

The Last Hours of Jesus’ Life

 

 

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Part Two: Nisan 14 33CE

Jesus had rejoiced with his friends during the Passover. Now was the appointed time to inaugurate the Memorial of his impending death. He accepted the cup and gave thanks then said, “Take this and pass it from one to the other among you, for I will not drink again of the wine until the Kingdom of God arrives. Jesus took a loaf, gave thanks then broke it and gave it to his apostles to eat and share. He lovingly explained, “This means my body, which is given in your behalf; keep doing this in remembrance of me.” Also, taking the cup of wine and giving thanks; Jesus said, “this means the new covenant, by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in your behalf. “

This commemoration that Jesus instituted replaced the Passover. From that moment on, true Christians would honor Jesus command by observing the Memorial of his death every year, after sunset, on Nisan 14. (Luke 22:14-20)

It was around 1:00 in the morning, when Jesus walked to the Mount of Olives with Peter, James and John. Jesus left his three companions, so he could pray privately to his Father Jehovah. He was beginning to feel the heavy responsibility that entrusted to him by his Father; so he prayed. Jesus prayed earnestly in the dark silence. As he poured out his heart in prayer, Jesus began to sweat blood. Under the pressure of great stress the vessels constrict Then as the anxiety passes the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture The blood goes into the sweat glands As the sweat glands are producing a lot of sweat it pushes the blood to the surface – coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat” I think he words it up quite well to understand easily So, you can see that it is basically your body under extreme stress and the blood from your bursted capillaries mixing with sweat. God sent his angel to his precious son immediately. The angel strengthened Jesus, for the for the ordeal that would begin shortly We too, can be empowered to endure our trials, the same as Jesus; even though our tribulations will never match Jesus’; Jehovah will still fortify us.

( http://www.wikidoc.org/index.php/Hematidrosis)

As Jesus walked back to his friends, he heard a loud commotion accompanied with bright lights moving closer and closer. This throng of Sadducee supporters was lead by Judas Iscariot, who approached Jesus and kissed him on the cheek. Jesus looked intently upon the face of Judas and asked, “Judas, do you betray the son of man with a kiss?” Then Jesus addressed the chief priests, and captains of the temple; “Did you come out with swords and clubs as against a robber?” 

Jesus went submissively, as a lamb to the slaughter.

To Be Continued:

The Last Hours Of Jesus’ Life

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We are quickly approaching The Memorial of Christ’s Death. So many thoughts and feelings permeate my heart and mind. The agony both Jesus and Jehovah endured, almost defy the imagination. We don’t fully comprehend or always appreciate the importance of their selfless sacrifices and the benefits of their momentous acts of love.

I hope, the presentation of pertinent details impress upon our hearts and minds, an increased awareness, a deeper appreciation and well deserved praise for Jehovah and his cherished son, Jesus Christ.

Part One: Nisan 7 33CE

Jesus watched in horror, the gross activities that ensued daily, inside the temple. The unscrupulous merchants had disgraced God’s holy house; it was no longer a place of worship. The anger and disgust swelling in his heart, suddenly burst forth. He grabbed nearby ropes, making them into a whip; Jesus scattered the animals and chased the money changers, animal brokers and other merchants from the temple. He shouted at all these vile and greedy men that they should leave this holy temple. “Stop making the house of my Father, a house of merchandise,” Jesus exclaimed.

The Sadducees were lining their pockets from the profits of the disreputable practices. The high priest, at that time, was Joseph Caiaphas. He became wrathful after Jesus interfered with their money making schemes in the temple. It was agreed by Joseph Caiaphas and his supporters that Jesus must die by the end of the week. (John 2:15)

Jesus knew what transpired that evening among the Sadducees, but his focus as always, was helping people, by teaching them about God’s Kingdom. Jesus continued to teach in the temple, which was his custom.

Tuesday evening, Jesus walked to the home of Simon the leper; he lived in Bethany, a small town 3 miles from Jerusalem. It was going to be a happy gathering of the apostles, Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. Everyone was convinced in their heart that Jesus was the true Messiah of God.

In the midst of the laughter and talking, Mary rushed in with a bottle of expensive perfumed oil that she had bought to grease the feet of Jesus. While Jesus was reclining at the table eating, Mary began pouring the oil over Jesus’ feet and gently rubbing off the excess with her hair. The apostles gasped at her extravagance. Judas Iscariot, the treasurer for the apostles stood up and voiced a loud objection. “We could have sold this bottle for 300 denarii and given the money to the poor,” he protested. Jesus saw what was really in Judas’ heart; it was greed. Judas had been stealing money from the contribution box for some time. Jesus came to Mary’s defense. “leave her alone, that she may keep this observance in view of my burial. For you have the poor with you always, but me you will not have always.” (John 12:1-7)

Judas was embarrassed and humiliated and was determined to get his revenge. During the evening’s festivities, Judas slipped out and stomped angrily back to Jerusalem. He met with Joseph Caiaphas and arranged to deliver Jesus into their hands for 30 pieces of silver; the same price as a male Hebrew slave. These events were foretold in the Bible thousands of years before the actual fulfillment. (Ps. 41:9)

The last day of the week finally arrived; it was Nisan 14. Passover would begin on this day just after sunset. Jews came into Jerusalem from all over the inhabited earth to celebrate their Exodus to freedom. Jesus asked Peter and John to prepare the Passover for him. Jerusalem overflowed with Jews who wanted to honor Jehovah and show their appreciation for their freedom from bondage. Peter and John found a small upper room where they would celebrate the Passover. Peter and John prepared a whole roast lamb, flat unleavened bread along with some wine. They shared cherished memories and experiences and reflected how Jehovah protected and guided Moses as he led the Israelites out of Egypt, in 1530 BCE.

Jesus made a startling announcement during their meal. “One of you will betray me.” One-by-one, the apostles questioned Jesus; “it’s not I, is it master?” Eventually Judas leaned across the table, eyes wide as if with innocence; “it isn’t I, is it master. Jesus did not answer immediately, but when he did; his words were only understood by Judas. Jesus said, “what you are doing, get done more quickly.” Peter, who was never shy about asking questions, gestured to John to ask Jesus, who would betray him. Jesus whispered to John that the one he gave the morsel to, would betray him.” It was the custom at that time, for the Passover host to share a morsel of bread with the favored guest. Jesus broke the bread and dipped it in a bowl of gravy that was on the table. Jesus leaned across the table and handed the morsel to Judas Iscariot. (John 13:21-30)

After Judas left to meet with Joseph Caiaphas, Jesus inaugurated the Memorial of his death, also known as the Last Supper.

To Be Continued:

Jehovah’s Message

 

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Did you see God’s message painted in the sky?

It was so beautiful, I thought that I would cry.

His welcome invitation is a glorious display.

It reminds us to rely on him, throughout our busy day.

May our words each day, sanctify his holy name.

May our deeds bring him honor and never shame.

He is our trusted companion and friend.

May our worship and service to him, be complete until the very end.

 

An Amazing Experience

 

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“I asked Jehovah to help me despite my sickness, to fulfill my vow to serve him with all my strength. Without officially enrolling, I tried to meet the requirements if an auxiliary pioneer. Jehovah helped me to succeed, so I filled my application for this service for the months of June to October. Then the society accepted my application to be a regular pioneer and I started this service in November 1976. In September 1977 my joy was complete when I received an assignment as special pioneer with the congregation at Karako-Kombe.
How was I able to accomplish this? I covered the territory in a wheelchair with the help if my dear wife and the brothers in our congregation. Sometimes I even went out alone on crutches. Once or twice I fell. Then I would just wait, immobile on the ground until a passerby would help me get up and give me back my crutches. I always remembered the determination of the apostles and disciples of Jesus. (Acts 14:21, 2; Hebrews 10:35-39) Each time I fell down, I prayed to Jehovah that he would not let me get discouraged but rather give me the strength to keep serving him. I kept in mind the marvelous promise recorded in Isaiah 35:6.
The more I increased my service, the more I was able to overcome my physical handicaps. In 1978 I had the privilege of attending the Kingdom Ministry School in Lubumbashi, which included traveling a total of 1,200 miles by truck, boat and train. Truly, for this trip Jehovah made full might abound in my case. Now I can even walk—with great difficulty—up to 300 feet without my crutches. I am convinced that Jehovah heard my prayer back in 1973 to give me the strength to serve him with determination.
Pioneering has been very good for me, both spiritually and physically. Out in service on my crutches, I was able to accomplish the exercises recommended by the doctors. I am much stronger now than when I started pioneering; my desire is to continue to endure in this work to the end.

“I am anxious to see how Jehovah will help me “to climb just as a stag does” at this time when I no longer have to endure the sharp pains of this illness.
With all my heart I thank our heavenly Father, who has given me strength, courage and the full time service. I am now 36 years of age and after 11 years in the pioneer work, I hope to continue, whatever the future may hold. I am determined to use all my vital force in honoring Jehovah and praising our great God Jehovah.

What does this amazing experience teach us? Many important truths and principles come to mind. Jehovah’s power is so immense and his means if exerting it are so effective that nothing can stand in his way. Jesus said, “with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26)
Jehovah uses his power to benefit us as individuals. Note what 2 Chronicles 16:9 says: “As regards Jehovah his eyes are roving about through all the earth to show his strength in behalf 
of those whose heart is complete toward him.” Jehovah has not changed since Elijah’s time. ( 1Corinthians 13:8)

He is just as eager today to use his power in behalf of those who love him.
Another truth, Jehovah is near to all those calling upon him. (Psalms 145:18, 34:15, 17, 118:6)
This demonstrates that Jehovah is our personal God. He uses his power to help you and me when we cry out please help me. Jehovah watches and is concerned with us personally and gives each one of us what we need…Jehovah is real abounding in loving-kindness and is near to you and me. Wow, we are so blessed.

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Has anyone else noticed the profound disrespect given to our creator and his great name? When we deliberately misuse God’s name Jehovah, then we treat Jehovah with such disdain. When we attribute shameful motives to God, then dishonor is heaped upon our heavenly Father. When we deny him, by our failure to use his glorious name Jehovah, then we display a flagrant disregard for the sovereignty of Jehovah. When we speak and act in a derogatory manner, then we dishonor our holy God and his holy name.

Expressions such as G..d..n are commonly used in all, or most languages, everyday. This kind of abusive talk demeans Jehovah and his grand name. It should reflect on our lack of accurate knowledge; and a flagrant contempt for Jehovah and his magnificent name. Who among us would appreciate the name of a loved-one used in this insulting context? God has seen his name and reputation sullied over the centuries.

Names designate and distinguish us from others. Our name identifies us as this specific individual, with these particular qualities. It is one of the most important ways a person is known and recognized. His name, Jehovah represents him. Jehovah is the name of the one true God. God’s name was chosen by him. For an individual to know God and all that his name means and represents, signifies more than a mere acquaintance with the word. (1Chron. 6:33) It actually means knowing the person—-his purposes, activities and qualities as revealed in his word.

When people use titles such as; God, Lord, Dios, or Theo instead of using his personal name, Jehovah becomes devoid of distinction and identity, as the rightful sovereign of the universe. They mistakenly believe these words are God’s name. God spelled with a capitol “G,” is defined as a being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient, originator and ruler of the universe. He is the principle object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions; also defined as a very handsome man and/or a powerful ruler or despot. Does anyone see the abject manner in which our loving Father is treated; the desecration of his holy name.

God’s name Jehovah reveals that he is the one, who with progressive action causes himself to become the “Fulfiller of Promises.” He always brings his purposes to realization. Exodus 34:6, 7 is not simply a repetition of the name Jehovah; it is a statement about God’s attributes and activities. “Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth loving-kindness for thousands, pardoning error and transgression and sin, but by no means will he give exemption from punishment.”

When Jesus was on the earth, he made his Father’s name manifest to his disciples. (John 17:6, 26) These disciples came to know Jehovah in an intimate personal way. They became his friend. Jesus taught us all what we should pray for, in order of importance. He impressed upon us the most important thing we should pray for is the sanctification of God’s name.

Noteworthy is the significant number of times the name Jehovah appeared in the original writings. Jehovah appeared over 7000 times, testifying to its importance. Why and when did later manuscripts and Bibles remove God’s holy name Jehovah? With the help of some distinguished theology scholars, we gain understanding and insight into what happened. Professor G. T. Manely points out: “A study of the word ‘name’ in the Old Testament reveals how much it means in Hebrew. The name is not a mere label, but it is significant of the real personality of him to whom it belongs. When a person puts his ‘name’ upon a thing or person, the later comes under his influence and protection. ( The New Bible Dictionary, edited by J.D. Douglas, 1985, pg. 430; Everyman’s Talmud, by A. Cohen, 1949, pg. 24; Genesis 27:36; 1Samuel 25:25; Psalms 20:1; Proverbs 22:1)

The Imperial Bible Dictionary nicely illustrates the difference between Elo.him (God) and Jehovah. Of the name Jehovah it says: “It is everywhere a proper name, denoting the personage of God and the significance of his name, only refers to him. Elo.him partakes more of the character of a common noun; denoting usually, but not necessarily or uniformly, the Supreme. A Hebrew may say Elo.him, the true God, in opposition to all false God’s; but he never says the Jehovah. Jehovah is the name of the true God only. The same is true in Greek; the term for God is The.os. It was applied to the true God as well as Zeus, Hermes, (Roman; Jupiter and Mercury) Acts 14:11-15. The belief in numerous Gods makes it essential that the true God be distinguished from other such Gods, is still valid today.

Disgrace is the fact that God’s name is missing from most Bible translations. God’s name does appear in its abbreviated form at Revelation 19:1, 3-6, in the expression “Alleluia” or “Hallelujah.” (KJ, DY, JB, AS, RS) It was argued long ago that the inspired writers of the Christian Greek Scriptures made their quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures on the basis of the Septuagint. This version substituted Ky.ri.os or The.os for the Tetragrammaton; these writers did not use the name Jehovah. This has since been proven invalid. Dr. P. Kahle makes this substantiated statement: “We know the Greek Bible Septuagint does contain the divine name in its Hebrew form. The Septuagint, as far as it was written by Jews for Jews, did not translate the divine name to Ky.ri.os, but the Tetragrammaton written with Hebrew or Greek letters was retained in these manuscripts (MMS). It was the Christians who replaced the Tetragrammaton by Ky.ri.os, when the divine name written in Hebrew letters was not understood anymore. (The Cairo Geniza, Oxford, 1959, pg. 222) This major change took place in the centuries following Jesus’ death and those of his apostles.

In Aquila’s Greek version, dating from the 2nd century C.E., the Tetragrammaton still appeared in Hebrew characters. Around 245 C.E., the noted scholar Origen produced his Hexapla, which is a 6 column reproduction of the inspired Hebrew Scriptures: (1) in their original Hebrew and Aramaic, accompanied by;  (2) a transliteration into Greek and by the Greek versions of  (3) Aquila and   (4)Symmachus                 (5) the Septuagint and  (6) the Theodation. The Name occurs in Hebrew characters, but in the most ancient ones.

Late in the 4th century C.E. Jerome, the translator of the Latin Vulgate states: “The ninth name of God in the Tetragrammaton, which they considered A.nek.pho.ne.ton that is unspeakable, is written with these letters, lod, He, Vau, He. Certain ignorant ones because of the similarity of the characters, when they would find it in Greek books were accustomed to reading Greek letters that corresponded to the Roman letters. (Papyrus Grecs Bibliques, by F. Dunand, Cairo 1966, pg. 47, ftn. 4) These Christians who replaced the Tetragrammaton by “Ky.ri.os” in the Septuagint copies, were not the early disciples of Jesus. They were persons of the later centuries, when the foretold apostasy was well developed and had corrupted the purity of the Christian teachings. (2Thess. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1)

Jehovah is the God of order. (1 Cor. 14:33) Because of his great love for us and through his infinite wisdom, Jehovah has established standards that govern our conduct and relations with him. These righteous standards do not detract from our enjoyment of life; on the contrary, they enhance it. Jehovah’s requirements allow us all the freedom our hearts could desire. God does not overwhelm us with a multitude of laws. Instead, the loving examples set by our heavenly Father Jehovah and his son Christ Jesus, coupled with our love for him, can protect us from exceeding the proper bounds of freedom.

Jehovah invites us to know him and call upon his name. When we learn about Jehovah and his marvelous qualities; all of which are established on love, we are drawn to him. (John 17:3; Isaiah 48:17, 18; James 4:8) We have every reason to thank and praise him again and again for his great love. (1 John 4 and 5) We laud Jehovah, because he is worthy and reliable and completely deserving of our worship and praise. (Psalms 68:4, 83:18, 91:14-16, 105:1-5)

 

We Have the Best Home

 

 

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In John 17:14, Jesus made this declaration; “I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.”

In spite of this situation, God’s people are not without a home. In fact, we enjoy the protection of the most secure and loving home imaginable; one that is discerned through the eyes of faith.

Moses wrote: “Oh Jehovah, you yourself have proved to be a real dwelling for us during generation after generation.” (Psalms 90:1) A beautiful image comes to mind; a place of shelter or retreat, a real home. Jehovah has much in common with such a place. For example, Jehovah provides protection for his people. This is in harmony with the fact that Jehovah is the very personification of love. (1John 4:8)

For us “the everlasting God,” Jehovah, is “a real dwelling”—a spiritual refuge. (Romans 16:26) We feel secure, for he is always there to help us as the “Hearer of prayer.” (Psalm 65:2) Because we cast our anxieties upon our heavenly Father through his beloved Son, ‘the peace of God that excels all thought guards our hearts and mental powers.’ (Philippians 4:6, 7; Matthew 6:9; John 14:6, 14.)

 

I Am Inspired

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“Every day we are bombarded with problems, harmful temptations and significant decisions. How can we avoid being overwhelmed, safeguard ourselves from making poor choices, giving in to temptations or deciding on a path that would magnify our troubles significantly.

We have a dependable source, our heavenly Father Jehovah; he will inspire us as we face the pressures and uncertainties in life. His “word” the Bible, is filled with superlative wisdom, from Genesis through Revelation.

 When we rely on Jehovah and observe his laws and principles, he will generously give his wisdom, support, knowledge and understanding to anyone who asks.

These are just a few of the “treasured gems” that are found in his word, the Bible.”

          We Say                             Jehovah Says                                   Scriptures

I can’t do it.                   You can do all things.                       Philippians 4:13

I can’t go on.                  I will give you power.                      2 Corinthians 4:7

I am weak.                       I will make you strong.                   1 Peter 5:10

I fall short in doing      Continue getting back up.              Proverbs 24:16

what is right

I can’t figure things out.      I will direct your steps.          Proverbs 3:5, 6

I am not able.                      I am able.                                         2 Corinthians 9:8

I have sinned.                     I am ready to forgive.                  Psalms 86:5

I can’t forgive myself.     I forgive you in a large way.      Isaiah 55:7;Romans 8:1;

1 John 1:9

I can’t manage.          I will supply all your needs.                Philippians 4:19

I am always worried      Cast all your cares on me.             1 Peter 5:7

I am afraid.                     Don’t be afraid, I am with you.       Isaiah 41:13

I feel helpless.                 I will fortify you.                                Isaiah 41:10

I feel abandoned.        I will never leave or forsake you.   Hebrews 13:5

I am anxious.                   Stop being anxious.                           Philippians 4:6

I cry a lot.                     Your tears are precious to me.        Psalms 56:8

I am angry with myself     Let anger and rage alone.         Psalms 37:8

or someone else.