Gods protection

20 March 2020

Series: Shabbat sermons

Topic: God, name, protect

Gods protection

In John 17:11, Jesus says, ” Protect them by Your name, the name You gave Me, so that they may be one as we are one.”

From this one verse, we see there is a connection between the Name of Jesus and the Name of His Father. We also learn the Name of His Father, and the Name of Jesus gives us protection. So what is the Name Jesus is talking about here in John 17:11?

The Bible says Jesus was born in Israel as a Jew, so we know His language would have been Hebrew. In Hebrew, there is no J, so His Name would have been pronounced, in Hebrew, as Yeshua. Yeshua is the short form of Yehoshua, which means Yehovah saves. So Yeshua’s Name said Yehovah saves.

So what the Bible is teaching us, in John 17:11, is this: Protect them by Your Name the Name of Yehovah, the Name You gave Me, so that they may be one as we are one. The protection we need comes from the Name of Yehovah, not from the Name of Jesus.

If you are a mainstream Christian, this cannot be very easy for you to accept. You had always believed your pastor when he or she told you “the name above all other names, Jesus.” Perhaps you have even used the Name of Jesus and seen things happen? So the idea that you might be wrong, or your pastor is wrong is hard to accept right now.

If this is you, I know from personal experience how it feels when you suddenly have to choose between believing in your pastor or believing in the Bible. But I also know, from experience, how liberating it is to have made the correct choice to believe what the Bible says and not your pastor.

We can not change what the Bible says; we can only accept what the Bible says. And the Bible says it is the Name of Yehovah we should set our minds on because in His Name we find salvation, we find healing, we find deliverance and everything we need.

But then there are some, who would rightfully ask the question, what about Rom 10:13, Acts 2:21, 4:12, 10:43?

We as Christians believe Jesus was sinless, and because He was sinless, He was able to atone for our sins on the cross. Faith in this doctrine is what makes us Christians. We also believe, as Christians, He was sinless because He kept the law of Moses. So we can all agree, the Bible says sin is breaking the Mosaic law. If Jesus, at one point, had done something forbidden in the law of Moses, He would no longer be sinless.

The law of Moses says, in Ex 20:3, I am Yehovah, your God, you shall have no other gods before Me. If Jesus, at any time, had encouraged the worship of Himself as God or told Paul that from now on, we are to worship Him as God, He would no longer be sinless.

So if we are to understand Rom 10:13, Acts 2:21, 4:12, 10:43, as referring to the Name of Jesus, we would be sinning if we interpret this to mean the Name of Jesus. Why? Because then it would go against Ex 20:3. If Paul had a “revelation” that these verses should be interpreted as the Name of Jesus, he would be sinning against Ex 20:3. If Jesus Himself had inspired Paul and the Apostles to understand these verses as the Name of Jesus, He would be sinning because Ex 20:3 says we are only to worship Yehovah. When your pastor or denomination tells you these verses are all about Jesus, they are sinning against Ex 20:3 and God.

Do not get me wrong; the Bible clearly says Yeshua (Jesus) is God, but the Bible also says He is not Yehovah the Father. Yeshua is Yehovah, the Son, and when He walked among us here on earth, He taught us to worship His Father in accordance with Ex 20:3.

So how are we to understand them?

In Rom 10:13, Paul the Apostle is quoting Joel 2:32, where it says, everyone who calls upon the Name of Yehovah shall be saved.

In Acts 2:21, Peter is quoting Joel 2:32, where it says everyone who calls upon the Name of Yehovah shall be saved.

In Acts 4:12, Peter and John quote Joel 2:32 and reminds them of the need to believe in the cross as Yehovah’s sacrifice for our intentional and unintentional sins.

In Acts 10:43, Peter says everyone who obeys Yeshua receives forgiveness of sins because they obey Him. This is the same thing Yeshua Himself says to the rich young ruler, if we repent back to Moses, we will receive forgiveness of sins. But forgiveness of sins is not the same as salvation. We can be forgiven by repentance, but we can only be saved by believing He died for us as a sacrifice for our sins. But if we believe He died for us, but we have not repented, our faith is dead and can not save us (James 2:10-16, 1.John 2.)

Nowhere in the Bible does it say the Name of Jesus saves us. It says the Name of Yehovah saves us, and so has it been since time beginning in the Old Testament. Because we serve a God who never changes, He saves people today, as He did back then, when they call upon His Name the Name of Yehovah.

So do you want to be saved? Call upon Yehovah, believe He sent His Son to die for your sins. Do you need salvation from anything else? Call upon Him and His Name, for He is your healer, your provider, your comforter, your strong tower. He is the one who can, and who will save you from Covid-19 or anything else you need saving from IF you do it His way. Salvation is not just “saved from hell,” salvation is saved from hell, saved from disease, saved from a life of sin, saved from anything you might need saving from today.

Do you want forgiveness of sins? Obey Yeshua’s teachings by choosing to repent back to Moses. But remember forgiveness of sins can not save you, so you cant repent your way to heaven. You have to do both, call upon Yehovah for salvation and repent if you want salvation from eternal wrath AND forgiveness of sins.

Do you need protection today?

John 17:11 says only the Name of Yehovah can protect you.

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