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by Kim Dalton in General Questions about April 23 open - report

House of Yahweh

I have concerns that in many RHM devotions, Pastor Todd calls God yahweh. I had seen part of a program on tv about a cult, the "House of Yahweh". I went to a site that you can get Bible questions answered & again, found that there is indeed a cult "The House of Yahweh". My question is this- why does Pastor Dion refer to the Lord as yahweh?

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    by Kim Dalton about April 26

    Thank you so much for answering my question. God bless you & this ministry!!

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    by Dion Todd about April 23

    Hi Kim, I know nothing about "House of Yahweh", but the name Yahweh (YHWH) is the proper Hebrew name for God used over 7,000 times in the original scriptures. The word "Lord" is not in the original text, that was the word used by some translators. Jehovah was another word, not in the original text. We use the World English Bible (WEB) translation of the Bible for our devotionals and books, because it is copyright free. All other modern translations want thousands of dollars for permissions when you start printing or recording their translation. We just skip that and use the WEB version instead, free to all to use. It uses the word Yahweh just as the original scriptures do. This is an article that describes it well, also I will include a wikipedia article that defines the word "Yahweh." I hope this helps answer your question.

     

    Why do we have "The LORD" in our bibles rather than Yahweh?

     

    This is a very common question. It all began with a Jewish tradition called the "ineffable name" doctrine. Jews, for various reasons, started to substitute His name with the Hebrew title "Adonai". Adonai is the Hebrew word for "Lord". This information can be easily verified in many Bible dictionaries and various encyclopedias. For instance, the Encyclopedia Britannica states:

     

    Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, his name being revealed to Moses as four Hebrew CONSONANTS (YHWH) CALLED THE TETRAGRAMMATON. AFTER THE EXILE (6TH CENTURY BC), and especially from the 3rd century BC on, Jews ceased to use the name Yahweh for two reasons. As Judaism became a universal religion through its proselytizing in the Greco-Roman world, the more common noun elohim, meaning "god," tended to replace Yahweh to demonstrate the universal sovereignty of Israel's God over all others. At the same time, the divine name was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered; it was thus replaced vocally in the synagogue ritual by the Hebrew word Adonai ("My Lord"), which was translated as Kyrios ("Lord") in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament.

     

    We see in the above quote that Jews started to vocally replace the name "Yahweh" with "Adonai" (Lord) for two reasons:

     

    1. It was beginning to be believed that His name was too sacred to be uttered

     

    2. They preferred to simply call Him "Elohim" rather than "Yahweh" to demonstrate to the world that He is the only true Elohim.

     

    While on the surface these reasons may seem honorable, they are very unscriptural. They were and are attempts to improve on Yahweh's already perfect ways. If Yahweh really wanted a substitute, why would He have placed His name there to begin with? Though scripture says to follow Yahweh rather than man, we find that nearly 7,000 times the most important name of all is replaced with a another word that man has chosen.

     

    This tradition was not practiced by the Messiah or the apostles, but it was adopted by some Christians during the early half of the 2nd Century CE/AD. By the 4th century, this practice was well established and widely practiced. Jerome, a 4th century "Church Father" who authored the Latin Vulgate version, substituted the name "Yahweh" throughout with the Latin word "Dominus" (meaning "Lord"). The tradition of replacing Yahweh's name with "the LORD" continues to this day. Most English translations substitute the name Yahweh with "the LORD" and translations into other languages will also commonly choose a title meaning "Lord" in their own language. More information on this can be found in the preface of many modern bibles. from here:

     

    http://www.eliyah.com/whythlrd.htm

     

    Wikipedia article on Yahweh:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahweh

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