The Story of Yahweh and mankind, as told in the Bible
YHWH (pronounced Yahweh or Jehovah) is a Hebrew name for God who is infinite and personal.
YHWH's nature is unconditional love, and therefore He* delights in His creation, including you and me.
The story of YHWH and mankind is a story of covenant, a kind of promise that defines an intimate relationship.
all quotes are taken from the Bible
*I'm just not into She-gods...
In the garden of Eden, the man and woman YHWH created chose to act on the serpent's lie in an attempt to be "like God."
As a result of Adam's rebellion, man could no longer live with YHWH
But YHWH had a back-up plan to bring mankind back: Eve's offspring would crush the serpent Genesis 3:15
the Deliverer wouldn't come for a long, long time.
forgot this promise of a Deliverer, and went his own way.
In a few generations mankind grew very warped; he wasn't designed to live
on his own without YHWH. "Every inclination
of his heart was only evil all the time. YHWH was grieved... and His heart
was filled with pain."
Yes, YHWH is love.
covered the earth with water, but not before warning Noah to build a boat
to save his family and all the families of creatures. After the flood,
YHWH gave Noah the same blueprint He had given Adam: "Be
fruitful and multiply and exercise stewardship of the earth."
put a rainbow in the sky as a sign of His promise never again to flood
It was time for YHWH to define the lineage of the offspring who would restore all mankind to Himself. He got the attention of a Chaldean named Abram with this promise: "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you... and all peoples of the earth will be blessed through your offspring."
wasn't just thinking about Abram and his descendants, He was thinking
about connecting with all mankind, including you and me.
Abram messed things up... often.
YHWH had to talk to others, like Hagar, his Egytian maidservant. She called YHWH "Jehovah Lahai Roi; the God-who-sees- me" because He rescued her when she fled to the wilderness.
promised Hagar he would also make her son, Ishmael, into a great nation.
Today, Abraham's tomb is split by these rival nations, who are descended from his sons, Ishmael and Isaac.
didn't give up on Abram. Instead He kept His promise: and blessed Abram
and his wife, Sarai with the son He had promised, called Isaac.
YHWH even changed their names to Abraham and Sarah, adding the sound of His name to theirs.
Today, many women take on their husband's surname as part of the covenant of marriage.
How often we value the gift and forget the giver! This happened with Abraham.
YHWH challenged Abraham, demanding Isaac as a sacrifice. How unlike YHWH, and yet Abraham prepared to obey taking his son, a knife and the wood for a fire to Mount Moriah (later called Golgotha.)
There Abraham bound his son and laid him on the wood, sharpened the knife and raised it to strike.
Then YHWH provided a ram to take Isaac's place. Abraham called YHWH "Jehovah Jireh," which means "Provider."
Throughout the history of the nation of Abrham and Isaac, YHWH crossed cultures when the Hebrews would not.
He sent Joseph to deliver Egypt from a famine;
Moses to show Pharoah who was the One True God;
Rahab to shelter the Hebrew spies from their enemies in Jericho;
Ruth the Moabite to become the grandmother of King David.
then sent Israel into exile, and displayed His power to the king of Babylon
through his servants, Shadrah, Mishach and Abednigo. They survived the firey
furnace because of a fourth Person, whom the King described as "the
Son of God."
the most reluctant messanger of YHWH's kindness to all people was Jonah.
This short story ends with YHWH asking the still prejudiced prophet: "And
should I not have compassion for Ninevah...?"
Indeed YHWH's compassion was so great that in the fullness of time, He "emptied himself, taking on the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness."
This is the reason for Christmas.
found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obediant to
death, even death on a cross."
This is the reason for Easter.
became the promised Deliverer, through whom "all
peoples of the earth will be blessed."
When a new star heralded His birth, Chaldean Magi traveled hundreds of miles to fall at his feet and worship Him, the "Desire of Nations." Matthew 2:1-11
did they give Him gifts of myrrh and frankinscence, fit to use only for
they remembered this prophesy concerning Him: "Surely
He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was
upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed."
What does this mean to me?
|In the beginning...||The Fall||The Flood: Covenant with Noah||Covenant with Abraham (with promise for all people groups)||Taking the promise to other cultures||The promised Deliver Comes||A.D.1973|