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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

IAM that IAM: the great Hayad



…Hayad…

Singularity:
1.       the state of being singular, distinct, peculiar, uncommon or unusual
2.    a point where all parallel lines meet
3.    a point where a measured variable reaches unmeasurable or infinite value
4.    (mathematics) the value or range of values of a function for which a derivative does not exist
5.    (physics) a point or region in space time in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density; associated with Black Holes

The idea of God being a singularity has been a bane to theologists, scholars, evolutionists, cosmologists, astrophysics’, and just about everyone in between. What does it mean that Yahveh Elohim is a singularity? It, in its simplest form, means that He is unique, distinct, one of a kind. He describes Himself as such in His word:

Ps 90:1-2; Ps 93:2; Ps 102:24-27; Isa 48:12; Rom 1:20; Exo 3:14; Deu 32:40; Isa 44:6; Acts 17:24-25
These are but just a few references to the everlasting God. See also these references:

Isa_41:4, Isa_48:12; Rev_1:8, Rev_1:11, Rev_1:17-18, Rev_2:8, Rev_22:13, Isa_44:8, Isa_37:16, Isa_37:20, Isa_42:8, Isa_43:10-11, Isa_45:6, Isa_45:21-22; Deu_4:35, Deu_4:39, Deu_6:4, Deu_32:39; 1Ti_3:16

To those listed above,  the idea that Yahveh is a singularity creates heartburn for them because it means they have to acknowledge the one thing they do not want to do: the fact that He exists. This one point, that God is unique in all the universe means all their cherished notions of creation, of science, of physics, of morality, of philosophy, of religion, all the disciplines of man must fall by the wayside and be re-done in the light of an all powerful, all knowing, all seeing God who can enter into time and space at will. This is not good to those who want to hold onto reason and logic, for such a be-ing as this can have no boundaries, can have nothing artificial put upon Him, cannot be manipulated or explained away.

He is a singularity.
There is none like Him.

So how do they deal with Him?

Some reduce Him to a 12 step program and call Him their “higher power”.
(or as Yoda would say… “the Force is strong with this one”.)

There are two aspects of such a “higher power”, this nameless and faceless force:

1.       It is impersonal
2.       It is amoral.

To a sinner, there is an upside to believing in a “higher power”, a “god as you imagine him to be”. What’s that you ask?
Simply this: a nameless, faceless, amoral power doesn’t make any ethical demands upon anyone.

What can a higher power be? It can be gravity, lightning, thunder, the light switch or the vacuum cleaner. It can be whatever you can imagine or not…

For example: say your “higher power” is gravity. Gravity makes no moral or ethical judgment upon a person – that is until that person jumps from a six story window. Even then, the conclusion of that act is non-judgmental – it just becomes reality. You go “splat”. No personal condemnation, no moralizing, no long discussions in the middle of the night – just “splat”.  Gravity has no voice, sees nothing and hears nothing. There is a dynamic behind it for sure, yet, it only has what you could call one cause and effect. Go against it, you go “splat”. No one has ever had their conscience seared by gravity – you can behave within its influence how you want (as long as you understand the dynamic – what goes up, must come down).

The impersonal “higher power” has no ability to act upon your moral choices, hence it has no power or ability to change your behavior. You might “choose” to do the “right thing”, yet what defines the “right”? You? Your friends? Your circumstances? You see, the choice to follow a “higher power” is simply a choice to conduct yourself as you see fit. And this leads to the downside of following your “higher power”.

The house is empty. There is nobody home. No personal God, no personal redeemer. No hope, no peace, no forgiveness of sin. This “force” – this “higher power” – is in reality nothing. It is what it is. The god most worshiped in America today is this “god”; whatever YOU want it to be, whatever YOU think that this “god” should be – it is what it is.
What does the God of the Bible say though?

“Hayad Asher Hayad”
IAM That IAM
IAM WHO IAM
·         He is personal
o   He can see
o   He can hear
o   He can speak
·         He is the God with a name
·         He is the God with a history
o   With Abraham
o   With Isaac
o   With Jacob

I’m going to ask you a question now:
Why do you love God?
What is it about Him that makes you love Him?
Is it because He:

o   Is Good?
o   Is forgiving?
o   Is merciful?
o   Is…what? All these and more?

Truthfully there is and should be only one essence of God that should cause us to love Him…

He is the singularity.
We should love Him because He is God.
He is:
*      IAM That IAM
*      Wonderful
*      Counselor
*      Everlasting Father
*      Almighty God


He is His name:
*      Yahveh
*      Hayad
*      IAM
*      In His name He is everything

The burning bush reveals a God be-ing; let’s explore this…

The whole sum of the world is in be-ing. Without this verb this concept of “to be” what is there? You and I once were “just a gleam in our daddies’ eye” if you know what I mean. We weren’t, then we were. We were becoming a child, knit together in our mother’s womb. When we were born, we became a living person (according to the world’s definition); we then had a potential to become something else as we grew. All of our lives, we were governed by what was “to be”; an “A” student or not; college bound or not; worker or not; husband, wife, whatever…. The point is we are always in the process of “be-ing”. The same is with God.

The first words recorded as being spoken by God are found in Genesis 1:3:
Gen 1:3 “…and God saith, `Let light be;' and light is…”
Let light be.
Be-ing.

The answer of be-ing is found in Job 38-41; He is the uncreated One, the One who always has been, never be-ing, except where it applies to us in our lives. God interjects Himself into our lives, into this existence, this space and time we occupy; in this manner He is “be-ing” to us.

How is it that we can come to a place to love this God, this god of no beginning, of no be-ing, but always was? We ask ourselves the oldest question, one asked by all men of all time “Why is there something, rather than nothing?” and we find the answer in the first sentence of the Bible..

“…In the beginning God…”

We don’t need to go any further than this. If we learn nothing else, it is this:

“…In the beginning God…”!

Everything has a beginning, everything has a “to be” except One; the singularity called God. He was there before nothing was, He’ll be there if there will nothing more be. He is there in His name, IAM, and in revealing it to Moshe at the burning bush, He revealed something very significant indeed.

                We have touched on this before: remember that in the Hebrew language names are significant. A child was named a certain way to reveal circumstances that would hopefully define their character, and so set in place their point in time, their destiny if you will. Take the names of the 12 Apostles, for example:  including Judas Iscariot and Matthias who was chosen after Judas’s death, when taken as a whole,  a picture emerges that tells a story of the one they were made to serve:

“A strong man, warlike, given as a reward; a son that suspends the waters, that supplants a thousand. He is a chief, a leader zealous in His praise of the Lord, one who hears and obeys, a rock that undermines the murderer and brings on the twin gifts of God – Grace and Mercy…”

Names tell us a story. Can there be any doubt that the name of God is any different?

Nowhere in Scripture is this more profound when God says to us:

“IAM THAT IAM” or “IAM WHO IAM”

In Exodus 3:15, God also introduces Himself to Moshe as expressed in the Tetragammatron, the “Yod Hey Vav Hey”  :

The name of God is the embodiment of “to be”.

What is it that distinguishes us from one another? What common characteristic do we all share? While the two questions seem to ask for opposite answers, only one answer fits them both. What is common to us all and at the same time distinguishes from one another is “change”. Everything throughout the universe is in a state of flux, a state of change. 

                We change the way we look, the clothes we wear, the colors of our hair; we change where we live, how we live, where we work. Things change. The seasons come and go, the rain, the sun, the snow. This state of change is what drives us, motivates us. It is also the factor that has driven the secular world in all of its “theories” concerning the creation of the universe. To them, there was a point of singularity that had existed for all time, a point that obeyed all the laws of physics that they observe today, yet, somehow “changed”. For time innumerable, this point was stable; within it was contained all matter and energy, for their “laws” say that energy and matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Their point of singularity remained at a state of rest for unknown ages, fulfilling the law of inertia, which states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force, and an object in motion does the same unless acted upon by an outside force. Their singularity though somehow for some reason defied the very “laws” they hold sacred and suddenly, for no apparent reason, exploded and the universe was born. They “know” this happened, they just don’t know what caused it, and truthfully? They do not want to know. For then they would have to find “the outside source”. All they can agree on is something “changed”.

But this name, this name called the “Unutterable Name” by the Jewish sages, is the true singularity.  What does He say about change?

Mal 3:1-6
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.  (2)  But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:  (3)  And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.  (4)  Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.  (5)  And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. 
(6)  For I am the LORD, I change not;
therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Num 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Psa 102:25-27
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.  (26)  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 
(27)  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

James 1:17-18
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down
from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  
(18)  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Isa 41:4
Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning?
I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

Isa 44:1-6
Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:  (2)  Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.  (3)  For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:  (4)  And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.  (5)  One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. 
(6)  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts;
I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Rev 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,
which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Heb 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

All things change but Him. His name speaks His unchanging nature, the only true singularity in the entire cosmos, the distinct, unique unchanging Father, Yahveh Elohim.

He is “Hayad Asher Hayad”, IAM THAT IAM.

He is always “be-ing”; when you are sick, He becomes the healer. When you are tired, He becomes your resting place. When your soul is downcast, He becomes that which lifts up; when we sin He becomes the Redeemer, the Sacrifice, the Savior and Lover of our soul. He is “to be”.

                If you get nothing else from our study of the name of God, I hope you get this: In His name are all the answers to your questions, all the solutions to your needs, all the fulfillment of your desires according to His Good Pleasure. Yeshua said that He was, and is, and shall ever be IAM; may we rest in this truth and find the peace we all so long for.

May the Great IAM truly bless you this day my beloved
Amein