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Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; (Song of Songs 1:3 NKJV)

What is fragrance?

What does it do?

Here’s the thing. When our Song speaks of fragrance it is not talking actions. Not the visible actions of a Shepherd King, but rather the invisible features of thoughts and emotions – His passions.

When we talk about God and emotions we (the Church) have a strange box for God. We feel like God has this amazing joy when we are born again, and He spends the rest of our lives angry with us.

There is even a theological argument out there that says that God does not change so He cannot have emotions.

This is all so messed up. We are created in the image of God, emotions and all. If we learn nothing else from the Song of Songs, it is that we have an emotional Father.

There is, however, action in this verse and we don’t want to miss it. The fragrant ointment is poured forth.

Here we see the internal essence of Jesus, His thought life, His emotion, His passion, poured out by the declaration of His name. Last week we looked at His name, but today I want to draw your attention to this idea.

As His name is declared, His passion is revealed. [Tweet This]

Observe:

When He said His name was JEHOVAH-TSID-KENU  "The Lord is our righteousness" He was demonstrating His passion for transforming you into the righteousness of God in Him.

When He said His name was JEHOVAH-SHALOM  - Our perfect peace - He was demonstrating His passion for creating peace between you and God as the Prince of Peace.

When He said His name was JEHOVAH RAPHA  - I am the Lord Your Physician or I am the Lord Your Healer – He was demonstrating His passion for healing you to the uttermost.

Interestingly enough Paul talks about fragrance too.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NASB)

The fact is, as our life declares by word and deed the name of Jesus, His passion is poured forth on our circle of influence, and it has an impact. It may draw some to Christ, and it may push some away. In any case, when you stand for Christ your life will no longer be neutral.

Do you need that ointment poured forth in your life today?

Do you need that healing balm, that peace that defies understanding?

Let the name of Jesus wash over you even now. Declare His name out loud over your circumstances today.

If you are sick say out loud something like “I am yours, Jehovah Rapha – the Lord who heals me”

If you are stressed instead of blessed – declare “I am yours, Jehovah Shalom”

Hey – we are not talking magic words, or secret formulae here. But there is power in the name of Jesus.

That’s good, isn’t it? Share what you learned, or what fresh revelation you received, or even what made you mad here today. Has His name poured out in your life changed your reality? Share!

Come back next week for more of the Song. Believe me, we are just scratching the surface here.

Ben

Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; (Song of Songs 1:3 NKJV)

What is fragrance?

What does it do?

Here’s the thing. When our Song speaks of fragrance it is not talking actions. Not the visible actions of a Shepherd King, but rather the invisible features of thoughts and emotions – His passions.

When we talk about God and emotions we (the Church) have a strange box for God. We feel like God has this amazing joy when we are born again, and He spends the rest of our lives angry with us.

There is even theological argument out there that says that God does not change so He cannot have emotions.

This is all so messed up. We are created in the image of God, emotions and all. If we learn nothing else from the Song of Songs, it is that we have an emotional Father.

There is however action in this verse and we don’t want to miss it. The fragrant ointment is poured forth.

Here we see the internal essence of Jesus, His thought life, His emotion, His passion, poured out by the declaration of His name. Last week we looked at His name, but today I want to draw your attention to this idea.

As His name is declared, His passion is revealed. [Tweet This]

Observe:

When He said His name was JEHOVAH-TSID-KENU  "The Lord is our righteousness" He was demonstrating His passion to make you the righteousness of God in Him.

When He said His name was JEHOVAH-SHALOM  - Our perfect peace - He was demonstrating His passion to come as the Prince of Peace and demolish all that stands between you and peace with God.

When He said His name was JEHOVAH RAPHA  - I am the Lord Your Physician or I am the Lord Your Healer – He was demonstrating His passion to heal you to the uttermost.

Interestingly enough Paul talks about fragrance too.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NASB)

The fact is, as our life declares by word and deed the name of Jesus, His passion is poured forth on our circle of influence, and it has an impact. It may draw some to Christ, and it may push some away. In any case when you stand for Christ your life will no longer be neutral.

Do you need that ointment poured forth in your life today?

Do you need that healing balm, that peace that defies understanding?

Let the name of Jesus wash over you even now. Declare His name out loud over your circumstances today.

If you are sick say out loud something like “I am yours Jehovah Rapha – the Lord who heals me”

If you are stressed instead of blessed – declare “I am yours Jehovah Shalom”

Hey – we are not talking magic words, or secret formulae here. But there is power in the name of Jesus.

That’s good, isn’t it? Share what you learned, or what fresh revelation you received, or even what made you mad here today. Has declaration of His Name changed your reality?

Come back next week for more of the Song. Believe me, we are just scratching the surface here.

Ben

Thy Name – Matt 6:9

Today we are going to look at Jesus and His Jehovah declarations. Jehovah basically means I AM, and Jesus uses this phrase through his ministry. It is especially apparent when you look at the Gospel of John.

There are those who say that Jesus never claimed to be God, but these are those who do not understand the Jewish culture. This I AM that begins with Moses at the burning bush, and runs throughout the Old Testament (see yesterday’s post) we see Jesus pick up and carry into His ministry.

Yesterday I said that we learn much about the nature and character of God through His name. Today we will look at how much Jesus told us about Himself by using this same form. I AM…

Here are 7 notable I AMs of Jesus in John’s Gospel:

1) John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

2) John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I AM the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

3) John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I AM the door of the sheep.

4) John 10:11 I AM the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

5) John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I AM the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

6) John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I AM the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

7) John 15:1 I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Then there was this one that made the Jewish leadership crazy:

8) John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.

This really does not need a lot of commentary. It is so clear. Jesus is everything we need, and everything we desire. One of the Old Testament names I have not mentioned is “Desire of Nations” and when I read these verses, I am like – Oh Jesus, I want you more than anything! I will follow You anywhere, because You are worthy! [Tweet ThisWhat can you hear Jesus speak to you as you read His names?

BenThanks for reading today.

Ben

"A Name I Know" by Steve Swanson
"Jesus, Name above all Names" by

Thy Name – Part 2 (Matt 6:9)

In yesterday’s blog I talked about the unique place the name of Jesus holds. Today, I want to look at the fact that almost everything we know about God, He revealed though His name. [Tweet This]Today we will look at the Old Testament, and tomorrow the New.

Think about Moses for a minute. He comes upon this bush burning in the desert. As he draws near it begins to talk to him. When he asks this bush for a name it says “I AM.” Moses is waiting for the rest of the sentence, but that is all he gets for the moment - well – I AM that I AM (as if that clears it up.)

God is going to spend the next millennium or 2 filling in the blanks. Here are 8 examples:

  1. JEHOVAH-JIREH  "The Lord our provider" - This is also the name Abraham gave to the place where the Lord provided a sacrifice in place of Isaac. (Gen. 22:14).
  2. JEHOVAH-NISSI  "Our banner, a banner of love and protection" - Also the name Moses gave to the altar he built after defeating the Amalekites (Ex. 17:15).
  3. JEHOVAH-SHALOM  "Our perfect peace" - Also the name Gideon gave to the altar he built at Ophrah (Judges 6:24)
  4. JEHOVAH-TSID-KENU  "The Lord is our righteousness" - The name is applied to a future Davidic king who would lead his people to do what is right and thus bring peace (Jeremiah 23:6) and to the restored city of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 33:16). The name is possibly a play on the name of Zedekiah ("Righteous [is] the Lord") who reigned from 597 to 587 B.C..
  5. JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH  "The One Who is with us everywhere for He is Omnipresent" - The Jerusalem of Ezekiel's vision (see Ezekiel 48:35 margin) was known by this name. Compare text at Isaiah 60:19-20 and Revelation 21:3.
  6. JEHOVAH-SABAOTH  "The Lord of Hosts, our Protector." C.H. Spurgeon said this about the phrase "The Lord of Hosts: The Lord rules the angels, the stars, the elements, and all the hosts of Heaven; and the Heaven of heavens is under His sway... [the Lord] is on our side -- our august Ally; woe unto those who fight against Him, for they shall flee like smoke before the wind when He gives the word to scatter them." See text at Psalm 46:7.
  7. JEHOVAH-RAAH  "Our Shepherd Who tenderly leads us, loves us and will keep us safe." - the famous Psalm 23 tells us that "The Lord is our Shepherd and we shall not want...." Being illustrated as a shepherd implies a relationship with His sheep (His believers). The term shepherd appears approximately 80 times in the Scriptures, denotating meanings of: feeder, keeper, companion, friend, pastor and herdsman.
  8. JEHOVAH RAPHA  "I am the Lord Your Physician or I am the Lord Your Healer - this name especially was a Name God prophetically spoke about Himself, not one that someone gave Him. Exodus 15:26.

(Holman Bible Dictionary and the book All the Divine Names And Titles In The Bible by Herbert Lockyer used as source for certain material.)

There is another that does not make this list very often, but it is worth noting JEHOVAH QUANNA – From Exodus 20:5  “for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God.”

In any case we learn much about God’s character, and His nature as He tells us His Name.

As you read these names – which one speaks to you today? What do you hear the Lord saying about Himself, or about you when you meditate on these names? There are probably dozens, maybe even hundreds of other ways God refers to himself in the Old Testament, Ancient of days, Rock of Ages. Can you think of others?

Tomorrow we will look at the JEHOVAH statements of the New Testament. Don’t miss it!

BenThanks for reading.

Ben

"His Name is Wonderful" by Audrey Mieir
"Jehovah Jireh" - by Merla Watson

Thy Name –  (Matt 6:9)

Ok – I am thinking at least 3 parts, or these blogs will be so long no one will ever read them.

"How Great is our God" by Chris Tomlin

Let me start with this Philippians 2:9-11

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus – that is the name that is above every name.

And again in Ephesians 1:20-21

 …which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

So here is the thing that struck me last week as I was pondering the Philippians passage. If God gave Jesus a name above ALL names, is it actually above all the other names of God? Like Yahweh, or Jehovah, or Adonai, or El Shaddai, or all those other names we sing?

Well – yes – that is what it says, and if you weren’t sure, you could check in Ephesians 1 and find that it is above every name in the age to come. I do see that Jesus Himself is still in subjection to the Father as it states in 1 Corinthians 15:27, but there is "something about that name."

Jesus
Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hear Christians get all excited when someone in a secular contexts talks about God (like an athlete or politician or some other celeb.) But the word god is pretty ambiguous. But when you say Jesus – now you have drawn a line in the sand. Your talking about the one who said – I am THE Way, (not A way,) THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life, No one come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 - emphasis is mine)

So it is the name of Jesus that sets Christianity apart from every other religion. [Tweet This] Many people in the world believe in God, but only those who name the name of Jesus are part of His kingdom.

So if there is a name that must be hallowed it is the Name above all names – Jesus.

BenThanks for reading today. Come back tomorrow and we will look at the way God reveals himself to us by His Name.

Ben

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