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This study is an attempt to search the Bible to discover the ways God has revealed Himself. It seems that every name He has; portrays His being or existence, His functions in the universe, or both. Each of the persons of the Godhead has a different function, though all are God. It seems that God the Father planned creation and redemption; the eternal Son became a man in order to die upon the cross to purchase man’s salvation; and the Holy Spirit works salvation by his restraint of evil in this age (2 Thess 2:7); by convicting man of his sin (Jn 16:8); by empowering redeemed man to become increasingly obedient to God (Jn 16:8), and, finally, by taking redeemed man to live forever in the presence of the risen glorified Christ (Jn 14:6).Also I shall try to find a Biblical definition and translate it from the Biblical Hebrew into English.
In English we have two words to denote singular and plural, however, some Hebrew scholars say that the ancient Hebrew had three; singular, dual, and plural (3 or more). “Elohim” is plural. So the first statement in the Bible declares the Trinity: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1) “Then God (singular) said ‘Let Us (plural) make man in Our (plural) image, according to our likeness… so God (singular) created man in His (singular) own image; in the image of God. He created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:26-27)Thus Genesis clearly reveals the unity of the Trinity!
2. ADONAI: LORD AS LORD
This word is one that reveals respect. It is used as a name:
3. YHWH – LORD (I AM)
Note: When the Bible used the word “LORD” (all capitals) (I AM) it is God’s personal name. The background and circumstances of His revelation follows; Moses visited his Hebrew brethren (slaves) in Egypt when he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave. He slew the Egyptian task master! Then Moses fled Egypt because he knew his life was in danger.
After Moses spent 40 years in the desert as a Shepherd, God was ready to send Moses to lead the Israelites to freedom, God appeared to him in a bush that was burning but was not being consumed. Now Moses had seen many bushes burn as the result of lightening (For us to understand this we must realize that in the Sinai desert, bushes kept their dry leaves until it rained. Then the dead leaves fell off and new growth began quickly.) Moses went to the burning bush to look, and God told him He would send him to deliver the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Moses asked for Gods name. “And God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM” and He said, “Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you…” This is my name forever, and this is my memorial to all Generations.” (Ex 3:14-15) Four thousand years later, as recorded in Luke 22:66-71, Jesus identified himself as God by using this familiar Old Testament name for God when he replied to the High Priest by stating, “Ye say that I Am.” The high priest recognized Jesus’ claim and accused him of blasphemy. For any other human this claim would have been blasphemy, but in this case it was true. This was also recorded in John 18: 4-8 “Jesus therefore knowing all things that should come upon Him went forth and said unto them, ‘Who seek you?’ They answered Him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’ Jesus saith unto them ‘I AM (he)’. And Judas also, which betrayed Him, stood with them. As soon as He had said unto them, ‘I AM (he)’, they went backward, and fell to the ground. This was the confirmation of God’s statement to Moses, that His name would be a memorial for all generations and forever”.
Every name that God uses for Himself enlarges our comprehension of His existence or being; His works among believers, all Mankind, and in the total universe in the past, today, and throughout all eternity to come. God revealed Himself in the Old Testament by His personal name – “I AM”, and in the New Testament Jesus used the word “I AM” to declare that he was God. At His betrayal, Jesus asked, “Whom are you seeking?” They replied “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said “I AM.” Now when he said I AM, they drew back and fell to the ground.” (Jn.18:4-6)Thus Jesus proved one more time that He is God. Jesus also said “I and my Father are one.” (Jn. 10:30) To us in another way, Jesus proved He is God.
Saturday (Vigil): 4:40pm Rosary & Rec., 5:00pm Mass
Sunday: 7:30am, 9am & 6pm, Vietnamese 11:15am.
Monday: 9:15am Mass, Ador. & Rec.
Tuesday: 6:15pm Ador., 6.30pm Rosary & Rec., 7pm Mass
Wednesday: 9:15am Mass, Ador. & Rec.
Thursday: 9:15am Mass, Ador. & Rec.
Friday: 9:15am Mass, Ador. & Rec.
First Friday: Ador. 7am-7:30pm.
Masses at 9:15am & 7:30pm with Anointing of the Sick and 4pm in Vietnamese.
Ador. – Adoration.
Rec. – Reconciliation.
Office Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30am to 4 pm.
Office Location: Presbytery (Entry Via Beaconsfield St).
Priest: Rev Dariusz Basiaga SDS PP JP
Phone: (02) 9773 9065
Email: Parish Office
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