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O Adonai

December 18th, 2001 Comments off

by Rev. William Cwirla

O Adonai,

et dux domus Israël,
qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

O Adonai and Ruler of the house of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the burning bush
 and gave him the Law on Sinai: 
Come with an outstretched arm and redeem us.

Adonai is Hebrew for “LORD.”  LORD is the substitute term for YHWH, the
ineffable, sacred, saving, Gospel name of God under the old covenant.
“Say this to the people of Israel, ‘YHWH the God of your fathers, the
God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to
you.”  This is my name for ever, and thus I am to be remembered
throughout all generations.’”  To say Adonai, LORD, is to say YHWH, the
Name that saves.

“Whom shall I say sent me?  What is His Name?”   To have the Name of
God is to have God Himself.  “Tell them Ehyeh asher ehyeh sent you.”  I
am who I am.  Ehyeh.  I AM.  YHWH.  He is the One who is.  The God
whose saving Name is a verb.  His Name is action.

Every day, in the morning and in the evening, the Name of the Lord was proclaimed by Israel:

“Shema Israel, Adonai eluhenu, Adonai echad.”  Hear O Israel, the LORD
our God, the LORD alone.  There is none other like YHWH.  (Deut. 6:4)

Where God’s Name is, there is holy ground.  YHWH is present save and to
redeem.  Where His Name is, there is Gospel fire, Pentecost fire that
burns but does not destroy.  His burning love and passion to save.
Where His Name is, there He is mighty to save.  “I am YHWH, and I will
bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
deliver you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an
outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment, and I will take you
for my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am
YHWH, your God.”

“Hail, O favored one, YHWH is with you,” the angel Gabriel said to
Mary.  “You will bear a son, and you shall call His name Y’shua.  YHWH
is salvation.  Jesus incarnates the Name of God.  He is YHWH in our
human flesh.  “Before Abraham was, I AM,” Jesus said.  To reject this
Jesus is to reject the I AM of the burning bush, YHWH of Sinai and the
Sea, the Lord of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  There
is no other Name, no other Lord who saves you, no other salvation than
by His cross and resurrection.

To have a Lord is to have a redeemer.  Jesus is your Adonai, your
Redeemer.  You didn’t make Him Lord any more than you gave Him a name.
He became your Lord by being born of a Virgin, by dying and rising for
you, and by baptizing you into His death and resurrection.  He will
come on HIs Day to raise you from the dead.  And then you will confess
what you now confess by faith:  Adonai Y’shua Hamashiach, Lord Jesus
Christ, to the glory of God the Father.

Artwork:  “The Burning Bush” – Marc Chagall