Acts 15:19-21 is the clearest New Testament directive that all believers whether Jewish or Gentile (‘we’ v:21) are to be learning the words of Moses – in Assembly – on Shabbat. Yahshua Himself stated that ‘Moses wrote of Me’ (Lk.24:27, Jn.1:45, Jn.5:39; 46-47). So we are left with no other rational choice, if we want to learn of Yahshua HaMeshiach (Christ) we will include the Torah.
Yet there is a problem – most that revere Torah and revere Moses have nonetheless deferred to the replacement Rabbinics of the Rabbi’s. Much of the Church teachings of Law come ultimately from a Jewish and/or Rabbinic source. If we just go along to get along or accept what is asserted / what is said without studied / discerned investigation we have not learned our ex- ‘church’ error lesson very well.
Case in point; Most Rabbinic, Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, etc. Hebrew Roots, Messianic Jews/Israel alike recite the ‘Shama’ of Dt.6:4 and the Aaronic Blessing of Num.6 saying ‘Adonai Eloheynu’ – Adonai, Adonai; this and that Adonai. The problem is Moses did not write ‘Adonai Eloheynu’ at Dt.6:4; he wrote ‘YHWH Eloheynu’ (Elohim in some Bibles – Both being a singular plural). Num.6:27 uses the dynamic of Hebrew literature; restating to stress the point “ …they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them”;
That “Name” occurring four times (Num.6:22-27) is Yahweh. The third commandment Ex.20:7 of the Book of the Covenant (Ex.19:5-24:8) suffers similar abuse. So; believer you decide are we learning the words of Moses or replacements of the Rabbi’s? Point – Are we truly being ‘blessed’ by the disobedient as they disobey? However you feel about Nehemia Gordon; he is correct of this assessment – the Rabbis have turned what is supposed to be ‘the Aaronic Blessing’ into an “Ironic blessing”’.
Very briefly the problem is this; ‘adonai’ is a legitimate Hebrew word, it does occur in scripture some 460 times. Near something upward to 1/3rd of those references refer to men; example – Abraham is called ‘adonai’ (Gen.23:6). The ‘tetragrammaton’ YHWH (Yahweh) occurs 6827 times. Do you see the problem? They (the Pharisaic / Rabbis) have taken the 5% to cover up the 95% – taking the legitimate (‘adonai’) and using it illegitimately.
Like it or not, this is an example of twisting the Scripture; even worse using Scripture to cover and obscure Scripture. Further to manipulate and alter Scripture under the most astir and noble of pretense – Protecting His Name; – the problem is Yahweh never asks for His Name to be hidden from His people. Quite the contrary; He commands that His Name ‘Yahweh’ be placed on His people – That we use His name with respect & caution, but that does not include ‘non-use’ – Thank you mister Rabbi, Pastor, Minister, Reverend, Assembly leader, etc. sir.
I do concede that there are three main alternates of the ‘tetragrammaton’ – YHWH, YHVH and YHUH. I do also concede that none of us can know with absolute certainty what that correct pronunciation is – thanks to the Pharisees and Rabbis.
However; there are clues and evidences you may want to study and process, including; the Babylonian Jewish captivity ‘vav’ originally being the Paleo-Hebrew ‘waw’. Clements of Alexandra (150 c.e.) phonetically sounding out the Greek: I A OU E – as ‘Yahweh’. That even if one asserts a ‘Yeho’ or a ‘Yahu’ prefix, that transition to the suffix whether ‘eh’ (short ‘e’), ‘ah’ or ‘Ah’ (short ‘a’ or long ‘A’) will naturally/innately produce a ‘W’ sound not a ‘V’. Please audibly actually try it out. Our own English ‘U, V, W’ showing a similarity of progression with ‘V’ being used as a ‘U’ in many Old English spellings. The fact that we say ‘double U’ but we write ‘double V’, etc.
We do know one thing for certain; that ‘Adonai’ or it’s alternate ‘LORD/Lord’ (or ‘God’) is not that Name! – revealing Rabbinic tampering and Christian Cleric ignorance at best, disobedience at worst.
You’ll also want to note that Ex.20:24 of the Book of the Covenant (Ex.19:5-24:8-11) is quite telling;
Ex 20:24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record <zakar> my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
02142. rkz zakar, zaw-kar’
a primitive root; properly, to mark (so as to be recognized), i.e. to remember; by implication, to mention; also (as denominative from 2145) to be male:–X burn (incense), X earnestly, be male, (make) mention (of), be mindful, recount, record(-er), remember, make to be remembered, bring (call, come, keep, put) to (in) remembrance, X still, think on, X well.
See Hebrew 02145 (zakar)
‘where I record <zakar> my name’ -or- where I cause my name [to be mentioned, remembered or recognized <zakar>] – “I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.” – That’s a Covenant Promise! IF we will ‘do it’ – not turn around in a flip with the attitude ‘Oh that was real’; then preach sermons, teach teachings and sing songs about ‘how great is our God’; with a ‘Name above all names’ then no mention of it!
We must take note – That it’s a heck of a dynamic to bring out a truth then Not be changed by it.
This is an update exert of my book – ‘Back to the Melchizedek Future’
And consider this;
From H4428 and H7769; king (male) of *wealth; Malkishua, an Israelite (male) : – Malchishua.: – Malchishua.
I understand in your rush to expunge ‘shua’ and standardize all understanding to sha / usha but this summarily ignores some indelible facts; for instance that Yahshua is foremostly valid from ‘yeshua/h’ Gen.49:18 – Some stating ‘shua’ means vain – This is not so – neither ever, only or always. So your saying Jacob/Israel waited for Yah’s ‘vain’ salvation ??? Preposterous! And the remaining fact that ‘sha’ is not a stand alone Hebrew word and means nothing – that ‘usha’ is not a stand alone Hebrew word and means nothing. The same point could be made of ‘Yahu’ it is not a stand alone Hebrew word. It is a prefix; it is a suffix but it does not stand alone.
Yet indisputably for all time ‘Yah’ and ‘Shua’ (call/riches) & yeshua/h are all stand alone Hebrew words with definable evidence and meaning.
That being the normative; the honest cannot exclusively ignore either.
Hallelu-Yah (Praise Yah not Praise Yahu )
PS – You prefer Yahuah ‘yah-hoo’-ah’? – Consider; Yahshuah ‘yah-shoo’-ah’ – Phonetically is a nice fit. Eh? (A) get it?
And this in –
It is almost comical that the 1’s that demand Uah over Weh/ah cannot but consistently spite themselves for it is self evident that the natural vocalized transition from U to ah/Ah cannot help but produce the unmistakable audible W (Double U) sound no matter how you try not to.