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(Q) In the Old Testament when you see the word LORD or JEHOVAH, is this referring to God the Father, or could it be referring to God the Son who became Christ Jesus?
(A) This question has perplexed scholars and teachers alike along with some of our modern religious sects. When we look at the scriptures honestly, literally, and have a willing heart to know the truth we will find the surprising answer. I shall start with a verse from the book of Isaiah 43: 3 which states in the first part of the verse the following: 3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:
I am using the King James Version of the Bible so you need to know whenever we find the word “LORD” used in a verse in Capital letters, then we know LORD is also JEHOVAH. The Old Testament contains this name (JEHOVAH) some fifty-five hundred places. JEHOVAH bears the meaning of “continuing being, a personal, absolute, self-determining Existence. Remember as we quote scriptures with the name LORD in them it will also mean JEHOVAH. As an example then, the above verse quoted from Isaiah 43: 3 can read like this: For I am JEHOVAH your God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.
Now I am going to quote Isaiah 43: 3 again along with two other verses from Isaiah 43: 11, and Isaiah 45: 21-22:
Isaiah 43: 11: 11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
Isaiah 45: 21-22: 21Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
The four verses above say the LORD (JEHOVAH) is the Saviour and there is none beside me. So the question remains, who is JEHOVAH in the Old Testament? Is it God the Father as some believe? Some religious sects believe when the Bible says there is only One God it means That God the Father is all there is. God to some means (ONE) singular being. So JEHOVAH according to their way of thinking could only mean God the Father as there would be no other. So then (The Father) would be the Saviour and beside Him there is no other. Let’s look at the first verse in the Bible and see what it says.
Genesis 1: 1: 1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
God in this verse according to Strong’s complete Dictionary of Bible words is the Hebrew word ELOHIYM. It means God; Gods; Great Ones; Mighty; Very Great. ELOHIYM is a plural word meaning more than one.In Genesis 1:26 God said LET US make man—26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Now that we have established the fact that there is more than one Divine personage involved in the word God, we will look at John 1: 1-14 to see who else is part of the God family:
13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
From these verses we see, “in the beginning was the Word,” ( the Word here is LOGOS in the Greek and means communication, speaker,speech talk, utterance, or as we would say today the Word was the Spokesman for the God family).
Next it says “ the Word was with God “. So here God is referring to the Father. Then in the last part of verse 1 it says, “and the Word was God”. Now we have the Father and the Word being part of the God family. THEY BOTH ARE GOD! In the first part of verse 14 above it tells us “the WORD was made FLESH, and DWELT AMONG US. Now I wonder who the Word was that Dwelt Among us? First let’s look at John 11: 25-27: 25Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
One more verse in II John 1: 7 says: 7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
From the quoted verses above we can see that Jesus Christ was the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us. I hope this is becoming clear to you that JEHOVAH, THE LORD, AND THE WORD are all the same Divine Personage who also became Flesh and Dwelt among us as the ONE WE KNOW TODAY AS JESUS CHRIST.
Now I am going to quote the first part of Isaiah 43 : 3 again to make another point: 3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:
Remember LORD in the above verse also means JEHOVAH. If JEHOVAH would be referring to God the Father as some believe, then it is saying that God the Father is your Saviour. So now then we need to look in the New Testament at some scriptures that say Christ Jesus is our Saviour.
As you can see in the above 6 verses starting with Luke 2: 11, it states that Jesus Christ is our Saviour and our God. In the last part of verse 4 in Titus 1 above it says mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Here in verse 4 we have the Father called God and Christ called God. Also in Titus 2: 13 above it calls Christ the great God and our Saviour. One more time we will look at Isaiah 43: 11: 11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
So the point I want to make again is; remembering that LORD means JEHOVAH and then right above where I just quoted Isaiah 43: 11 it would say “ I AM JEHOVAH AND BESIDE ME THERE IS NO SAVIOUR”. If JEHOVAH is the same as God the Father as some believe then we have a real problem, because then the Father is the Saviour and there is no other. So if JEHOVAH is the only Saviour and the New Testament clearly states that Christ is the Saviour, the only conclusion that can be reached is that CHRIST IS JEHOVAH, NOT THE FATHER. It is as simple as that. Unless, of course, there are TWO Saviours. We know THERE ARE NOT TWO SAVIOURS because Christ Jesus is the ONLY ONE WHO SHED HIS HOLY BLOOD ON HIS CROSS AT CALVARY FOR THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD. Hebrews 9: 22, 28: states the following:
Can you find anywhere in the Bible where it says God the Father died for the sins of the World by shedding His Blood? No! Let me know if you can find such a Scripture in the Bible; it’s not there! I am not trying to take anything away from God our Father, He is just as important as God the Son, (Christ Jesus) they are all completely equal in every way, including God the Holy Spirit. But remember only Christ shed His Blood and died for the sins of the World, not the Father, not the Holy Spirit. God the Father never became a human being, so it was impossible for Him to shed any blood, only Christ could do that because He was fully human and fully God at the same time.
There are a few more verses I want to show you that also tell us who JEHOVAH is in the Old Testament. We will look at Deuteronomy 10: 17 first: 17For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
Back up to Deuteronomy 10: 17 above where it says “for the LORD your God,” (can read) “ for JEHOVAH your God,” and then it says JEHOVAH is Lord of lords. Now in Revelation 17: 14 above it says the Lamb is also Lord of lords. Revelation 5: 12 above says “ the Lamb that was slain.” The verses above from John 1: 29, 36, tell us that Jesus is the Lamb of God.
So in conclusion, from Deuteronomy 10: 17 through John 1: 36 this is what we find: The LORD or (JEHOVAH) was Lord of lords, the Lamb was Lord of lords, the Lamb was slain, Jesus was the Lamb who took away the sin of the World.
I hope you can see from this study that THE LORD, JEHOVAH, THE WORD, THE LAMB, THE SAVIOUR ARE ALL THE SAME DIVINE BEING, NAMELY CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR!
Please read this article carefully, as I know it may be a little difficult to understand the first time you read it. you may need to go over it several times. There is also a lot more that could be said about this topic, but for now, that’s all there is.
Maranatha ( Lord come )