DIVINE HEALING: A Biblicaland Practical Study GuidebyWilliam H. Heinrich, D.Min.1

All Bible Scripture quotations are from the New AmericanStandard Version of the Holy Bible. Copyright 1960, 1962,1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by theLockman Foundation. Used by permission courtesy of theZondervan Publishing House.DIVINE HEALING: A Biblical and Practical Study GuideISBN: 978-0-557-66012-4Copyright 2004, 2011 by William H. HeinrichRevised 2011All rights reservedPublished byEvidence of Truth Ministries, Inc.PO Box 1 Witmer, PA 17585Library of Congress DataPractical TheologySpiritual healingPrayerAll rights reserved. No portion of this book may bereproduced in any form without the written permission fromthe author.Printed in the United States2

What others have saidIn my 40 years of the ministry I have not read a bookthat is so thorough on the subject of healing. It is a great toolfor anyone who is longing to be used by God to do as Jesussaid “Go forth and heal the sick.” This Book will ignite newfaith in your heart for God to use you today.Rev. Mel Weaver, Senior PastorGrace Chapel, Elizabethtown, PAThis book is an enlightening summary of two ofthe many fine qualities of Bill Heinrich’s life. He is apassionate teacher and a recipient of God's miraculoushealing power. I remember when I first met Bill becausehe willingly shared his testimony of Jesus' miraculous healingof his body. That event had a major impact on the testimonyof who he now is. Bill's overriding passion in life, nextto seeking and loving the Lord, is being a teacher. He is theconsummate teacher, one who loves and lives a lifetime oflearning, and possesses a commitment of passing thoselessons and revelations on to others.That is precisely what this book does so well. Fromstart to finish, it presents a veritable banquet of Scripturepassages, teaching and edifying the reader with what theWord of God says about the subject of divine healing frommany angles. As a healing evangelist myself, I am happy toendorse this book as a fine, comprehensive resource forlearning not only what God’s will is for healing today, but alsohow to bring His healing power into the lives of others.Rev. Dr. Kevin Wagner, Healing EvangelistWagner International MinistriesOwasso, OKDr. Heinrich has provided a helpful guidebook topreparing for healing, suitable for teachers, those involved inhealing ministry and for those in need of healing. Hepresents sound biblical and theological principles for healing3

in a simple, easy-to-read format. These principles come notonly from study, but from his experience of God's healingpower in his own life.Paul L. King, D. Min., Th.D.Associate Professor of TheologyFaculty Coordinator of Bible Institute Programs, OnlineCampusOralRoberts UniversityTulsa, OK4

May those who minister in the Name of Jesus alwaysrememberit is not they who heal or should be honored,but Christ Jesus Who heals and is thefocus of all life and ministry.This book is to be a compliment to the Bible,not a replacement of it.5

Table of ContentsLesson 1: What is the Purpose of My Life?11Lesson 2: Understanding the Names of God19Lesson 3: Healing is in the Name of Jesus25Lesson 4: The Atonement35Lesson 5: Healing through the Centuries45Lesson 6: Renew Your Mind in Christ Jesus51Lesson 7: Prayer and Fasting57Lesson 8: The Significance of Forgiveness in Healing67Lesson 9: Inner Healing with an Emphasis on Fear73Lesson 10: Practical Advice for the Recovery of Addictions77Lesson 11: Maintain Your Healing; the Test of a Miracle81Lesson 12: Eat Healthy85Lesson 13: Healing Scriptures91Appendix: Information you might find useful104AbbreviationsANFFC6Ante-Nicene Fathers (ANF)Fathers of the Church

LCLNPNFBTOTNTcfLoeb Classical LibraryNicene and Pose Nicene FathersBabylonian TalmudOld TestamentNew TestamentCompare to. IntroductionMost people, including Christians, are not tooconcerned about their health until they lose it. When theneed of medical care arises we quickly hurry off to see thedoctor. Only when a situation becomes serious do some lookfor spiritual help.Now let’s throw in the proverbial monkey wrench andbe a bit more honest. Whether healthy or not, most of ustake minimal care of ourselves. Junk food is gobbled downwhile we pollute our minds with TV programs and magazinesthat only a few decades ago would have offended the worstpagans. Add to this mix the growing popular views ofChristians picking and choosing what they want to believe inthe Bible. The result is that our pews are filled with thosewho are sick physically, mentally (in terms of attitudes andbelief systems) as well as spiritually. They have the image ofa Christian but lack the power of Jesus in their lives.Of these three realms -- physical, mental and spiritual-- the latter two generally lie dormant and do not causeproblems other than emotional discord. Mental issues can bea serious problem, whether caused by physical problems,demonic, or drug or alcohol abuse. However, when thephysical body becomes ill, especially with a terminal disease,there is a passionate desire to obtain a healing. The sick willcare little whether a healing comes from a doctor or aminister of faith healing. They just want to get well.7

However, that is not what Jesus wants. He wants to haveevery person made whole – physically, mentally andspiritually. The entire salvation message is to transform thewandering person who is lost in the culture without ameaningful purpose in life, into a child of God who reflectsthe character and personality of Jesus. That includes atransformation of mind, body and soul.While Jesus had a three-fold ministry of preaching,teaching, and healing, only the healing segment of Hisministry is discussed in this book. The basics of healing themind, body, and soul are presented in outline form. SinceJesus desires the entire person to be transformed into Hisimage, and that includes physical and emotional healing, thisstudy must begin with a look at the purpose of life. Once thisis understood, the reader will develop a better focus andrelationship with Jesus, which in turn will enhance his or herhealing.8

Why I wrote this study guideI wrote this book that others may grow in their faith;grow strong in Christ Jesus. It was motivated first by my ownstruggle with terminal cancer, and second by the requests ofothers for copies of my study notes that I gathered duringmedical treatments. Whether you have a health challenge orare blessed with good health and wish to minister to others,this book will benefit you. To the unbeliever, divine healing isa sign that Jesus is Lord.When I was a teenager I had a periodic back problemtwo or three times a year that lasted a week or two. Theseepisodes were painful and I was unable to walk withoutassistance. Then one day someone prayed for me and I wasinstantly healed. The power of God manifested itself andchanged my life. It would be nice to say that ever since then Idid everything according to biblical directives, but that issimply not the case.Years later in 1994, as the result of an auto accident,I was diagnosed with a late stage 4 chondrosarcoma tumor inmy left hip. It was huge (16 cm; 6 inches) and had anappendage that went around my spinal column. Whendiagnosed my life expectancy was only 5 or 6 monthswithout surgery and 2 or 3 years if I survived surgery with arare chance of surviving 15 years. By the grace of Godsurgery went well and I had a quick recovery, but I lost myleft hip and leg. I was informed at my 3-year check-up thatduring surgery doctors were debating whether to cut me inhalf to save my life. They concluded that a quality short lifewith one leg would be better than a longer one beingbedridden. I had a unique tension having both the peace offaith and being confronted with natural thoughts ofimmanent death.Since my spinal column was filled with cancer cells,several months later I underwent radiation therapy. Mypastor and church prayed that I would not experience theadverse side effects that are associated with suchprocedures. God intervened and I was full of energy, joy andhad no side affects.In the seven years that followed chondrosarcomanodules appeared four times. The result of three lungsurgeries was that the upper lobe of one lung and sections ofthe other were removed. The last time nodules appeared9

was in 2001. One evening at a church service several peopleprayed for my healing. Two months later at the next medicalexam the X-rays and CT scans revealed that the noduleswere gone. No mystery, just Jesus.Throughout this experience there were two Bibleverses that became significant to my faith – promises that Iaccepted as if written for me personally. The first was Psalm118:17, “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what theLORD has done.” The second was, Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For Iknow the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans toprosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope anda future.’”I began to gather Bible promises, books, audio tapesand anything I could find on divine healing. Someinformation came from friends to whom I am greatlyindebted as they helped me grow closer to Jesus. ngelists. At that time I cared little as to who authoredor published them because I was more concerned about thechallenge to my life. God clearly had my attention.It soon became evident that God was more interestedin a relationship with me than my health. Good health willgive a certain number of years of life upon this earth, but arelationship will give life for eternity. The double blessing isthat with the relationship with Jesus is the gift of health. Butwhile both are free, it may be costly in terms of commitmentto live a life according to God’s directives.I have learned that there are several keys to healing.Obviously one is to have faith that Jesus is the Healer.Another is forgiveness—something that is especially difficultif one has experienced a deep hurt or loss. Another is to prayfor the healing of others first and yourself last. Whileprinciples as these are important, it is equally important notto try to put God into a formula “to get” what you want. It isGod’s desire that you desire God.That is why this book was written in outline form. Itwould have been easy to make a recording of a sermonseries, transcribe the audio tapes and print a book. In fact,some readers would prefer that format. In an age wheremultiple conveniences of life are taken for granted, whereeveryone has instant-on TV and microwave, we have alsobecome spiritually lazy and biblically illiterate. This outline10

provides the skeletal framework for a do-it-yourselfcomprehensive study. It is only when you become an activeparticipant in study, prayer, reflective thinking andmeditation in his or her relationship with God, spiritualgrowth and healing.Finally, from one of our early healing services comesthis story: I was conducting a healing service in a smallEvangelical Free Church in my wife’s home town of Iisalmi,Finland. Of those who came forward for prayer was a womanwith a chronic skin condition. My wife Paivi and I prayed forher healing. Several weeks later someone in the churchmailed a letter to us, stating that this woman went to herdoctor who said she was completely healed. When askedhow this happened, she said that “a man with one leg prayedfor me.” God certainly has a sense of humor.11

AcknowledgementsAs previously stated, when I started writing this bookI organized, pages and pages of notes I had gathered whilefighting cancer. Many came from the diligent work of otherministers and teachers to whom appropriate credit is due.The first edition of this book was published for a pastor’sconference in Nigeria in 2004. However, since I felt I did nothave proper credits the Nigerian booklet was not reprinted. Inthe intervening years, however, there were several requestsfor copies. Hence, I have decided to revise and publish thisedition. Its sole purpose is to benefit the reader that he orshe may grow closer to Jesus and experience His divine graceand healing touch as did I. To any author whose commentsherein have not been properly credited or referenced, kindlyaccept my apology and write me.Finally, I honor the late Rev. Bob Nickelson ofRichardson, Texas. I first met Brother Bob in Bradenton,Florida in 1980. I have always been impressed with hissimple healing ministry technique which was as follows: Priorand during a healing service he prayed and relied upon theHoly Spirit for wisdom and discernment. During the healingservice he would read various Scriptures with minimalcommentary. In essence, he seldom preached a sermon, butmerely read God’s Word to those who needed a divineintervention. He then asked God to manifest His promises tothose who called upon the name of Jesus. I suggest you dothe same. Divine healing is simple because it is a “Godthing.”- BillHeinrich12


Lesson 1What is the Purpose of My Life?Purpose:To understand the basic purpose of life reveals therelationship potential between man and God, and how man istherefore to live.Objective:The student will understand the significance of placing focuson God and to serve Him rather than to focus all attention onhis/her illness. To know God and to make Him known toothers.The question of purpose of life has been argued amongphilosophers and theologians for centuries. It generallybecomes critical to laymen at a time of crisis and is rooted inanxiety, despair and hopelessness. It points to the questionof ultimate concern and hence, it is discussed in Lesson 1.Self-centered plan vs. God-centered planSelf-centered planReach the pinnacle of personal fulfillment.My goals, ambitions, career, etc.“I did it my way.”Rom. 8:6 Passion with self deathGod-centered planYou were born by God’s purpose and for God’spurpose.Jn. 3:16, etc. Passion for Jesus lifeThe ultimate goal of man is to have fellowship with God wholoves us.14

Ps. 136 God knew each of us individually prior to thecreation of the earth. This reveals our importance toHimJn. 3:16 With the crucifixion of Jesus, God made theultimate sacrifice to pay for our redemption of sin(includes the loss of health).Mt. 6:33 Search first for the Kingdom of God, then Hisblessings will be yours.Mk. 16:17-18 All believers, including those who aresick, are to pray and lay hands on those who are sickthat they will be healed.God knows me:Ps. 138:8 God wants to fulfill His purpose in me.Ps. 139:15 God knows my weaknesses and strengths;“inside and out.”Ps. 139:16 God saw me before my birth and knew howlong I would live.Acts 17:26 Every part of my life has a purpose.Note: God understands that people sin and make mistakesand He certainly does not condone sin or cause evil.However, He is able to redeem any and all situations andchange them for His good. He also sees and understands usfrom His perspective. For example, we might see anillegitimate child, but God sees lost, illegitimate andirresponsible parents. He can create in them new life that isoverflowing with joy and happiness.God has a plan for every person:Jer. 29:11 He has a plan for a future and hope for eachperson.Eph. 1:11 In Christ we find our identity and purpose oflife.Mt. 28:19-20 The Great Commission.Our bodies are the temple of God. Hence we need to care forour health. This includes:15

Gal. 5:17-21, 26 To reject attitudes and behavioralpatterns that are representative of a depraved sinfulhumanity.Rom. 12:1-3 Renew one’s thought-life to be like that ofChrist.Gal. 5:22-25 Accept a new lifestyle that reflects thecharacter and nature of God. As a believer yourpurpose is to love God and reflect His character byyour attitude. The blood of Jesus removes all stainfrom sin and forgives your failures.Mt. 28:19-20 The Great CommissionTherefore, if God has a plan for our lives then obviously it isnot His plan to have illness shorten or limit life.I have purpose in my Father Mt. 5:13 I am the salt and light of the earth.Acts 1:8 I am a witness of God to the world.2 Cor. 5:18 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.2 Cor. 5:20 I am God’s ambassador to the world.Phil. 4:13 I can do all things in Christ.Man’s ultimate purpose is to know God and make Himknown; to worship Him in times of quiet meditation and othertimes by serving others. God has a purpose and work forevery person on earth. The successful life is one wherebysomeday you will kneel before Christ and hear Him say, “Welldone my good and faithful servant.” But first, the essentialquestion is, Do you know God?Do you know God?If you do not know God, then there are five essential lawsthat you need to consider. We have a problem: God isperfect, pure and holy. No matter how good we are, none ofus can attain the perfection, purity and holiness of God withour own efforts. Therefore, God has established five spiritual16

laws that need to be understood to begin a personalrelationship with God. They are:Law No. 1 - God has a wonderful plan for your life. TheBible says that whoever believes in Him will not perish, buthave eternal life (John 3:16). We see this in Psalm 16:11 thatreads, You will make known to me the path of life; In Yourpresence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand thereare pleasures forever. The phrases “In your presence” and“at your right hand” are Hebraic idioms that refer to a closepersonal relationship just as God said, “Abraham my friend”in Isaiah 41:8.Law No. 2 – However, man is sinful and therefore,separated from God. The Bible says that all have sinnedand fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and that theultimate result of sin is eternal damnation or death (Rom.6:23). Again we read this in Ecclesiastes 7:20, “Indeed, thereis not a righteous man on earth who continually does goodand who never sins.” God cannot accept anyone with sinaccording to Habakkuk. This prophet said of God, “Your eyesare too pure to approve evil, and You can not look onwickedness with favor why do You look with favor on thosewho deal treacherously? Why are You silent when thewicked swallow up those more righteous than they?” (Hab.1:13). Isaiah said that “But your iniquities have made aseparation between you and your God, and your sins havehidden His face from you so that He does not hear” (Isa.59:2).In Psalms we read that, “For I know mytransgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You,You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight ”(51:3-4a) and “For Your loving kindness toward me is great,and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol(hell).”Law No. 3 – The reward of sin is death. Jeremiah saidthat because of sin, everyone must die (Jer. 31:29-30; cfEzek. 18:20), and the Prophet Nahum said, “The Lord is slowto anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no meansleave the guilty unpunished ” (1:3a). As a result of thisseparation, neither man nor God can enjoy this relationship17

each desires. Man cannot resolve the issue by goodcommunity deeds, a moral lifestyle, prayers, sacrificialgiving, or anything else. Yes, even our good deeds are asfilthy rags to God (Isa. 64:5) because of our sinful nature. It istrue that there are good and bad people, but in the eyes ofGod, even the best of us have sinned and therefore, areunrighteous in His sight. If man cannot make any kind ofprovision to restore the relationship, then it is theresponsibility of God to do so. Hence, the wonderful plan thatGod has for each of us comes into focus.Law No. 4 - The Provision by God. The Provision of God isthat He paid the penalty of our sins. Centuries ago Hisprophets, looking into the future, said that God would providea provision. Note the incredible words of Isaiah 53, written inthe 8th century BC.1Who has believed our message?And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?2For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,And like a root out of parched ground;He has no stately form or majestyThat we should look upon Him,Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.3He was despised and forsaken of men,A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;And like one from whom men hide their faceHe was despised, and we did not esteem Him.4Surely our griefs He Himself bore,And our sorrows He carried;Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,Smitten of God, and afflicted.5But He was pierced through for our transgressions,He was crushed for our iniquities;The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,And by His scourging we are healed.6All of us like sheep have gone astray,Each of us has turned to his own way;But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us allTo fall on Him.7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,Yet He did not open His mouth;18

Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,So He did not open His mouth.8By oppression and judgment He was taken away;And as for His generation, who consideredThat He was cut off out of the land of the livingFor the transgression of my people, to whom the strokewas due?9His grave was assigned with wicked men,Yet He was with a rich man in His death,Because He had done no violence,Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.10But the LORD was pleasedTo crush Him, putting Him to grief;If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,He will see His offspring,He will prolong His days,And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in Hishand.11As a result of the anguish of His soul,He will see it and be satisfied;By His knowledge the Righteous One,My Servant, will justify the many,As He will bear their iniquities.12Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,And He will divide the booty with the strong;Because He poured out Himself to death,And was numbered with the transgressors;Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,And interceded for the transgressors.The One who “bore the sin of many” (v. 12) was Jesus.However, since God knew that it would be difficult for man toaccept Jesus, His prophets gave numerous prophecies thatwould identify Him.A few of them are:He was to be a descendant of David (Jer. 23:5-6; Mt.1:1; 9:27).19

He was to be born in Bethlehem (Mic. 5:1; Mt. 2:1-6).He was to be preceded by a herald (Isa. 40:3; Mk. 1:2;Jn. 1:28-34).He was to be like the prophet Moses (Deut. 18:15-19;Lk. 7:16; Jn. 6:14; 7:40).He was to be have a unique nature (Jer. 23:5-6; Mic.5:1; Isa. 9:5-6).He was to be a miracle worker of healing (Isa. 35:4-6;42:6-7; Mt. 4:23-24; 12:22-23).He was to die by crucifixion (Ps. 22:14-17).He was to be buried in a tomb of a rich man (Isa. 53:9;Mt. 27:27-60).He was to be raised to life after his death (Ps. 16:10;Isa. 53:10; 1 Cor. 15:3-8).Most important: He was to live and die before thedestruction of the Second Temple (Dan. 9:26).These identifying prophecies describe only Jesus of NazarethWho lived a pure and sinless life, was crucified, butresurrected from the grave so we can be resurrected onstrates His own love toward us, in that while we wereyet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Jesus once said, “Iam the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to theFather but through Me” (Jn. 14:6). Clearly, Jesus was theProvision for man to receive eternal life through a personalrelationship with God Himself.Law No. 5 - You must accept the Provision of God.While life and sacrificed life of Jesus is a gift that is offered toeveryone, only those who decide to accept the gift willobviously receive it. The gospel writer John said, “But asmany as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right tobecome children of God, even to those who believe in Hisname” (Jn. 1:12). When you receive Jesus, you also ask andwill receive forgiveness of all your sins (Col. 2:13).20

The only way to God is to accept Jesus as your Lord andSavior. When you receive Him, you accept God’s provisionfor the penalty of your sins. The death of Jesus was yourdeath and therefore, His life is your life. Then you can beginto live the abundant life – the perfect plan for your life – thatGod destined you to have (Jn. 10:10; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Thess.5:18). To begin simply pray and confess your sins, ask Himto forgive you and to give you new life. While there is noprescribed prayer, an example is this:Dear God, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I repentof my sins and need you to forgive me. I thank you foryour forgiveness, foreternallifeandforplacing your Holy Spirit within me. Thank you forcompleting your perfect plan in my life. In Jesus’ nameI pray, Amen.Welcome to the family of God. You can now proceed with thefullness of life that is part of His divine plan.* * * Notes * * *21

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Lesson 2Understanding the Names of GodPurpose:To understand that the meaning of the names of God in theOld Testament that include healing.Objective:The student will understand the character of God byunderstand-ing the names of God. This is followed by anintroductory 5-step process of healing as well as a briefhistorical survey of healing in the early church in Lesson 4.However, note that the application of faith is a constanttheme throughout both Testaments.Names of GodThe Names of God can become confusing, especially sincemost believers are accustomed to using only “God,”“Father,” or “Jesus” in their prayer language. Since namessuch as “Elohim,” “El,” and “Jehovah” are confusing, a briefclarification is presented below.The names of God reveal his character and thereby His truepassion and concern is known. Praying to God using Hisvarious names helps us understand our identity in Jesus.There are many of names of God, these are only a few ofthem.The name Jehovah explained: The primary meaning ofthis Divine Name originated from the Hebrew word Havahmeaning “to be” or “to exist,” but over the course ofcenturies it also suggested the meaning of “to become” or“to become known”. The latter translation has become aprefix for other descriptive names of God as is shown below.Jehovah by itself is now defined as “The Existing One” or“Lord,” the latter of which is commonly used in Bibletranslations.23

Jehovah-rapha “I am the Lord who heals you” (Ex.15:26; Deut. 32:39; Ps. 103:3, etc.). The name Rapha (ra-pa)means “to restore”, “to heal” or “to make healthful” andwhen combined with Jehovah, the new terms become“Jehovah Who Heals.” (cf. Jer 30:17; Jer. 3:22; Isa 30:26; Isa61:1; Ps. 103:3). Isaiah gave a prophecy that the Messiahwould have a ministry of healing and Jesus was faithful tothat calling (Mt. 8:17).Jehovah-shamma “The Lord is there/present” (Ezek.48:35). God reveals to us the redemptive privilege of being inHis presence. Jesus said that He would be with us always(Mt. 28:20). We have that promise because of the blood ofJesus as described in Ephesians 2:13.Jehovah-shalom “The Lord is our peace” (Judg. 6:2323). We are privileged to live in divine peace. Jesus said, “Mypeace I give to you always” (Jn. 14:27). The redemption thatgives us that incredible peace was promised by Isa. in 53:5and confirmed in Colossians 1:20.Jehovah-raah “The Lord is my shepherd” (Ps. 23:1). Justas a faithful shepherd in ancient times was willing to die forhis sheep, likewise Jesus was our shepherd who died for us(Jn. 10: 11, 15).Jehovah-jireh “The Lord will provide” (Gen. 22:8, 14).Jesus was the sacrificial offering for our sins.Jehovah-nissi“The Lord is our banner, victor, orcaptain” (Ex. 17:15). The Hebrew name Nes is the rootfrom which Nissi derived the meaning “banner,” as with abanner with an insignia attached and placed on the top of aflagpole. Poles with banners were commonly used on thefront lines of ancient military conflicts as this permittedtroops to identify their focal point and leader. Mosesrecognized that the Lord was Israel’s banner when theydefeated the Amalekites (Ex. 17:15). Jesus is our banner as intimes of conflict. He is our leader and focal point and in Hispresence we have victory (I Cor. 15:57).24

Jehovah-Tsidkenu “The Lord is our righteousness” (Jer.23:6). We have the gift of righteousness (Rom. 5:17) becauseJesus took our sins to the cross.The name Yahweh (YHWH) explained: This name isbelieved to have been derived from a verb that means “Toexist” or “to be”. While its meaning is uncertain, its primaryexplanation is found in Exodus 3:13-15.In the OldTestament it is used more than any other name to refer toGod (6,828 times) and is the personal name for God. 1 Yet itwas never to be pronounced except by the High Priest on theDay of Atonement, Yom Kippur, but its pronunciation was lostduring the Babylonian exile. Therefore any pronunciationsuch as Yahweh or Jehovah is sheer speculation. TodayJewish people commonly use the name Adonai (Lord) in thesynagogue and in general conversation they use the nameHashem, that simply means “the Name.”2Compounds that can be attached are the same as withJehovah. By the Middle Ages the Jews feared that they mightmention the holy name inappropriately and thereby violatethe commandment of Exodus 20:7, “You shall not take thename of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will notleave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.”Therefore it was no longer mentioned and today its originalpronunciation is unknown. It was eventually replaced byAdonai. There are dozens of compounds that describe thecharacter of God. Several additional examples are below.Yahweh-jireh (See Jehovah-jireh above)Yahweh-nissi (See Jehovah-nissi above)Yahweh-shalom “The Lord is Peace.” Points to the Lord asthe means of our peace and rest (Judg. 6:24).1John B. Metzger. The Tri-Unity of God is Jewish. (St. Louis, MO: CenveoPlus Communications. 2005). 46.2Ludwig Schneider. “Names of God.” Israel Today. (December, 2009). 15.25

Yahweh-sabbaoth “The Lord of Hosts.” A military figureportraying the Lord as the commander of the armies ofheaven (1 Sam. 1:3; 17:45).Yahweh-maccaddeshcem “The Lord your Sanctifier.”Portrays the Lord as our means of sanctification or as the onewho sets believers apart for His purposes (Ex. 31:13).Yahweh-ro’i “The Lord my Shepherd.”

half to save my life. They concluded that a quality short life with one leg would be better than a longer one being bedridden. I had a unique tension having both the peace of faith and being confronted with natural thoughts of immanent death. Since my spinal column was filled with cancer cells, several months later I underwent radiation therapy. My