Monday, June 11, 2007

Breathing YHWH

Have you ever been at a loss for words? I have had people extend such kindness to me that I do not know quite how to respond. I do not have a vocabulary extensive enough to verbally convert the thoughts in my head to a valuable and meaningful vocal expression of gratitude. I have scene sights and felt feelings (profound, huh?) that have taken my breath away. In El Paso, Texas after a hike that took my breath away, I looked around from the peak of a mountain to see the landscape created by God only to have more breath completely escape me. Looking up from the New River Gorge and seeing rocks and cliffs adored with greens, browns, and oranges that extend to take over the sky left me without air. Oxygen evades me more during the thrill and rush of rafting the whitewater of the Upper Gauley River than it does with a face full of water crashing against me.

Yahweh was the name for God that could not be spoken. If one wished to refer to God, the names Elohim and Adonai (among others) were sufficient. Yahweh, however, could not be spoken due to the level of respect and adoration granted to God. Perhaps, the mere thought of the grandeur and sovereignty of God takes ones breath away.

Involuntarily, our bodies breathe. Air in. Air out. The only sound that could be associated with the name Yahweh was the human breath. A breath, that which gives us life, is the only possible utterance for the name of God. Though unspeakable, with every breath one breathes, he/she does speak the name Yahweh every moment of every day unless of course, he takes your breath away. But then you are not alive. So to be fully alive is to live in the fullness of the image of Yahweh with every breath.

2 comments:

Corbin said...

Comment capable. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Travis, you're the man. If you guys are coming up to Chicago, let me know. I'd love to catch up. Peace to you my friend.
HOFF

Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."