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Jehovah Laid the Foundations of the Earth



It was in the beginning that God created the heavens and the earth The 102nd Psalm is a petition made by the Psalmist to Jehovah God. The name "Jehovah" (many times translated as "Lord" or "LORD") is used repeatedly in the Psalm. It is a prayer to God in which the Psalmist explains that his confidence in Jehovah's ability to help is based, in part, on the power of Jehovah as demonstrated at the creation of the universe.

"Of old Thou didst lay the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. Even they will perish, but Thou dost endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment...but Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end" (Psalm102:25-27).

Some religious groups suggest that The Son of God is less than God; that He is the first creature that God created and that it is not proper to consider the Son to be as God. Jehovah God had no beginning, they say correctly, but the Son of God did, they say incorrectly. Of course, they teach that the name "Jehovah" is God's name, and since the Son of God is less than God then "Jehovah" is not a name correctly applied to the Son.

However, if The Son of God had no beginning, and "was God and is God" (John 1:1-3), then it seems that it would be entirely appropriate to use the name "Jehovah" when referencing Him. So, a very telling question to answer is this:

"Do the Scriptures of God ever use the name 'Jehovah' when speaking of the Son?" If they do, then Jesus' Deity would be confirmed!

The inspired Scriptures affirm directly and positively that the one addressed as "Jehovah" in the 102nd Psalm, specifically verses 25-27 quoted above, is none other than Jehovah God the Son, the very same one who walked the face of this earth and was known as Jesus of Nazareth. The Holy Spirit reveals in the New Testament that these verses are referring specifically to the Son!

8 But of the Son He says,

"YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER,
AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.
9 "YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS;
THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU
WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS."
10 And,
"YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH,
AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;
11 THEY WILL PERISH, BUT YOU REMAIN;
AND THEY ALL WILL BECOME OLD LIKE A GARMENT,
12 AND LIKE A MANTLE YOU WILL ROLL THEM UP;
LIKE A GARMENT THEY WILL ALSO BE CHANGED.
BUT YOU ARE THE SAME,
AND YOUR YEARS WILL NOT COME TO AN END."

(Hebrews 1:8-12).

Jesus is the One who created the earth and heavens and He was the very same Person
whether speaking into existence universe or laying in a manger or hanging on the cross or ascending back to His throne in Heaven. He is the One called "Jehovah" in the 102nd Psalm verses 25-27 and "Lord" in Hebrews 1:10.

Now, some day those who deny this may come up with an "answer", but so far, whenever this has been brought to their attention they have only promised to "find the answer and get back to (us)" and then either disappear never to be heard from again or, in one case, return and insist that they would control the discussion from now on and would not discuss the question that they had previously promised to answer. So, in dealing with this doctrine, here is what you can try:

2 easy steps:

1. Read Psalm 102:25-27, note that it is "Jehovah" being addressed in the context, and ask if this passage is about Jehovah, When they say "yes" go to step 2

2. Read Hebrews 1:8-12 and ask why the Hebrew writer quotes Psalm 102 and says it is about the Son unless the "Son" of Hebrews 1 is also the "Jehovah" of Psalm 102:25-27?
 

By Jon W. Quinn
The Final Page
From Expository Files 15.5; May 2008

 

 

 

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