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The Meaning Of Hallelujah

May 29, 2010

The Meaning Of Hallelujah

Hallelujah” is a word known worldwide,  but many don’t really know exactly what it means.     If we’re going to use this word,  it would be good to use it rightly.    

It is two Hebrew words put together.     “Hallel”  means to praise,  to boast in,  to shine forth,  to be worthy of praise, and to be commended.     “Jah” is a shortened form of “Jehovah“,  which means the Self-Existent and Eternal One.     Jehovah is the name of the LORD which emphasizes that God Almighty has no beginning or end.     He always has been and He always will be LORD God Almighty.     There simply is none greater.

When we put the two words together,  we are praising the LORD  with all our being,  because He alone  is worthy  of being praised  for all the great things He has done and continues to do.     When we separate the two words, they are translated “Praise the LORD“.     If we see the Greek form of the word, we will see “Alleluia“.     It means the very same thing.

In some Bible translations, we will read “Praise the LORD!”  and see a footnote about “Hallelujah”.     In other translations, we will read “Hallelujah!” and possibly see the footnote that it means “Praise the LORD!”

The phrase is mostly seen in the Psalms and in the book of Revelation.     It praises God for all the many miracles and details of creation and God’s power in rescuing His people through miraculous powers.     In the book of Revelation, it praises God for His final judgments on all wickedness.

A few examples of verses that contain the Hebrew term “Hallelujah!” include:

Let sinners be consumed from the earth,    
And let the wicked be no more.   
Bless the LORD,  O my soul.    
Praise the LORD!   [Hallelujah!]       Psalm 104:35

Praise the LORD!   [Hallelujah!]    
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;    
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.       Psalm 106:1

Praise the LORD!   [Hallelujah!]    
How blessed is the man who fears the LORD,    
Who greatly delights in His commandments.       Psalm 112:1

Praise the LORD!   [Hallelujah!]    
Praise God in His sanctuary;    
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.    
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;    
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.    
Praise Him with trumpet sound;    
Praise Him with harp and lyre.    
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;    
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.    
Praise Him with loud cymbals;    
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.    
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.    
Praise the LORD!   [Hallelujah!]       Psalm 150:1-6

From these examples, we can see that “Hallelujah!” is praising God Almighty with our whole being because of His love,  wisdom,  power,  and worthiness.     We are just His creation — and an extremely small part of His creation at that.     So, it is only right and proper that we give Him praise with all our might.    

Without God’s love and power we could not even exist.     So, we give praise where praise is due.     No one will ever be able to praise the LORD enough.     So, it is with all humbleness in realizing our unworthiness that we exalt the great love and power of God on our behalf.     He has given us salvation in Jesus Christ, and sustains us with our every breath.

With thankful hearts in whatever our circumstances, we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD, Your love and wisdom and power are far beyond our comprehension.     By Your mercy in Jesus Christ, please let us live to Your glory with our every breath.”

Love,  
Margaret

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and King of kings…

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  1. November 13, 2012 10:38 am

    this is most understandable a like this breakdown

  2. November 13, 2012 10:39 am

    the meaning of hallelujah

  3. November 13, 2012 12:13 pm

    Hi Raymond,

    I’m so glad that you liked this devotional on the meaning of “Hallelujah”. As we see God doing wonderful things all around us, it is very appropriate to say, “Hallelujah!” as a way of thanking and praising Him. After all, He is the only one capable of creating all the things we see around us — and He is the only one capable of saving us from our sins. And, of course, since English is our native language, we can say things like, “Thank You, LORD”, and “I praise You, LORD”. :) Have a great day.

    Margaret

  4. raymond duran permalink
    November 14, 2012 7:44 pm

    thank you for helping me.. God bless you more!

  5. November 14, 2012 9:16 pm

    Hi Raymond,

    You’re most welcome. It sure is good to rightly praise our LORD for all the good He does. As we keep on reading God’s word, we find that all of His children thank and praise Him in some way or another.

    Margaret

  6. David Olowookere permalink
    December 8, 2012 4:07 pm

    I love this, message. To me is a message, thanks may bless U more

  7. December 8, 2012 9:48 pm

    Hi David,

    I’m glad you enjoyed this message on the meaning of Hallelujah. We all have so many reasons to praise our Lord with our whole hearts and being. Saying, “Hallelujah!” is just one way to praise God. We can also praise God with our actions and the way we live every day. May your days be blessed.

    Margaret

  8. December 9, 2012 5:20 am

    It is a great privilege that the spirit has led me up to this site, thank you very much for such a wonderful analyzing, God bless you.

  9. December 9, 2012 3:53 pm

    Hi Elijah,

    Thank you for stopping by. Actually, it’s a privilege to have you visit this site. We have so very much to praise the LORD for — and, it’s a great wonder that God Almighty has made His word available to all who desire to learn from Him. May you be blessed as you abide in His word.

    Margaret

  10. JOB MARVELOUS permalink
    January 22, 2013 11:06 am

    I thank God for this site.I’ve learnt much on it! HALLELUJAH!

  11. john permalink
    March 17, 2013 2:32 am

    thank u dear paster i am understand ….

  12. March 17, 2013 10:03 am

    John,

    I’m so glad this was helpful to you. I’m not a pastor — just an older Christian woman, who loves to study God’s word. And, I’m glad that you, also, are seeking to study more on God’s word. May your study be blessed.

    Margaret

  13. Vie Gabriel permalink
    April 2, 2013 11:43 pm

    I love this message. I learned that “hallelujah” is a powerful word to praise God. God’s love is boundless!

  14. April 3, 2013 5:29 pm

    Hi Vie,

    God’s love surely is boundless! It’s so good to know that He alone is all powerful and wants to be in a loving relationship with us as His dear children. Have a great day.

    Margaret

  15. JerrynotHairy permalink
    April 3, 2013 11:50 pm

    Margaret I am very much pleased with comments, I am 71 and I love to praise Him out loud while I am doing chores around are home. The reason that I was looking in the phrase, our pastor last Sunday said their were only 4 scripture verses and only in revelation so I decided to check……………..God Bless you…………Froggy

  16. April 4, 2013 2:51 pm

    Hi “Froggy”,

    I love your nickname… :) Your pastor was referring to the four “Alleluias” in the King James version of the Bible that are all in the book of Revelation. In my King James, the Old Testament occurrances say, “Praise ye the LORD”, and then puts in a footnote that it is “Hallelujah” in the Hebrew language. So, it all depends on which Bible version you are reading.

    If you want to do more study on it, you can go to a Bible search program, like the one at blueletterbible.org or the one at bible.crosswalk.com. There you can look at different Bible versions and do a search for “Alleluia”, “Hallelujah”, or “Praise ye the LORD”.

    Let us always keep praising our LORD because of the greatness of His love and mercy. Have a great day.

    Margaret

  17. April 26, 2013 1:27 pm

    hallal+jehovah

  18. Thomas permalink
    April 27, 2013 3:41 am

    GOD IS A GREAT GOD

  19. April 27, 2013 8:36 am

    Thomas,

    And that is a great comfort — knowing that the one-and-only great God loves us. Have a great day.

    Margaret

  20. David King Kodjo Meisu permalink
    April 27, 2013 2:39 pm

    Hi, Am extremely delighted about the well explanation of Hallelujah. Almost all pastors and their members misuse the word hallelujah and praise the Lord.Then, if a pastor say Praise the Lord, the congregation should respond as Amen instead of hallulejah because it sounds senseless. Thank You..

  21. Bright permalink
    April 27, 2013 4:25 pm

    So all dis while i have been saying something that i don’t even know the true meaning,i thank the lord for leading me to this site,may God bless you all Amen.

  22. April 27, 2013 8:39 pm

    Hi David,

    You’re right. It’s more appropriate to say Amen, than to respond with Hallelujah. There are so many wonderful things we can learn in God’s word. Coming to appreciate the word “Hallelujah” is just one of them. Have a wonderful day.

    Margaret

  23. April 27, 2013 8:42 pm

    Hi Bright,

    Isn’t it wonderful to learn these kinds of things? It gives us more reason to be able to praise God with our whole heart, mind, and soul. Thank you for stopping by.

    Margaret

  24. May 4, 2013 4:06 am

    am proud of this site HallelJehovah is the most high praise

  25. May 4, 2013 7:45 am

    Wayne,

    In heaven we will all freely give the LORD God Almighty the most high praise. Sometimes, in this world of sin, we tend to worry and forget God’s almighty power and love.

    Margaret

  26. Eric kunene permalink
    June 2, 2013 8:35 pm

    This is very great news mama margaret to know that we have one word hallelujah that can shake the heavens. Thanx a lot

  27. June 2, 2013 9:34 pm

    Hi Eric,

    Yes, when our hearts are filled with praise for our almighty Lord and Savior, it really is good to have a word like Hallelujah to express our love. And, by the way, there are a quite a number of younger people that still call me Mom just as they did 25-30 years ago, when they chummed around with my kids. ;) I’m glad that hasn’t changed. Have a great day.

    Mama Margaret

  28. June 9, 2013 11:43 am

    Dear Okunaka Makoto,
    I can only tell you why I believe in the LORD God Almighty and my Savior, Christ Jesus… The Old Testament part of the Bible was written by many Hebrew prophets beginning with Moses, around 1450 years before Christ was born… Before Moses, the people kept their history verbally, by memorizing it…

    These many different prophets, who lived at different times during that 1450 year period, all spoke of the Savior, who was to come to save people from their sins… Each prophet wrote different details about the Savior, Jesus… They told where He would be born,,, who His ancestors would be,,, what His suffering would be like,,, that His hands and side would be pierced to take away our sins,,, that He would live in Nazareth,,, and that He would be raised from the dead to show His victory over sin on our behalf…

    Whole books have been written to list the many prophecies and how they all were fulfilled in the one man, Jesus Christ… Historical records show that the Old Testament writings were preserved down through the ages by Jewish scribes, who were very careful to copy each word exactly as it had been originally written… So, no changes were ever made…

    It is a human impossibility to have so many prophecies made over so many years all come true in the one man, Jesus Christ… That is proof that it was the LORD God Almighty working through all these prophets, to show us that God keeps His promises — and that we have good, honest, and trustworthy reasons to believe in Jesus as our Savior…

    It is true, that according to all the words in the Bible, a person must believe and trust in Jesus, if they want all their sins to be totally washed away, so that they may enter heaven pure and holy… The Bible speaks many times about Jesus’ love for all people — and how His greatest desire is for people to believe in Him, so that all their sins may be forgiven…

    People will either die forever in their sins — or believe in Jesus and be saved forever…

    When Jesus’ disciples saw Him alive, after He had died on the cross and was buried, they were amazed… They could touch and feel Him — and He ate food to show that He was alive… Those disciples became so strong in their faith, they gladly spread the good news of forgiveness through faith in Jesus… Many of them suffered and died for what they saw, felt, and knew to be true about Jesus…

    And, that’s how it is today… Christians still tell about love and forgiveness through faith in Jesus… And, there are many who refuse to believe that… The Bible has prophesied that it would be that way until the last day — the day of God’s final judgment of this world…

    You would need to study all these things in the Bible… That’s the only way to find out for yourself what God’s truth and love are like…

    As I think about all the things God has done, I cannot help but thankfully say, “Hallelujah!”… I only wish that everybody could rejoice each day in the love of the LORD God Almighty… It is a blessing to know the special and most intimate love God has for each and every one of us.

    Love,
    Margaret

  29. mutandi sitali permalink
    July 18, 2013 2:13 pm

    If halleluia is praise god why then are songs with halleluia as corrus satanic?

  30. July 18, 2013 8:49 pm

    Hi Mutandi,

    I’m so glad you stopped by to read my post on the meaning of Hallelujah. Your comment really surprised me. I never thought that anyone ever considered the Hallelujah Chorus as satanic. So, I did an Internet search to try and learn about such an idea.

    Some of the articles I saw were very confusing because there is no truth in them. Nothing they claim is according to God’s word in the Bible. One article felt the Hallelujah Chorus is satanic because it is played with drums in the orchestra. There is a religious group that feels drums are satanic because various heathen religions use drums. They want to claim that Christians should not use drums, because drums are not mentioned in the Bible.

    But that is a very wrong thing to imagine and say. I will try to explain why. Please be patient with my explanation and comparisons. Today we have many kinds of modern transportation: cars, trains, airplanes, motorbikes, ships, etc. They are quite different from the transportation mentioned in the Bible, which included: horses, chariots, wagons, oxen, donkeys, and small boats. Just because transportation has changed over the years does not make today’s modern transportation something evil or satanic.

    We can see the same kinds of changes in all sorts of things the Bible mentions — like ways of farming, how we build our homes, how we sent messages, our kinds of clothing, etc. Farming with tractors is not evil just because tractors are not mentioned in the Bible.

    When we think about that, we can also think about the changes in musical instruments over the years. The biblical trumpet was very different from today’s trumpet. The same goes for the harp and lyre. The religious group I mentioned above feels that drums are not to be used for Christian music. They do not think that the Israelites of long ago used drums. But, the truth is that the Israelites did use an early form of drum in their music. A drum, as you know, is a hollow tube of some sort that is covered with a membrane. It can then be beat upon to make a rhythmic sound.

    The Israelites had what is considered an early type of drum. It was a wooden circle covered with a membrane, which is a type of small drum that they would beat upon for a rhythm. But, when the Hebrew word is translated into English it is called a timbrel or tabret. It is still a type of drum. You can go to http://www.musicofthebible.com/instruments.htm to read more about it. That web site also gives a list of the Bible verses that mention the timbrel and tabret — Israel’s kind of drum. Every culture has used a drum of various sorts.

    Israel’s type of drum was used to praise God — just as any drum can be used to praise God from our heart. Psalm 150 is an example of that. Psalm 150:3-6 says,

    Praise Him with trumpet sound;
    Praise Him with harp and lyre,
    Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
    Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
    Praise Him with loud cymbals;
    Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
    Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
    Praise the LORD! (Hallelujah!)

    Here we see that Israel is even told to praise God loudly and with resounding cymbals. The timbrel mention is the drum. So, there is nothing satanic about drums or a loud beat that is all directed to honestly praising the LORD from our heart. The key words are “honestly praising”.

    If a song is about doing evil things and serving the devil — and then has some sort of chorus saying Hallelujah — that would be satanic. Such a song would be saying Hallelujah in a way that despises and hates the LORD. It would be mocking God — even though the word Hallelujah means “Praise the LORD!” I imagine there might be such an evil song because there are many unbelievers who mock God. That is the kind of music we must avoid.

    When we think about it, when Jesus was temped by the devil in Matthew, chapter 4, the devil quoted the Bible. Just because the devil quoted the Bible and wrongly used it does not make the Bible satanic. The Bible is and always will be the holy word of God. But, sinful people will try and use it in a twisted way to promote their evil.

    No matter how evil people wrongly use God’s word, we are to use God’s word rightly. The words to the Hallelujah Chorus written by Handel are all straight from the Bible. When Handel wrote it, he was praising God from the depths of his heart. So, when drums are used in the orchestra to praise God, that is a very God-pleasing way to honor our LORD.

    We just need to always stay away from music that mocks or dishonors God in any way.

    I hope this is a clear explanation for you. I’m also glad that you desire to praise God in the right way. God deserves our very best, heart-felt praises. We need to think about how all the people and angels in heaven are always praising our LORD. That’s a good lesson for us — something more to think about.

    Have a great day praising the LORD.

    Margaret

  31. Sam Ije permalink
    July 21, 2013 11:24 am

    Thank u Lord 4breath…

  32. July 21, 2013 11:29 am

    Hi Sam,

    We can all say Amen to that every day. With the breath our Lord has given us, we can sing His praises in wonder and awe of His marvelous love. Have a wonderful day.

    Margaret

  33. July 23, 2013 6:49 am

    Hallelujah to our king of kings and lord of lords…..Thank you father for life.

  34. July 23, 2013 8:34 am

    Hi Camille,

    It is so wonderful to have our hearts freed to rightly praise our LORD with honest and sincere hearts. Hallelujah!

    Margaret

  35. Luanne Berger permalink
    July 31, 2013 8:07 am

    thank you so much sister for this website! In church on Sunday, worship was so deep in HIS presence that I could not stop saying aloud, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! and ever since then I have been praising the LORD on a deeper , more reverent, with true FIRE from the LORD ALMIGHTY!! I google, Hallelujah, to go deeper into insight from the LORD and I was led to your site, Hallelujah!!:) I like what you said that,”No one will be able to praise the LORD enough.” That explains my insatiable desire to praise HIM. I have been truly given a gift of deeper revelation into worshiping and praising the LORD and I thank you so very much for your servant’s heart and wisdom from GOD with your site. Is your site called, “Hallelujah?” with Christ’s love and peace always, Luanne Berger

  36. July 31, 2013 9:48 am

    Hi Luanne,

    Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoy studying God’s word to us, so that you may praise Him more.

    Yes, the name of my site is “Hallelujah!”, and the internet address is 123hallelujah.wordpress.com.

    The more we study God’s word, the more reasons we will find to praise our Creator and Redeemer. Have a great day.

    Margaret

  37. Professor Elias Olayiwola Salawu permalink
    October 4, 2013 8:31 pm

    Honestly, I never knew that the word “Halleluyah” has the type of meaning I have just read! It is more than clear to me now that that word means “Praise the Lord(Jehovah). So that when you say …Praise the Lord … And you say Halleluyah …. It is a mere repetition! I really thank God for what I have read today and may God continue to bless His words. Amen

  38. October 5, 2013 9:48 am

    Hi Elias,

    It was so nice of you to stop by. It surely is a joy and a wonderful thing to think about the fullness of the meaning of “Hallelujah!” Whenever we have a reason to be sad about something, we can think on all the reasons we have for praising our LORD, even in times of distress. He is the Almighty who deserves our utmost praise at all times. That is why even Paul and Silas were able to sing God’s praises while they were in prison. (Acts 16:25)

    May our days always be graced with heartfelt praises.

    Margaret

  39. Shirleyannford permalink
    October 17, 2013 11:14 pm

    Hallelujah

  40. October 18, 2013 9:24 am

    Hi Shirley,
    Thank you for stopping by. Yes, it’s good to know that we can and should thank our LORD at all times. Have a great day.
    Margaret

  41. M H Naqvi permalink
    December 19, 2013 8:33 pm

    Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
    is as Al-Humdu-Lellah-he-Rabil-Alameen in Holy Quran.

    Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
    M H Naqvi

  42. December 20, 2013 11:17 am

    Hi M H Naqvi,

    Thank you for stopping by. Studying the Bible and special words like “Hallelujah” is a life-long endeavor. When Christians study the Bible, they see all the Old Testament prophecies about the promised Savior, of whom it was prophesied that He would suffer and die to pay for all our sins, so we would be forgiven all our sins. Then in the New Testament, they see how all of those Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in every detail when Jesus Christ was born, suffered, died, and resurrected. Because the Old Testament prophecies were proclaimed hundreds and thousands of years before Jesus was born — by many different men — we can see and understand that the LORD God is almighty and fully able to keep His promises — even though we cannot understand how He can make it possible.

    Small portions of information about our Savior, Jesus, are given to us throughout the whole Bible. So, when we study the whole Bible and remember all these details, we are able to see the whole truths about Jesus Christ, our Savior. The Bible tells us that Jesus is God come down to earth to save us. The Bible calls Jesus “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS”.

    The Bible also tells us that there is only one God and LORD over all. Jesus proclaimed that He and God the Father are one. Because all things are possible with God — and nothing is impossible — we know that Jesus is telling us the truth, even though our human minds cannot fully understand how God can make this possible. We don’t need to know how God makes it possible, because God is Spirit and eternal. We are His mere creation.

    Christians accept only the words in the Bible as the inspired word of God, because all those words are in agreement — whether they were written 2,000 years ago or 6,000 years ago. In other words, the words in the New Testament are in full agreement with everything in the Old Testament, even though they were written by many different men over so much time.

    If you were to compare the words of the Quran with the words of the Bible, you would notice many differences. I have not read much in the Quran, but with what I have read, I saw many differences. It is not in agreement with the Bible — either the Old or the New Testament. What I’m trying to say is that if you were to make a full comparison, of the deep meaning of what you quoted in the Quran — and compare it with the depths of meaning of the words in the Bible — you would see many great differences.

    The end result would be that the Bible’s meaning and application of “Hallelujah”, is very different from what you are thinking now. The only thing I can think of now that would be helpful to your understanding is that you seriously study the Bible and compare it to what you know in the Quran. Only you can do that study, because it needs to be something you study out for yourself — and take time to think about, at your own pace.

    No one can honestly rush through the Bible and claim they really know it all. It takes time to read, think, compare, pray, and think some more as we read more. I commend your efforts to read, understand, compare, and honestly see what our Maker and Redeemer is teaching us.

    Have a great day in your studies.

    Margaret

  43. Noel permalink
    December 25, 2013 2:31 pm

    Dear Margaret;
    I have loved so much your efforts and tireless teaching, May GOD bless you much. Your efforts are not futile in any way. Be blesses.
    Noel

  44. December 25, 2013 6:33 pm

    Thank you for stopping by, Noel.

    There is so much to think about in God’s word. Have a great day!

    Margaret

  45. December 30, 2013 10:43 am

    thank you mama margaret.i thought that Hallelujah is a mere statement but now i ‘ve realize it’s great meaning.i will make it a song that continually resound in my heart and mind.may God bless you and your family

  46. December 30, 2013 11:15 am

    Hi Ukeje,

    Thank you for stopping by.

    Isn’t it wonderful to learn about these special things in the Bible and make them a part of our joy?

    The word of God is filled with awesome things about our LORD, Creator, and Redeemer. It gives us good reason to dwell in God’s word more and more, so that our joy and peace will increase.

    Margaret

  47. Shingai permalink
    December 30, 2013 5:36 pm

    thank u very much for the explanation of the word hallelujah. its a very prestigious word which God actually deserves tho I blv dat it can neva be enuf considering ol de grt he has done. among ol dat m glad to be reminded dat God is of beyond high authority thru his love, wisdom nd power. it’s very refreshing and rejuvinates the human spirit, me in dis case when u r going thru a ruf tym. thank u very much again. God bless u

  48. December 30, 2013 9:13 pm

    Hi Shingai,

    Thank you for stopping by and for acknowledging that we can never be able to fully give God all the praise He so richly deserves. It’s so good to realize and trust that the LORD God Almighty always has had and always will have the very highest authority in absolutely everything. God’s infinite love and power are comforting at all times — and as you said, especially when we’re having a rough time.

    May your time spent studying God’s word be blessed.

    Margaret

  49. January 10, 2014 8:10 pm

    I taiwo, i love this special site it make me understand more and more thanks.

  50. January 10, 2014 9:11 pm

    Hi taiwo,

    Thank you for stopping by. There is so much we can learn in God’s word to all of us. There we can come to know the greatness of God’s love and forgiveness for us. That is the very best knowledge anyone can have. We are very blessed to have God’s word. Have a great day!

    Margaret

  51. January 23, 2014 2:09 pm

    Blessed are the Peace Makers for Ye are The Living Daughters and Sons of The Most High Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer of ALL. Amen. (Thank YOU, Margaret!)

  52. January 23, 2014 8:53 pm

    Hi John,

    Thank you so much for stopping by. When we think about it, God, our Creator, is the most blessed peace maker through faith in Christ Jesus. Our LORD is faithfully seeking to give peace to our hearts with the forgiveness of all our sins. It’s sad to see many who have no desire to be forgiven. But those who do accept Christ’s forgiveness have the peace that passes all understanding. That’s wonderful beyond words.

    Have a marvelous day.

    Margaret

  53. Abudallah permalink
    February 10, 2014 12:45 am

    Am very happy as amuslim that we all us the same word to prise our lord only yhat satan is the one dividing us but were one people one religion b’se our lord is one the most high Allahuakibar

  54. February 10, 2014 10:40 pm

    Hi Abudallah,
    Thank you for stopping by and showing an interest in the Hebrew word “Hallelujah”. Yes, there are some similarities between Christianity and Islam, and we need to ask ourselves what are the differences. I imagine there are whole books written on this subject. I’m not proficient enough to write a whole book, but I am aware of some of the differences.

    Christians hold the Bible to be the whole and true word of the LORD God Almighty. We don’t look to any other book. So, we ask ourselves, “Why?” “How do we really know for sure that the Bible is the true, eternal word of God?” Christians believe the Bible is God’s word because the Old Testament is filled with prophecies about a Savior from sin. The New Testament shows us that Christ Jesus was the exact fulfillment of all the prophecies of that Savior.

    An Old Testament prophecy says that the Savior would be born in Bethlehem. That’s where Jesus was born. Old Testament prophecy describes details about Jesus’ death on the cross — how He was scourged, condemned though innocent, was pierced in His side, died with wicked men, and yet was buried in a rich man’s grave.

    The Old Testament described how He would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver, how His clothes would be divided by throwing lots. It says His body would not decay. These are just a few of the prophecies that all came true in the one man, Jesus Christ.

    All the prophecies about the Savior were written by many different prophets over thousands of years. We know it would be impossible for all those prophecies to come true in one man. Only God Almighty could make such a thing happen — and God did.

    Because all those prophecies came true in Jesus, we know Jesus preached the real truths of God. So, when Jesus said that all who come to Him in faith will have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life in heaven, we know He is telling the truth.

    When the Bible tells us that Jesus is God, Lord of lords, and King of kings, we know that is true. There are many other such details that lead Christians to trust in Jesus as our Savior from sin. We have a special joy in knowing we are forgiven of all our sins because Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross was the full payment for our sins.

    These are just a few of the differences between Christianity and all other religions. I hope this helps you in your understanding. Coming to a good understanding does take much time, thought, and study. Maybe that is something you would like to do.

    Have a great day in your pursuit of truth.

    Margaret

  55. February 19, 2014 7:34 pm

    To God be the glory!!!! May he keep you and continue to give you command over his word for others to taste and see how awesome God is…

  56. February 19, 2014 9:14 pm

    Hi Ro,

    How right you are — “To God be the glory!” The LORD has done more than we can ever know about as He watches over and cares for all of His creation. We are in very good hands and should always be grateful for that. Thank you for stopping by. May your day be blessed.

    Margaret

  57. Message permalink
    February 20, 2014 2:05 am

    So according to this term and clarification ,I am clear that Allah is the real God and Jesus is the messenger of god as per Islam and Islam is the true religion .Dear christian brothers amd sister dont get emotion and angry on this message ,please make a research based on bible and Quaran .Hebrew bible is the real message from God almighty and as per research Allah is the real God ,the on eand only ,absolutely eternal.Even in Hebrew bible the name for god is Allah.Truth clearly stands ffrom error .

  58. February 20, 2014 5:38 pm

    Hi,
    Thank you for stopping by. Rest assured, we do not get angry or emotional about the beliefs of other people. :) We just say what we believe and why we believe the way we do — but, we have no reason to be angry about anything.

    What each of us believes is something deep down in our heart. No one can force another to honestly change their deep-seated beliefs. So, we just acknowledge our differences, and let it go at that. It’s fine to learn what others believe and why they believe it. But, if someone doesn’t want to learn about it, that’s also their choice.

    You said you believe that the Hebrew Bible says the name of God is Allah. That surprised me, because I’ve never seen that. So, I did an internet search and found a website post that gives a thorough explanation from a Christian viewpoint. If you are interested in reading that, go to http://answer-islam.org/ElahhisntAllah2.html. It is very interesting and detailed about language in the Hebrew Bible.

    Then, in case you might wonder why Christians say Jesus is actually God, come down to earth, to save us from our sins, I wrote a post that you might want to read. It will be posted on February 22, 2014, and you can reach it at http://123hallelujah.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/mighty-god/ .

    Have a great day.

    Margaret

  59. February 23, 2014 11:12 pm

    Margaret well and wish you warm Greeting !!
    Thanks for your prompt reply dear.
    I agree with you brother and I am really congragulating you for your discussion with me and i think we will have a deep and healthy discussion.Its the beliefof every people but you have to understand that belief is differnt from truth correct?if you say the shape of earth is triangle is a belief but the truth is different .Belief of the people comes from their holy books example bible .quaren,geetha etc but if the messages are wrongly understood and if we say it is belief that is not fair dear.I am clear here that Prophet Jesus is never wrong ,he is the mighteous messenger of God ,he taught us to believe in one God and worship him.You can check the entire bible (check all the translations including the original view of Hebrew also)that he has never mentioned that he is God and Worship me .If you can show me i agree with you.If you realy love Jesus you have to follow Islam (The only religion which says that God is one and worship him alone and do not associate partners with him ,what Jesus also taught the same in ten Commandments )You know what Jesus was a muslim and Prophet of Almighty God .When he was in the cross ,he was seeking the help of his father in heaven ?if he is really God why he is calling God there to help him ?Brother i am a comparitive religious student and i also ask you to study Islam and bible once more with corerect teaching of Jesus .The bible which you follow today with trasnlations were not in the original form so messages in that are corrupted .

  60. February 24, 2014 5:40 pm

    Hi,
    First of all, let me clarify a few things so you may be more comfortable with who I am. I am an elderly grandmother, who loves God’s word and the salvation God has given us in Christ Jesus. If you go to my “About” page in the right-hand column of this website, you will see what I wrote five years ago about my purpose in writing these devotionals.

    My second paragraph says, “Because I want this web site to just glorify God and the salvation He offers to all of us, I won’t be debating anyone’s doctrinal beliefs or holding discussions on various subjects. This web site is simply a quiet time to consider various verses in God’s word.”

    I shared that point five years ago for a very good reason. My time is limited and I need to spend time helping the people around me. So, I do not have the time for deep discussions. I take time to write a daily post, and the rest of my day is spent caring for others.

    You will note that all of my posts for the last year or so have the comments closed. Only my older posts are still open for comments. That had to be done so that I would have time to care for my immediate family and friends.

    At this point in time, you feel that Jesus never mentioned He is God and that others should worship Him. The post that I wrote for you, http://123hallelujah.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/mighty-god/ contains a number of Bible verses where Jesus points to His divinity, i.e. His Godhood. We need to seriously consider those verses.

    The Bible also contains a number of places where Jesus was worshiped and He did not object or tell the people they were wrong in doing so. In Matthew 2:11 the magi worshiped the baby Jesus.

    In Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus walked on the water and saved Peter from sinking, all those in the boat worshiped Jesus.

    In Matthew 28:9 and Matthew 28:17, Jesus’ followers worshiped Him after His resurrection.

    In John 9:38, the man who was born blind worshiped Jesus for healing him.

    In Revelation 5:8-14, Jesus is worshiped in heaven.

    I’m quite sure there are a number of other references about Jesus being worshiped and I’ll just let you find them, since I’m short of time.

    When Jesus prayed on the cross, it was as the Son of God. The Bible explains that Jesus is true man and true God at the same time. He is God in the flesh. So, He experienced the same things we experience as human beings — except for being sinful. As God and man, He was able to still the storm on the sea, feed the 5,000, cast out demons, and do all sorts of healings. As a man dying a painful death, He prayed.

    On an ending note, it is wrong for anyone to claim that the word of God is corrupted because it has been translated into languages many nations can understand. Why do I say that? Because of the many verses like Psalm 119:160“The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting.”

    Because God’s word is described as truth and being everlasting, if we were to deny that, we would be basically calling God Almighty a liar. That would be blasphemy. Because God is almighty, He is fully capable of keeping His holy word pure forever and we should not doubt that.

    When Jesus was born, suffered, died, and rose again, all that was exactly according to many Old Testament prophecies. Because God kept His word for many thousands of years to prove that Jesus is the promised Redeemer, we can rest assured that God is fully able to continue keeping His word for us, so that we can know the truth and the truth can set us free. See John 8:31-32.

    We can be ever so thankful that Almighty God is faithful in keeping His word.

    Have a great day.
    Margaret

  61. February 27, 2014 10:50 pm

    May the comments on this blog NEVER EVER END!!! Our Lord is enveloping the praises of His people! Blessed be His Name in ALL the earth!!! YES, AMEN!!!

  62. February 28, 2014 11:15 am

    Hi Tim,

    Thank you for the music link. It is nice quiet music. I’m not posting your other comments because I don’t post things that lead to an advertisement. In all of this life, it is really important to remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:31-34 — “Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ ……. For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. . . But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. . . Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. . . Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

    We really can trust our Lord for all our needs. . . For that we give a heartfelt, “Hallelujah!”

    Margaret

  63. Oloyede Fatai permalink
    March 29, 2014 7:35 am

    I love this breakdown. thank u, its so much understsble!

  64. March 29, 2014 10:53 am

    Hi Oloyede,

    I’m glad you found this post beneficial. When we think about it, there are so many marvelous treasures in God’s word just like this. There is meaning and comfort — real faith builders in all that God says to us.

    Have a great day.

    Margaret

  65. Shannon permalink
    April 3, 2014 9:02 am

    Can I print this and take it to my Bible study, giving credit to your website of course?

  66. April 3, 2014 9:53 am

    Hi Shannon,

    Thank you for stopping by and caring about God’s word to us….. Yes, you certainly may print this and share it at your Bible study….. If you do a copy/paste of the post into your word processor, you could then also do a copy/paste of the web address to this post that is in the address bar of your web browser — and paste that at the beginning or end of the post in your word processor….. And then, you may print a copy for each member of your Bible study group.

    May your Bible study be blessed….. It’s always important to share God’s word.

    Margaret

  67. T Membrere permalink
    April 20, 2014 9:58 am

    Then who I Jehovah, he’s god and Jesus is his son . I don’t understand ? Confused ????

  68. April 20, 2014 6:38 pm

    Hi T Membrere,

    Thank you for stopping by… You are asking an important question that people have been asking for ages — and still wonder over because it’s so awesome… Because we are only human beings and God is a spirit, we only know spiritual things in part… When we get to heaven, we will see and understand things clearly… For now, we can only know what God tells us about Himself in the Bible and that shows us the wonder and beauty of the most holy LORD.

    You are right in saying Jehovah is God… Jehovah is an Old Testament Hebrew word meaning “the existing One” or “the self-existent One”… That tells us that Jehovah has no beginning and no end… He always has been God Almighty and He always will be God Almighty… There is no other God.

    In the Bible, when the name Jehovah is used, it is often translated into English as “LORD” — all capital letters… Jehovah is God’s proper name, although He has many names to describe His greatness and all that he does for us… For example, Jehovah is also called our Rock, Fortress, Shepherd, Redeemer, Savior, King, Father, Judge, etc.

    On top of that, we need to remember that the Old Testament was written in the Hebrew Language and the New Testament was written in Greek… So, that’s being translated into English as best possible… When we look at many different Bible verses in the Old and New Testament we see references saying that Jehovah is God; Jesus, our Savior, is God; and the Holy Spirit is God… Yet, there is only one God and no other.

    Definitely, yes… That is hard for the human mind to think about.

    Nevertheless, Jesus taught us in John 4:24“God is spirit; and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”… So, Jesus is telling us that we need to think about God in a spiritual way… God is in no way like us human beings… God is a spirit and He created us and everything that there is… When we worship God, we need to worship Him “in spirit and truth“… We cannot drag in our human ways of thinking.

    God — the LORD — Jehovah — is more than the human mind can comprehend because He is so great and awesome… We should never let our imagination run wild — but, we need to always think of God in the ways that He describes Himself throughout the whole Bible.

    Here are just a few Bible verses to think about when we think of Jehovah, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

    Isaiah 63:16For You are our Father, though Abraham does not know us, and Israel does not recognize us… You, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is Your name.

    [ Here the names LORD, Father, and Redeemer all talk about God. ]

    Titus 3:13-14Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

    [ Here Jesus is called our great God and Savior who redeemed us. ]

    Matthew 1:23Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, “God with us.”

    [ This quotes Isaiah 7:14 prophesying the Savior born of a virgin and being "God with us"... That's saying Jesus is God come down to earth to redeem us from our sins. ]

    Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and there is no savior besides Me.

    [ Here the LORD says He is the only savior, and yet many verses say Jesus is the Savior... That means Jesus is God --- the LORD - our Savior. ]

    John 10:30I and the Father are one.

    [ When Jesus said the above, the Jews tried to stone Him for saying He is God. ]

    Just from this very small sample, we can see that God’s word shows us that the LORD, Jehovah, was in Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and Redeemer… It is all the work of one God… We cannot divide them or separate them in any way because it is God’s way of working our salvation.

    Just because we humans have a hard time wrapping our little minds around God’s truths does not make them any less true… We just need to remember that God is spirit… All things are possible with God and nothing is impossible for Him.

    I know that this cannot possibly answer all the questions that we can come up with, but our Creator and Redeemer knows that we are unable to handle the greatness of His being… So, He has only given us just enough to tide us through until we reach our heavenly home.

    All in all, I hope you have a wonderful time exploring God’s word and discovering more of these marvelous truths.

    Sincerely,
    Margaret

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