Jonathan Isaiah 48:11


10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not in the crucible of silver; I tried thee in the distress of poverty. 11 For my name's sake, for the sake of my Word, that it may not be profaned, I will do it, and my glory in which I have revealed myself unto you, I will not give to another people. 12 Hearken unto my Word, ye who are of the house of Jacob and Israel, my called, I am He, who was of old, yea, ages after ages are mine, and besides me there is no God. 13 Yea, by my Word I have laid the founda tion of the earth, and by my might I have suspended the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. 14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear: who among them hath declared these things ever since the Lord loved Israel? He will do His pleasure on Babylon, and He will reveal the strength of His arm on the Chaldeans. 15 I by my Word have made a covenant with Abraham your father; yea, I have called him, I have brought him into the land of the place of my Shekinah, and I prospered his way.

3 John 1:7

New Testament

5 Dear friend, you demonstrate faithfulness by whatever you do for the brothers (even though they are strangers). 6 They have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they have gone forth on behalf of “The Name,” accepting nothing from the pagans. 8 Therefore we ought to support such people so that we become coworkers in cooperation with the truth. 9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not acknowledge us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to the deeds he is doing—the bringing of unjustified charges against us with evil words! And not being content with that, he not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but hinders the people who want to do so and throws them out of the church!

 Notes and References

"... In 3 John 1:7 John refers to those who ‘went out [on Christian ministry] for the sake of the Name.’’ One might take ‘the Name’ here as Brown took it in 1 John 2:12, as a reference to the name of God, as in Lev 24:11 (‘he blasphemed the Name’). We saw in the previous section that Christ’s name is ‘the Word of God’ (Rev 19:13), and we saw the appropriateness of seeing this name as the Tetragrammaton used of the Son, since in the Targums ‘‘the Word of the LORD’’ stands hundreds of times for the MT ‘‘YHWH,’’ including contexts of divine warfare. A close connection between God’s name and his divine Word is also implied in Tg. Isa. 48:11, where the MT ‘For my own sake, for my own sake’ is rendered ‘For my name’s sake, for my Memra’s sake I will act, that nothing should be profaned.’ One could easily conclude, then, that when John says Christian workers ‘went out for the sake of the Name,’ the name is the Tetragrammaton, and the assumption is that this is Christ’s name, just as in Rev 19:13 ..."

Ronning, John L. The Targum of Isaiah and the Johannine Literature (pp. 247-278) Westminster Theological Journal No. 69, 2007

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