The last day has seen an unprecedented number of bombings across the country of Sweden, with local businesses and family homes being targets.
Shortly after 4 AM on Tuesday morning the Swedish police were alerted to an explosion at a family home in the city of Värnamo.
“It was a powerful explosion, the front door has been completely blown away” Police officer in charge, Peter Ström, commented to Värnamo Nyheter.
This is the second bombing in this city alone so far this year, and it is suspected to be part of an ongoing criminal gang war in the area.
Later on in the evening saw the second bombing of the day, this time in a Stockholm suburb. Police were called to the scene around 10 PM after a loud explosion was heard at an apartment building containing family homes and local business.
The explosion caused major material damage to a pizza restaurant located in the building.
Only a few hours later yet another bombing took place in Sweden. Shortly after 1 AM Wednesday morning another pizza restaurant was targeted, this time in the city of Gothenburg.
“A powerful explosion according to witnesses” said Christer Fuxborg, press spokesman for the Swedish police region west. Four people have been arrested in connection with the attack.
That was not all however, as only a couple of hours later the 4th explosion in just 24 hours took place in Sweden. Another apartment building, this time in the city of Landskrona was the target. The attack caused substantial material damage to the building. Another building across the street had it’s windows smashed from the shockwave. This is the fourth explosion in this city alone in the last month.
The year 2017 saw the Swedish police receive 211 reports of explosive incidents. Although the statistics for 2018 is not in yet, Sweden saw a serious number of bombings and explosive attacks last year, with around 40 detonations in the city of Malmö alone. It appears that the number of attacks is only continuing this year, with no signs of things getting better.
via (STOCKHOLM, Denmark.) JUST IN: Two early morning explosions minutes apart at housing complexes have been reported on Tuesday morning in the capital using explosives authorities have said but immediately ruled out a Terrorist attack confirming at leat 50-people were evacuated as an investigation has begun over the incident #AceNewsDesk reports — Ace News Services
The most common and the most important name for God in the Old Testament is a name that in our English versions never even gets translated. Whenever you see the word LORD in all capital letters, you know that this name is behind it. In Hebrew, the name had four letters — YHWH — and may have been pronounced something like Yahweh. The Jews came to regard this word with such reverence that they would never take it upon their lips, lest they inadvertently take the name in vain. So whenever they came to this name in their reading, they pronounced the word adonai which means my lord. The English versions have basically followed the same pattern. They translate the proper name Yahweh with the word LORD in all caps.
This approach is not a very satisfactory thing to do, because the English word LORD does not communicate to our ears a proper name like John or Michael or Noël. But Yahweh is God’s proper name in Hebrew. The importance of it can be seen in the sheer frequency of its use. It occurs 6,828 times in the Old Testament. That’s more than three times as often as the simple word for “God” (Elohim — 2,600; El — 238). What this fact shows is that God aims to be known not as a generic deity, but as a specific person with a name that carries his unique character and mission.
(Note: The word Jehovah originated from an attempt to pronounce the consonants YHWH with the vowels from the word adonai. In the oldest Hebrew texts, there are no vowels. So it is easy to see how this would happen since whenever YHWH occurred in the text, the word adonai was pronounced by the reverent Jew.)
The most important text in all the Bible for understanding the meaning of the name Yahweh is Exodus 3:13–15. God has just commanded Moses to go to Egypt and to bring his people Israel out of captivity. Moses says to God,
“If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?’” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.”’ God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD [that is, Yahweh!], the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”
Now notice that God gives three answers to the question, “What shall I tell them your name is?”
So two facts persuade me that this text provides an interpretation of the name Yahweh. One is that the name Yahweh and the name I AM are built out of the same Hebrew word (hayah). The other is that Yahweh seems to be used here interchangeably with I AM. “I AM has sent me to you” (verse 14). “Yahweh . . . has sent me to you” (verse 15). I think it would be safe to say that God’s purpose in this meeting with Moses is to reveal, as he never had before (Exodus 6:2), the meaning of his personal name, Yahweh. The key is in the phrase, I AM, and especially in the phrase, I AM WHO I AM.
So here is where we ought to spend a lot of time meditating. What does it mean when you ask your God, Who are you? and he answers, I AM WHO I AM? I hope you can begin to feel this morning how important these words are. There aren’t any words more important than these. Any words that you think might be are important only because these words are true. The more you ponder them, the more awesome they become. I know I can’t do them justice. But perhaps the Holy Spirit might take my stammering attempt and open some vista for you.
First, God exists. Or as Francis Schaffer never tired of saying, God is there. At first, this may seem so obvious and so basic that we wouldn’t need to mention it. Well, it is obvious and it is basic, but the reason we should mention it is that most people live as if it were not true, or as if it were a truth that makes no difference in life.