The phrase, "call(ed) upon the name of the LORD" is found four times in Genesis:
Genesis 4:26 To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.
Genesis 12:8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD.
Genesis 13:4 to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the LORD.
Genesis 26:25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac's servants dug a well.
As I read this morning, I began to wonder, how is 'calling upon the name of the LORD' different from so-called normal worship?
The phrase is also found in the NT in Peter's Pentecost sermon, where he references the prophet Joel:
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'Here, the phrase is tied to the giving of the Spirit and the coming of the eschaton (the end).
So, I again wonder, how is 'calling upon the name of the LORD' different from regular worship and/or prayer? And are we/should we doing this?
OYB Blog: Jan 5
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