With The Help Of The L-rd And Great Thanks

Pastor Yosef Nadarkhani has written to those who supported him in his trials and tribulations with the Iranian regime.  A short message, about 600 words, but filled with heart-filled thanks.

Iranian Christian Pastor Yusef Nadarkhani

 

Salaam! (Peace be upon you!)

I glorify and give grace to the Lord with all my heart. I am grateful for all the blessings that He gave me during my whole life. I am especially grateful for His goodness and divine protection that characterized the time of my detention.

I also want to express my gratitude towards those who, all around the world, have worked for my cause, or should I say the cause that I defend. I want to express my gratitude to all of those who have supported me, openly or in complete secrecy . You are all very dear to my heart. May the Lord bless you and give you His perfect and sovereign Grace.

Indeed I have been put to the test, the test of faith which is, according to the Scriptures “more precious than perishable gold.” But I have never felt loneliness, I was all the time aware of the fact that it wasn’t a solitary battle, for I have felt all the energy and support of those who obeyed their conscience and fought for the promotion of the justice and the rights of all human beings. Thanks to these efforts, I have now the enormous joy to be by my wonderful wife and my children. I am grateful for these people through whom God has been working. All of this is very encouraging.

During that period, I had the opportunity to experience in a marvelous way the Scripture that says: “Indeed, as the sufferings of Christ abound for us, our encouragement abound through Christ.” He has comforted my family and has given them the means to face that difficult situation. In His Grace, He provided for their spiritual and material needs, taking away from me a heavy weight.

The Lord has wonderfully provided through the trial, allowing me to face the challenges that were in front of me. As the Scriptures says, “He will not allow us to be tested beyond our strength….”

Despite the fact that I have been found guilty of apostasy according to a certain reading of the Shar’ia, I am grateful that He gave the leaders of the country , the wisdom to break that judgment taking into account other facts of that same Shar’ia.It is obvious that the defenders of the Iranian right and the legal experts have made an important effort to enforce the law and the right. I want to thank those who have defended the right until the end.

I am happy to live in a time where we can take a critical and constructive look to the past. This has allowed the writing of universal texts aiming at the promotion of the rights of man. Today , we are debtors of these efforts provided by dear people who have worked for the respect of human dignity and have passed on to us these universal significant texts.

I am also debtor of those who have faithfully passed on the Word of God, that very Word who makes us heirs of God.

Before ending, I want to express a prayer for the establishment of an unending an universal peace, so that the will of the Father be done on earth as it is in heaven.Indeed, every thing passes, but the Word of God, source of all peace, will last eternally.

May the grace and mercy of God be multiplied to you. Amen!

Youcef Nadarkhani

8 September 2012

The L-rd moves in mysterious ways.  While many have been murdered for their faith by the Iranian regime, Pastor Nadarkhani is free to be with his sons and wife.  And the Iranians are still trying to destroy the faith of the sons (Age 7 and 9) by forcing the boys to study the Koran, their father has given them a greater lesson.  He was willing to die for his faith.  His 1062 days of imprisonment and torture is a greater witness for his faith than the words of that book based on hate and lies.

 

Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to Your Name be glory , for Your faithfulness, for Your loyalty
—Psalm 115:1

 

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  • This is great news! Thank God. May God continue to keep him safe.

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  • God is Great, He can do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think according to the power that works in us. That power is Christ in us.
    We all need to, keep world overcoming in Christ: for we wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities, wickedness in heavenly places.

  • So glad to hear that his life is saved! That is wonderful news!

  • montanaconserv

    This is great to read… thanks for posting!

    just curious, Maggie – why do you use a ‘hyphenate’ in the word Lord?

    • I wrote the article not Maggie, so I am responsible for the hyphenating the word L-rd or G-d.

      My explanation comes from The Jewish Virtual Library http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/name.html#Writing

      Writing the Name of God

      Jews do not casually write any Name of God. This practice does not come from the commandment not to take the Lord’s Name in vain, as many suppose. In Jewish thought, that commandment refers solely to oath-taking, and is a prohibition against swearing by God’s Name falsely or frivolously (the word normally translated as “in vain” literally means “for falsehood”).

      Judaism does not prohibit writing the Name of God per se; it prohibits only erasing or defacing a Name of God. However, observant Jews avoid writing any Name of God casually because of the risk that the written Name might later be defaced, obliterated or destroyed accidentally or by one who does not know better.

      The commandment not to erase or deface the name of God comes from Deut. 12:3. In that passage, the people are commanded that when they take over the promised land, they should destroy all things related to the idolatrous religions of that region, and should utterly destroy the names of the local deities. Immediately afterwards, we are commanded not to do the same to our God. From this, the rabbis inferred that we are commanded not to destroy any holy thing, and not to erase or deface a Name of God.

      It is worth noting that this prohibition against erasing or defacing Names of God applies only to Names that are written in some kind of permanent form, and recent rabbinical decisions have held that writing on a computer is not a permanent form, thus it is not a violation to type God’s Name into a computer and then backspace over it or cut and paste it, or copy and delete files with God’s Name in them. However, once you print the document out, it becomes a permanent form. That is why observant Jews avoid writing a Name of God on web sites like this one or in BBS messages: because there is a risk that someone else will print it out and deface it.

      Normally, we avoid writing the Name by substituting letters or syllables, for example, writing “G-d” instead of “God.” In addition, the number 15, which would ordinarily be written in Hebrew as Yod-Heh (10-5), is normally written as Tet-Vav (9-6), because Yod-Heh is a Name. See Hebrew Alphabet for more information about using letters as numerals.

      I hope this helps.

      • montanaconserv

        Thanks! That does help. And sorry I didn’t notice you had written the article 🙁

  • May God continue to bless Pastor Nadarkhani and his family, as well as all others who stand in opposition to Shar’ia.

    PLU from SSF