Is God’s Name Jehovah Or Yahweh Or What?
Is God’s Name Jehovah Or Yahweh Or What?
|Early in their relationship, Moses asked God to reveal His name. God readily complied with Moses’ request by giving Him not one but TWO names of God…||Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?‘ what shall I say to them?” Ex 3.13|
||God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM (hayah) has sent me to you.'” Ex 3.14|
||Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD (YHWH) God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.'” Ex 3.15|
Part One: God’s name: Hayah – I AM
Jesus often referred to Himself by God’s name, “I AM” (Hayah).
(See also John 8.57-58, 9.5, 10.7, 10.9, 10.11, 10.14, 14.6, 15.1, 15.5)
|NOTE: The New Testament of your English-language Bible is a translation of Bible manuscripts written in Koine Greek.
||Jesus took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Mk 5.41
At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Mk 15.34
When Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone). John 1.42
(Jesus said…) No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Mt 6.24
||Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8.58|
||Then they took up stones to throw at Him John 8.59a|
|Of course, Jesus was perfectly within His rights to call Himself “I AM” (Hayah).
He was, IS, and always shall be God.
|(We are…) looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ Titus 2.13
Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh 1 Tim 3.16a
|Shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus referred to Himself as “I AM” (Hayah)one final time…
||Then Judas, having received a band and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
Then Jesus, knowing all things that were coming upon Him, went out and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”
They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus said to them, “I AM!” And Judas who betrayed Him also stood with them.
As soon as Jesus said to them,” I AM,” they went backward and fell to the ground. John 18.3-6
Part Two: God’s name: YHWH
Now let’s move to the subject of God’s other name, YHWH.
We will discuss possible meanings of YHWH in a moment. But first we have to explain some rather odd translating practices to you.
|The verse shown alongside gives the first use of God’s name, YHWH, in the Bible.
||These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD (YHWH) God made the earth and the heavens Gen 2.4, KJV|
|Of course, “Lord” is also a titleof God…
||And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord (adonay), although I am but dust and ashes. Gen 18.27|
|As you might expect, there are times when the Bible refers to God by both His title (adonay) AND His name (YHWH).
||Abram said, “O Lord (adonay) GOD (YHWH), what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Gen 15.2|
|Thus, the Old Testament of many English-language Bibles has the following usages…
|Now we are at last ready to seek out the POSSIBLE meaning and pronunciation of YHWH…
||You shall not take the name of the LORD (YHWH) your God (Elohiym) in vain, for the LORD (YHWH) will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Ex 20.7|
|Nowadays (in the year 2002, that is)…
||(God said to Moses…) Thus you shall say to the children of Israel…
Extracted from Exod 3.14 & 3.15
||Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH (Yahh), And rejoice before Him. Psalm 68.4|
|Speaking of God’s name, please be aware that…
|In either case (Yeshua or Yehoshua) Christ’s name means Yahweh is salvation.
Thus, the name Yeshua tells you two altogether beautiful facts about Christ…
Amen and amen.
Christ Died For The Ungodly
by Horatius Bonar
The divine testimony concerning man is, that he is a sinner. God bears witness against him, not for him; and testifies that "there is none righteous, no, not one"; that there is "none that doeth good"; none "that understandeth"; none that even seeks after God, and, still more, none that loves Him (Psa. 14:1-3; Rom. 3:10-12). God speaks of man kindly, but severely; as one yearning over a lost child, yet as one who will make no terms with sin, and will "by no means clear the guilty." <continued>
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