WHAT’S IN A NAME?

WHO IS GOD? DOES HE HAVE A NAME? SHOULD WE BE USING IT?

There can only be only be one supreme being, one original source of all that exists.

Shakespeare includes the line: “”Nothing can come of nothing: speak again.” on the lips of King Lear King Lear (I, i, 92)

But the thought is much older, coming from the mouth of the ancient Greek  Parmenides and later from the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius

Plain simple logic tells us there must be a transcendent, eternal being from whom all other things come!

My quest is to establish whether He has a Name and if so, what is it?

Should someone want to know my name, or for that matter your name, they would need to ask you or someone who had already found out.

Names must be revealed if they are to be known, God’s Name has been revealed:

Exodus 3:13–14 (NKJV)

13 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?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

The personal name of God revealed to Moses in the burning bush—“I AM WHO I AM”—conveyed something of His character (Ex. 3:14). According to Exodus 34:5–6, when the Lord “proclaimed the name of the Lord,” He added words that described His character. The name of the Lord was virtually synonymous with His presence: “For your wondrous works declare that your name is near” (Ps. 75:1). To know the name of God is thus to know God Himself (Ps. 91:14). For this reason, to “take the name of the Lord your God in vain” (Ex. 20:7) is to act in any way that is inconsistent with the profession that He is the Lord God.

[Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., & Harrison, R. K., Thomas Nelson Publishers (Eds.). (1995). In Nelson’s new illustrated Bible dictionary. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.]

In the Bible a name is much more than an identifier as it tends to be in our culture. Personal names (and even place names) were formed from words that had their own meanings. Thus, the people of the Bible were very conscious of the meaning of names. They believed there was a vital connection between the name and the person it identified. A name somehow represented the nature of the person.

[Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., & Harrison, R. K., Thomas Nelson Publishers (Eds.). (1995). In Nelson’s new illustrated Bible dictionary. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.]

Throughout the Old Testament God’s personal Name is YHWH [ancient Hebrew has no vowels, only consonants], in what now appears to be an almost superstitious reverence based on:

Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)

7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

the Jews substituted the word ‘adonai’ [my Lord] for YHWH to avoid breaking God’s Law. They emphasised the need to use this substitute by including the vowels of ‘adonai’ with YHWH in their written text.  The result of this being that when some of our medieval ancestors wanted to translate the word YHWH into our language, they either simply used LORD or included the vowels of ‘adonai’ to form the familiar word ‘Jehovah’.

JEHOVAH is not God’s name

Even those who claim to be His sole representatives today concede that they use ‘Jehovah’  though ‘no one today can say for sure exactly how people of Bible times pronounced YHWH’. And then excusing themselves with: ‘However should this prevent us from using God’s name?’ they proceed to assert that unless you use the name ‘Jehovah’ to address God, you are insulting Him! [From ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach’ page 195, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc. 2005]

GOD HAS REVEALED HIS NAME AND WE ARE TO USE AND TREASURE IT:

 Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

 Matthew 1:23 (NKJV)

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

He is the One called YHWH – compare these two verses:

John 12:41 (NKJV)

41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

Isaiah 6:3 (NKJV)

3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Jesus is God – God’s Name is Jesus!

Those who use it as intended find in Him a Friend and Saviour who delivers from the treadmill of man made religion.

His work on the Cross reconciles us to God and establishes an eternal relationship of life, begone the yokes that religious organisation coerce those they delude to embrace.

Matthew 11:28–30 (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Acts 4:10–12 (NKJV)

10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 

 

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