The Name of God
Many believe that the name of God is The LORD, or Elohim, or Adonai. Scripture says that these words are just titles of God, not his name.
The Name Of God
Exodus 3:15 – “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘Yahweh (יהוה YHVH [H3068]), the 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-name to all generations.”
Exodus 9:16 –“For this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show my power in you, and that my name may be declared in all the earth.”
Numbers 6:27 – “Put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
Ezekiel 39:7 – “My holy name I will make known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations will know that I am Yahweh (יהוה), the Holy One in Israel.”
Psalm 148:13 – “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted
Malachi 3:6 – “I Am Yahweh (יהוה), I do not change . . .”
In Exodus, when Yahweh met Moses at the burning bush, he commanded Moses to make known His name to the people in Egypt and to all peoples of the earth. In Numbers, he commands Moses to pronounce his name upon the Israelites. In Ezekiel, he further clarified that His name, Yahweh (יהוה), is to be made known to all nations. That name had two parts which are:
• I AM – Hâyâh [הָיָה H1961] meaning: I exist, I am, I am self existent; that is: to be
• YHVH – Yahweh [יַהְוֶה H3068]
The four letter representation God’s name, commonly called the Tetragrammaton, is composed of four Hebrew letters: יהוה YHVH, meaning: the self existent one; also the proper name of the God of Israel. It is variously translated as: Yehovah / Jehovah, or Yahveh / Yahweh. The letters in the Tetragrammaton can be rearranged to spell the words:
• היה Hâyâh [H1961] He Was
Hâyâh is the past tense, meaning “was.”
• הָוָה Hâvâh, or hôvêh [H1934] He Is Now
Hâvâh, is the present tense, meaning “is”
• יהיה yihiyêh [H3068, from H1961] He Will Be
Yod before a verb changes tense from past to future. Was becomes “will be”
The four letters that make up the name of Yahweh are: Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey [יהוה H3068], can be translated to mean:
• The Man With The Outstretched Arms and Nailed Hands Shall Be Revealed Twice.
• Behold the Nail, Behold the Hand.
• Behold the Nailed Hand.
The overall meaning of the word, Yahweh is: salvation! Therefore, the four letters can also be translated to mean:
• Behold – The Nailed Hand Is Salvation
Yahweh Elohim – Yahweh our God [יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים H3068 H430] Deuteronomy 6:4
Yahweh Rapha – Yahweh That Heals [יְהֹוָה רָפָא H3068 H7495] Exodus 15:26
Yahweh Qadash – Yahweh Who Sanctifies [יְהֹוָה קָדַשׁ H3068 H6942] Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 37:28
Yahweh Rapha – Yahweh Who Will See To It [יְהֹוָה רָאָה H3068 H7200] Genesis 22:8, Genesis 22:14
Yahweh Tsaba – Yahweh of Hosts [יְהֹוָה צָבָא H3068 H6635] 1 Samuel 1:3
Yahweh Nissi – Yahweh Our Banner [יְהֹוָה נֵס H3068 H5251] Exodus 17:15
Yeshua / Yahweh
Philippians 2:9 – “Yahweh highly exalted him, and bestowed on Yeshua the name which is above every name.”
Hebrews 13:8 – “Yeshua (יְהוֹשׁוּעַ [H3091]) Ha’Mashiach (מָשִׁיחַ [H4899]) is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
The same admonition is applied to Yeshua – we are to pray, bless, and give thanks in his name, Yeshua, not by his titles!
Psalm 69:30 – “I will praise the name of God, Yahweh, with song and magnify him with thanksgiving.”
God’s name, יַהְוֶה, Yahweh, firmly establishes His eternal nature and that He is the same yesterday, today, and for all eternity. He is loving, merciful, gracious, and desires that not one will perish. Place your faith in Him and His promises and receive eternal life.