The Name and Nature of God

As covered in a previous post, He whom everyone calls "God" would be better addressed by His Hebrew name YAHWEH. Using His name instead of His title will help us understand who He is and allow us a more personal relationship with Him. Elohim is His title, and He is the mighty one and the "head God" above all other gods. Elohim in the beginning created the heavens and the earth. He is great and almighty one to be feared and worshipped. When dealing with His power, strength and might; Elohim is the best possible word to use. When the emphasis is on who He is and what His will for man is; calling Him by His name YAHWEH is better.

Who is YAHWEH? Where does He live? What is His true character? These are all good questions mortal man asks in his attempt to understand his creator, God. When Moses was first called by Elohim in Exodus chapter 3; it states in verses 13 and 14:

"Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God (Elohim) of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, what is His name? What shall I say unto them?
And God (Elohim) said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM; and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."

This is not His Name. His Name is not "I AM THAT I AM" or literally, "I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE". This is simply an explanation which leads up to the revelation of His Name in verse 15.

"And God (Elohim) said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, YAHWEH Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me unto you; this is My Name forever, and this is My memorial unto all generations."

His Name forever is YAHWEH. He is the ELOHIM of our fathers. In Biblical times, names meant everything, for everyone was known by the name and where they were from. There were no last names until recently. In reference to this section of Exodus, the Amplified Bible has these notes:

"To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes. (John D. Davis, A Dictionary of the Bible). God's name is His self-revelation (Charles Ellicott, A Bible Commentary). The name signifies the active presence of the person in the fullness of the revealed character (J.D. Douglas et al., eds The New Bible Dictionary)."

Simply put, if you know the name of YAHWEH and understand what it means, you can know and understand the very character and nature of God (Elohim). Moses was the first to ask Him what His name was and Moses was the first man to know His name. Look at Exodus 6:2 and 3:

"And Elohim spake unto Moses and said unto him, I am YAHWEH:
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by My Name JEHOVAH (YAHWEH) was I not known to them."

YAHWEH was never known by name until He revealed it to Moses. Even Abraham did not know El Shaddai's name. He only knew Him as "Almighty God".

Is a name important? Evidently it must be for in Genesis 17 Almighty God gave Abram (high, exalted father) a new name which was Abraham (father of a multitude). Parents gave Abram his name, but Almighty God renamed him to denote the character and express the attributes of what the man had become due to the covenant God made with him. In like manner Almighty God gave Sarai, Abraham's wife, the new name Sarah (Princess).

In Genesis 32 is the fascinating record of Jacob wrestling with an angel all night. At the end, the angel, speaking for Almighty God, changed Jacob's name altogether. Whereas Jacob meant supplanter schemer, trickster or swindler; the new name given him meant something entirely different. The new name Israel meant "contender with God", for he had contended and had power with God and with men and prevailed.

We have to understand the character of Almighty God before we can comprehend what His will is for our lives. We gain this understanding by getting to know His name and what His name represents. The more we know YAHWEH, the more we become personally and intimately aware of His very nature. The more we see who and what YAHWEH is, the more we will respect Him, adore Him, praise Him, love Him and want to please Him.

I leave you today with three very exciting and wonderful verses from 2 Peter chapter one. These verses express the Almighty God's will in doing what He did and giving what He gave us in and through His son Jesus Christ. From the New English Bible here are verses 2 through 4:

"Grace and peace be yours in fullest measure, through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and true religion, enabling us to know the One who called us by his own splendor and might.
Through this might and splendor he has given us His promises, great beyond all price, and through them you may escape the corruption with which lust has infected the world, and come to share in the very being of God."

I pray as we weave our way through God's wonderful Word, we all can come to a better understanding of God and His son Jesus Christ. I pray we can come to share in the very being of God. God bless you and keep you safe.

Lily Christianto @magnolia ·

Thank you for posting this blog, Brother. Let me share my experience which has something to do with your blog.

One day years ago I learnt that the name Christians in my country were using to call our God is the name of the god

of a certain religion. This may sound ridiculous, but it's a fact!

However, since the day on, I began to avoid using the wrong name. Instead, I use "Yahweh" or at least "heavenly

Father -- in my mother tongue -- to address Him. My reason for doing so is just simple : Yahweh is His name and

addressing Him in a proper way, not by someone's else name, means honoring Him. Magnolia.

Do not include honorifics.

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