Spiritual Wellness: Does God have a name?

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

Have you ever been reading the Bible, especially the Old Testament, and thought "God seems to be called by a lot of names"? Elohim, El Roi, Adonai, Savior, Redeemer, and Angel of the Lord? This multiplicity of names can be a little confusing for those who don’t know ancient Hebrew, especially since there seems to be dozens of ways that the people of Israel referred to the name of the one true God.


The Bible explains that there are many gods (1 Corinthians 8:5). It is recorded that the nations surrounding ancient Israel worshipped various gods named Ashtoreth, Baal, Molech, and more. If you read modern bibles, you can still find the name of these gods today.


The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic. The God of Israel's name was often represented as יהוה, in the Hebrew language. The Hebrew language is read from right to left, and when translated in English the letters read YHWH. However, various translations have removed YHWH, believing it was too sacred to be used.


The original vowel sounds are unknown, but the common rendering and transliteration of the Hebraic name for God is often written and pronounced as "Yahweh". Some individuals use the name “Jehovah,” but unfortunately this is a mistranslation of His name for in the Hebrew alphabet the letter “J” does not exist.


Even though various translations of the Bible have removed the name of God, the four Hebrew letters, YHWH, repeatedly appear throughout ancient manuscripts. As a result, many new translations are beginning to recognize and use the name Yahweh, as well as an abbreviation of His name, YAH.


For example, in Psalms 68:4, in the New Kings James version of the Bible, the abbreviation of Yahweh is used stating, “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, and rejoice before Him." You can check online for the translation right now and see it for yourself.


A person can have many titles such as mother, father, daughter, and so on. In the same way, Yahweh has many titles such as Almighty, Creator, Elohim, Lord, and God. I use the name Yahweh in my videos, posts, and conversations with others when I speak. If you choose to do the same, I do think it's worth mentioning to others the significance of the sacred name, why you use it, and who you're referring to. This may help to reduce any confusion and provide further clarity for others. It can also give others an opportunity to discover God's name, and conduct further research for themselves.


Below I have identified a few verses that I believe show the power and significance of using God's name, Yahweh.


Verses

1. Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day, they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I (Isaiah 52:6, English Standard Version).

2. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him (John 5:43, New International Version).

3. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth (Luke 11:2, New International Version).

4. The name of the [Yahweh] is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high (Proverbs 18:10, Holman Christian Standard Bible).

5. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12, Kings James Version).


Here is an AMAZING video I came across that explains everything I've said in more detail.


Do you use the sacred name, or do you prefer to use the title, God? If you choose to primarily use the name Yahweh, how will you explain your reasoning as to why you do to others? Comment below!

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