The Call to Restore the Name of God

The Call to Restore the Name of God

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By Karen Jacks – Sacred Hand Publishing

It is with great appreciation and acknowledgment that we share this article written by our dear friend & sister in the work of the Lord, Karen Jacks.  The honoring and inclusion of the Divine Father’s Holy Name in our Praise to Him is so important.  Also is the awareness of where our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ’s Name originates. For He stated that HIS Name came from THE Name of His Father… Blessings Goodhope Ministries

YHWH –  י ה ו ה
The Personal Name of The Lord of Israel, Father of Jesus Christ

The 4 Hebrew letters, “Yod”, “Heh”, “Vav”, “Heh” – “The Self-Existent or Eternal One” –

His Exalted Name appears over 6,800 times in the text of the Hebrew Scriptures – The Tanak, known in The Bible as The Old Testament (O.T.).  It will usually be rendered “the Lord” in most English translations of the O.T.

The Sacred Name has undergone a type of hidden, protective, disuse of audible public praise, dating from a period of time thought to be around the 3rd or 4th century BCE.  Perhaps as an outcome of the Exile period in Babylon, Jewish laws arose mandating the substitution of “Adonai” (“Lord”) or “Ha Shem” (“The Name”) for His Name when reading aloud from the text.  Later, when the Hebrew Tanak was translated into Greek, known as the Septuagint (circa 2nd & 3rd century B.C.).  “Theos” (θέος) was used in place of The Sacred Name.  Strong’s concordance states that this Greek word is “of uncertain affinity” – “a deity” (Strong’s Gr. Ref <113>).  “Kurios” (Ќυριος) (Strong’s Gr. Ref. <2962> was also used.  Even later still (A.D. 1611), the King James Version of the Bible translated “Theos” as “God” and “Kurios” as “Lord” in the N.T.  Thus, the term “God” is twice removed from The Sacred Name.  To this day “G-o-d” functions as a protection & hiddeness from centuries of profanity, which is now so prevalent.  In His Mercy, He has preserved His Sovereign Name from hateful blasphemy.

Though the exact pronunciation of   י ה ו ה  – YHVH – is under dispute, it IS deserving of Exaltation, and as the case may be …restoration to the lips of the faithful.  Among Jews, His Name is still protected from utterance, though they treasure its Holiness.  Clearly, the Scriptures of The Bible state that we are to know & call upon The Name of The Father AND the Son.  Yes, The Lord knows our heart when we pray.  But Rejoice!… we are living in the days of Daniel’s prophecy…

“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.  But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”  Dan. 12:3-4.

“Yahveh” or “Yahweh” (two variants on the 3rd letter and vowel sound) transliterate the letters of The Name from Hebrew to English, in affinity to the known pronunciation of –    י ה – “Yah”. 

The contraction of The Sacred Name is used 46 times in O.T. (Strong’s ref. <03050>).  As a prefix or suffix,  “Yah” is found in many Biblical names such as: Joshua (Yehowshua),  Judah (Yehuwdah), Elijah (Eliyah) and Isaiah (Yeshu’yahuw).

Though “Jehovah” is closer to The Sacred Name than “God” or “The Lord”, and Strong’s concordance uses this as an acceptable vocalization (ref. <3068> & <3069>), there is no “J” sound in Hebrew.  This pronunciation is thought to have arisen from using the vowels of “Adonai” with The Name.  It should be noted that the Hebrew word ‘ “hovah” means “ruin or mischief” (Strong’s ref <1943>.  Please know the Name of YHVW, our Lord & Father, even if you only use it privately in prayer.  Jesus instructed us to revere His Name

Matthew 6:9  “In this manner, therefore, pray: ‘Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name.’”

Genesis 2:4 is when The Personal Name of the Lord is first introduced:  “This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God (YHVH Elohim) made the earth and the heavens,”

Let us not be content to use only the generalized reference – “G-o-d”, but to Know & Praise His Holy Name.

Titles for the Lord:

There are many Titles/Appellations, Attributes, and Poetic Praise phrases to Honor The Glory of The Father, Son & Holy Spirit (in both Hebrew & Greek), though beyond the scope of this article.

The Names that follow are Titles in Hebrew…

Elohiyim” – (variations – Elokhiym, Elohik, Elohi) – plural aspect of God, “God of Gods”, “The Godhead”, used over 2600 times in OT. Sometimes applied to magistrates and angels.  (Strong’s ref. <430>)

Adonai” – “lord, master” is used 335 times in OT. (Strong’s ref. <113>

“El” – “strength, The Almighty”, but used also of any deity.  Used over 240 times, including “El Shaddai” and “El Elyon”  (Strong’s ref. <410>)

An Overview of verses which proclaim the importance of The Name –  י ה ו ה  – YHVH:

Exodus 3:15  “God (Elohim) also said to Moses, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘YHVH (The LORD) 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 from generation to generation.’”

Exodus 15:3  “YHVH (The LORD) is a warrior; YHVH (The LORD) is His Name.”

Exodus 20:7  “You shall not misuse The Name of YHVH (The LORD) your God (Elohik), for YHVH (The LORD) will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His Name.

Deuteronomy 32:3  “For I will proclaim The Name of YHVH (The LORD); you must acknowledge the greatness of our God (Elohim).”

1 Kings 18:24 “Then you call on the name of your god (elohikim), and I will call on The Name of YHWH (The LORD).  The god (haElohim) who answers by fire He is God (haElohim).’  Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

Psalms 34:3  “Magnify YHVH (The Lord) with me!  Let us praise His Name together!”

Psalms 113:2  “Blessed be The Name of YHVH (The LORD) From this time forth and forever.”

Psalms 116:3  “I will celebrate my deliverance (yeshua’ot), and call on The Name of YHVH (The LORD)”.

Psalms 135:13  “Your Name, YHVH (O LORD), endures forever, you’re renown, YHVH (O LORD), through all generations.”

Psalms 145:2-3  “Every day I will bless you and praise Your Name forever and ever.  Great is YHVH (The LORD), and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.”

Psalms 145:13  “Let them praise The Name of YHVH  (The LORD), for His Name alone is exalted;  His majesty is above earth and heaven.”

Isaiah  12:2  “Behold, God (El) is my Salvation (yeshuati), I will trust and not be afraid; ‘ For YAH, YHVH (The LORD), is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation (Yeshua).’”

Isaiah 44:5  “One will say, ‘I belong to YHVH’ (The LORD), and another will use the name ‘Jacob’.  And another will write on his hand, ‘to YHVH (The LORD’s),’ and use the name ‘Israel.’”

Isaiah 56:6-7  “Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to YHVH (The LORD), to serve Him, and to love the Name of YHVH (The LORD), to be His servants; everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant, even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer.  Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.

Jeremiah 7:11  “Has this house, which is called by My Name, become a den of robbers in your eyes?  Behold, I Myself have seen it, declares YHVH (The LORD).”

Hosea 12:5  “That is, YHVH Elohi (The LORD God) of hosts.  YHVH (The LORD) is His memorable Name.”

Amos 4:13  “For behold, He who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is His thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth, YHVH Elohi Tsab’aoth (The LORD God of Hosts), is His Name!

New Testament References:

John 5:43  “I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not accept Me.  If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.”

John 12:28  “Father, glorify Your Name.”  Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

Matthew 28:19  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in The Name of The Father and The Son and The Holy Spirit.”

Luke 19:38  “Blessed is the King who comes in The Name of The LORD (Kurios)!”  “Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest!”

Matthew 6:9  “In this manner, therefore, pray:  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name.”

Acts 3:13  “The God (Theos) of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, The God of our forefathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate after he had decided to release him.”

Romans 15:5-6  “Now may the God (Theos) of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify The God and Father of our Lord (Kurios) Jesus Christ.”

Romans 10:13  “For everyone who calls on The Name of The LORD will be saved.”

Romans 15:9  “and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God (Theos) for His mercy.  As it is written, “Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your Name.”

Galatians 1:3-5  “Grace to you and peace from God (Theos) our Father (Patros) and The Lord (Kurios) Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age,  according to the Will of Our God and Father, who whom be the Glory forever and ever.  Amen.”

Hebrews 13:15  “Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God (Theos), that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His Name.”

2 Peter 1:2  “May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

Revelation 14:1  “Then I looked, and here was The Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had His Name and His Father’s Name written on their foreheads.”

י ה ו ה – YHVH – The Great “I Am That I Am”

The Lord’s personal 4 letter Name which never varies is “Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh” – YHVH or YHWH.

When Yahveh instructed Moses in Exodus 3:14 to use the appellation or title “I Am That I Am” (Hayah Asher Hayah), when he (Moses) returned from the burning bush to the Israelites.  He was describing or praising His Own Supreme Sovereignty.  This title would be recognized by the Israelites as the description of The Eternally Existent One, being comprised of the verb “hayah” (“to be or to exist”).  The following verses show that indeed they would know who “I Am That I Am” was…

Exodus 3:18  “And they (the Israelites, in Egyptian enslavement) will listen to your voice (Moses’), and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘YHVH Elohi (The LORD God) of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us got a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to YHVH Elohenu (The LORD God).’”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_God_in_Judaism
“In appearance, YHWH is the third person singular imperfect of the verb “to be”, meaning, therefore, “He is”.  This explanation agrees with the meaning of the name given in Exodus 3:14, where God is represented as speaking, and hence as using the first person – “I am”.  It stems from the Hebrew conception of monotheism that God exists by himself for himself, and is the uncreated Creator who is independent of any concept, force, or entity: therefore “I am that I am”.”

Please see the excellent online reference tool: www.net.bible.org which offers very comprehensive resource materials for the study of Scripture.

In Praise of His Name – Yahveh – and The Name of our Salvation Jesus the Messiah!

Both YHVH & YHWH are in close alliteration, and I chose (along with others) to pronounce The Lord’s Name as Yahveh.  This vocalization preserves the second syllable as “Veh”.  It may also be true that “Weh” better calls to the English translation of the Greek word “hodos” – The Way, A Name for the early Church of Jesus Christ.

John 14:6 “Jesus replied, ‘I Am the Way (“hodos” – Strong’s ref <3598>), and The Truth (“alethia” – Strong’s ref. <225>), and The Life (“zoe” – Strong’s ref. <2222>).  No one comes to The Father except through Me.’”

There exists in The Name a clear affinity to the Heb. ‘ “naveh”  נוה or (fem.) “navah” (Strong’s ref. <05116>).  Strong’s reference shows that “naveh” translates as – “at home”; hence (by implication of satisfaction) lovely; also (noun) a home, of God (temple), men (residence), flocks (pasture), or wild animals (den): – comely, dwelling (place), fold, habitation, pleasant place, sheepcote, stable, tarried.”

Exodus 15:13  “You (YHVH) in Your Mercy have led forth the people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength to Your Holy habitation (“naveh”).

This information is being shared in hopes of uniting the voice of The Church, to embrace, cherish, and restore The Name of the LORD in preparation for Christ’s expected soon return.  It may be reproduced in any format.

Karen Jacks – Sacred Hand Publishing. www.karenjacks.com