Ask anyone, “What are the names of God or Jesus?” and you will get very varied answers. Some with say that God is the Father and Jesus is the Son and that is all that they are. Others will say that God is the Father, The Great I AM, Our Master, Our Provider, Healer, and God Most High,: Jesus is the Son of God, Part of the Trinity, Healer, Lord, and Savior. The names of God and Jesus are so much more than just names. To understand this concept all you have to do is open you heart and mind to these concepts. I’m going to lead you on a journey to discover the meaning of their names, but unfortunately most likely not all of them. Even though I think and expect perfection from myself, I might miss a few because I am not in fact, perfect…LOL Let the Journey Begin!!!!
Most of the names of God or Jesus are not really proper names like Cheryl is to me. Their names are more like characteristics or descriptions that tell you more about them so that you can know them better. Some of the names are the same for both God and Jesus. For example, both of them are called a form of “Lord”: God is called “LORD” and Jesus is called “My Lord”. I will get more into that at another time.
Exodus 3:14 KJV
God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM, Say this to the people of Israel: I AM sent me to you.”
God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, God of your ancestors – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you.
This is my eternal name,
my name to remember for all generations.”
God does have a proper name as you can see in the above scripture. It is the Hebrew word “YHWH”. In the Hebrew language the vowels are only spoken not written so the pronunciation and spelling are still in debate today. “Yahweh” and “Jehovah” are just two examples of the proper name of God. Jehovah is a form of the Hebrew name of God that is used in only some translations of the Bible. Synonyms of Jehovah are being used as nouns for example: Absolute Being, Allah, Father, and Almighty One.
Psalm 83:18 KJV
“That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the earth”
Exodus 6:3 KJV
“And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”
As you can see in the above verses from the King James version of the Bible, God names Himself, JEHOVAH. Now the problem is that in later translations of the Bible such as the NLT and even the New King James, JEHOVAH is changed to “Lord” only in small upper case instead of BOLD UPPER CASE! JEHOVAH is seen more often in the Bible joined with other titles or characteristics such as JEHOVAH Shalom meaning , “The Lord Our Peace.”
YHWH can also be turned into “Yahweh”. It is used about 6,828 times in the Bible. It came to be regarded by the Jews in about c Bc 300 as “too sacred” to be spoken which is why the spelling and the way it is pronounced is still in some debate even unto this day. Just as JEHOVAH is translated into “Lord” in the English Bible, YAHWEH in the Hebrew Word is built around the words, “I AM!” Now that is a different topic altogether.
Now we have to ask the question, “Is God’s name important?” Well, let’s look at the prayer that Jesus Christ gave us to prayer:
“Our Father in the Heaven
Let your name be sanctified.”
Let’s also look at how Jesus himself, prayed to God:
“Father, glorify your name.”
In response, God spoke from heaven; saying:
“I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
Jesus talks to God with respect, and reverence, and honor and places great importance on God’s name. This sets the stage for us. We, too, should treat the Father and the Son with respect, reverence and honor, and hold Him in a place of great importance in our lives.
Come join me on a journey into the individual names of God and Jesus and what they mean. It will be interesting to see where it leads us……