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A Peek Behind the Name of God


By Bill Perkins




 


“Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever” (Daniel 2:20).


When I go to Israel, the guides are usually non-Christian Jews. To be a guide in Israel means you are licensed by the State of Israel only after completing the equivalent of a two-year college course studying the hundreds of biblical sites in the Promised Land.


So the vast majority of our Israeli guides are articulate, well-educated...but secular; meaning not religious. They usually observe Passover and the Day of Atonement but nothing else. Sort of like some Christians who go to church only on Christmas and Easter.


It is always perplexing to me on trips to Israel to hear the guide say things like, “Over here God helped David defeat the Amorites,” or “Here is where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead,” yet totally miss what they are actually saying.


They talk about God and Jesus all day long, quote passages out of the Old and New Testaments, but don’t connect the spiritual dots. They refer to Him by name, but the deep and powerful meaning of that name escapes them.

What Does Yahweh Mean?
“Yahweh” is the personal name of God in the Bible; called the Tetragrammaton. It is composed of four letters, no vowels. The Hebrew letters are Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey, read right to left in the Hebrew (see above), left to right in English (YHWH).


Hebrew letters all have meanings. You’re going to love what the letters mean in “Yahweh.”


Yod
Yod is the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is masculine in gender. It portrays the symbol of an entire hand, or closed hand, from the wrist to the fingertips. This is distinguished from another letter, kaf, that means “palm.”


Hey
Hey is feminine and means “to behold,” “show” or “reveal.”


Can you tell where this is going?


Vav
Vav is masculine and signifies a nail, peg or hook, signifying being nailed or bound together.

So when read in Hebrew, right to left, God’s name means:

Behold the Nail, Behold the Hand.”

Or simply:

“Behold the nailed hand.”


It gets even better when you combine the meaning of the individual letters with the overall meaning of the word—Yahweh, YHWH, which means “salvation,” then it basically translates:

Behold, the nailed hand is salvation.”


There are other biblical references to the Messiah’s pierced hands and feet:


“...they will look upon Me whom they have pierced” (Zechariah 12:10).


“...they have pierced My hands and feet”(Ps 22:16).

With the name of God being so specific, it makes one wonder how in the world do the Jews, especially the Jewish guides in Israel, miss the fact Jesus came as the Messiah?


The answer, of course, is in scripture. God has "blinded" them.


“... And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this cause they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes, and He hardened their hearts; lest they see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and be converted, and I heal them” (John 12:39-40).

But God has not blinded us. His Holy Spirit living in us reveals truth to Believers through the Word of God.


So we’ve looked at the Hebrew letters in “Yahweh” and shown how, in no uncertain terms, they specifically spell out “Behold the Nailed Hand.”

Here's another nugget along those same lines...

“Yahweh” is the personal name of God, much like Abraham and Sarah are personal names. Words like Elohim (God), El (Mighty), Shaddai (Almighty) and Adonai (Master) are titles. And of course “Lord” is a title.

Consider the Third Commandment:


You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain” (Deuteronomy 5:11).


The word “LORD” above is not in the original manuscripts. “Yahweh” is what was originally written. The Jews changed the word “Yahweh” in their torahs because they believed it was blasphemy to pronounce the personal name of the Lord out loud.


Thousands of times God put His personal name in Scripture and each time it’s been changed to a title!


If a man wrote a love letter to his wife, would she want to read, “Dear Woman” or would she rather read “Dear Susan, etc.?”


“Yahweh” wanted a personal relationship with the Jews. He even set up a temporary sacrificial system so He could live right in their midst. But they couldn’t quite grasp His provisions.


Then the Lord said, ‘Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote’” (Isaiah 29:13).


In the Church Age, Jesus is the personal name we use to address our Lord of lords. We can say, “Jesus, Lord of my life.” But it’s actually quite impersonal to address Him with titles like “Dear Lord,” “Lord God,” etc.


“Jesus” wants to have a personal relationship with you. But no more sacrifices are necessary. Yahweh paid it all on the Cross and has given you the power of His Spirit living in you to accomplish His will.


Praise the Lord


Bill Perkins


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The names of God


 

Source:  Gospel Tract Society Newsletter    October 11, 2016

GOSPEL TRACT SOCIETY
P.O. Box 1118
Independence MO 64051

www.gospeltractsociety.org


 

Elohim  { God }


El Qanna  { Jealous God }


Adonai  { Lord, Master }


Yahweh  { Lord, Jehovah }


El Elyon  { The Most High God }


El Olam  { The Everlasting God }


El Shaddai  { Lord God Almighty }


Jehovah Shalom  { The Lord is Peace }


Jehovah Sabaoth  { The Lord of Hosts }


Jehovah Jireh  { The Lord will Provide }


Jehovah Shammah  { The Lord is There }


Jehovah Raah  { The Lord is MY Shepherd }


Jehovah Rapha  { The Lord who Heals you }


Jehovah Tsidkenu  { The Lord our Righteousness }


Jehovah Mekoddishkem { The Lord Who Sanctifies You}


 


Each and every one of these names is worthy of Praising the Lord and talking about.  He is all of these things to His children. 


 


 


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Speaking of names, have you ever looked at all of the names or titles that there are for Jesus in the Old and New Testament?  And yes, there is ‘power’ in the Holy name of Jesus.  There is power in His blood.  Demons tremble when they hear the name, Yeshua, Yahushua, Jesus, Jesous, Joshua, Jeshua.


 


 


Genesis: He’s the Creator and Promised Redeemer


Exodus: He’s the Passover Lamb


Leviticus: He’s the High Priest


Deuteronomy: He becomes the curse for us


Joshua:  He’s Commander of the army of the Lord


Judges: He delivers us from injustice, the Secret


Ruth: He’s our Kinsman, our Redeemer


I Samuel: He’s all in one, the Prophet, the Priest, King


2 Samuel:  He’s King of grace and love


I Kings: He’s a Ruler greater then Solomon


2 Kings: He’s the powerful Prophet


I Chronicles: He’s the son of David that is coming to rule


2 Chronicles:  He’s the King that reigns eternally


Ezra:  He’s the priest proclaiming freedom


Nehemiah:  He’s the One who restores what is broken


Esther:  He’s the protector of His people


Job:  He’s the Mediator between God and man


Psalms:  He’s our song in the morning and in the night


Proverbs: He’s our wisdom


Ecclesiastes:  He’s our meaning for life


Song of Solomon:  He’s the Author of faithful love


Isaiah:  He’s a Suffering Servant, a Son given, a Wonderful Mighty and everlasting God


Jeremiah:  He’s our weeping Messiah


Lamentations:  He assumes God’s wrath for us


Ezekiel:  He’s the Son of Man


Daniel:  He’s the stranger in the fire


Hosea:  he’s a faithful husband when we run away


Joel:  He’s sending His Spirit to his people


Amos:  he’s delivers justice to the oppressed


Obadiah:  He’ the Judge of those who do evil


Jonah:  he’s the greatest missionary


Micha:  He casts our sins into the sea for forgetfulness


Nahum:  He proclaims future world peace


Habakkuk:  He crushes injustice


Zephaniah:  He’s the Warrior who saves


Haggai:  He restores our worship


Zechariah: He prophesies a Messiah pierced for us


Malachi:  He’s the sun of righteousness who brings healing


Matthew:  He is Messiah, King, Son of living God, Son of Abraham


Mark:  He is Servant, Son of the Blessed, Beloved Son, Son of the Most High


Luke:  He is Messiah and Deliverer, Son of the Highest


John:  He is God in the flesh, Son of God, God’s only Begotten Son, The Word


Acts: He is the Spirit that dwells in His people


Romans:  He is the righteousness of God, Seed of David


I Corinthians:  He is the power and the love of God


2 Corinthians:  He is the down payment of what is to come


Galatians:  He’s our very life


Ephesians:  He’s the unity of our church


Philippians: s He’s the joy of our life


Colossians:  He hold the supreme position in all things, Son of His love


I Thessalonians:  He’s our comfort in the last days


2 Thessalonians:  He’s our returning King


1 Timothy:  He’s Savior of the worst sinners


2 Timothy:  He’s the leader of all leaders


Titus:  He’s the foundation of truth


Philemon:  He’s our mediator


Hebrews:  He’s our High priest


James:  He matures our faith


1 Peter:  He’s our hope I times of suffering


2 Peter:  He guards us from false teaching


1 John:  He’s the source of all fellowship


2 John:  He’s God in the flesh


3 John:  He’s the source of all Truth


Jude:  He protects us from stumbling


Revelation:  Jesus is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the end, First and

                       Last, and the One who makes all things new.


 


 


 


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Last but certainly not the least, are the names of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Ghost of God.  The force behind all righteousness and the very One that makes it all happen.


 


The Breath of the Almighty


The Comforter


The Eternal Spirit


The Free Spirit


The Good Spirit


The Spirit of God


The Spirit of the Father


The Spirit of Christ


The Spirit of Grace


The Spirit of Adoption


The Spirit of Sonship


The spirit of Prophecy


The Spirit of Wisdom


The Spirit of Counsel


The Spirit of Might


The Spirit of Understanding


The Spirit of Knowledge


The Spirit of Truth


The Spirit of Revelation


The Spirit of Holiness


The Spirit of Judgment


The Spirit of Fire


The Spirit of Burning


The Spirit of Glory


The Spirit of Life


 


And The Seven Spirits of God


 


 


 


Gospel Tract Society      October  2016


GOSPEL TRACT SOCIETY
P.O. Box 1118
Independence MO 64051

www.gospeltractsociety.org