Exodus 3:13 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
“Then Moses asked God, ‘If I go to the Israelites and say to them: The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, 'What is His name?’ what should I tell them?”
There is a special significance to God’s name in our sacred scripture. In the accurate Hebrew understanding, to speak God’s name was much more than simply saying a mere word, to speak The Name was to literally bring about a Divine presence … to speak the name was to actually bring God into one’s presence.
God knows, hears, and responds to his name.
When we want to get someone’s attention we speak their name. “Judy!”… and when Judy hears her name it gets her attention. The same is true of God.
As the Hebrews grew to fear God they also grew to fear saying The Name since they feared being in His presence. For hundreds and hundreds of years the name of God was never breathed through human lips, we therefore began to substitute “titles” for God’s name.
Our unfortunate reality is that English bible translators have done the same in our English translations. The reasoning went something like, “We are not going to actually print God’s name out of ‘respect’ for the name.” This is a misplaced ‘respect’ that is actually the product of fear and the result is a tragic loss.
It is time to reclaim the name. Yahweh.
Prayer: Oh Father, teach us the meaning and purpose of Your Name so that we may honor and give glory to Your Name. This we ask in Jesus Name.
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