Whats in a Name?
A rose by another name may smell like a rose, but what you call something is as important as what the object is. What you name someone is as important as who the person is. You dont agree? If your name is Oscar and someone calls you Felix, you wont turn around although the caller is talking to you, sees you, and may even know something about you. You may even be insulted. Oscar would have been! Your name is important to you.
If a person calls me Gil, he is talking to me. If a person transliterates my name and calls me Hil, I wont respond. To me a hill is a rise in the earth, not a name. Also, each name has a meaning. Gloria means glory. Angela means angel. Those are the easy ones.
Well, God has a name, and it is not God. Huh? God is a Germanic word, which is rooted in the word gott meaning good. We have translated the Hebrew word El to God. Even the translation is not good because El means god, person, chief or God. El has nothing to do with the root for good.
El primarily has to do with power and strength. But, the name used for God is seldom El, but rather Elohiym. God is surely more closely aligned with strength and power, not to say God is not good, as English understands the term. Jesus said that only God is good.
In English good means moral, virtuous, upright, righteous, obedient, kind, and worthy.
However, the Hebrew, El Shaddai, for example, meaning the Almighty God, is a very common term for God. El Shaddai does not refer to Gods goodness.
Elohiym is use thousands of times in the Bible in reference to the supreme God. And, now, I begin to feel uncomfortable with using the English translation of God for El. See whether you feel the same way.
The sense of Gods real nature and power does not come from the word, God, but from the word, Elohiym. God is not Our Fathers name, just a convention. Why do we use the English word for God when we use foreign words, especially names, continually? The compromise started with Theo, the Greek for god or God. Deus is the Latin. So following the corrupt tradition, we use God, the Germanic term.
When Moses asked God what His name was, He answered, I Am, or "the Eternal One" in English. The Hebrew is Yehwah. There is no equivalent word for Yehwah in English. Although a noun, its meaning is what we would call in English the verb, to be. Some Bibles translate it as the Eternal, others the I Am. More often it is translated as Lord with God, as Lord God: Yehwah Elohiym.
No English use of the word Lord or God even gives us a hint of Gods nature as the Eternal One, the Self-Existent One, or the I Am; just as no translation of God tells us of His creative power. While you can say anything in any language, each language is predisposed to certain understandings and meanings. So God, the Good One, leaves out His Power and Eternal Self-Existence. I shall add to these meanings, but the word God does not of itself tell us the Truth of Gods Nature.
There is more to the meaning of Yehwah, which is not found in the English God. I have based the remainder of the newsletter on the Hebrew meanings of Yehwah. I mostly left out Strongs definitions to make the text flow better. And, as I would like to make Yehwah a more common English term, I shall stop italicizing it.
The Living Yehwah
Yehwah has life in Himself. Everything and person in the universe need things to get life and maintain it. Yehwah provides this life and its necessities. Yehwahs meaning includes considering and judging. Surely, these are the basic aspects of Yehwahs character.
A further meaning of Yehwah reiterates coming to pass. Yehwah not only predicts the future, but also determines that what He predicts will come to pass.
The following are most of the names of Yehwah:
Yah, the sacred name: Yah, the Lord, most vehement. The sound of Yehwahs voice makes the nearby thunder seem like a whisper.
Yehwah will see (to it). Ask and you shall receive. He will always keep His promises.
Yehwah (is) my banner. The standard or banner in days of yore led the troops into battle. Thus, Yehwahs banner crushes all our enemies.
Yehwah (is) our right; Yehwah-Tsidkenu (righteousness), a symbolic epithet of the Messiah and of Yehoshua (Jesus) the Lord our righteousness. Yehwah made Yehoshua our righteousness.
Yehwah (is) peace; Yehwah-Shalom. The only road to peace is through the auspices of our Father in heaven.
Yehwah-known. All evidence of the universe proves Yehwahs character.
Yehwah will establish. He decides, period. Nothing we can say or do can change what Yehwah has decreed.
Yehwah will raise. He raised Yehoshua from the dead and will gladly do the same to all who are His.
Yehwah will contend. He will contend against our enemies and free us from the diabolical evil permeating the world.
Yehwah-largessed. When Yehwah gives and blesses, He provides more than we can handle.
Yehwah-remembered. Yehwah never forgets His promises. The one thing He does forget are our forgiven sins.
Yehwah-revived. Yehwah builds us up and restores our hopes.
Yehwah -gloried. Yehwah surely deserves our praise and thanksgiving without end.
Yehwah-hastened. Just when we think all is over and nothing can save us, Yehwah comes to our rescue, just in time.
Yehwah will cause to dwell. First, Yehwah gave the Promised Land to the children to Israel. Now he readies the Kingdom of God for us to live in forever.
Yehwah (is) perfect. Jesus said it best. No one is good except Our Father in heaven. And, he also demanded that we become perfect as Our Father is.
Yehwah will sow. The best thing Yehwah sowed is the Word, which will grow until it becomes the greatest kingdom in the universe, the Kingdom of God.
Unity of Yehwah; oneness of Yehwah. Jesus quoted
Deuteronomy, Hear, O, Israel, the Lord our God is one. He said this was the basic commandment.
Yah will behold. He will behold the unfolding of His great plan for making for Himself a family to inherit the Kingdom of God.
Yah will live. Most assuredly Yehwah will live, for He is the ancient of days, without beginning or end the I Am, the Eternal One.
Yah will establish. He will establish His Kingdom, just as He established the land of Canaan for Israel.
Yah will enable. Among the things Yehwah will enable are His Spirit, His Way, His love, His faith.
Yah will sustain. He will sustain us no matter what the adversary or difficulty. He always has and always will.
Yah will liberate. What will he free us from? He will free us from the slavery of sin, sickness, and death.
Yehwah will open. When Yehwah opens the door for us, no one, nothing, can close it. All we have to do is walk through it. Praise Yehwah!
Yehwah Who Speaks
The Hebrew words suggest that Yah means He who breathes as One who exists (the I Am), therefore, He speaks. And God said. . The word further suggest that Yehwahs speaking is loud, as when He gave the Ten Commandments. He sounded louder than the thunder. Another word means the sound as loud as a trumpet.
At other times, the sound of Yehwahs speaking is similar to the meditation we recognize in the Hindus practice. The Hebrew for meditation means to mumble, mutter, or hum. Actually, the Hindus received their meditation concept from the Bible.
The Hebrew words also hint at some musical sounds connected with the speaking. Certainly, humming does have a sense of music, especially for me because I invariably forget the words.
Righteousness of Yehwah
As Yehwah is our righteousness, we gain some insight about its meaning. It is a cover, like clothing. It is not natural for people to be righteous; we have to put it on like a suit or dress. And it is Gods righteousness that we put on. Righteousness means to be right or correct, that is, believe that God has revealed what is right.
It has the sense of deciding, based on Yehwahs Word, what is True. From this we learn what is just and what actions deserve opprobrium.
Finally, righteous brings prosperity. This prosperity is more than material means, but being prosperous in all measures.
Yehwah is the Creator
Yehwah is the Creator, which I shall not go into details here. I have some information that I will get out to you later. He is the only One who made this universe.
Power of Yehwah
Yehwahs power is in His hand. His is the hand that helps and sustains. And, His is the hand that defends with ultimate force. Not only can God defend us with His power, but he is willing to do so. Yehwahs power is patient. His hand is open to receive and to give. His power is love.
Light of Yehwah
Yehwah created light and is light. His light shines forth from His Word and His creation. The light of His Word reveals Himself to all who would be interested.
Like the warming sun, Gods light and love warms us completely. We do not have to face the bitter cold of evil and its cohorts sin, sickness, and death. Jesus encourages us to work while it is day. What does he mean? The day he is referring to is the light of day where Gods Way flourishes.
Yehwah as our Healer
Yehwah is our healer. He heals in many ways. He heals our psyche and minds by the peace of His Word. He heals our emotional ailments by the encouragement of His Word. He heals our bodies by giving us a sound mind. He further heals our bodies by the various foods, plants, and herbs that He gave us for our healing.
Finally, He heals our bodies by removing sin, the major source of illness. When the time is right and dramatic spiritual healing is called for to advance the Kingdom of God, Yehwah will make a miraculous cure.
Peace, contentment, good will, benefit, finding favor, and making glad are all parts of the meaning of healing. These also will Our Father in heaven provide, as He provides all else for us.
Who doubts the generosity of Yehwah? The fruit trees in our yard give more than we could possibly eat. So we have to share it or let it rot. That is the liberality of Our Father. It would take volumes to cover all the things Our Father provides for His children, faithful and wayward.
He sets His hand to put good things into our lives. He brings on the rain in due season. He created the vegetation, animals, and materials for food, clothing, and shelter. For example, scientists are now saying we have enough oil in America alone for five hundred years.
He gives us the power to become wealthy. He also challenges us to remember who gives us the riches, not our hand but His mighty beneficence.
Yehwah Gives Wisdom
How does Our Father give us wisdom? Naturally, wisdom originates in His Word. He has all the wisdom. But, Proverbs also suggests that wisdom can be found everywhere, especially from other people who are adept in their fields.
Yehwah tells us to sit down together, settle and consult. He tells us to accept True teaching and reproof. He will ask us to be responsive to His reasoning. But, when necessary Our Father will encourage us to be wise by the proper use of chastisement.
Our Father is the source of our inspiration, not only in the religious sense, but also in a practical sense. He created us in His image; therefore, we have a nature to be fired up with enthusiasm, just as He is.
Yehwah is our Savior. He rescues and delivers us, He alone. His method of saving us is the gospel story of Jesus. He made Jesus our mediator for our salvation. Jesus paid our death penalty and redeemed us from our sins. His resurrection provided the hope and determination to succeed in following Him into the Kingdom of God.
Our Father in Heaven
What makes the Yehwah of the Bible different from all the gods of the world, as I earlier said, is that He is the Creator, who created the universe from nothing. Further, He does not reside in or as the sun or any other thing. He resides in the outer reaches in a place He calls heaven. The universe cannot contain Him, just that special place call heaven.
In some future time, Our Father will bring heaven, called the New Jerusalem, down to earth. It will come down like some magnificent space craft and settle down on a New Earth. There, Our Father will eternally reside.
The Mind of Yehwah
The mind of God conceived the whole plan from the creation to the salvation of mankind. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Just imagine what scientists have discovered about the universe, human genome, and the mathematics of them all. Everything came from the mind of Yehwah.
Yehwah made several important covenants. He made a covenant with Noah, which established the role of government in the lives of people. He also made the rainbow covenant, which we are all familiar with. He made one with Abraham, which is the basis for the New Covenant. He made one with Moses and the children of Israel, which made the commandments part of that covenant. Finally, He made the New Covenant based on the success of Jesus in freeing us from our sins. That New Covenant establishes the Kingdom of God.
Yehwah knows us, knows everybody. He knows us better than we will ever know our selves. Then he challenges us to know Him. He probably makes it too easy. The knowledge of Our Father is found in the Bible. But, even more so, it is found in following the way of the Word.
Blessed of Yehwah
If we yearn to know Yehwah and walk in His Way, He will bless us:
Those who believe Yehwah and walk in His way are called blessed and beloved of Yah.
They are praised of Yah, when He favors them.
He calls his beloved, Yehwah-given.
The Yehwah-adorned carry His way around like a pennant.
His people are called Yehwah-pleased.
When His people are found to please Him, He names them Yehwah-judged.
When we pray Our Father, we are Yehwah-fathered.
If your name is Joel or could be, you are Yehwah (is his) God.
Believers are not alone and helpless. They have help from on high, who is named Yehwah (is his) help.
To the merciful, Yehwah is merciful. Just so, our kindnesses will be returned.
When we are weak, Yehwah will strengthen us.
We have hope in Yehwah and await his help. We are expectant of Yehwah.
When the Good News of Jesus and God fills us to the full, we are carried away of Yehwah and are emboldened of Him.
Glory of Yehwah
Yehwah has a glory far surpassing what we can know. His light and power make the sun like a 25 watt bulb. His power and strength make a hurricane or volcano like a 115 pound weakling. The grandeur of the finest palace is a hovel compared to His throne. The combined wealth of all the richest men on Earth is poverty to Yehwahs wealth. There is no comparison to Our Fathers glory
As you know Jesus is not Jesus, but Yehoshua. In todays English, it would be Joshua, or Josh for short. His name means Yehwah saved, or saved of Yehwah. Thus, when we say Jesus Christ, the true meaning is Yehoshua Messiah. He is the Savior from Yehwah.
Why his name was changed from Yehoshua to Jesus, the Latin word, I have no idea. The translators could have just as easily made it Yehoshua. The same is true for Yehwah. I suspect creeping paganism influenced those early translators.
Our last meaning of Yehwah is to praise and give thanks. It further means to long for Our Father and confess His name to all. Amen.