|Section 1: Yehuveh’s Love, Article 5
Do You Know His Name?
| Later, in the dream of “a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven,” Yehuveh once introduces Himself to Jacob as, “I am Yehuveh Elohim of Abraham thy father, and the Elohim of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.” From there on He always introduced Himself to Jacob as El Shaddai: “And Elohim said unto him, . . . Israel shall be thy name: and He called his name Israel. And Elohim said unto him, I am El Shaddai: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins.” When Israel sent his sons to Egypt to buy food, it was with the commission: “El Shaddai give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin.” In recalling his life, Jacob again uses this name when he “said unto Joseph, El Shaddai appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me.” Once again, in His blessing to Joseph, Israel repeated this name: “Even by the El of thy father, who shall help thee; and by Shaddai, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.” Never once did Jacob/Israel speak using the name Yehuveh. Genesis 28:12, 13; 35:10-11; 43:14; 48:3; 49:25.
Later Yehuveh says to Moses, “I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of El Shaddai, but by My name Yehuveh was I not known to them.” Apparently even though Yehuveh had twice introduced Himself by the name Yehuveh, [once to Abraham and once to Jacob, Genesis 15:7; 28:13.] this was not the name by which He was known to them. Exodus 6:3.
When Moses specifically asked Yehuveh, “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The Elohim of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? what shall I say unto them? And Elohim said unto Moses, Ha-Yah Ha-Yah [I AM THAT I AM, or Existing, I Exist]: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, Ha-Yah [I AM, the Existing] hath sent me unto you. And Elohim said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, Yehuveh Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations.” Exodus 3:13-15.
That is really very clear:
“Yehuveh Elohim . . . is My name for ever.”
I am is taken from Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary entry H1961: hayah, and simply means “to exist, to be or become, to come to pass.” But is it really only that? In Psalm 68:4, Yehuveh says, “Sing unto Elohim, sing praises to His name: extol Him that rideth upon the heavens by His name Yah, and rejoice before Him.” Yah is from Strong’s entry H3050: Yahh, “Yah, the sacred name.” In Hebrew, the letter Hay is frequently used before a word as a definite article in the same way we use the word the. Is hayah just this article Hay before the name Yah? Is this simply saying He is the Eternal One, the only Eternal One?
Originally Written: 18 September 2005
Latest Update: 24 September 2009
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