|Section 1: Yehuveh’s Love, Article 5
Do You Know His Name?
| When Moses specifically asked Yehuveh, “I beseech Thee, shew me Thy glory,” He answered, “I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of Yehuveh before thee.” “And Yehuveh descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of Yehuveh. And Yehuveh passed by before him, and proclaimed, Yehuveh, Yehuveh Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty.” Here, in addition to proclaiming His name Yehuveh Elohim, Yehuveh attaches the attributes of mercifulness, graciousness, goodness, true-ness, and forgiveness, indicating that when we use this name for Him, we are to perceive these qualities in Him. Exodus 33:18-19; 34:5-7. [There’s much material on Yehuveh’s Sacred Name available on the Internet. If this is a new subject to you, I encourage you to prayerfully ask Yehuveh to direct you to His appointed instruction for you.]
Why did Yehuveh introduce Himself to the early people by one name, to Moses by a second name, and then for the newly-delivered Israelite nation by yet a third name? Or is there considerably more involved in knowing Yehuveh by a certain name? Is there something quite different regarding His name, something very different from merely using a name?
What is the Meaning of Yehuveh’s Name?
Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary entry H3068: Yehovah, gives little information about this name, stating only that it means, “the self Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.” But this hardly begins to explain the depth of this Name.
Each Hebrew letter and vowel pointing has a significance of its own. If each letter is considered individually, and then the concepts brought together, the insight lends considerable interest to the things of Yehuveh. The name involves three individual letters, one repeated: Yod Hey Vav Hey. The Hey signifies existence, the Vav refers to mental activities such as desires and purposes, and the Yod is significant of physical activity toward accomplishing a goal. Hence the name by its letters signified, “physical existence, mental existence” or He is The Being of “total existence.” This differs little from Strong’s definition.
What Does it Mean that Yehuveh is Our Elohim?
Is there not considerable more involved? Definitely! More than 530 times Yehuveh identifies Himself as Yehuveh Elohim. Elohim is simple the plural of El, the combination of several El’s or Spirits. (in total, there are twelve spirits or strengths or qualities: seven are external or visible and five are internal or concealed). Thus Revelation states that there are seven spirits [the external evidence] “which are before His throne” [the internal forces] which are “sent forth into all the earth.” Revelation 1:4; 3:1, 4:5, 5:6.
See Who or What is Elohim? for discussion of Yehuveh’s “seven spirits” plus the five-spirit internal-throne of Elohim.
Originally Written: 18 September 2005
Latest Update: 24 September 2009
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