In the name of God …? Just what is the name of God?
Welcome back and thank you for your interest in my blog K.I.S.S.I.T., where I use the bible to answer questions I had on my quest to find the truth about God. I hope you find what I now call ‘God’s side of the story’, intriguing. Wouldn’t things be a lot clearer if you could see them from God’s prospective?
Resuming where we left off in the last discussion, I gave made the statement that I had found information about God’s personal name. I, unlike the 3rd century Jews that we read about last post, do not believe it to be disrespectful to God to speak His name. The Jews before the 3rd century didn’t have a problem speaking it. Remember last time we found out that, in almost all bibles after the 3rd century, the name of God had been replaced with the word ‘LORD’. When we read the bible now, every time we see the word LORD in all capital letters, the name of God used to be there. I believe what God wants is more important than what people want. Can the bible tell us what God wants us to know about the use of His name?
God was using Moses to free His people from slavery in Egypt, but the Pharaoh was reluctant to let them go. Then God told Moses to tell the Pharaoh this at Exodus 9:15-16: 15“For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would then have been cut off from the earth. 16But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.”
There are many more examples of where we are encouraged to call upon the name of God or the LORD. As you read the bible and see the word LORD try replacing it with the name of your choice, Jehovah or Yahweh. When you do, I think you will find God becomes more personal. Think about it like this. If there were twenty men standing in a group and you started calling out, ‘Hey man!’, how many do you think would respond? All of them or just one of them? Take that same group of men and call out, ‘Hey Charles’, more than likely only the one named Charles would respond. Wouldn’t it be the same way with gods?