Why is his name?
Now having established, in part 2, the meaning of the name Yahweh… “Cause to breathe!”. What does this mean… do we not breathe already? Most of us have been doing this since we were born. So what does the spirit mean? This is the first commandment, to love Yahweh, and before we are able to truly keep it we need to understand the meaning of the name!
The children of Israel serving with hard labour there crule Egyptian taskmasters, preoccupied by their bondage in the “eternal” Egyptian Empire, would have been just as perplexed. And Moses, understanding his brethren and sisters, asks Yahweh how to respond to their questioning:
In the part 1 of this series we looked at why the name is so important to us, here we now look at exactly what the name is. The answer may be a surprise to you!
What is Yahweh our Elohim?
Names in Hebrew are words bearing meaning, just like any other word in the language. And while in a wider sense these names were conferred by their parents conveying their desires for their children. Every word of the scriptures is inspired by Yahweh. While not everything that has happened in the lives of the people of the Bible are relevant to the purpose of Yahweh, everything that has been recorded is providentially arranged. Every name mentioned in the scriptures is intended by the spirit to add meaning within the context of its recording.
What greater example of this than in the name of our heavenly Father, creator of heaven and earth?
Isa 42:8 I Yahweh: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
For the first of our thematic studies we will be looking at the passage in Exodus 3. In order to introduce the subject, lets look at the words of our Lord in Matthew 22:
Mat 22:37 – Yashua(Jesus) said unto him, Thou shalt love Yahweh thy Elohim with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
38 This is the FIRST and GREAT commandment.”
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
40 On these two commandments hang ALL the law and the prophets.”
Our Lord tells us that ALL the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments. If we wish to understand what is in the Law and the prophets, then we FIRST need to understand these two commandments. Without this understanding the Law is just ritual and all the prophecies have no purpose. Furthermore, if we wish to be part of what is prophesied for the future then we must live these commandments. Have the name in our foreheads (Apoc 22:4).
The aim of this blog is to gather together some of the many gems that are to be found in the original text of the scriptures. Often when reading a passage or studying a particular word we can stumble upon some amazing finds. Rather than jotting down on the back of an envelope only to be found a few days later in the top pocket of my newly washed shirt, it would be nice to collate these in a more durable location. Today is a good time to start, as it is the anniversary of my baptism into the memorial name Yahweh Elohim and the covenant of the promises to Abraham; the sure hope of Israel.