The names of God are sometimes causing dissention and division. Some will say that you must pronounce His name a certain way. Others refuse to pronounce it so that they will not take His name in vain. Instead they will use Adonai (Lord), or HaShem (the name). Some will use G-d and L-rd in print so to not make His name common, or as a sign of respect.
The names for God are varied and many. Many people say they believe in God, but what god are we talking about? Buddha, Allah and Shevah, are gods. We do need to be specific. Letís take a closer look.
In our quest to return to our Hebrew Roots, we are finding other names for God using Hebrew words instead of the language specific words we have today. This is a correct approach in my opinion. Typically when we say the name of someone in another language, we say it as it is said in their language. Some of these Hebrew names are outlined below.
The Hebrew letters from the ancient scrolls for the most common name of God, mainly translated as LORD, and found 6519 times (AV) is: These are the Hebrew letters Yod, Hey, Vav (or Waw), Hey. (Hebrew text is written from right to left.) Understandably we should want to know how to pronounce this. Some say there are no vowels written in the original text, while others say these four letters are vowels. It is my opinion that no one knows for sure how to say it exactly correct and all the controversy over its pronunciation, spelling, and use is Satan causing division. A couple of common ways to write this name are Yahweh and Yahovah
Elohim (Mainly translated as God)
Yeshua, Yashua, Yahushua (Hebrew word for Jesus, meaning Salvation, or God is Salvation)
Ha Mashiach (Hebrew for Christ, The Messiah)
He has many familiar names, let us take a look at just a few:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 AV)
Let us also consider this account of Moses:
To Abraham, Isaac and Jacob I appeared as El Shaddai, but I did not make my name Yahweh known to them. (Exodus 6:3 NJB)
More names and one no one knows:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. (Revelation 19:11-13 AV)
From the verses above it seems we should not be dogmatic about using only one particular name. God is not limited even in His name(s).
Who do we know our God as? Which of His names means the most to us? We should want to give God honor and glory by using what we know to be correct. You may decide to use different names as you walk with God and your understanding increases.
On this website you may find a variety of forms used for His Name. Articles re-posted from other sources are posted with permission without alteration. Scripture verses are shown with the names used in the Bible version cited. You may find different forms used throughout this site depending on the author and context.
Let us not forget the importance of knowing God personally, not just knowing of Him. (Matthew 7:21) I hope this has been food for thought in understanding the Name of our Creator.
[For a more complete study on the Names of God click here.]
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