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Finding the Name of God
Throughout the Scriptures, we find that God has many names. There are many debates going on concerning the proper pronunciation and spelling of God’s true name. From the Jehovah Witnesses to the Hebrew Roots movement, there is no shortage of text to read. It is easy to get caught up in the name game.
Could there be an important factor that is not considered and missing in all the heated arguments concerning the name of God and His Son?
- What does the Name of God have to do with Our Foreheads?
What is interesting is that in Scripture the forehead refers to something that goes on inside the head. It is something that refers to the heart and mind, or our thoughts and actions.
Don't misunderstand, the name of God is very important, but it does not come from the way man-made religion goes about attaining His name.
It may not be being able correctly spell it out, or pronounce it correctly, but focusing on a much weightier issue of knowing His name in a spiritual sense.
Many will search for and to attempt to decipher God’s name, but it will be a vain endeavour finding it. Most will agree that YHWH represents our heavenly Father. Mere man cannot reveal the representation of God in these four letters into words, spelling, pronunciations or meaning.
Man-made organized religion have absolutely no clue or understanding of what YHWH means. If they did, even the Jehovah Witnesses would have changed the name of their sect and church denominations would conduct themselves quite differently. The are stuck in the quagmire of the Babylonian name game.
The Unveiling of the Name
In the Old Testament, the capitalized LORD has replaced the tetragrammaton (YHWH); the four-letter name of God.
I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by MY NAME the LORD (YHWH) I DID NOT MAKE MYSELF KNOWN TO THEM. – Exodus 6:3
From the above verse, it states that God Almighty (El Shaddai) appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but the LORD (YHWH) did not make Himself known to them.
Don’t you find it interesting that God appeared to them, but did not make Himself known?
Scripture states that God's relationship with them was through a covenant. This was part of His nature that was revealed to them as God Almighty. This was His name or role that God chose at that time to reveal Himself. That was all they needed to know and understand at that time. Knowing that He was God Almighty, they put their trust and confidence in Him by being obedient to His ways.
The Old Testament reveals that different men understood God’s name in different ways as they walked with Him in their covenant relationships.
Today, among the ekklesia, God’s covenant with us will result in an outworking of our allegiance to His name. It is revealed from a revelation that comes from inside of us becoming imprinted upon our foreheads.
And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I HAVE MADE YOU LIKE GOD TO PHARAOH, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. – Exodus 7:1
The name of God that dwells within us should enable us to do the Lord’s work. Our Father in heaven has chosen the ekklesia (called out ones) for His name to dwell. We are to go out into the world to draw others to His name by what Christ has done.
The Name is not Found in Religious Buildings
The problem today is that God’s name is not revealed or elevated in man’s religion. They have many signs and billboards with objective names upon them, but they are not a manifestation of God’s name, but of Babylon. These are the 'golden calf' denominational religions that have broken their covenant with God because they are a stiff-necked religious people.
And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a STIFF-NECKED PEOPLE. – Exodus 32:9
Man still attempts to do thing their own way, instead of God’s way. Rebellion has been going on since the beginning of time.
Continuing Revelation of the Name
The Old Testament reveals more about the name of God through the men God had called. The result were men like Moses having their hearts changed as God's name was imprinted inside of them revealing more of who He was.
The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God MERCIFUL and GRACIOUS, SLOW TO ANGER, and ABOUNDING IN STEADFAST LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS, keeping STEADFAST LOVE for thousands, FORGIVING INIQUITY AND TRANSGRESSION AND SIN, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children... Exodus 35:5-7
The outworking of God’s name can be read through the ups and downs of Israel’s relationship with Him.
To find, discover and understand the true nature or name of our heavenly Father is to accept and to walk in the plan of where He is making His name known. God’s covenant with His people today is about a preparedness of heart, but in a different way the name of God was revealed the generations before.
The name of God is multi faceted action plan of revealing Himself to those who are His sons and daughters as children of God.
So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will PROVIDE”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” – Genesis 22:14
In the Messiah's Name
In similar manner today, God has revealed His name through Christ, the Father’s word [logos] manifesting in Christ as the glory of the Father. This is the place that God has declared to make His name known through His Son.
And he said, "If you will diligently listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, and will do that which is right in his eyes, and will pay attention to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you, which I have put on the Egyptians; for I am Yahweh WHO HEALS YOU." – Exodus 15:26
Moses built an altar, and called its name Yahweh OUR BANNER. – Exodus 17:15
Then Gideon built an altar there to Yahweh, and called it "Yahweh IS PEACE." – Judges 6:24
I AM that I AM
Throughout the Old Testament, the God revealed his name to different people in different ways unveiling the many facets of it.
YHWH’s name in us is salvation. YHWH is not limited to man’s limitations. It’s that simple. He is who He is. 'I AM that I AM.' God wants us to conform to His name. This means as we come to know the name of the Father, it will be written upon our foreheads as we are transformed into His likeness and image becoming His sons and daughters. God’s name is an action or expression of who He is. 'I AM that I AM' is who God is. God can only be named in relation to Himself. It is about His nature. God is not named in terms of something man has devised.
The masses run to religious men to find the name of God, but find the name of a denominational church building and the Pastor instead. They become slaves to the name of their god. Unfortunately, the way of 'Babylon' is written on their foreheads.
The Name makes Disciples: Sons and Daughters of God
When we walk with Christ, we become his disciples and learn from him by the Spirit. He is our starting gate of changing from the inside out. As we come to know the name of the one true God from the inside out, we take on the nature and image of our Father. Having the nature of the Father means that we have become His sons and daughters by what Christ has done.
Religious men strive to learn through their inductions, but the Holy Spirit teaches us through deductive discovery of who we are in Christ and he in us.
Church constituencies with their hirelings are more concerned about making a name for themselves than the name of God and His Son.
It is through a certain name where we become disciples, but it doesn’t end there.
Notice Christ's words,
Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but GO TO MY BROTHERS and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to MY GOD and YOUR GOD.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced TO THE DISCIPLES, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
– John 20:17
This is the Son of God who called his disciples 'my brothers.' Those who follow Christ and do things in his name become his disciples. When he ascended to the right hand of his Father, he showed us the way to become one with his Father. He was the firstborn of the new creation becoming our example to follow so that we too can attain the Kingdom of God just as he did.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are SONS OF GOD. – Romans 8:14
To know the name of God will lead to a walk of holiness and reverence for our Father in heaven. It is the name only discovered by a working that comes from the inside out.
Man-made organized religion has not discovered the name of God. They never will.
And when you pray, YOU MUST NOT BE LIKE THE HYPOCRITES. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. – Matthew 6:5
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your NAME." – Matthew 6:9
The Name Game or Revelation?
Playing the name game with special spellings and pronunciations will never end. The church merry-go-round may keep you entertained, but you really won’t get anywhere.
The name of God only comes through revelation by an outworking of the Holy Spirit given through the name of Christ our Saviour.
Is knowing the name of God important?
Of course it is, but it all depends on how you go about discovering it.
To what name is your allegiance to?
God said moreover to Moses, "You shall tell the children of Israel this, 'YAHWEH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' THIS IS MY NAME FOREVER, and this is my memorial to all generations. - Exodus 3:15 WEB
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