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The Old Testament Scriptures give ample proof of the common, although reverential use of the Sacred Name in Israel before the time of captivity and in the immediate post-exilic period. There are over 6,519 uses of the Tetragram alone. The frequency of the use of the Sacred Name exceeds by far the use of any other person's name.
In Hebrew thought, a name is more than just what you are called. This is still true to an extent today. Your name is your personality, your reputation, and your character. Even today, the phrase "a good name" is widespread.
All the prophetic books use the Tetragram freely, and almost all of them prophesied about the restoration of the Name.
A deeper knowledge of God's word, including His name, is not optional.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Respect for God is shown by using His name and not just a title. We should not dismiss or hide His name lightly. What does God say about His name?
7 Thou shalt not take the name of IAUA thy God in vain; for IAUA will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
These questions demand an answer from those of us who claim to be followers of God.
4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in his garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou knowest?
The last question is the most demanding of those who claim to know Him intimately. What is His name and what is His Son's name, if you know? Listen to this mighty, emphatic declaration.
8 I am IAUA: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Scripture specifically commands us to use the Name of the Creator.
13 Thou shalt fear IAUA thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
We swear by his name, as the discerner of truth and avenger of wrong. We must not upon any occasion appeal to any other but him only, and not to an idol, any other creature, or any other thing.
20 Thou shalt fear IAUA thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.
We are to bless others in the name of IAUA.
13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense before IAUA, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever.
We are to call upon His name.
1 O give thanks unto IAUA; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
There are 7 times when the name of God is crudely translated "Jehovah". Jehovah is an English name adapted from a German pronunciation of a Jewish scheme to hide the true Hebrew pronunciation of the name of God. Are you confused?
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH (IAUA), art the most high over all the earth.
Intimacy with God is enhanced when we use His name. How would your wife feel, if you refused to use her name? How would your friends feel, if you refuse to use their name? How important is this to God?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
How does this promise apply to the modern children of God, if they do not even know His name? What does it mean if they do not even want to know or use His name?
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Sacred Name Forms
Take careful note, there is a short form (the first two letters) of the personal name of God, "IA". This form appears 49 times in the Old Testament. The long form "IAUA" appears over 6,519 times. In almost all cases, these are translated to a title, "the Lord". One time in the Bible, the short form is crudely translated to a short form of His name "Jah". The grammar would have been too embarrassingly awkward and inaccurate to translate otherwise.
4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH (IA), and rejoice before him.
Four times IAUA is crudely translated Jehovah under similar circumstances. The grammar would have been too embarrassingly awkward and inaccurate to translate otherwise. Three additional times it is shown as part of a compound word. However, is this the correct way to represent His name? Why is the same word for His name translated, "the Lord", thousands of other times?
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH (IAUA), art the most high over all the earth.
These two forms even appear together as superlatives in this well-known memory verse and other places.
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Sacred Name Prophesied Restoration
There are numerous prophecies of the restoration, use, or emphasis of the Sacred Name.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
God will show Himself and He emphasizes the knowledge of His name.
21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is IAUA.Book after book, prophet after prophet repeats the same idea.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am IAUA, the Holy One in Israel.
Why are we reluctant and ashamed to use His name?
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of IAUA your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
The importance of the use of His name at the end of time is emphasized.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of IAUA come.
In the New Testament, Peter repeated this prophecy.
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of IAUA shall be saved.
Our God must be identified by more than just a title.
5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of IAUA our God for ever and ever.
The restoration of one language and the use of His name is prophesied.
9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of IAUA, to serve him with one consent.
We are identified by our association with His name.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, IAUA is my God.In the time of trouble, in the sea of affliction, we will receive strength in the name of IAUA.
12 And I will strengthen them in IAUA; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith IAUA.
In the context of end time events, in the last chapter of the last book of the Old Testament, we find mentioned yet again the importance of His name and in the next to the last verse His name appears again.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith IAUA of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.The heart of the patriarch fathers was to speak the name of IAUA and I believe this is one of the things to be restored to the heart of the modern children of Israel. The condition of the heart of the modern children of Israel will be returned to the heart found in the patriarch fathers!
Messiah's Use of the Sacred Name
This issue did not disappear in the New Testament. One of the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah in Psalms 22 contains this prophecy concerning the Name.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Paul repeated this prophecy and its fulfillment in the context of asserting the Messiah had come.
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
The Messiah had very specific words about His fulfillment of this prophecy, His purpose to spread the name of God, and the importance of the name.
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
It is amazing how millions say this prayer, yet few of them know His name.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Sacred Name Error
This verse is incorrectly understood as a statement indicating the name of IAUA was not known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am IAUA:
This statement is a rhetorical question indicating His name was known. God says, "By my name, IAUA, was I not known to them?" Otherwise, these verses indicating Abraham called on the name IAUA are false.
7 And IAUA appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto IAUA, who appeared unto him.
Repeatedly, Abraham's faithful practice is recorded.
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of IAUA.
33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of IAUA, the everlasting God.
Isaac was recorded continuing this practice, refuting the false interpretation of Exodus 6:3.
25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of IAUA, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.
Jacob's wife Leah certainly knew the name of God.
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise IAUA: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.
The name of Judah, which is more properly transliterated IAUDA, one of the twelve tribes, is actually the name of God combined with "ida", a Hebrew word meaning "Praise". This was in place long before the Exodus. The corruption of the name Judah is again a result of the “Ineffable Name” tradition.
The Bible records that even before the flood His name was in use as men began to call upon God in the struggles of this world.
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of IAUA.
All this evidence of the use of the name of God, prior to the Exodus, shows the traditional interpretation of Exodus 6:3 is incorrect. God did not reveal His name for the first time to Moses. Neither did God need to revive the knowledge of His name. God has always revealed His personal name to His children. Those who are faithful to Him have always known His name.
There is a great deal of confusion about the subject of the name of God. There are many different and conflicting opinions. There are many who say it does not matter. Many people are willing to throw their hands up in the air and say “Forget about it!”
Here are some questions I suggest that you ask yourself.
Will I show respect to God, by the reverential use of His personal name?
Will I express my desire to show intimacy with my Heavenly Father, by using His name in love?
Will I demonstrate that I know the name of my God?
Will I witness to the existence of God as a real person who has a real name?
I have asked myself these questions and I have decided that I will honor, respect, and praise His personal and holy name.
One of the aspects of establishing the importance of the Sacred Name of God is the attempt to determine a reasonably accurate pronunciation. It is also highly valuable to develop a transliteration of the Sacred Name, which is highly pronounceable and likely to be close to the original pronunciation.
Please understand, every language has regional and chronological variations in pronunciation. I have no doubt the same was true of Hebrew. Modern Hebrew also has numerous variations. The pronunciation I am proposing for Hebrew is a reasonable approximation, which I believe is better than anything used today, based on the evidence from my research. I am no expert but I believe simple unbiased research easily disproves anything proposed today. You may certainly believe otherwise.
I remind you, I am only a student of the Bible. I do not claim to be an expert. These observations are my understanding of what I see after rejecting the obvious errors created by Jewish tradition. The exact truth is probably not known by anyone living but we can do what we can to seek the truth God reveals by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Another aspect of establishing the importance of the Sacred Name of God is to determine an appropriate spelling. I believe the best spelling is to use a transliteration of the Hebrew in the Latin script.