GOD’S NAME IS YAHVEH! Jesus told some Pharisees who were encouraging Him to leave Jerusalem, “YOU WILL NOT SEE ME AGAIN UNTIL THAT TIME WHEN YOU WILL SAY, "GOD BLESS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF YAHVEH'” [Lk 13:35 ET]{Mt 23:39} which was a quote from Psalm 118:26 “Blessed in the name of Yahweh is He who is coming” [NJ]. Apparently God’s name is very important to Him. Jesus states that “I DO MIRACLES IN MY FATHER'S NAME” [Jn 10:25 IC]. God’s name is important to us.  It is good that we honor God by calling Him the name He prefers to be called. Jesus tells us to pray to God daily, “MAY YOUR HOLY NAME BE HONORED” [Mt 6:9 GN]. What can we do to bring honor to God’s holy name?  A first step to honoring God’s name is to use the name He prefers to be called. God told Moses to use the name, which possibly the children of Israel knew, when God said "YOU ARE TO TELL THE ISRAELITES, 'YAHWEH, THE GOD OF YOUR ANCESTORS, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, THE GOD OF ISAAC AND THE GOD OF JACOB, HAS SENT ME TO YOU.' THIS IS MY NAME FOR ALL TIME …" (Ex 3:15 NJ). These words are from the New Jerusalem Bible which is a beautiful translation and it may be the only bible that uses correctly a transliteration "YAHWEH" most of the time for the Hebrew word for God's name, which is found over 6,000 times in the Hebrew bible or the Old Testament. Most English bibles claim to translate from the original Hebrew and then use the word “Lord” in place of the name God says He prefers to be called. The word Lord (Kurios in the Greek) was substituted in the Greek translation, the Septuagint, for God's name several hundred years before Jesus walked on earth. Apparently the reason for the substitution was a Jewish manmade religious concern that people may misuse God's name, if they knew how to pronounce it. The word lord is also a valid term of respect for a superior or boss. Both usages are found 1 Samuel 1:15, with the word Lord that is substituted for God's name capitalized in many translations. God restated to Isaiah, "I AM YAHWEH, THAT IS MY NAME" (Isa 42:8 HC). Yes, it is accurate that God said, "YOU SHALL NOT MISUSE OR TAKE IN VAIN THE NAME OF YAHVEH YOUR GOD …" (Ex 20:7 ET) but discouraging misuse by not using it, is an offensive manmade religious practice. Would you prefer for someone you know to call you by your name or call you "boss" or "mister"? We normally show the greatest respect by calling someone by his name, not by substituting a generic label. The mistranslation of God's name for religious reasons in the Septuagint leads to more confusion as the Septuagint was used as they recorded Jesus life from Hebrew oral tradition to Greek. When they referred to Jesus as sir or master or boss (adon in Hebrew) as a way of showing respect, they used kurios in the Greek which is correctly translated Lord in English. Jesus quoted from Psalm 110:1 when answering a question about the Messiah, "HOW IS IT THEN THAT DAVID, SPEAKING BY THE SPIRIT, CALLS HIM `LORD' (adon)? FOR HE SAYS, 'THE LORD (Yahveh) SAID TO MY LORD (adon): 'SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES UNDER YOUR FEET'" (Mt 22:43-44 NI). The Hebrew transliteration was inserted for clarity. Obviously the use of lord is confusing. In the parable of the great supper, Jesus used the word "LORD" interchangeably with the word "MASTER" (Lk 14:21 KJ). The confusion of the use of the word "lord" contributed to the manmade doctrine in Christianity where some believe Jesus is not God's son but actually God in the flesh, which would mean Jesus lied when He said, "I AM THE SON OF GOD" (Jn 10:36 KJ). Be encouraged to live a life that brings honor to our heavenly Father’s name, using the name He prefers. Do you use the name God prefers?                  Home, BasicSubjects, Scriptures