What's In A Name?
Have you ever wondered what the Name of our Almighty Creator is?
Have you ever wondered what His Son's name is?
I have many times!
Over the years I have asked myself many questions. I have wondered why other religions have names for their gods i.e. Allah, Buddha, Ba’al etc. Yet our Almighty Creator in our English Bibles doesn’t seem to have a name. I have heard names like Yahweh and Jehovah mentioned but most people just use the title of ‘God’ or Lord. But which lord or god are we talking to? Surely the Creator of the Universe, our Heavenly Father should have a name?
Yet what is that name? Where is it in our English Bibles?
Out of every belief system, its foundation is laid upon one thing – the person and character of the one they believe in and place their faith and hope in. In order to be able to do this, you must know the one you believe in.
The first thing you ask when getting to know someone is what their name is. Once you know their name, you can begin to find out about who that person is. When you begin to do this, every time you say that person’s name you think about them as a whole, their name and who they are in character.
So if we are to begin to know our Creator, surely a good place to start would be with His Name?
Proverbs 30 v 4 asks this question:
‘Who established all the ends of the earth? What is HIS NAME, and what is HIS SON’S NAME? Surely you know!’
Do you know?
This verse seems to point toward the fact that The Most High does have a name, as does His Son.
The Hebrew word for name is 'SHEM'.
Shem (H8034) is described in strongs concordance as:
character, reputation, memory or reknown.
It also states :
Names make a statement about an individual.
The names by which the Most High revealed Himself reflect something of His person and work.
So we are not just discussing a name as something we call an individual by, we are looking at the character and person of the Most High.
So, in asking the question, ‘What is the Father’s name?’, we begin a journey of coming to really know who He is.
We are instructed to study the Word and show ourselves approved.
2 Tim 2:15
“Do your utmost to present yourself approved to the Almighty, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth.”
v19 goes on to say:
‘The solid foundation of the Almighty stands firm, having this seal, YHWH knows those who are His, and let everyone who names the Name of Messiah turn away from unrighteousness.’
So this gives us a clue to His name, YHWH. It also shows that we are sealed by that name.
What is His Name, and what is the Messiah’s Name?
Let’s see if the Scriptures and history can answer this question.