JEHOVAH - JAH - JHWH - YAHWEH
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JEHOVAH - JAH - JHWH - YAHWEH
The Self -Existing One - I AM THAT I AM
Jehovah is "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. This indicates the intimacy God desires between Himself and His people.
The name Jehovah is found sometimes in combination with Elohim beginning in (Genesis 3:23) and translated the LORD God in the King James Version. The name is most distinctive for the God of Israel is JHWH. It is used in combination of the tetragrammaton with the vow els of Adhonay. The word is translated Jehovah but read by the Hebrews Adhonay. The Hebrews held the name Jehovah too sacred to verbalize. In fact, it is said that the high priest pronounced the name Jehovah only once each year as he ministered in the Most Holy Place of the tabernacle, and then he only whispered the name. Of course a word made up of consonants only cannot be pronounced unless vowels are added. Technically the name was not made prominent until God called Moses from the burning bush. It was on that occasion that God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. Moses was reluctant to go without authority. (Exodus 3:13-14) reads, And Moses said unto God (Elohim), Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, ‘The God (Elohim) of your fathers hath sent me unto you,’ and they shall say to me, ‘What is his name? What shall I say unto them?’ And God said unto Moses, ‘I AM THAT I AM:’ and he said, ‘Thus shall thou say unto the children of Israel I AM hath sent me unto you’.” The words I AM THAT I AM are an expression of God’s being, so because He is true being, He is love, and He must be just and holy. Isaiah pictures God high, holy and lifted up (6:1ff); the seraphim cried out unto each other, “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD (Jehovah) of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory...” Furthermore, He says of Himself, (Leviticus 11:44, 45), “For I am the LORD (Jehovah) your God (Elohim); ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy:...for I am the Lord who bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God (Elohim); ye shall
therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
The word Jehovah is first used of God in Genesis 2:3 which reads, “These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God (Jehovah Elohim) made the earth and the heavens,...” The word Jehovah is a translation of JHWH or Yahweh in the Hebrew. Probably these names for God are the most sublime and solemn. In fact, Rabbinical writings have used various words or phrases to express this name - “The Name,” “The Unutterable Name,” “The Ineffable Name,” “The Name of Four Letters.” JHWH is often called Tetragrammaton, or “four-lettered name.” It was such an august name that the rabbis would not pronounce the word, and when writing the name the scribes would use a special pen for that one name. The fear with the pronouncing of the name may be based on Moses’ injunction that they should not profane that name, and the penalty of death imposed for blasphemy of the name Jehovah in Leviticuss 24:16 which reads, “And he who blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him; as well the sojourner as he who is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.” The correct pronouncing of the name may be lost in antiquity. Most Hebrew scholars agree that probably the name should be spelled Yahveh, or Yehve, or Yahweh. In most English Versions of the Bible the name is translated from the other names for God as LORD meaning the Self-Existing One.
This name for God may be derived from the Hebrew verb, Havah meaning “to be” or “being,” thus revealing God as the Being Who is absolutely self-existent and the One Who possesses essential life and permanent existence. The name may come from the Hebrew verb Chavah meaning “to live” or “life.” One writer refers to Jehovah as the One Who always was (His relation to the past), the One Who always is (His relation to the present), and the One Who ever is to come (His relation to the future). Jehovah is unchanging in His character. He is the everlasting God, but He is also the ever loving God. One writer points out that the name Elohim is used almost exclusively in Ecclesiastes, Daniel, and Jonah which are more universal w hile in the strong theocratic and historical books relating to Israel, such as Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings have chiefly Jehovah.
I am a "son" thru Jesus Christ , my brother. Through His BLOOD, He said I could call You FATHER! Father in Heaven , allow me to "deflate" my "ego" .. and bring forth the knowledge of your only begotten Son, Jesus!