The Name of God: YHVH [יהוה]

Genesis 15:4-7
“And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”

YHVH literally means “I AM.” This is the unpronounceable Tetragrammaton of the Holy One of Israel.  Below is a picture of it’s Hebrew spelling.

In the English text when this word is translated, it appears as all upper case letters: LORD.   It is actually a composite of three words which are past, present and future tense.

God was known by many Names in the Old Testament:  Nissi, Rapha, Shaddai, etc.  When I first learned the meaning of this Name of God, it so captivated my heart it prompted me to study the Hebrew language.  His great love for us shines out so clearly through this one in particular.

He is the One Who loves us beyond all measure, beyond all understanding.  You could say that the “Hand of God” (Elohim) brought the animals to Noah but the “Heart of God” (YHVH) shut the door, ensuring the safety of His people.

First Mention.
There is a “Law,” if you will, of first mention in studying the Bible that says, “Any time a subject or word is first mentioned, there is something important for us to learn.  It is the principle of interpreting of Scripture which states that “The first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern with that subject. It remains unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.”
This law gives us keys to revealing truths in scripture hidden in words, names, numbers, even the order in which they are mentioned.
The first mention of this Name of God is in Genesis 2:4.  Why is it not mentioned before?  Because He is the covenant keeping One.  Before this there was only “Elohim:  Creator” because there was no one with whom to make a covenant.  Man had not yet been created. 

Secrets In The Hebrew Language.

Hebrew is a form of picture writing, like Chinese.  These pictures are very consistent. The “pictures” God uses to spell words give us a glimpse from His perspective, something you would never find in any definition.  Hidden in the Hebrew letters of His Name are even more amazing things. No wonder it is God’s language of choice!
One thing becomes crystal clear when you understand these pictures: Sacrifice was written into His Name from the very beginning.
His Name in Hebrew is spelled like this:  [יהוה].  The letters, from right to left are, “Yod-hei-vav-hei.”

[י]  Yod is that teeny, tiny little curved line, like a comma.  It is a picture of an open hand.  Hand speaks of power; but also of human effort, apart from trusting God.

It is also the number “10.”  You see, unlike here in the West, Hebrew uses letters for numbers.  In certain instances, you can also see “yod” is being used to refer to the ten commandments and even the tithe.

[ה]  Hei is a picture of an open window.  It is also the number “5.”  And what does God open to pour out His blessings?  The “windows of heaven!”  That’s why we say “5” is the number of Grace!

[ו]  Vav is a picture of a “hook” or “nail.”

Do you see it?  [יהוה] Yod-hei-vav-hei is the open Hand of Grace, Nailed in Grace.

It’s a picture of Jesus on the cross.  AWESOME!!!


But that’s not all. Remember the superscription above our Jesus on the cross? Would you like to know the real reason the Pharisees were so bent out of shape about it?  Check this out:

Yeshua HaNazari Vemelekh HaYehudim
This is the transliteration of the Hebrew written above Jesus’ head.  Looks benign enough, right?  But what the Pharisees saw was something else ENTIRELY!!! Something FAR different than any non-Jewish person!
You see, they know the Torah.  They know their language intimately.  The rabbis are well aware of many phenomena in the Hebrew text having long ago discovered that, throughout the Torah, there are hidden messages in acrostic form.
Here’s what the Pharisees saw:

H“aNazari——–Of Nazareth.
H” aYehudim—–Of the Jews

It’s an acrostic that spells Yahweh!  Y H V H


The first letters of each of the words of the superscription shown below spell YaHVeH (The vowels have been added to help you pronounce His Name.)

Is it any wonder that those green-eyed Pharisees wanted it changed?  They hated Jesus because they were no longer getting all the attention.  Jealous?  You betcha!
God Used Pilate.
Pilot, who was an ignorant Gentile with no spritual insight or understanding WHATSOEVER, had NO IDEA what he had done, of course.  God used this clueless, pagan barbarian to unwittingly SHOUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD:


And that, Church, is the beautiful, incomparable meaning of YHVH, the Name of God.    

Epilogue:  Does God have a favorite Name?  Yes, as a matter of fact He does!  Follow the link below to find out what it is:




10 thoughts on “The Name of God: YHVH [יהוה]

  1. The Truth Words from The Truly GOD 💟 LORD JESUS CHRIST Have Mercy shine through the Truth to the Whole World 💟 and show the right way ( right person was VILIFIED) than The Truth will going to shine the Darkness of the World …The Whole World will shine bright like a DIAMOND in The SKIES..💟 Such Beautiful World 💟GOD BLESSING 💟 BRING JOY 💟 HOPE n FAITH 💟 AMEN n AMEN….

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    1. I know, huh? I never cease to be amazed at what God reveals in His word. Oh, how He loves us! I think He gets a kick out of it when we find or learn something new to us, something we never saw before, yet was there all along.


  2. The Bible refers to seeing Jesus doesn’t it – these light bulb moments when something more of his loveliness and that of his father is revealed is where the rubber hits the road in “seeing Jesus”. It is indeed “having life to the full”. 🤓


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