God’s Favorite Name.

Genesis 2:4-7

“This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God (Yahweh Elohim) made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God (Yahweh Elohim) formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Literally, in the opening verse, the original language shows that man became a “speaking spirit.”  In other words, just as God “Spoke” the universe into being, so we have the power to speak forth into being those things that are not as though they were because we have within us the spirit of the Living God.  We speak out God’s word and promises to us and bring them forth though they may, as yet, not exist in our lives.
Many Names, Many Meanings, One Awesome God!
God is known by no less than 17 different Names in the Old Testament.  For those of you who understand the meaning of numbers, this is a very interesting one! 😁 17 is the number of VICTORY!  Anyone who would like to know more about the meaning of numbers in the Bible may follow the link below:
Some of the names listed in the OT are Elohim: Creator, YHVW: The unpronounceable Tetragrammaton, which always appears in all upper case letters as LORD, “Rapha: Healer; Nissi: Provider, and Shaddai-Almighty are three more names.
Check out the link below for Blue Letter Bible’s complete list and description of their meanings:
Elohim And YHVH.
In Genesis 6, the name translated, “God,” the One Who commanded all the animals to come to Noah, is actually “Elohim: Creator.” But the One Who shut the door of the ark in chapter 7, was “YHVH: the Covenant-Keeping One.”  You could say the hand of God (Elohim) brought the animals to Noah but the heart of God (YHVH) shut the door. ♥️ 

Exactly where was God while the flood was raging in the earth?  Many have the mistaken idea that He was far away, siting on His throne up in heaven as the waters of judgment washed over the earth, like some absentee Landlord.  Believe it or not, He wasn’t…..but the answer may surprise you!  He was IN the Ark with Noah and his family.  😉  If you’d like to know the whole amazing story, you may follow the link below:

Come Into The Ark: Flood Series Part 2

More Names Of God.

In Genesis 14 we find the first mention of another of His 17 Names is: Elyon, the Most High. Three chapters later in Genesis 17, His Name, “El Shaddai: Almighty God,” is first mentioned.  These two first mentions in these two particular chapters have great significance.  Even the order has meaning!

Since this is a whole topic in and of itself, there is too much to cover here.  You may study it further by following the link below.  You will also learn about the “Law of first mention and why it is so important in studying the Bible:

Psalm 91 Series Part 1 of 7: The Secret Place.


YHVH, The Covenant Keeping One.
The first time the most awesome NAME, “YHVH,” is mentioned is in the opening verse of this article, Genesis 2:4.  Though, God’s name is mentioned in the first chapter, it is actually the Hebrew word, “Elohim: Creator.” YHVH is not mentioned until chapter 2.  Why?
Because YHVH is The “Covenant-Keeping One.”  This Name of God is always written in English as “LORD,” in all upper case letter, as you read above.  It does not appear until chapter 2 because, until man was created, there was no one with whom to make a Covenant.

(For a more in-depth study on “THE NAME,” the unpronounceable Tetragrammaton, you may follow the link below, but I warn you: you may need a box of tissues!:

The Name Of God: YHVH [יהוה]

(The “unpronounceable” Tetragrammaton.)

The Jewish people as a whole have a reverential fear of saying this particular Name of God for fear of inadvertently blaspheming.  They will often spell it in English like this:  “G-D.”  You and I, however, as sons and daughters of God because of Jesus, have no such slavish fear.  We can even add in vowels if we choose so that we can pronounce it:  YaHVeH!

However: When Elohim created Adam out of the dust of the earth and breathed into him the breath of life, what He actually did was say His name, YHVH, which is not so much spoken and breathed out.  That’s right:  It’s a breath of air!   Now you know why, without vowels added in, it’s impossible to pronounce.  😁

God’s Favorite Name.
Do you think that God has a favorite Name?  Why, yes He does!  Among all those Names in the Old Testament, NOWHERE do you find His favorite.  One of the many things Jesus did when He came to earth was reveal that very Name.
The reason you won’t find it ANYWHERE in the Old is because He could not be known by that Name…..YET!  
You see, He had to conceal His plan before the cross in order to shield it from the many, varied and unrelenting efforts of the devil both to discover and stop it.  There was a whole lot or creepy stuff happening before the flood, (things that would bake your bagels! 😬 ) which you may read about by following the link below.  It is by no means a complete picture, even though you may find it shocking and downright disgusting! 😮

Pure Love.

God, above all, is Pure Love. He loved us SO MUCH, in fact, that He willingly sent His beloved Son to earth to be born as one of us, live among us, and die as one of us so that every sin, which separated us from God, could be done away with…..PERMANENTLY!

Pure love, however, cannot rest and be satisfied without the company of the ones He loves: US!  He couldn’t wait rip that veil in the Temple that separated us from Him.  You could say He was just as much a prisoner as we were.  He was desperate to be able to allow us to come openly to Him, sit on His lap, hug us with His strong, protecting, loving arms, and hear us call Him by His favorite Name………

Father: ABBA-DADDY  [אב]!!!  Yep!  That is God’s FAVORITE NAME!

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