The Name Of God: YHVH [יהוה]

Genesis 15:4-6  “And, behold, the word of the LORD [יהוה] came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy SEED be.  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”



This Name of God, YHVH,” is most amazing.  It literally means “I AM.”  It is the unpronounceable Tetragrammaton of the Holy One of Israel and the Name of God used in the opening scripture.  It’s Hebrew spelling is pictured above.

In the English text when this word is translated, it appears as all upper case letters: L-O-R-D.  As shown above, it is actually a composite of three words which are past, present, and future tense.  We often put vowels among the letters in order to pronounce it because, unlike the Jews, we are not afraid of God.  He is our Father and we are His children.

One God; Many Names.

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

He is the One Who loves us beyond all measure and understanding.  He is the faithful and true, the Covenant-keeping One; the One Who gave up everything to save us so that we could be with Him forever!!!

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 the key to revealing truths hidden in scripture in words, names, numbers, even the order in which they are mentioned.  All of these things combine to tell in beautiful, sometimes excruciating, detail the matchless story of Jesus.
The first mention of this Name of God is in Genesis 2:4.  It not mentioned earlier because He is the covenant keeping One.  Before man was created, there was only “Elohim:  Creator God.”  He couldn’t be the Covenant keeping One because there was no one with whom to make a covenant.  There were no people!
Now let’s look at the Hebrew language itself.  There are some awesome truths hidden in the letters of His Name.

Secrets In The Hebrew Language.

Hebrew is a form of picture writing, like Chinese.  There are 22 letters in all. Each one is a picture of something.  These “pictures” are very consistent.
The letter pictures God uses to spell Hebrew words actually give us a glimpse of their meaning from from His perspective, something you would never find in any definition. 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:
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The letters, from right to left are, “Yod-hei-vav-hei.”

[י] Yod is that teeny, tiny little curved line that looks 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 as well as 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: Open Hand of Grace, Nailed in Grace.  It’s a picture of Jesus on the cross!!!.  AWESOME!!! 💖


That’s not all. Remember the superscription above our Jesus on the cross that had the Phairsees in a panic?  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?  Wait till you see what the Pharisees saw:  It was something else ENTIRELY!!!…..Something FAR different than any non-Jewish person would have caught.
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

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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 spiritual 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:

“THIS IS GOD:  The Great I AM…..YaHWeH!!!”

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

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