Musings – Pronouncing the Sacred Name

Pronouncing the Sacred Name

Today there are many who argue about how to pronounce the Sacred Name of the Almighty.  What is the true pronunciation of His Name?  Love.  That’s right. LOVE. The Hebrew word for name is שם ‘shem’ which literally means one’s breathe or character.  What is the character of the Almighty?  Love (1 John 4:8).

The Hebrew word for love is אהב ‘ahav’ which is consists of the letters  אב ‘av’ which means father and the middle letter ה ‘heh’ which has the meaning of revelation.  The Father revealed.  In ancient Hebrew, the letter ה ‘heh’ was depicted as a man with outstretched arms, like unto Messiah on the cross. How was the love of the Father revealed?  Through the giving of His only begotten Son on the cross as an atonement for the sins of mankind (John 3:16).

Further connecting the Name of God to His character of love and the revelation of this love at Calvary is seen in the ancient pictograph meanings of the Sacred Name.

The pictographs of יהוה ‘Yahweh’ speak of Him being revealed through the nails in His Hands.

It is God’s name/character of love that is written in the heads of His redeemed people (Revelation 22:4).  The prophet Ezekiel was shown that His mark is depicted in the letter ת ‘tav’ which was written in ancient times as the image of the cross (Ezekiel 9:4).

All those who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Joel 2:32).  Does this mean that one has to articulate the letters יהוה correctly to be saved?  No.  This means one needs to declare the name/character of love of God revealed in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Romans 10:9-13).

The English word ‘pronounce’ traces back to the Latin word ‘pronunciare’ which is a combination of the Latin words ‘pro’ which means something brought forth in public and ‘nuntiare’ which means to announce.  A public announcement or declaration.  Scripture states that Jesus declared the name of God (John 17:26).  Does it really matter if and how He articulated the letters יהוה ‘Yahweh’ ?  No. He declared His Name by walking in His character which is love.

Joh 17:26  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Jesus’ declaration of God’s love was manifest on the cross.

Psa 22:22  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

Heb 2:10  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Heb 2:12  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

The English word love is related Etymologically to the Hebrew word לב ‘lev’ which means the heart.  Scripture declares that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34-35).  If one reads this portion of Scripture, it is seen that the subject of blasphemy is directly related to the words which one speaks dependent upon the state of their heart (Matthew 12:24-37).  Messiah declares that the origin of blasphemy comes from the heart (Mark 7:20-23).  What is the remedy to overcome this?  The Love of God (Colossians 3:8-14).  We are to sanctify the name of God in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15) by abiding in His love (Romans 11:16; John 15:1-10).

The Almighty commanded us not to take His name in vain (Exodus 20:7).  The word in Hebrew for vain is שוא ‘shav’ which literally means to make something empty or bring something to ‘nothingness.’  Taking His name in vain is making it empty, stripping the character and meaning of His Name which is love.  When love is taken away, emptiness and nothingness ensues (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

1Co 13:2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

The Sacred Name יהוה ‘Yahweh’ basically means the Eternal One.  The Great I AM.  What also is eternal?  The love of God (John 17:24).

Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Joh 17:23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Joh 17:24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Joh 17:25  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:26  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Joh 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

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