Updated: Jul 3
The name of God is bigger than your pronunciation.
The Most High's name describes His character, reputation, and authority.
But what is the definition of "name"? A name denotes a character of someone.
A name denotes a character of someone. When we look in Exodus 3, we have to ask, "Was it an angel or was it God that was speaking here?"
What's being shown is the dimensions of YAH in the way that He works. No man has ever heard the voice of YAH, so He needed to use a tool to communicate with Moses.
In Exodus 3:6, YAH is saying straight out who He is. And it's revealed that YAH's name is tied to what He has done.
In Exodus 3:14, YAH tells Moses, "I am that I am." Does "I am that I am" sound like a name? This is a statement.
Exodus 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
The Most High is telling us who He is. There is no name to give to us.
Why does The Almighty need a name? Is there someone that He's being compared to? Moses asking YAH His name shows how the Israelites have been in Egypt for so long, that they assimilated to Egypt's culture. Similar to today, people are using names for gods that they are coming up with themselves.
Romans 10:13 uses Strong's Concordance #3686 for "name," which means character, fame, or reputation. YAH had already shown in Exodus 3 that He was going off of his reputation and fame. This person with this specific reputation is sending you. Who else has the reputation and fame of creating all things? Who has the reputation of delivering Israel out of Egypt?
At this point, we see how "character," "reputation," and "name" are interchangeable. 2 Chronicles 7:14 gives directions on what must be done to be heard and delivered by the Father. If you truly have the character (name) of The Almighty, wouldn't you be turning your face from wickedness?
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
We will not receive healing or be heard until we express the characteristics of The Most High. Sowing discord and division is the opposite of who The Most High is. Exodus 34:5-7 shows that if we're really going to be called by the name of The Almighty, shouldn't we be carrying these characteristics?
Exodus 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
YAH is giving the definition of His name. What name is that that is filled with evil, malice, hatred, and division? The adversary, or the devil.
Who else has this reputation that The Most High is defining? As creations, our names were given to us by our parents. It had nothing to do with our characteristics or reputation at the time because we didn't have any reputation to go off of. But that's not the way our ancestors named each other. Our forefathers' names and reputations are attached to us. Isaiah 45:4 shows that The Most High named us. We were named Israel.
"Israel" means "God contended, wrestled with God." But what does this mean? Jacob fought to get the blessing he received. Don't we really have to fight to get our blessing? We're fighting with everything we have so we can get everlasting life. The walk we're on is showing our character and resilience and reputation to fight against the woes and the devil every day. This characteristic goes all the way back to Jacob who fought for his inheritance. If you're not fighting for your inheritance, then what're you doing? Once your reputation is tarnished, it can destroy your name. Is your name in YAH's will?
If your character goes against The Almighty, it doesn't matter how you pronounce His name.
We think that as The Almighty's children, we can just be out here doing whatever we want to do. Think of all that you've done that people have witnessed and what you've done in secret. Look at what you've done to YAH's name. It wasn't our Father who did anything wrong. It was us. Back to back, repeatedly, sinning against Him everywhere we go.
Ezekiel 36:1-24 shows that we were known as the infamy of the people. What is infamy? The state of being well known for some bad quality or deed. We're so eager to step right up and get our blessings and crown, but we haven't heard YAH's side of the story of why He has an issue with us.
Ezekiel 36:3 Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:
Ezekiel 36:4 Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about;
Ezekiel 36:5 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.
Ezekiel 36:6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen:
Ezekiel 36:11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Ezekiel 36:15 Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
Ezekiel 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
We are being reminded of the mercy spoken of in Exodus 34. Israel was supposed to be the holy land, and it was worse than Sodom & Gomorrah. Not only did we put shame on ourselves, but also on our land and YAH. YAH is upset about what we've done to His name, character, and reputation. If you want to say YAH's name correctly, stand for His character and reputation. It's going to be amazing to see when the children of Yisrael are cleaned up.
Isaiah 1:1-9 reveals how we show by our actions that we don't know who we're tied to. We had defiled "Israel" so much that people associated us with Sodom & Gomorrah.
Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
Isaiah 1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
How do you take The Most High's name in vain?
Exodus 20:7 shows that we take YAH's name in vain when we fail to uphold His characteristics. This is what is being shown in Isaiah 29:13 and Mark 7:6-7.
Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Revelations 22:4 shows that The Most High's characteristics and reputation will be written on us.
If we're not taking on the characteristics of The Almighty, we're not being His reflection. And if we're not reflecting His light, what type of light do we truly have?
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Yawitazah & Dejyah Yisrael contributed this article.
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