DID YOU KNOW that a great disservice was done when titles were substituted for the Creator’s name?
What if you never used anyone’s name, but only their titles? When you introduced your family, you would say something like: “This is son; this is daughter; this is husband, or this is wife.” Do you see how confusing that could become?
And what about the twelve sons of Jacob? How could we ever understand Scripture if each of Jacob’s sons was simply called son?
That brings us to the Creator of the Universe: Is there anyone more important than He? Yet, most people do not call Him by His name, for they have been conditioned to use the titles “the LORD” and “God.” After all, pagan gods are called god, and one of the definitions of Baal is lord – but there is only one YHVH! This brings us to a very important question: Can a person truly have a close relationship with someone whose name is either unknown or unused?
Consider the way Hebrews 2:13 is written: “ . . . Behold, I and the children whom God gave to Me.” This is supposed to be a direct quote from Isaiah 8:18, but note the difference: “Behold, I and the children whom Jehovah has given to me . . .”
Both of the above quotes are from the Literal Translation, so let’s look at the New King James Version: Hebrews 2:13, “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” And, from Isaiah 8:18, “ . . . Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me!”
This is quite a mixture, isn’t it? And, yet, not a single one of the above translations is correct!
According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, Jehovah is a mispronunciation introduced by Christian Theologians due to a misunderstanding of the Hebrew vowel point marginal reading of the Masorites.
Our continued research revealed that the most accurate pronunciation of the Hebrew lettersYud-Hay-Vav-Hay appears to be YAH-WHEY, with the last syllable being pronounced with a breathy sound.
Now, let’s look again at Hebrews 2:13, “Behold, I and the children whom YHVH gave to Me.”
Can you see what a great difference it makes when you use His true name?
Then, in looking at Psalm 18:1, King David said: “I love You, YHVH, my strength. YHVH is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my El, my Rock; I seek refuge in Him; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.”
Now, this is a man who knew YHVH and YHVH knew him, for what did YHVH say about him when speaking to Jeroboam in 1 Kings 14:8? “ . . . you (Jeroboam) have not been as My servant David who walked after Me with all his heart, to do only that (which is) right in My eyes . . .”
Can we have that kind of relationship with the Creator if we do not even know His name?
“And Elohim said to Moses again, You shall say this to the sons of Israel, YHVH, the Elohay of your fathers, the Elohay of Abraham, the Elohay of Isaac, and the Elohay of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial from generation to generation.” Exodus 3:15
“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, YHVH, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.” Psalm 91:14
And, at the end, in the Day of YHVH, “YHVH shall go out and fight against those nations, like the day He fought in the day of battle. And His feet shall stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east . . . “ Zechariah 14:3-4
“And YHVH shall be King over all the earth. In that day there shall be one YHVH, and His name one.” Zechariah 14:9
“And Y’hoshua answered him, The foremost of all the commandments is: Hear, Israel, YHVH Elohanu (our El) is one YHVH, and you shall love YHVH Elohekka (your El) with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the foremost (most important) commandment.” Mark 12:29-30 (quoted from Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
Each of us needs to look at his or her life and ask: “Do I love YHVH with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength?” Even more importantly, we should ask: “Do I truly know Him?”
If we do not know YHVH, and obey Him, we cannot know the Messiah, for “I and the Father are One!” John 10:30
The final question is: “If we do not know both the Father and the Son, can we expect to have everlasting life?” And the Messiah’s answer: “ . . . this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true Elohim, and Y’hoshua the Messiah whom You have sent.” John 17:3
If we do not know YHVH, the only true Elohim, and Y’hoshua the Messiah, we will miss the mark and therefore not partake of the prize. This is one of the definitions of sin, and the prize that we will miss is everlasting life.