LORD (Names of God 7)

To the Jews the name of God was very important because it described God Himself.  It was not just a title but a character analysis.  Many names are used because there are many aspects to God’s personality.  One name is far above all the others in importance and significance.  All that God was to His people was wrapped up in that name.  It was THE name of God.  Unfortunately today we don’t know what the name really was.  We know the 4 consonants the comprised it,  Y H W H (‘Tetragrammaton,’ meaning ‘four letters’) but we don’t know how it was pronounced.  The Jews never said it because they didn’t want to take a chance of using the name in vain (Exodus 20:7).  In Hebrew only the consonants were written, the vowels were memorized and passed down orally.  But this name was never passed on.  How does one pronounce “YHWH”?  … Continue reading