The Name of the Lord and It’s Importance
Most Christians know that when the word LORD in full capitalization is written in the Bible, the word LORD is a placeholder for where Hebrews, Jews, and Israelites wrote the actual Name of God; that is, the name that is closest associated with the name in existence. The Hebrews left the vowels out of their writing and kept only the consonants, believing that the name is sacred — what we are left with is YHVH. This is commonly pronounced as Jehovah, Yahweh, and Yahaweh. However no one knows the true pronunciation of the Name of God, despite YHVH being the accepted written reference for it. This is called the Tetragrammaton. The explanatory reference for usage of YHVH comes from Moses, who asks God what to tell the Jews when they ask who sent him (Exodus 3:14). God’s response was “I AM WHO I AM.” or “I AM”.
“This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation”. (Exodus 3:15)
“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Exodus 20:7)
Is it important to know the Name of God? Most people refer to God as Lord, God, or Father (I personally use Father), which translates to the Hebrew “Abba”. Paul passes down the blessings of the Father in his letter to the Galatians: “Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father'” (Galatians 4:6). Many Christians find a conflict in interests when contemplating usage of the Lord’s Name, given the importance advocated by the Scriptures and the prohibition of misuse. Final advice comes from Jesus of of Nazareth in his invocation of The Lord’s Prayer, instructing the Apostles how to pray (Matthew 6:9). The Lord’s Prayer is an important and deep communication with our Father in Heaven — it should be noted that it does not reference the Name of God.
The logical conclusion comes that when the Name of the God is necessary, then should it be evoked, it retains the Power and Authority of the Father. When Moses gave the Name of the Lord to the Jews and to the Pharoah in Egypt, he evoked the Power and Authority of the Father over the Pharoah of Egypt. When the Name of the Lord is evoked in the Word of God to Jeremiah, it came with the Power and Authority of the Father — He used His power and might to teach. Nevertheless, as instructed by Mosaic Law, misuse of the Name of the Lord is forbidden; Christians would not evoke the Power and Authority of the Father in mundane or even blasphemous situations.
Knowing the Name of the Lord comes with trust, walking with God, and developing a relationship with Him. When you walking with God, then you will be on a first name relationship with Him, and the meaning of His Name in the world that you walk will be more worthy [of a world where you do not walk with God].