Names of God

Day 1: Yahweh

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of the name(s), a brief explanation of the character of God emphasized by the name(s), and a reflection question to help you dig deeper into the text.


YHWH (Hebrew)

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:7-16, Exodus 34:1-9, Psalm 15:1-5, Isaiah 42:5-9, John 8:58

Yahweh is a profoundly holy name, but it is also unmistakably personal. Yahweh is distinct from other names of God because it is self-revealed. It is the intimate, covenantal, relational name of God. Modern English translations of the Bible often use small capital letters for YHWH.

When Moses asks God for His name in Exodus 3, God reveals Himself as “I Am Who I Am,” and then calls Himself Yahweh. In Exodus 34, He again proclaims His name as He describes His character to Moses. His name is a core part of the covenantal promise He makes with Moses—Yahweh will always be who He is.

The name God gives Himself, highlighting His covenantal and relational nature

What does this name teach me about God?