Day 1

Yahweh

from the Names of God reading plan


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

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.

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Yahweh
YHWH (Hebrew)

Description
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.

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

Reflection
What does this name teach me about God?

 

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13 thoughts on "Yahweh"

  1. Tim Bowditch says:

    The Lord is never changed and will never change, He will never disappoint and continues to reveal his beauty throughout the ages.

  2. Greg says:

    This teaches us that God is beyond our understanding, that he has always been.

    That God is consistent through the ages as he continually refers to himself the same way despite many years passing by.

    Jesus is part of the trinity and still refers to himself the way God did many years back.

    This is all to say that God’s rock solid consistency is representative of his covenant for us. He has always been and always will be and so will his covenant for us so long as we love and honor him.

  3. Joshua H. says:

    The name Yahweh (or Jehovah) symbolizes the covenant we have entered into. It should be treated with respect.

  4. Jacob Hendricks says:

    The consistent goodness of Yahweh is extraordinary. In Exodus 3, God tells Moses that Israel will be delivered from Egypt and upholds that promise. And that promise goes all the way back to Genesis 3:15 and stretches all the way to the Cross as well. His name is forever and will be remembered throughout all generations (Ex. 3:15). Praise the LORD for his true , unfailing and never wavering love!

  5. Luke says:

    I love that the God of the universe, the holiest of all holy beings, and the one who created all, chooses to reveal his intimate name to me! What a God we serve!

  6. Esteban says:

    What does this name teach me about God?

    I am who I am is a profound name to express that He is the one, God, the creator He is who He is, he does not chance. He simply is.

    Yahweh is a profound holy name but in the same a personal, intimate, covenantal, relational name of God.

    It teach me that God is holy and compassionate and gracious that even when he is holy he made the covenant promise with Moses.

    Yahweh will always be who is is.

  7. Blake WOODS says:

    Out of all the attributes God could have chosen to emphasize when making His convent with Moses, he chose His unchanging nature. And how important that must have been for Moses/Israelites. This God you’re entering into convent with has promised to show generosity to 1000 generation. This should put us at ease. His character is no different today than it was yesterday, or when he made his convent with Moses.

  8. Scott says:

    What Yahweh has promised, is a promise kept. Subsequently, I can have a confidence that is founded on God’s nature because my salvation is founded in Christ’s sacrifice. If I keep my eyes on the Lord, then why should I be anxious or despondent?

  9. Kevin says:

    Day 1: Yahweh. This is a really cool name. The word had always intrigued me but I’ve never really known what it means. This is one of the only names God calls himself in the Bible and therefore is pretty important. He describes his relational nature and following of the covenant. I love this name man and think God used it to also be called it. Our Yahweh! Love y’all. ⚒

  10. Alberto says:

    He wants us to know Him on a deeper level. He allows the opportunity for intimacy by revealing the name He uses to identify Himself. By showing us His personal self in Exodus 34, we can truly see who Yahweh is. He is the I AM. Or as I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE! Praise Yahweh for his revelation and for his unending desire to have a deeper relationship with us

  11. Will says:

    Wow. Just, wow! How to wrap your head around the statement “I am.” That’s it! That’s not the start of the sentence, no list of adjectives following after. God. Just. Is!

    Where do we ever see such steadfastness in anything?! God always was, always is, and always will be. And that’s just talking about him in terms of existence! What about all that means for his promises and character?! What a statement; a promise in and of itself. No matter how chaotic our lives, or thoughts, or feelings. God. Is!

    Nothing can shake Him. Nothing is more reliable than Him. Nothing IS like God IS.

    Thank you, Father God!

  12. Ryan Miller says:

    It emphasizes 3 things in my mind about God.

    1. His preexistence. I am reminds us that nothing was before God. He was at the beginning and nothing existed before He did.

    2. His immutability. God does not change. He is who He is and there is no changing in His nature. Many people try and change God but God does not change and this is a GOOD thing. We can rely on His character and know that he will never fail to be who He says He is.

    3. His desire for His people to know him personally. God drew near to Moses and talked to him. When Moses asked Gods name He immediately responded with YHWH. His personal name for His people. Plenty of His other names describe things about Him but this gives us his personal identity to us. God is and He will always be.

  13. Gabriel Fuller says:

    Yahweh, to me discerns that God, yet an almighty God and a powerful God still desires an intimate relationship with his people. Yahweh, in simple terms could be what we perceive to be God’s name said face to face. It is ultimately showing his people that he is a relational God.

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