In the original Hebrew, God’s name transliterates to YHWH. This is known as the tetragrammaton or the “four letters.” Because of the lack of vowels, Bible scholars are not sure how the tetragrammaton YHWH was pronounced.
About the 13th century the term “Jehovah” appeared when Christian scholars took the consonants of Yahweh and pronounced it with the vowels of “Adonai.” This resulted in the sound “Yahowah,” which has a Latinized spelling of “Jehovah.” “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them” (Ex. 6:3); “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth” (Ps. 83:18).
Yeshua is the true Hebrew name for the Messiah. In Hebrew, Yeshua means “Salvation.” The name Jesus is the Greek translation of that name. No one knows for sure the correct pronunciation of the Hebrew letters for Yahweh or Yeshua because it has been lost to the ages.
But to “know ” the Name of God means more than mastering the pronunciation of the name. It means an actual living submission to the Creator. When Adam “knew” Eve, that meant, he was tied to her in the bonds of marriage with all what that entails of duties, responsibilities and commitment.
The religious leaders of Israel were fanatic about knowing the name of the Lord yet they crucified Him. So, knowing the name doesn’t mean much. But rather it is obedience and faithfulness to the Lord that means everything. The devils know the real name of God but do they submit to Him? No.
Jesus taught the believers to call the Lord “our Father” as seen in the Lord’s prayer (Mathew 6:9). This term of endearment shows a living submissive relationship between the Creator and His children.
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