Word of the Day: Yahweh
Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.
Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?
Look up the following references where this word is used. How do they aid your understanding of the word?
Genesis 2:4-9 (5 references)
Genesis 4:6-9 (2 references)
In the book of Exodus we find the first time God uses the name Yahweh with a person. Read Exodus 3 and note how God defines this name and why He gives it to Moses at this time.
Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)?
Yahweh is the most special name in Hebrew for God. When you read your English Bible translation, you’ll see this name appear in all caps: GOD. When you see this, you can know that the Hebrew for that word is Yahweh.
This name isn’t special arbitrarily, though. It’s special because it speaks specifically to God’s character, to His self-existence. This name is related to the Hebrew verb “to be.” In speaking to Moses, God strings together two “to be” verb phrases, telling Moses to call Him “I am that I am.” Though “proper” Hebrew would insist that the verb “to be” needs a predicate noun to complete the phrase (ex: I am a doctor, I am a mother, I am a student, etc.), God uses it in reference to Himself. When Moses asks, “Who are you, God?” God responds, “I am I am.” God cannot be summed up with human comparisons or vocabulary. He simply is Himself. This is God’s way of indicating to Moses (and to us) that He needs no one else to exist, that He relies on no one else, and that He is self-sustaining.
What does this teach you about the character of God?
How does this word move the story forward?
Pray & Reflect: Praise God for being exactly who He is. Confess to Him that He is mightier and grander that you can know this side of heaven. Worship Him for His character.