“[H]allowed is Your name!”[i] (Matt. 6: 9) follows the address to “our Father who is in heaven” in the only prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to say. After addressing the Father, Jesus taught us to praise Him. He is deserving of all our praise!
The name of God is Yahweh in the Hebrew, meaning the One who always was, always is and always will be – literally, “He exists”! Timeless, eternal, self-sufficient, self-existent and self-sustaining is the God above all gods, the Maker of heaven and earth and all that is seen and unseen.
Name above all names! A name in the Hebrew tradition stands for the very essence, character, inner being of the person. The name of a person stands for who the person is. God is the Name above all names, God (Elohim[ii]) of gods and Lord (Adonay[iii]) of lords. (Deut. 10:17)
“For the Lord [Yahweh] your God [Elohim] is the God [Elohim] of gods and the Lord[Adonay] of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God….” (Deut. 10:7)
Elohim is the term used in Genesis 1:1) (In the beginning, God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.”) Abraham called God “Lord God” (Adonay Yahweh). (Gen. 15:2)The Hebrews so reverenced the name of Yahweh (God) that they avoided saying or referring to Him by that name.
God, who is all in all, cannot be described by just a single name, and no single name in human tongue can describe Him or capture all that He is.
The Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, Almighty God, the Amen, Ancient of Days, Everlasting Father, Creator (Bara), the Lord our Shepard, the Lord our Healer, the Lord our Righteousness, the Lord will Provide, the Lord is Peace, the Lord of Hosts, The Most High God, Mighty God, Everlasting God and many dozens more are all names for God. They all convey the character and revelation of God.
Our Father in heaven, holy, holy, holy is Your Name! King of kings and Lord of lords, take Your rightful place in my heart! God my Shepherd, the Keeper of my soul, how great, how precious You are! How incredible that You even consider me! How great is Your love that would keep Your word for the sake of mankind!
[i] 3686/Onoma means name; (figuratively) the manifestation or revelation of character, distinguishing it from others. Thus, praying “in the name of Christ” means praying in the authority of Christ; i.e. in keeping with the revelation of His being. It is not a religious formula. “According to Hebrew notions, a name is inseparable from the person to whom it belongs, i.e. it is something of his essence. Therefore, in the case of … God, it is specially sacred.” (Souter) M. Vincent – “in the Bible, a name (3686/onoma) expresses the sum of qualities which mark the nature of character of a person. To believe in the name of Jesus the Son of God, is to accept as true the revelation contained in that title.” (WS, 392) The word for “name” in the Hebrew (shem) and in the Greek (onoma) in Scripture is used inclusively in reference to God (Yahweh) to speak of His full character and expression. God uses two main titles for Himself in the OT: Elohim (the circumstance-maker) and Adonay (the destiny-maker), but God’s primary name is Yahweh, the faith-maker.
[ii] 430/Elohim means properly, Strong One, Yahweh’s chief title, in charge of every circumstance as the Creator, the all-powerful One, establishing the physical scenes of life. Elohim is the plural of El, but used to mean “the God”, Creator and Judge, foreshadowing the Godhead, the Trinitarian manifestation of God. Elohim only occurs with a singular verb when referring to Yahweh, underscoring God’s triune nature, as recognized by the early Church fathers (Justin Martyr, Iranaeus, Theophilus, Epiphanius and Theodoet). Elohim highlights Yahweh’s absolute governmental power administrating all creation as Creator.
[iii] 136/Adonay means Lord, “the destiny-maker”, the second of the chief divine titles of Yahweh. Adonay refers to Yahweh as the destiny (eternal meaning) of every scene of life, the one-and-only moral Governor, determining the eternal worth of every act we do. Plural of Adon, Adonay is used with singular verbs, like Elohim, Adonay was used in place of Yahweh to avoid saying Yahweh and taking the Lord’s name in vain.
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