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What is in a name? Indeed, maybe the question ought to be asked, "What is not in a name"? We have come to an opportunity in our expression of Christianity that many refer to as Sonship, or Kingdom Living. I, also, embrace many of these ideas and thoughts that are said to be expressions of Holy Spirit living. There are many thoughts and insights and concepts that are being shared among the Body of CHRIST as intelligent and rational expressions of Truth. And as more of HIS TRUTH is unveiled in HIS Word and in HIS Body, we say Hallelujah! One facet of these unveilings that is poorly communicated, and even more poorly understood, is the "name"(s) of GOD, Our FATHER. The name(s) of GOD, and the face(s) of GOD, is still very much cloaked in religious mysticism, in my humble opinion, and I have being trying for some time to find the words and the courage to address this subject. here goes.... I have two sons. The elder is 28 years of age, the younger is 26 years of age. The elder has not yet married. The younger has recently entered into the covenant relationship we refer to as 'marriage'. I tell this only to illustrate an analogy. My sons love me very much, and refer to me as 'Dad', 'Pops', 'Old Dude' and 'Cave Man'; affectionately, I might add. With no irreverence do my sons address me by any of these 'names'. And yet they do, at different times and circumstances, see me differently. When my sons were 5 and 3 years respectively, they knew me only as 'Daddy'. I was their hero, their provider, their protector, their mother's lover and friend, their teacher and their disciplinarian. I was a man of many responsibilities when my sons were very small, and yet they knew me only as 'Daddy'. When my sons were very small, I was not only a dad, but I was also a husband, an employee, a son to my parents, and on and on and on. You get the picture. And yet while I was, at any given time, wearing a number of different hats, indicating a number of differing roles, my own two sons knew me only as 'Daddy'. My sons have now grown, and gone through many character building experiences that have been instrumental in making of them the men they are today. And as their understanding of the world around them has expanded, the intimate relationship they experience with their 'Dad' has also grown and expanded. They are now men who are having some of the same experiences that I had when I was in my twenties. And they can now 'see' me differently; when they endure an unpleasant experience, or 'teacher' as I refer to them, I can say to them "...been there, done that", and it matters to them. Their vision of me, as their 'Dad', has expanded. They realize that they have more in common with me now than when they were 5 and 3. And yet for all of these differing perspectives, I am still their 'Dad'. Let me now try to apply some of this concept to the relationship we have with “Our FATHER, which art in heaven…”. Twenty-some odd years ago, I got 'saved'. I was a new-born to religion, and knew nothing about my Spiritual parentage. I was now of interest to a certain group of people at 'my church'.
and we almost seem to be willing to accept the 'religious taboos' that have been associated with OUR FATHER. most of us who call ourselves 'Son of GOD' seem to still have a limited vision and understanding of this "ONE" that has birthed us. and hopefully we know even more securely today. They were interested in me as a source of supply to whatever they perceived their need to be. And the word 'shem'. But as with all words that FATHER sheds HIS Light on. I had been called by a voice. and simply translating it as 'name' was that simple. I don't say this with any malice. God explains to Moses that ". or understood GOD in a limited capacity.. I timidly continue. And now Moses is not real popular with the Israelites. Let us now refer back to Ex. and religion could not answer that calling in us. at least for me. And I wish that taking the Hebrew 'shem'. I expect you have a similar story. but My name LORD(HWHY) was not known to them. of Moses and the Israelites only saw GOD. and make their lives even more difficult. but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them".. And I am sure your own experience was not much different. 6:3. But for all of that. And so. the word is given as #8034. I began to see that I wasn’t attending that fellowship for the same reasons that many of them were attending. Are you trying to tell me that if I don't know your currently popular name. and for all the growing experiences we have been exposed to. also indicates or ascribes 'nature. or character'. a LIFE. or unpleasantness. and HIS many 'names'. when you begin to see the impact and importance of a new word or thought or concept in Holy Spirit Light and Understanding. or thought you had. We knew then. your Spiritual Growth is not just a lineal Growth. And when Moses complains to God that 'the trick' didn't work. that I have since come to know as My Heavenly Father..My Name "YHWH" is not known to them. and he is the laughing stock of the Egyptians. to Isaac. Our Spiritual Parentage is still a great mystery to us.2 I began to be of interest to certain ones that wanted to get involved in my 'training'. on every other word or concept. what is in a name? The word that we have translated into English as 'name' is the Hebrew word 'shem'. more hours of study and seeking than I can count. and also to enlist me into their religious regimen. and has required. Before long. In Exodus. In Strong's Concordance. and Pharaoh responded by tightening the noose around his slaves. .. 6:3. Our English translations read as follows: "And I appeared to Abraham and to Isaac and to Jacob by the name of God Almighty. And my need to fill a void in someone else's religious inadequacy was no longer strong enough to continue the trek to the 'church' whenever the doors would be opened. or ancestors. it now becomes an exponential Growth: whatever that means! I don't want to expend much time on my own personal interpretation and understanding of the word 'shem' other than to say that the word is used in many ways that must be discerned to grasp the impact it has when translated 'name'. That is just the way it was. we read the following: "I appeared to Abraham. and to Jacob. as God Almighty. I believe FATHER was allowing Moses to see that the Patriarchs. God. or hurt. that we had been called to be Sons of GOD. the revealed truth that you can now benefit from also impacts the understanding you had. that I won't have any success invoking Your Name? Hmmmm! Remember the seven sons of Sceva? [Acts 19] And so." Wait a minute. or 'name'." Moses has just had the blessed experience of telling the Israelites that "HAYAH"(I AM) has revealed Himself. Moses then went to tell Pharaoh to release God's people.
6:3 would be: "And being seen to Abraham and to Isaac and to Jacob in GOD ALMIGHTY (El Shaddai). Back to Ex. it is because 'as' is not included in the Hebrew text. In Gen.. and if you think you can pronounce the name. or level of understanding.. YHWH tells Moses that ".. And in verse 4. When my young sons knew me only as their Daddy. the son of Noah. 12:1: "Now the LORD (YHWH) had said to Abram: 'Get out of your country. not only to us. In Hebrew. Can I say the same thing this way? Abram's relationship to GOD.. Just be perfect. "I appeared to Abraham. as I have pointed out in other articles. 6:3.. as EL SHADDAI.. YHWH. we have come to understand that there is ". If the religion known as 'Jehovah's Witnesses' had a proper understanding of YHWH. that was built upon how GOD had unveiled HIMSELF in and to Abram. you probably don't understand what the word YHWH represents. I am convinced the Name.none righteous.. as GOD ALMIGHTY... Does that mean that the Name or Nature or Character YHWH did not exist until Moses? Not at all. but also in us. So we should be able to discern that the Covenant. we are only able to relate to HIM as GOD in the Name (s) HE uses to unveil HIS Character in us.. or God Almighty. And yet. does that mean that I was not yet their mother's husband? Or their grandfather's son? Or my employer's employee? I had many roles to play long before my young sons were aware of those roles.. and Abram had heeded the conversation with "the LORD". and in all capital letters.walk before ME and be perfect. was a Covenant established on a particular understanding.. to them and in them. can only be discerned by Holy Spirit. 6:3. In both of these sentences. no not one".” [Gen.. My Name Jehovah (YHWH) was not known to them". But enough of that. and their conduct. "So Abram departed as the LORD (YHWH) had spoken to him.” Think I'm splitting hairs? EL SHADDAI is the name or nature or character of the God that had revealed HIMSELF in Abram.17:1] Hmmmph! Now that doesn’t sound too difficult a task. we are told "the LORD" had spoken to Abram. and had received considerable influence and instruction from Shem. And the Hebrew word here translated as ‘perfect’ means to “…be empty.. And yet in Ex. Whenever you see in scripture LORD. was told to ". OUR FATHER has many 'roles'.” Now from this side of the Cross. or as we have become accustomed to saying. My sons only knew me in my role as 'Daddy'. as it was unveiled in Abram.. they would change the name of their denomination.". If you notice that I italicized 'as' in the above. it is to remind us that the word being translated is the Hebrew YHWH. a more accurate translation of Ex..". to a land that I will show you'. or 'names' that HE is able to reveal HIMSELF. Abraham and Isaac and Jacob had a Covenant relationship with a God that revealed HIS character and nature.. was based on Abram's understanding of GOD. What is going on here? Let me remind us that Abram had spent many years living in the presence of Shem. and his understanding of GOD in 'name'. But by HIS Name or Nature or Character of YHWH HE had not yet made HIMSELF known in man. and My Name YHWH being not known to them. the word we translate 'know' or 'known' indictates that . JEHOVAH.3 Abram. from your family and from your father's house. However. GOD tells Moses that previously GOD has not been known in name as YHWH. Abraham knew GOD in HIS role as 'EL SHADDAI'. . And for all that. in Covenant.
HE has declared to us that HE would “…cause to arise My Covenant in you.4 we have had experience in handling or using the particular subject that is 'known' to us. actually means very. “What is in a name?” Does a name not reveal all of the hopes and desires and vision and potential and possibility and opportunities and response abilities that equip us for the work of ministry? If Our FATHER. even folk that have never opened a Bible. And HIS Name. I believe that Abram had such a trust and confidence in the GOD that blessed him. Jacob/Israel required more understanding of who this GOD is. HIS Christed Body. I have come to believe that El Shaddai was the only 'name' Abram needed to 'know'. And if I can follow that line of thinking for a few more generations. I have made you God to Pharaoh…” [Ex. experienced the results of using or invoking the Name. “And YHWH said to Moses: “See. HE is declaring that you are the place HE has decided for HIS Name to dwell. But the accurate translation is “I will cause My Covenant to arise in you!” Our FATHER is elevating HIS Covenant “in” us. I believe that Abram's trust and confidence in GOD insured an uncomplicated covenant relationship with OUR FATHER. 7:1] And so I say again. But very few consider that this word. Eve. that had forgotten what if felt like to be Israelites. as the manifestation of HIS . on into Egypt. And I believe Joseph had to 'see' GOD in ways that his father Jacob/Israel could not or did not need to see. and had my understanding and vision of GOD changed by way of using. If you consider the ancestry of these Israelites. And the relationship Isaac experienced was almost parallel to Abaham's relationship with GOD. And yet we must remember that this is GOD's pageant we are watching unfold. has chosen the Body of Christ as the place for HIS Name to dwell. then our relationaship to HIM is relegated to a God who is somewhere outside of us. Why else would he be called "The Father of Our Faith"? He believed GOD in ways that cause most of us to tremble. Our FATHER unveils HIS Name in us. enables you to manifest that quality of HIS Life that special Name declares. and their deliver Moses. HIS Name. Adam knew his wife. they should only need to remember the Covenant GOD of their Father Abraham and they would call on their covenant and walk out of bondage.[Gen. as HIM. And then we will be continuously awaiting a time when HE will return. translated 'to know'. equips you to act out. I am persuaded at this point that Moses was going to have to reveal the 'name/nature/character' of YHWH to bring about GOD's purposes in delivering these Egyptianized Israelites from their 'comfort zone' of being slaves and pack mules. the Israelites. unveiled in you.” We translated this way: “I will establish My Covenant. the particular Name involved. To 'know' the Name of GOD indicates that I have experienced the use of the Name. and then do whatever our theology has restricted HIM to. Everyone. that Abram obeyed the voice of GOD. or. the role that HIS Name calls for. very much more. is HE not declaring us. were going to need to see GOD in ways that previous generations had not needed. or 'knowing'. or God Almighty. GOD. “I will make My Covenant”. see that Adam had sexual intercourse with his wife. It was YHWH who said that Abraham's seed would go down (descend) to Egypt for a time. in you. and she conceived. Abram 'knew' GOD as El Shaddai. If HE is only made known “to us”. 15:13-16] I hope you are beginning to see that we must be able to Spiritually and maturely manifest the quality of Life Our FATHER is unveiling ‘in us’! GOD is an inside job. When HE unveils HIS Name in you.
to the land of which I swore to Abraham. saying ‘To your seed I will give it’” Verse 3 continues. and saying “That’s My boy. I envision Moses as being a little arrogant and cocky. Remember. That is just what I wanted to hear from you”. When Moses blurts out “…show me Your Glory”. And besides. And now. Moses breaks the covenant engraved in stone. 34:5. and proclaimed the name YHWH. what did I say that for”? I sometimes view this verse in the same way. And his heart is changing into GOD’s heart. you must have your own vision of yourself changed and enlightened and elevated. and immediately thought to yourself. without having thought first. and go here. Ever wonder why a certain individual does not just ‘do better’? You have to help them change their vision of themselves.” And he (Moses) said. I see it almost as something that he spouted. This is still my favorite passage of scripture. don’t do this or that. I believeGOD was allowing the people to see their true condition. and. and now pleads for GOD to forgive the people. Have you ever made a bold or stupid statement. not only of himself. Isaac and Jacob. “Oh expletive.5 Name? I think so. and worshipped”! No arrogance or presumtion here. How they envisioned themselves is how they displayed themselves. In Ex.33:1 we read: And YHWH said to Moses. Moses is being ‘drawn out’. Let’s start at Ex. “Please show me Your Glory. “…to a land flowing with milk and honey. And then I think I can hear GOD chuckling. and fell on his face. Moses didn’t ask for this job in the first place. His name Moses. Talk about a Damascus Road experience! And his speach shows a . “Depart. lest I consume you on the way. I can almost hear Moses saying to himself. Moses is now a changed man. “Now YHWH descended in the cloud and stood with him (Moses) there. “shouldn’t have said that. for you have found grace in My sight. for I will not ascend in your midst. And YHWH passed before him and proclaimed “YHWH… YHWH… GOD…. “…to be drawn out. chapters 33 and 34. the more FATHER reveals to me of HIS Nature. Why else would HE tell us to “…go in My Name”? In Exodus.” I hope you can see GOD ‘drawing’ Moses out of the limited thinking and vision he has. He is being allowed to ‘see’ GOD in ways no other man has seen. “I will also do this thing that you have spoken. you and the people you have brought out of the land of Egypt. means.” Moses was being ‘drawn out’ through this intercourse with GOD. Before this time. Remember what Yashua said about removing the timber from your own eye before you can assist another with the speck in his eye! Wow! Moses was having his vision of himself changed. The more I read it. and almost presumtuous with how he tells GOD to do this. Moses is having his vision changed. And before you can help them have a better vision of themselves. we have the unveiling in Moses a glimpse of what YHWH includes. and that HIS Name could not be placed in a people with this distorted vision of themselves. Sometimes his communication with GOD seems a little self assured. and reminding GOD that these people are GOD’s project. In chapter 34 GOD gives Moses some instructions on preparing himself to receive what he has asked for. You don’t know what you are asking for”. “So Moses made haste. And now to verse 17: So YHWH said to Moses. and feeling a little superior to this rabble that he is leading about in the deseert. In chapter 32 we have recorded for us the ‘golden calf’ incident. Look now in verse 8.! Merciful…Gracious…Longsuffering…Abounding in Good and Truth”. go up (ascend?) from this place. or ‘MoShay’ in Hebrew. for you a stiff-necked people”. and I know you by name. let me try to tell you why this passage is so important to me. but also of the people that he is instructed to lead to a higher land and a higher understanding of who they are.
you and I and countless others of this corporate Body of Christed Ones. or to ‘cut off’. to where HE desired to ascend in them. When HIS Name. And when YHWY God intervenes to provide the acceptable sacrifice. HIS Corporate Body of Christed Ones. And YHWH said. and makes us whole? I believe this to be Truth. When we start to see the true Character and Nature of Our FATHER. literally. we change also. in HIS Own Time. reconciling all of creation to a FATHER creation has never known before. Abraham’s response is to declare that place (and he is not talking about geography) where GOD meets your need as YHWH YIREH. and I will be YHWH RAPHAH. Hallelujah!!! I believe FATHER is quickening HIS Name in HIS Body in ways not previously possible. Remember. is a many faceted and many functional quality of HIS LIFE that HE reveals. in ways I don’t believe any other generation has ever been privileged to. Gideon finally realizes he has been challenging YHWH. the enemies of HIS Name are scattered. 17:15. ‘Gideon’ means to ‘cut down’. this is HIS Doing. YHWH in us is our healer. I believe this to be Truth. After several ‘fleece’ requests from Gideon are answered. until they were properly prepared. to levels we have not known before. much less to utter. In Ex. or Jehovah Jireh. You and I are of an age and timing that is being allowed to see ourselves. and defeated. and he was not ‘cut off’. that which we call ‘the Name of GOD’. after a victory over Amalek. No presumption. You are hearing Holy Spirit thoughts in you that you feel are almost blasphemous to think. We have numerous references in scripture where YHWH is linked to a quality of understanding to reveal to us. Just the Pure and Holy flow of HIS Spirit. And you and I are being prepared to hear HIS Voice. in our hearts. in us. HE could not ascend in them. in you. In Judges 6:11-24. “YHWH ‘sees’ and provides”. and is doing with us. Is it not Our FATHER’s Word in us that heals us. and in us. and in us. Moses “…built an altar and called HIS Name YHWH NISSI. 22:14. rather than accepting Isaac. We didn't choose HIM. as the ‘place’ HE will make HIS Name known. In HIM. and this is what Gideon would have expected to happen to himself if he . No cocky self assuredness. in HIS Body. Moses was declaring that when YHWH in you is exalted. In Ex. May I say it this way: YHWH is your provision!? Is HIS Presence in you not HIS Word in you? Is HIS Word in you not HIS anointing in you? Is “…Christ in you. or lifted up as a banner. or hewn down as he would have expected. HE chose us. I wish to propose to you at this point that YHWH. is recorded the interaction of YHWH with Gideon. And.6 change of vision. 15:22-26. HE is elevating HIS Covenant. No arrogance. the hope of Glory” not HIS Provision that HE has placed in HIS Body? Is that not the ‘place’ HE has declared to make HIS Name known? I believe this to be Truth. or unveils. to fulfill whatever we have need of. in ways not allowed in ages before us. that YHWH will be the supplier to us. HE had to change the people’s vision of themselves. In Gen. And YHWH YIREH means. in us and through us. Moses responds to a divine Word from YHWH that allows him to ‘heal’ the bitter waters of Marah. “Be obedient to MY Word in you. is all that can be seen. or YHWH my Banner. OR YHWH your Healer. Our FATHER has chosen His Christed (anointed) Body. Abraham has the impossible assignment of offering his “…only son Isaac”. the enemies of YHWH are defeated. as is HIS Good Pleasure. or could know before.
” The Word was calling to the boy and saying “…you hear GOD”. Right? And after he perceived that he had been wrangling with YHWH. I believe the more accurate translation of ‘hin-nay ah-nee’ is “…it is of me as You have said of me. There are many other examples that we could discuss of HIS Name. Even YHWH YASHA. and still lives. our Wholeness. “…hin-nay ah-nee. in us and with us as HE has declared.” We must be willing to have HIM change our . which we now know as YASHUA. in HIS Body. GOD called out “Samuel. “The day is coming when I (GOD) will call out My Name. and His Spirit in us is ‘Gracing’ us to be able to hear The Word. Samuel”. in you. HE is. changing HIS Body to completely and accurately image HIM. And as HE continues to unveil facets of HIS Name in us.” I believe the more accurae and descriptive translation of “…hin-nay ah-nee” is “…it is of me as YOU have said of me. however. Samuel said to GOD. I know this to be Truth! I wish to share a ‘vision’. The boy hears someone calling his name. As my brother. Nick. We are coming to a level of Spiritual Timing and Anointing that will allow us to hear Our FATHER speak Great and Wonderful Things. YHWH TZIDKENU= YHWH Our Righteousness. HE is changing us. the Body of Christed Ones) will say to ME ‘hin-nay ahnee’. Gabriel? Didn’t she respond to Him with “Be it done unto me according to Your Word?” I believe Our FATHER has elevated HIS Covenant. And these examples of HIS Name.” I believe GOD was speaking the boy’s name into action. I hope you will forgive my exuberance. and Samuel responded by accepting the call. has observed.” That has been translated into English as “…here am I. YHWH Our Salvation. to image HIM. his response was to build an altar to YHWH and declare YHWH SHALOM.” In 1Samuel 3 is recorded the passage of Samuel as a young boy hearing the voice of GOD. go on and on and on. we must be receptive to His Word. and you (we. and Samuel answered “hin-nay-ah-nee. is the fulfiller of every need you perceive.” The name ‘Samuel’ means “…to hear GOD”. or YHWH Peace. no priest (man) could stand in that house while the Glory of GOD was filling the house. I was saying to the group that when the House was filled with the Glory of GOD. but I find this very exciting. YHWH. that I heard a few years back while sharing with a group in South Carolina. It is only ‘human’ to believe that YHWH will deal with you just as you would deal with others.” Our FATHER cannot be limited to the definition of a ‘name’. YHWH. YHWH in you is your Salvation.7 thought he truly was doubting and challending “the LORD”. it is of me as YOU have said of me. you know).” Isn’t that what Mary said to the Messenger. Gideon learned that YHWH in us is our Shalom. “I accept what You say of me as being so. or Word. I was sharing with the group about King Solomon dedicating his temple (it was Solomon’s temple. “Hin-nay ah-nee. Shalom is wholeness and completeness. which is Hebrew. and then agree with HIM by saying to HIM. today and forever! HE never changes Who HE is. I heard My FATHER say. YHWH ROH-EE= YHWH Our Shepherd. that brings to pass in our own experience what HIS Name declares. YHWH MIKADISHKEM= YHWH Our Holiness. and he answers. being joined to our need. and the lad answered “…it is of me as You have said of me. functioning as FATHER designed. or Jesus.” I don’t think “… here am I” adequately translates “hin-nay ah-nee. Shalom means to have all the pieces in their proper place and order. and is normally translated as ‘hear I am’. Our FATHER is the same yesterday. I believe this to be Truth. “GOD is still making man into HIS image.
“For of the increase of His Government and Peace. And I don’t believe that ever stops. there is no end.8 name into HIS Name.…!” [Isaiah 9:7] Amen! Shalom and Shalom! alan . And to continue to be growing into HIS Likeness and Expression of HIMSELF.
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