Yahweh desires to reveal who He is to His people. After 400 years in bondage in Mitsrayim/Egypt, Yah sent Moshe to bring them out of slavery. In doing so he exposed the false mighty ones of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. He brought their names to nothing, proving that they had no power and that He, Yah is the only Truth Mighty One. He is distinct from all the false mighty ones, and His Name reflects that distinction.
In the following portion of text from Shemoth/Exodus we read the account of Moshe being commissioned to return to Mitsrayim to bring the people out. He wants to know the Name of who it is who is commissioning him. Remember that Moshe was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, in the midst of all the paganism, with their many false mighty ones. He knew their names. It appears that he knew the importance of differentiating the Elohim that he was representing before Pharaoh and the people from those false ones, of whom Pharaoh and the sorcerers in his court would try to bring against the True Mighty One. Here’s some of the conversation recorded between Yah and Moshe.
“And Mosheh said to Elohim, “See, when I come to the children of Yisra’ĕl and say to them, ‘The Elohim of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His Name?’ what shall I say to them?” And Elohim said to Mosheh, “I am that which I am.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” And Elohim said further to Mosheh, “Thus you are to say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘Yahweh’ Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Aḇraham, the Elohim of Yitsḥaq, and the Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations.’” Exodus 3:13-15 ISR98
It is important to remember His Name, because the false mighty ones are always being trotted out by those who are believing the lie, who are in the sway of the liar from the beginning. This is exactly what happened in Mitsrayim. In common vernacular we had a battle of the gods. How do you keep them straight, if all of them are called god? When you are calling out to Him for deliverance what name should you use? Is a generic reference good enough? Will it suffice to use the name of one of the false mighty ones that oppose Him to call Him? No! He made a big point of bringing their names to naught – to nothing. They are meaningless and we are told to no longer even speak them. He brought their names to naught, but He commanded that we do not bring His Name to naught!
For generations His Name, and His Son’s Name have been hidden from the majority of the people who profess to follow Him. Like the people who were delivered from Mitsrayim, so that they could serve Yahweh according to His Torah, we too, if we have cried out to Him, have been delivered. And He has delivered us for the very same reason; to worship Him according to His Torah.Psalm 119 tells us clearly that His Torah is Truth. And Yahshua told us, in speaking to the Samaritan woman, that we are to worship Him in Spirit and Truth.
Yah wants to reveal His Name to us, just as He did to them, so that we know that He is the only True Mighty One, and that He has brought the names of all other mighty ones to naught. His Name is not god, as that is at best a generic, and nondescript reference. And at worst the word “god” is derived from a pagan mighty one’s name!
Yahweh is also not Lord! Lord means Ba’al. Ba’al is a Phoenician false mighty one whose worshipers sacrificed children to! When we call Yah “Lord” we are calling Him Ba’al, a false mighty one that resulted in murder of children! Names and words have meaning. Do you think He wants to be called Ba’al? Is this not an insult to Him? What does He have to say about the matter?
““And it shall be, in that day,” declares Yahweh, “that you call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me ‘My Ba‛al.’ “And I shall remove the names of the Ba‛als from her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.” Hosea 2:16-17 ISR98
His Name is Yahweh, and His Son’s Name is Yahshua. Yahshua is our Bridegroom, and the time is coming that the marriage will be consummated and we will call Him, “My Husband.” We won’t call Him Lord, or God. We will call Him Yahshua, and His Father Yahweh.
In our day to day walk, as we seek to follow the Mighty One who has delivered us, should we not know His Name, call upon His Name, and proclaim His Name? Should we not make a distinction from His True Name from the false names, that those who ask us for the hope that lies within us will know who it is we serve, and not confuse Him with the false ones who are of no help at all? I know longer call Him by those false names. For over half my life in Messiah I did not know His True Name, yet He heard me and delivered me, and then He revealed His Name to me. I now know His Name and choose to remember it, as I remember that He is the Mighty One who delivered me. Yah is Salvation – Yahshua!