Exodus 34:5-7 Then the Lord [Yahweh] came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord [Yahweh]. And He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord [Yahweh], the Lord [Yahweh], the compassionate and gracious God, slow to
anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Recently I read a book by John Mark Comer entitled, ‘God has a name’. It has challenged me in many ways. One way is in how I worship and whether I really know whom it is I am worshipping. It has also helped me to speak/sing God’s name more. Yahweh, Father, Papa longs for us to have an intimate relationship with him. It would be very strange if I called my husband Professor all the time (as much as he may like this ;)) I prefer to call him by his name Nigel or an affectionate name.
John Mark comer writes, “So God has a name. And just to clarify, it’s not God. It’s Yahweh. That might sound unimportant, like it’s just semantics. Trust me, it’s not. The fact that God has a name is way more important than most of us realise. I would argue it has the
potential to radically alter the way we relate to God.” He looks at each verse in this passage and he doesn’t shy away from the last few verses: Yes we have a loving, compassionate God but He is also just and longs for sin to be eradicated through the generations, but God’s mercy far outweighs and ‘triumphs over judgement’. John explains this very well in his book. My prayer is that we would all get to know Yahweh more intimately (I have two spare books if anyone would like one).
I have enjoyed looking into the meaning behind names and this was something I looked at when choosing children’s names.
In the bible your name was tied up with your identity. My parents are teetotal and if ever I have a glass of wine in their company they will usually comment, so my retort is, “Well, you shouldn’t have named me after a wine goddess then!” Do you know what your names mean? Do they reflect something of your character? Sometimes they don’t but it’s fun to look.