Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name. When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you. ~ Psalm 91:14-15 (GW)
In her Bible Study, “The Patriarchs,” Beth Moore teaches in the introductory session that the
Israelites so revered the name of God that they would not speak it for fear of profaning it. (The Patriarchs, Moore, 2005, Lifeway Publications, p. 10)
Phonetic Pronunciation: shame
Root: a primitive word [perhaps rather from through the idea of definite and conspicuous positionCross Reference: TWOT – 2405
Part of Speech: n mVine’s Words: Name
Vine’s defines this word in this way: “name; reputation; memory or renown.” Cognates of this word appear in Akkadian, Ugaritic, Phoenician, Aramaic, and Arabic. This word appears about 864 times
and in all periods of biblical Hebrew.
or “fame”: “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth” (Gen. 11:4). To “give a name for one” is to make him famous: “and what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to go make a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land…” (2 Sam. 7:23). If a name goes forth for one, his “reputation” of fame is made known: “And thy renown went forth among the heathen for they beauty…” (Ezek. 16:14). Fame may include power: “and he lifted up his psear against three hundred, and slew them, and had the name among three” (2 Sam. 23:18). This sense, “men of reputation,” appears in Gen. 6:4: “…mighty en which were old, men of renown.”.
Exodus 20:7 establishes the importance of God’s name, Leviticus 24 sets forth the consequences for forsaking that name, blaspheming
it. In my mind blasphemy is more than using the name of God as a curse – though that misuse of a name that brings redemption, love, peace and blessing is enough – I think of it even as
overusing it – taking it for granted and using it without proper respect, submission and honor. Even allowing His name to be dishonored by our choices and allowing others to be hurt by our actions and choices when we are representing the name of God. If we revered the name of God as the Israelites of old did, I believe we would truly live differently. We would talk, act and be different than we wholly are because of the Holiness that His name represents. The misuse or misrepresentation of the reputation of God is punishable by death. That should weigh on us and bring us to a new depth of not only honor and service before Him, but in relationship to Him.
His name is worthy of all our praise and worship. Think of that – the utterance of His name, acknowledging who He is is a reason for worshipping and praising. Who He is, not just what He does. Names scream identity and God created us and redeemed us to be a people of His name – to make Him known and so that others could identify with Him through us. One of the ways is by our expressions of love toward Him and His name.
As I read this… I took me to the place of redemption and the power of the Name of Christ in the life of the believer.
Let’s look at some New Testament principles related to His Name.
1. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13) It is the name of Christ that brings us restoration and redemption. Relationship with God begins by declaring and calling on the name of the Lord as our Savior.
2. Jesus’ name trumps every other name. (Philippians 2:9-11) His name, the name of the Lord, is the name above all names. He is exalted. At His very name, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He not only is the Christ but that He is Lord of all. They will declare Him Lord to the glory of His Father.
3. Jesus has inherited a name, that by adoption became our name as well at Salvation. (Hebrews 1:3-4) Think of that. The name of Jesus that is higher than every created and angelic being is our own. We have it as a co-heir with Him in the Kingdom of God.
4. The judgment against us is removed by a name given that is only known to God. (Revelations 2:17) In the account of Stephen as he was martyred in the book of Acts, Paul (then Saul) is said to have given his approval to the stoning. During those days the Pharisees cast their judgement by standing in a gathering and casting stones in the center. A white stone represented innocence and a dark stone represented guilt. This is the manner by which a Pharisee executed his judgment or approval toward the stoning and punishment of another. God tells us here that there is a white stone given for us that has a new name written upon it known only to him who receives it. This white stone cancels our old identity in the sinful nature and gives us a new identity in Christ who receives us as His own.
5. When we have finished the race and overcome this world through the power of Christ, we will be placed as a pillar in the eternal temple of God – upon us is written His name. The seal or mark of our eternal inheritance and place in the New Jerusalem. (Revelations 3:12) He is our God and on Him will be written our NEW IDENTITIES!
6. Jesus is called by many names in Scripture but this Revelation 19:11-13 picture of our Bridegroom makes my heart soar. His names as identified here are “Faithful and True,” and “the Word of God.” In verse 12 we also learn that He has a name written upon Him that no one but He Himself knows. A name unspoken by human lips, unprofaned by the wickedness of man’s soul… A Name to redeem all names. He is the Lord and we have much to learn about Him – do we not?
HASHEM… The Name.
As you read the following Scriptures consider what they reveal to you about the sacred nature of God’s name: