God’s Name in Scripture: Where is it?
As we begin this portion of the study, read through the verses below. Do you see God’s name? What is it?
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name.
I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.
Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise Him, O ye servants of the LORD.
Thy name, O LORD, endures for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for His name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
And they shall put My name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.
Titles vs. the Name in English Translations
Below is a list of the titles most often used for the Creator in the English translations of the Old Testament, followed by the Hebrew words they are translated from (with Strong’s Concordance numbers) and the other ways these words are translated in the Scriptures:
God – Elohim (H430) appears in KJV 2606x; God 2346x, GOD 1x, god 244x, goddess 2x, great 2x, mighty 2x, angels 1x, misc 3x; El (H410) appears in KJV 245x; God 213x, god 16x, misc 16x
GOD – (H3069) appears in KJV 305x; GOD 304x, LORD 1x
LORD – (H3068) appears in KJV 6519x; LORD 6510x, GOD 4x, JEHOVAH 4x, variant 1x
Lord – Adon (H113) appears in KJV 335x; lord 197x, master(s) 105x, Lord 31x, owner 1x, sir 1x; Adonay (H136) appears in KJV 434x; Lord 431x, lord 2x, God 1x
Without a doubt the MOST COMMON appellation for God in the Bible (English translations) is LORD. It occurs well over 6500 times in the OT! The phrase “the name of the LORD” occurs 108 times in the KJV of the Old Testament.
So…Does it then follow that His NAME is LORD?
What Is His True Name?
Remember that I have titled this study “The HIDDEN Name of God.” Where is it hidden? God’s (Elohim’s) true name has been hidden in virtually every English translation of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible behind the title LORD. Sometimes it is hidden behind GOD. It appears four times in the KJV in a transliterated form.
In order to discover the true name of the Almighty, let’s take a look at the account of Moses at the burning bush, when God revealed His personal name to Moses.
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name: What shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
And God said moreover unto Moses,
Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My name forever, and this is My memorial unto all generations.
Did you see the name of our heavenly Father in the verses above? Of course not! It is hidden. So how can we know His name? We must dive deep to solve this mystery!
Familiar Titles and Compound Names of the Creator
The following list contains several of the common titles for God as well as several instances of His name in connection with one of His attributes. You will most likely be familiar with many of these.
El Elyon – God Most High
El Shaddai – Almighty God
El Roi – God Who Sees (me)
El Qanna – Jealous God
Jehovah Jireh – (H3070) The LORD will see (to it)
Jehovah Nisse – (H3071) The LORD is my Banner
Jehovah Tsidqenuw – (H3072) The LORD our Righteousness
Jehovah Shalom – (H3073) The LORD is Peace
Jehovah Shammah – (H3074) The LORD is There
Jehovah Rapha – The LORD that healeth thee
Jehovah Mekaddishkhem – The LORD that Sanctifies you
Jehovah Ra’ah – The LORD my Shepherd
Yah – (H3050) 49x shortened form of 3068 Hallelu Yah!
We need to wade into the Hebrew language and scriptures to fully see and understand God’s name. Please keep in mind when you encounter the Hebrew letters or words in this study or elsewhere, that Hebrew is read from right to left.
Before you proceed to the next section, take your favorite version of the Old Testament and see how it treats the hidden name in the verses from Parts 1-A and 1-B. Does it use LORD or something else? Read through other passages and see if you find evidence of the hidden name. Remember it is in the Old Testament Scriptures over 6800 times!
Are you ready and willing to get your feet wet? Let’s go! See you in Part 1-C where His hidden name is revealed!
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