With the restoration of Yeshua's name, the next
natural question would be about God the
Father's Holy Name. His Holy Name YHWH (yudhey-vav-hey), consisting of four Hebrew
alphabets, is a long discussion topic that I am
trying to summarize in this article.
The most frequent questions
I hear about God's Name are:
* How to pronounce God's Name in Hebrew?
* What does God's Name mean?
My answer to the first question is...
"The way you pronounce God's Holy Name
depends on how you pronounce His Son's
Name" and vice versa.
I was reading Proverbs 30:4 when the light
bulb went up.
The names of God and His Son are paired
up as Father-Son duos.
That is evidence to us that no man can come to
the Father except through His Son. When you
pronounce the Son's Name in Hebrew, then you
will know how to pronounce His Father's Name,
and vice versa.
I use the first pair Yeshua (which means salvation) and
Yahweh (meaning He exists) more often than the rest.
Sometimes I say Yahshua (Yah saves) and Yahweh.
Whenever I am around believers who are fixed on using
a different set of Hebrew names (Yehoshua and
Yehovah for example), I'll just follow along with their
pronunciation. No fuss there! There are some pairings
that I am not comfortable with using, like Yeshuahand
Yahuahfor example because in the Hebrew language,
words ending in "ah" are usually feminine words. I'm no
Hebrew scholar but surely our God is a HE and not a
Besides these, it's all good in Hebrew. All Hebrew
names have meanings because all Hebrew
names are also words and short sentences.
Hebrew names can also carry meaning within
the letters that make up the name.
Each Hebrew alphabet has a meaning of its own that holds
consistent regardless of which Hebrew Script you are looking at;
Modern Hebrew, Middle-Semitic or the Paleo Hebrew
Pictographic Script. The meaning of each Hebrew letter has
stayed consistent in spite of the evolving form of the Hebrew
letters as it was updated throughout the ages.
Pronunciation of words (even proper names) can
vary between different groups of Hebrew
speaking people, and this has been true in
ancient times as well as today. It is true with
most languages we speak today as well.
Think of how the English language varies in
pronunciation between the different peoples of
Ba-na-nah -- Ba-nay-nah... Po-tay-toe -- Po-tah-toe...
I believe it is okay that Hebrew pronunciation is
still differing slightly between different groups of
people. There is really no point in fussing over
having ONLY ONE pronunciation when later
Yeshua will be returning with a new name, one
which only He Himself knows for now. So the
joke is on us.
Stay with the most widely accepted Yeshua and
Yahweh combination if you are still unsure.
Surely that is better that any transliteration or
translation of their Holy Names?
Try saying "Abba Yah"
I'm ethnically Chinese. So my personal
preference according to the Oriental culture I
come from would be to address a superior
person with a salutation before their personal
name. I address our God as "Abba YAH". "Abba"
as the descriptive title of His role in my life, and
also reflective of the honor I give Him by
acknowledging His superiority with a salutation
title before His personal unique name "Yah".
Our pronunciation of God's Holy Name does not
affect the meaning of His Name. The meaning of
His name carries the attributes of His character
as the four Hebrew letters YHWH will reveal.
It's nice to know that we do have some common
ground after all. For we can all agree on the
meaning of God's Name, Yahweh.
A quick word study on
YHWH reveals that His
and a close up look at
the meaning of the four
Hebrew letters in the
"Behold the Arm,
Behold the Nail"
When we take a closer look at God's
NameYahweh, we find MessiahYeshua.
And when we look closely at Yeshua's Name, we
will find that the one who is saving us is "Yah",
Yeshua IS Yahweh's salvation plan for mankind.