Hallowed be thy name

A message from one of our Gatherings that meet every Sunday 10am.

Mal. 3:16 "Those who feared YHWH spoke to one another, and YHWH listened and heard them, so a book of remembrance was written before Him, for those who fear YHWH, and who meditate on His Name."

Our meditation on the Names of our Lord began with a brief look at metaphor as a means of communicating meaning, with the view that, at least in part, our Lord uses metaphorical names as a means of revelation. So He declares Himself our Shepherd, or the Lion of Judah, signifying meaning, and expecting us to contemplate that meaning. At times the significance is easily seen, but I usually need someone to spit on my eyes.

Is the “I am” of Exodus 3 metaphor? Is the Tetragrammaton? (YHWY, generally transliterated as Yahweh or Jehovah) The questions we asked this day (Sept. 27) were: “What is actually said in the Hebrew in Ex. 3, (Ehyeh asher ehyeh) and how/what do we think about its meaning? And, “What is the significance in God giving two answers when Moses asks him His Name in Exodus 3:13-17?”

We will be dealing next week with the Tetragrammation and dealing with some controversial issues like the so called “Sacred Name Movement”. From there we will explore Names connected to this Holy Name, then the following week to the Mighty Name of Jesus. In the weeks following we will look at Psalm 91 (as a means of exploring both the psalm and the other Hebrew Names of the Lord used in the O.T.

It would be ideal in my mind to leave the name of Jesus until Advent, but I do think that as we approach that time we will find ourselves able to return to it in various ways as we think about His many titles (Emmanuel, Shepherd of the Sheep, Man of Sorrows, etc.), and then, perhaps, into the Book of Revelation.

Doug Boals