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Meaning of Yahweh

What is the meaning of Yahweh?

Is Yahweh a combination of male and female powers, as He had made Adam as both male and female, according to His likeness?

Most important name of God in Scriptures

Yahweh is perhaps the most important name of God in the Scriptures. In English translations of the Bible it is rendered as LORD (with small capital letters) or GOD (with small capital letters; this usage is used when Lord is found in the same sentence). It first appears in Genesis 2. In Beersheba, Abraham called upon Yahweh (Genesis 21:33).

Yahweh as His covenant name

He will remain true and faithful to His covenant promises.

In Exodus 3:13-16 we find God explaining the meaning of His name to Moses. He says, “I AM WHO I AM” (v. 14), which is closely related to Yahweh, which is derived from the verb to be. In other words, God has always existed as He is and will continue to exist as He is. He does not change. The name Yahweh is understood to be God’s “covenant name” because it is the name most frequently used in relation to the establishment and fulfilment of His covenants with His people. In other words, He will remain true and faithful to His covenant promises. So the name of Yahweh is clearly very important to us.

No combination of male and female powers

However, the name Yahweh, as we have briefly observed, does not suggest to us a combination of male and female powers or attributes. To assert this is to go beyond what Scripture clearly reveals to us about this name of God. Further, when God created man and woman, the name Yahweh is not used, but Elohim. (Genesis 1:26-27).

God is without body

The term Adam can be used in a general sense to refer to mankind or in the personal sense (the man, Adam). It is true, however, that woman originates from man (Genesis 2:21-25; 1 Corinthians 11:8-9). While Yahweh is not a combination of male and female powers or attributes, it is true that the make-up or attributes of male and female do, in some sense, reflect the nature of God. This does not mean, however, that God is Himself male or female, for He is without body, a spirit (John 4:24; Luke 24:39). Rather, God is asexual (without sexual organs).

Hierarchy within the Godhead

It is important to note that “likeness” distinguishes mankind from God, showing that mankind is a faithful and adequate representation of God. Male and female relationships are one way in which we reflect the hierarchy within the Godhead, as well as the inter-personality of the Persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) of the Godhead, as they relate and fellowship with one another. Further, the way in which God relates to His covenant people is spoken of in relation to the love and faithfulness between a husband and wife (Isaiah 54:5; Hosea 2:19). Also, the New Testament describes the relation of the Church to Christ with the love of a husband to his wife and the submission of the wife to her husband (Eph. 5:22-33; cf. Revelation 21:2, 9).

This discussion on the relationship between God and His people should cause us to consider if we are one of His. Are we in the Church (the bride of Christ)? To those who repent of their sin and believe in the Gospel (Christ crucified and risen to save sinners) will have their sins forgiven, be counted righteous in God’s sight (justification), and have eternal life. This is I AM’s promise, and He is faithful to fulfil it!

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