Series: The Name of God
Sunday 3 November 2019 – Kobus Swart
Matt. 6:9; Gal. 4:6; 1 Cor. 15:45; Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 3:3, 6, 17-18; Rom. 8:2, 9-11; Col. 1:16; (John 1:1-2); (Heb. 1:3); Phil. 2:6-7; Acts 1:9-11 (MSG); Acts 3:21; (Gen. 2:6); John 4:24; Ps. 102:15; Deut. 5:11; Ex. 20:7; Song 1:3; Isa. 9:6 (Gen 22:14); (Ex. 15:26); (Ex. 17:15); (Judges 6:24); (Ps. 23:1); (Ezek. 48:35)
Praise the name of the Lord our God! “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name” (Matt. 6:9). Stop and think about this. Do we understand this? When you pray this prayer, take time and stop with that line. There is a list of Psalms about the name that is above every other name.
When you were born again the commissioning was to make disciples of all nations and baptize them into the Name (not plural) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). Baptized into the Name! If we allow that frequency to get hold of us, spirit, soul and body, our whole life will change. When Jesus came as the last Adam, He became a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). That is why Paul said, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). What does it mean? He is seated at the right hand of the Father but also lives in us. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17). “The one who joins himself with the Lord, is one spirit with Him” (1 Cor 6:17). Through the years people have separated the manifestations of the Spirit from who the Spirit really is.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death (Rom. 8:2). However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you (Rom. 8:9-11). Paul speaks interchangeably of the Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, Christ, and by implication, God.
Everything has been created in and through Jesus (Col. 1:16). Many think that Jesus only came into being when He was born and became flesh. He was in the beginning with God (John 1:1-2). Our God is one God! He can manifest Himself in different ways. He determined that the Son would become the exact representation of His nature in earth (Heb. 1:3). In fact, in Him, the fullness of the Godhead lived bodily and yet that never made Him arrogant (Phil. 2:6-7).
When Jesus ascended, He disappeared into a cloud, and two men in white appeared and spoke to them (Acts 1:9-11 MSG). They were told that He will come back in the same mysterious way as they’ve seen Him leave. This Jesus who is now ascended and seated next to the Father, can also appear to millions of people at the same time, same moment, because He is no longer limited to the man Jesus of Galilee, walking the earth in His three-year ministry. “Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.” (2 Cor 5:16 NASB). Lord, open our eyes to see what our responsibility is and the role that we have to play, instead of sitting passively and staring into an “empty sky”. We have a commission, a mandate to participate with God in His unfolding plan, towards the unveiling of the full stature of Christ.
Hallowed be Thy Name. יהוה
When you read, for example, the New American Standard version, wherever the name ‘God’ appears in the Old Testament, it is actually talking about Hebrew name of God, which is the following letters:
Yod, which we transliterate “Y”
Heh, which we transliterate “H”
Vav, which we transliterate “V” or “W”
Heh, which we transliterate “H”
That brings the name of God to YHVH (which in many translations has become Yahweh and some even went as far as to call Him “Jehovah”… ). In order to give it sound, they added vowels. They put in an “a” and an “e”. None of us can actually pronounce the name YHWH because there is no vowel. That is why they added vowels and made it YAHWEH.
The consonants used in the sacred name of Yahweh are in fact the only consonants, that if correctly pronounced do not allow you to use your tongue or close your lips. It is clear that the pronouncing of the sacred name was an attempt to imitate and replicate breath! Jewish scholars had this question: “What if the Name of God is the sound of breathing? …that it was inhalation and exhalation (breathing in and breathing out)?”. If you hold on to this, and begin to live it and practice it, your prayer life will dramatically change. It has nothing to do with thinking. In fact, it moves the entire experience to the cellular body corporeal breath level. And it means, wonder of wonders, that the first word you ever spoke when you came out of your mother’s womb was the name of God, and the breath you take on your death bed will be the name of God. And it is the one thing you have done constantly! There is not a Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, Pentecostal etc. way of breathing. The gift is given! The only problem is the gift is not being received. We’ve allowed religion to rob us from this gift!
Take a deep breath. We have taken God (YHVH) for granted. But HE is our breath, the very life given to us; the spirit of God in us, the Spirit of Christ in us. Christ in us; God in us.
In the Old Testament, the word ‘spirit’ is the word ‘ruach’, and it also means ‘wind’ or ‘breath’. That is what God did when He formed Adam from the dust of the ground. He breathed into Adam (Gen. 2:6) and he became a living soul. In the New Testament that same word in Greek is ‘pneuma’ and it also means to ‘breathe’; it denotes the wind. The Lord is bringing to our attention, that we take things for granted and then we beg for something we already have.
I want to challenge you in your quiet times to do what you have seen and heard in this Word, but not as a ritual. God is Spirit (John 4:24) and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth, throughout the day, even in the night – something is interacting between you and Him.
The English translations of the Bible normally use the name ‘God’ or ‘the Lord God’ in the place of YHVH:
- Yahweh – Yireh : Our God (YHVH) will provide (Gen 22:14).
- Yahweh – Ropheca : The Lord (YHVH) is our Healer (Ex 15:26)
- Yahweh – Nissi : The Lord (YHVH) is our Banner (Ex 17:15)
- Yahweh – Shalom : The Lord (YHVH) is Peace (Judges 6:24)
- Yahweh – Rohi : The Lord (YHVH) is my Shepherd (Ps 23:1)
- Yahweh – Shammah : The Lord (YHVH) is there (Ezek 48:35)
If you can bring some of these into your prayer life – for example – when you really need peace in the midst of the storm: Yahweh Shalom! The access is His name. All Jesus has to do, is to say: “Peace, be still!”
The name Jesus comes from the name YESHUA, which means “God (YHVH) has become our SALVATION, our rescue, healing, freedom, victory…” We have to get out of religious ruts and get into the meaning of the Name of God. In the Greek it became ‘IESOUS’. In English it is translated, ‘Jesus’ (which also means ‘Joshua’). Yahweh became flesh in the person of Yeshua (John 1:14). In Matt. 1:23 He is called ‘Emmanuel’ – God with us. The name ‘Christ’, comes from the name ‘Messiah’ and means ‘the anointed One.’
There are some warnings. The nations will fear the name of Yahweh (Ps. 102:15). You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (Deut. 5:11; Ex. 20:7). You must respect the name of the Lord your God. Ps. 135:13; Ps. 108:13. May we come to the place of a deep fear of the Lord, and sing His name with praise! Praise the name of the Lord forever. Meditate on this: the name that is above every other name. Your name is like purified oil (Song 1:3). Like precious perfume poured out is the name of our Lord (TPT). And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). I pray that God will bring a new reverence in our hearts for His name.
“In our prayer life, the best way to hallow the name of our Father is to honour the name of His Son Yeshua” – Dr O.
Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be Thy name!