"The Names of God"
The Names of God are used in many different forms in the bible. He choose to use these names in scripture to give us a better understanding of His true Nature and Character.
Below are some of the most frequently used names of God, but there are many others.
YHVH - LORD
Biblical Hebrew is a difficult subject, and even the most gifted Hebrew Scholars often disagree on the pronunciation and use of the names of God.
"YHVH" is the Hebrew word that translates as "LORD". Found more often in the Old Testament than any other name for God (approximately 7,000 times), the title is also referred to as the "Tetragrammaton," "Tetra" meaning four, or the "The Four Letters".
Although some pronounce YHVH as "Jehovah" or "Yaweh," scholars really don't know the proper pronunciation. The most accepted pronunciation is “Yahweh”, and “most scholars” agree that this is correct.
Many others think there is no correct pronunciation and refer to it as "the unutterable Name of God."
YHVH comes from the Hebrew verb "to be" and is the special name that God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. "And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM; and He said, thus you shall say to the sons YHVH declares God's absolute being - the source of everything, without beginning and without end."
The Jews stopped using/pronouncing YHVH as the name of God in about 200 A.D. out of fear of breaking the commandment, "You shall not take the name of your God in vain" (Exodus 20:7). (Today's rabbis typically use "Adonai" for the name of God, in place of YHVH.)
In the New Testament, Jesus shares the same attributes and clearly claims to be YHVH. In John 8:56-59 Jesus presents himself as the "I AM." "...Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM."
And, in Romans 10:13, is a quote from the Old Testament, "Whoever will call upon the name of the LORD (YHVH) will be saved" (Joel 2:32).
Calling on Yeshua (Jesus) as Lord is the same as calling Him YHVH, because Yeshua (Jesus) is (LORD), the Messiah, who was foretold throughout the entire Old Testament
"Elohim" (El-oh-heem) or "Elohay" is the first name for God found in the bible, and is used over 2300 times throughout the bible. It is unusual in that it is of plural form, but is used to describe one God. It's Hebrew root meaning is "strength" or "power."
WE read in Genesis 1:1 that Elohim created the heaven and the earth. The plural form for the name of god is used in the very first verse of the bible. This mystery is progressively uncovered throughout the bible and is often referred to as the "Trinity" - "God the Father," "God the Son," and "God he Holy Spirit"
This name for God is used throughout scripture in combination with other words to describe certain characteristics of God, and when seen in that sense, a seemingly endless number of names of God.
EL, God, El HaNe'eman
"EL" is the simple form of Elohim, and is used about 200 times in the Old Testament as a name of God. When used with other words EL offers clarity and emphasis for a particular, and sometimes unique use of God's name. It is often to distinguish the true God from the false gods.
"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,"(Deuteronomy 7:9).
"For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe."(Deuteronomy 10:17).
"But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness."(Isaiah 5:16).
"Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!" (Psalm 68:35).
"Give thanks to(A) the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever." (Psalm 136:26).
"Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed." (1 Samuel 2:3).
"hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD." (Psalm 31:6).
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation."(Isaiah 12:2).
"And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) "(Genesis 14:18).
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."(Isaiah 7:14).
"Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God."(Genesis 21:33).
"Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?" (Malachi 2:10)