So enough already! What is this name?
Marcus Lacewell (www.lacewellstrep.com)
The Rastafari are an African-based spiritual way of life that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica. Some worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930–1974), as Jesus in his 'second coming.' Members of the Rastafari way of life are known as Rastas, or The Rastafari. The name Rastafari is taken from Ras Tafari, the title (Ras) and first name (Tafari Makonnen) of Haile Selassie I before the coronation. In Amharic, Ras (an Ethiopian title equivalent to Duke), and Tafari or "Teferi", which in Amharic means a man who is to be feared, or a hero. 'Jah' the Poetical and Biblical name for God, from a shortened form of Jehovah found in Psalms 68:4 in the King James Version of the Bible. Most see Haile Selassie I as Jah or Jah Rastafari, who is the 'second coming' of Jesus Christ onto the earth, but to others he is simply God's chosen king on earth.
Jah, short for Jehovah, is the Hebrew name for God. In the Old Testament, you will see the term LORD in all caps. This is where God’s name appears in the text. Hebrew is written without vowels, and the name written in Scripture is YHVH. God’s name means “I AM”, meaning “Was, Is, and Ever will Be”. God’s name was considered so sacred and holy that ancient Israel would not even speak it. So, when reading scripture aloud, they would say Lord where ever YHVH appeared. When the Bible began being translated into Greek and Latin, and eventually English, they decided to use LORD in the places where God’s name appears.
In the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religious/cultural tradition there is only one acknowledged personal name for God. There are many descriptions (the almighty, the forgiving, etc), but only one personal name of God. The Islamic tradition speaks of the "100 names of Allah", but these are actually titles. The word "Allah" is Arabic for "God", which is English for the Hebrew word "Elohim".
In the entire world's religions there is no revelation or rationalization of God as clear and powerful as the name that He spoke to Moses. And this personal name is directly related to God's Real name. You can find this in the Bible, in the Third chapter of Exodus.
1 Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro His father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and He led the flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and He looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
3 So Moses said, "I must turn aside now, and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up."
4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush, and said, "Moses, Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."
5 Then God said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
6 He said also, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
7 And the Lord said, "I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.
8 "So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perrizite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
9 And now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.
10 Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt."
11 But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?"
12 And He said, "Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain."
13 Then Moses said to God, "Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, `What is His name?' What shall I say to them?"
14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, `I AM has sent me to you.'"
15 And God, furthermore, said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, `The Lord, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations."
God's personal name, as we translate its meaning in English, is "I am that I am." Transliterated into English: YHWH. With vowels added: YAHWEH. Translated: I AM WHO I AM
Jesus’ original Hebrew name was Yeshua, which translates directly as “Jah Saves” or “Jah is Salvation”. And the word salvation comes down through Latin roots, meaning unbroken, undamaged. Jesus died on the cross to show God’s character, that God is giving, pure in self-sacrificing love. Jah wants to prove His trustworthiness. Yes, God could pronounce, “I am God, serve me.” But, what would people’s motivation be for serving Him? Fear? Requirement? Jah is a God of freedom. And, He doesn’t change. He wants to prove His character, and He did on the cross. He wants people to enter into a relationship with Him based on the truth of His character.
No matter what language you use, whether you translate or what direction you spell, YHWH's name means "I am that I am." And it directly points to His Real name, which is the same in all languages. God’s name indicates His character: eternal and everlasting. Malachi 3:6 says “For I am the LORD, I do not change." Jah wants a relationship with each person and every living soul is a son or daughter of God. Jah wants to assure each person that He is trustworthy, He is kind, loving and He is more than worthy to be our God. That is why Jesus was nailed to the cross. He took our place in death, when we were the ones that should have been put to death for our own sins. Sin wasn’t a part of the original plan for this world. Humans were given a choice, and they chose a path of destruction rather than life. The consequences were automatically supposed to be death, because evil cannot exist in the presence of God. But, His Son 'stepped in.' God loves us so much, He allowed Jesus to pay the price for our bad choices. All we have to do is thank Him, acnowledge and accept this gift from Jah.
A name refers to what, or who, is named and distinguishes different objects/people one from another (If many people are in a room and I say "Please come here, Martin Luther King Jr.", the people know who I am talking to because of the name I used. "Martin Luther King Jr." refers (usually) to only one person. I am able to linguistically "point" my request to just one person by means of that person's name. And, assuming that the name is specific enough I will be able to point to the one and only person I want). Yet, I beleive that all of this debating about God's name is just another strategy, by the devil, to create feuding beleifs. With this said, why limit God to a name.
Romans 8: 26-30
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Because He knows our beginning and end, He knows what we are thinking before we do. Is there another that predestined our lives? Is there another that searches our heart and mind? No, so there is no one else, but God, to talk to. So, why is a name important? Or is it? Unlearn.