3And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.KJV
Upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives and as we grow as Christians, we become aware of the many names of God. Today, we will focus on the name: “Jehovah”
In Exodus 6:3, God spoke to Moses about the promises of freedom that was in store for the Israelites from under control of the Egyptians. God explained that when he appeared unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that they did not know Him as Jehovah or The Lord. He proceeded to tell Moses of the things he would do for the Israelites as “The Lord” in Exodus 6:6-8.
As we can see from these scriptures, God desired the Israelites to know Him more that just being God, but to identify Him as “Jehovah”, recognizing Him as Lord. The scope of God’s relationship with the Israelites was changing, with Him reclaiming Lordship to rule and reign over them, disarming the hold of Pharaoh’s authority and rule. As a benefit of them accepting God’s Lordship and believing in Him, they would inherit the promises that God gave to their forefathers. (Exodus 6:8)
In Hebrew, Lord stands for the personal name of God, also known as Yahweh. In order to know God and who He is intimately, we must first accept Him and His ways in our hearts; acknowledging Him as Jehovah, our Lord.
We all have the opportunity to inherit God’s promises for our lives, but it requires our belief in Him, becoming His children and accepting His Lordship to rule and reign over every part of us. We must allow God to have control in what we do, where we go, and how we are to live for Him.