My Lent Words 9: LORD who is my God

The name ‘the LORD’, when it occurs in capitals in the Old Testament, is the name of God uses about himself. It translates, Yahweh, and is used from ancient times by Abraham’s clan and is the name which God uses to introduce himself to Moses.

‘God also said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name for ever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.’’ (Exodus 3:15)

If we are not aware of the difference between the biblical use of ‘Lord’ and ‘LORD’, we may well confuse those moments when God is intimate, and to be known by the name he gave to Moses, and those moments when the Bible is emphasising his nature as a sovereign.

‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ (Isaiah 6:3)

‘‘See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the LORD Almighty.’ (Malachi 3: 1)

Jehovah, although not apparent from the English, is made up of the vowels of adonnai and the consonants of Yahweh.

Good news: God is both sovereign and personal.

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