02 Feb Day 4
Yahweh- ‘the LORD’
WRITTEN BY: Heather Heacock
Scripture: Exodus 6:2-3 NLT- “And God said to Moses, ‘I am Yahweh – ‘the LORD.’ I appeared to Abraham, to Issac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai-’God Almighty’- but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them.”
For a deeper understanding, I encourage you to read the entire chapter here, Exodus 6.
Observation: This is the name for God that is most used in the Bible. It shows up over 6,500 times! God specifically chooses who he reveals his name to, creating an intimate relationship with each of us and bringing us to a place of awe and worship.
Application: Have you ever had your name mispronounced, or have you ever been called the wrong name? Your name is significant to you and provides meaning to who you are. Within the Old Testament, names were specialized to a person’s character and reflected their disposition and mission in the Bible. For example, Abraham means father of a multitude, Jesus means Savior, and here we see God revealing his name, Yahweh, which means the LORD.
At this time, God is asking Moses to approach the Pharaoh and free the Israelites from slavery. Moses began to argue and doubt that he would be able to lead the people out of Egypt and away from the Pharaoh’s rule. Exodus 6:2-3, “And God said to Moses, ‘I am Yahweh- ‘the Lord.’ ” God chooses to reveal his name to Moses to draw closer to him and provide him with the comfort that with him, all things are possible. In that moment of fear, God is there to console Moses through the power of his name.
Led by Moses, the Israelites began their journey from Egypt out of slavery. Soon they became tired and discouraged by the circumstances they were in. Many of them started to question if they would make it through the wilderness, and they contemplated turning around and going back to where they came from. You might face times when your journey becomes exhausting, and you want to retreat back to your previous circumstances that you know best. I know I have been there before! I am thankful that the same God that saved the Israelites from slavery is the same God who provides and walks with us through the ups and downs of life today. If God provided then we know he will certainly provide for you now. He has chosen us and desires a deep personal, and intimate relationship with us. God provides us peace through his Name, reminding us that he is Yahweh- ‘the LORD.’
How is your relationship with Yahweh? Can you see him as ‘LORD’ in every area of your life? Maybe you are struggling to know who God is in this challenging season of uncertainty. By revealing his character to us, one thing is certain—God is who he says he is, and he is Yahweh. Through the struggles and trials of this season, we can rest in the peace given to us through his name.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for reminding me who you truly are even when I am in the wilderness, and my circumstances around me are challenging. Thank you for choosing me and revealing your character through the reverence of your name Yahweh. I pray that I can continue to draw close to you and grow a personal and intimate relationship with you. Through the wilderness, allow me to rest in the truth that you are the same God who brought the Israelites out of slavery. If you did it for them, you can do it for me. In your holy name, we pray. Amen
Heather Heacock/ Newark J-Groups Area Coordinator
Heather is extremely passionate about connecting with other believers and creating relationships through our J-Groups community. She loves serving on the J-Groups team and hearing how people are connecting and growing together throughout Journey city. Heather is a band director in Newark and also loves singing on the worship team. She loves using her talents and passions to bring people together and closer to Jesus. In her free time, Heather loves reading, cooking, exercising and spending as much time outside as possible.
Come back to read more about the names of God during Day 5
Study the name Yahweh throughout the Bible using other versions
Listen to Elevation Worships song “Forever YHWH” and spend time praising and worshiping his name.
Check out this devotional in YouVersion to dive deeper: Yahweh