Importance of using the name Yahweh יהוה
The following is an outline of the hundreds of scriptures that show the importance of Yahweh’s name.
Although His name may not seem important to most, by the time you are finished reading these scriptures, there shouldn’t be the slightest doubt in your mind that Yahweh’s name is very important to Him.
So shouldn’t it be important to us?
Definition of the word “name” in scripture
This will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the word “Name” not only means “character and reputation” but also a literal written and spoken name.
This is the definition of the Hebrew word “shem” which is translated as “name” all throughout scripture
Strong’s # 8034 Shem; a primitive word [perhaps rather from 7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare 8064]; an appellation, AS A MARK or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character: – + base, [in-] fame[-ous], name[-d], renown, report.
As you can see from the above definition, Yahweh’s name not only represents His character but the Name Yahweh is also HIS MARK! What is a mark but something that is written? The Name YAHWEH also is His memorial of individuality. This definition goes hand in hand with scripture:
Man has set up many memorials for himself such as “The Unknown Soldier” or “The Wall” for instance. Can you imagine the punishment one would receive if someone had gone up and destroyed one of these memorials? Now if we wouldn’t desecrate one of man’s memorials, then why would anyone want to desecrate Yahweh’s Memorial – His Name!? We do not have the right to change His name to whatever we want to call Him.
Exodus 3:15-AV And Elohim said moreover to Moses, Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel, YAHWEH Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me to you: this [is] my name for ever, and this [is] my memorial to all generations.
Yahweh’s name designates Yahweh Himself
Yahweh’s Name is the greatest Name
Yahweh’s Name reveals His true nature
Yahweh’s Name signifies His presence
Yahweh’s Name represents His power and authority
Yahweh’s Name identifies His people
Yahweh’s name relates to Yahushua’s name
John 5:43-AV I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
Reading the verses in context is strongly recommended to grasp the full meaning of the text.
Because of the detailed nature of the below graphics, they will take a while to load unless you are on a fast connection. Below are 2 examples of where the Tetragrammaton has been found in ancient copies of the Septuagint. The Septuagint is a 3rd to 2nd Century BCE Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. The below fragments are evidence that the Septuagint originally contained the name Yahweh.
The first is an ancient fragment of the Septuagint dated between 50 BCE and 50 CE (AD). If this dating is correct, it would have been written near the time of Yahushua’s ministry. The name of these fragments are “Nahal Hever Minor Prophets” because they are fragments of Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah and Zechariah found in the Nahal Hever cave, south of Qumran. The Tetragrammaton is indicated with the large black arrow.
Notice that the Tetragrammaton is written in the ancient Hebrew (Paleo-Hebrew) script. Here is another example of an ancient fragment of the Septuagint dating to the First Century CE (AD). This fragment contains parts Job 42:
There are other early fragments that also contain the sacred name in like manner. According to scholars, no copies of the Septuagint dated before the mid-2nd century CE/AD substitutes the Tetragrammaton (Yahweh’s name) with “Kyrios” (the Greek word Lord).
This is a photo of Psalms 119:59-64 in the Dead Sea Scrolls which are a collection of Hebrew Scriptures that date back 2000 years. Note Yahweh’s name in the ancient Hebrew script while the rest of the text is in a more modern Hebrew that was used at the time. Also note that each line begins with the Hebrew letter “Heth” which corresponds with it’s part in the acrostical 119th psalm.
Compare this to the Masoretic Hebrew Text:
Now in English
59 I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments.
61 The cords of the wicked have bound me, [But] I have not forgotten Your law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments.
63 I [am] a companion of all who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.
64 The earth, O , is full of Your mercy; Teach me Your statutes.
See also: Tetragrammaton Found in Earliest Copies of the Septuagint