God’s Name

It is the first fact we need for friendship.  Some mental “file folder” for all of our subsequent observations and experiences.  What is your name?  In Exodus 3, when God speaks from the burning bush, it is the question that Moses asks.  He needed some way to tell others,  some description or summary of God’s character, some beginning point for his own understanding.  God’s answer?  I AM (YHWH–Jehovah).  No beginning.  No end.  The one permanent existence in the universe.   When Jesus taught us to pray “Hallowed be thy NAME”, He was pointing to this beginning.  None of us knows everything about God.  He is a vast mystery.  All of us know something about God.  He has given us His NAME (made even clearer in Christ).  If God exists, do you think that we should be grateful for every communication of Himself ?  If He told us His name, would we treasure, guard, and reflect on it?  Would we hallow it?

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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