Some proclaim that God has a name and one has to call on it to be saved. We’re not going to deny that God has a name. Let’s clarify how we address and pray to the Almighty.
There are some that use Jehovah or Yahweh.
There are some that say using Jehovah or Yahweh is blasphemy.
The tetrgrammaton “YHWH” appears over 5800 times in the Old Testament. In the American Standard Version of the Bible, “Jehovah” appears 5822 times. In the Revised English Version, the word “Yahweh” appears the same amount. In the King James Version, “Jehovah” appears 7 times. Other versions vary but the name “LORD” is used most often.
The name “Jehovah” is an accepted English translation and was originally coined in 1278 AD by a Catholic monk named Raymundus Martini by combining vowels from Elohim and Adonai with “YHWH”. It was accepted by the Pope and later included in KJV.
Most translations use the word “LORD,” which is a title.
God tells us His name in Hosea 11:9
Hosea 11:9King James Version (KJV)
9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.
Jesus tells us how to address the Almighty.
Matthew 6:9King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Who does Jesus ascend to?
John 20:17King James Version (KJV)
17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
John 17:1-3King James Version (KJV)
17 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
- Do you address your own father by his first name? I remember one of my grade school friends addressing my dad and he said “that is Mr Doe to you” in no uncertain terms.
- In the military you address a commissioned officer as “Sir” or “Ma’am”, by rank or “Mr/Ms Doe” and the latter is a title.
- You address an enlisted person by rank and last name – such as Cpl Smith.
- Therefore “Lord God” is a formal address.
- Your mother will address you by your full name when she is mad: “John Paul Jones, get your butt here now!”
- Jesus tells us to address the Father when praying. That is also God’s title. You call your own father “Dad.”
The proper use of 1 Cor 10:9 uses Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:9King James Version (KJV)
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
We ask Jesus to mediate our prayers to the Father:
John 14:6King James Version (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
1 Timothy 2:5King James Version (KJV)
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
In closing, we come back to the Father and ask these things in the name of Jesus.