Here is how it started for me… Early in seminary was when I first learned this about God. But as I was recently reading about this was when I realized I should probably share it as it was shared with me.
As noted by N.T. Wright in his book “Simply Christian”…
- Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament has no vowels
- At some point the ancient Israelites came to know their God by a special name
- This name was so special that they were not allowed to say it out loud
- Even today we’re not sure how it is to be pronounced,the consonants are YHWH
- Our best guess as to how it was/is pronounced is Yahweh
- Orthodox Jews won’t speak the name, they often refer to God simply as “the Name,” HaShem
- Neither will they write it. Sometimes they write the generic word “God” as “G – D”
- Yahweh seems to have meant “I am who I am,” or “I will be who I will be”
- Israelites developed a way for avoiding the name when reading scriptures by using the word ADONAI, which means “my Lord”
Well, if you didn’t know, you do now! If you did consider it a refresher.
Ultimately let it be a reminder of how seriously we are to take our God!