"What's in a Name?" EVERYTHING! Especially in "thee Name". And "Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed by Your Name" does not say His Name is "Art" but the true Name we are taught by the Messiah it is certainly to be "Hallowed". This aligns with the third of the Ten Commandments "Do not take the Name ... in vain." And the original word used for "vain" in Hebrew is "shav" which Strong's Hebrew Dictionary suggests it's true meaning is "desolating" it or to "ruin" it, from the word "shoah" which means to "rush over" or "devastate".
However, that is exactly what has been done by most English Bibles as we read from the preface of the NIV ... "In regards to the divine name YHWH, commonly referred to as the Teragrammaton, the translators adopted the device used in most English versions of rendering that name as "LORD" in capital letters ..."
The word "device" is defined as "a plan or plot, esp a clever or evil one; scheme; trick." Huuh? They used a clever or evil plan, a scheme, a TRICK to replace the Divine Name of our Creator, YHWH? Some trick, as according to the true definition of "vain", this self-confessed "device" or TRICK desolates the Father's true Name by replacing it with a title. It is also violates His strict orders not to add or take away from His Word (Deuteronomy 4:2 & 12:32; Proverbs 30:5,6; Ecclesiastes 3:14; Revelation 22:18,19)
A question is posed in Proverbs 30:4 ... Who has gone up to the heavens and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, And what is His Son’s Name, If you know it? The very next two verses states ... "Every Word of Eloah is refined; He is a shield to those taking refuge in Him. Do not add to His Words, Lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar."
The Almighty Divine Name of "YHWH" is what is supposed to be written SIX THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED & TWENTY-ONE times in the Original Writings (O.T.) plus another FORTY-NINE times we should see His Name in a shorter from of YHWH, as "YaH", for a total of SIX THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED & SEVENTY times. But what do we see instead? The is an ADD to His Words of the replacement "LORD" that is not His Name. Those translators must have pants on fire. :)
We see a small trace of His true Name preserved slightly in Psalm 68:4 in the NKJV "... by His Name YAH ..."
So, what's in a Name? Every name has a meaning in the Hebrew that is descriptive of their character, calling and purpose. Especially the Name of the Almighty, YHWH which means "Self-Existant Eternal". And there are hundreds of His followers that have His Name in their name. Here are just some of them, as correctly transliterated from the Hebrew and their meanings ... YeshaYaHU (IsaiYaH) is "Saved of YaH", YermeYaHU (JeremiYaH) is "Rise with YaH", NehemYaH (NehemiYaH) is "Consolation of YaH", ObadYaH (ObadiYaH) is "Serving YaH", Tsephanyah (ZephaniYaH) is "Covered of YaH", ZekarYaH (ZechariYaH) is "Rembered of YaH", and YaHoshua (JoshuYaH) is "YaH saved" which leads us to the true Name of the true Messiah.
C'mon, with all these great men of YHWH that have been given a part of His Name, YaH, in theirs and do we really believe He would leave His Name out of His only begotten Son's Name? Impossible, as confirmed in Yochanan (John) 5:43 the Messiah makes an incredible statement that is often missed or mistaken ... “I have come in My Father’s Name and you do not receive Me, if another comes in his own name, him you would receive."
This connects with that Proverbs 30:4 verse above that asks "What is His Name, And what is His Son’s Name, If you know it? Why ask this, if everyone knows the answer, unless the Names were hidden or changed? What Name must we call on for salvation? The Father's Name (Psalm 116:13; Yoel 2:32) or uh, the Son's Name (Acts 4:10,12) or uh, maybe either Name (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13). ??? :)
Ok, well then which Name is used for immersion (baptism)? The Father and the Son (Matt 28:19) but many think this is not a correct translation because we see by many examples they actually immersed ONLY in the Name of the Son in Acts 2:38 & 10:48 & 19:5. The answer to all these questions is answered again from Yochanan (John 5:43) as the Son says clearly "I have come in my Father's Name ..."
The true Name of the Father is YHWH, with vowels a Hebrew transliteration to English is YaHuWaH. And the true Name of the Son is YaHuWshuaH (pronounced like YaH-ho-shoo-ah), which means "YaHuWaH's salvation" which He most certainly is ... HalleluYaH :) He and His Father are One as we read in Yochanan (John) 10:30. One in message, One in Name. Calling on the true Name that means "YaH's salvation" for salvation (now that makes sense). Immersing in the Name that means "YaH's salvation" that contains the Father & Son's Name satisfies Matt 28:19 as reconciled with the actions of Acts 2:38 & 10:48 & 19:5. Hallelu~YaH! ... is praising Father & Son' as they are One.
We see this match of Names of YaH for the Father in Exodus 3:14, "...Thus you shall say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘I AM has sent me to you'." and the Son as He says in Yochanan (John) 8:58 "... Before Abraham was, I AM" This "I AM" in Hebrew is "HaYaH" which means "to exist, to be".
Sounds so simple but how did we miss this? Well the translators had a part in it when they "illegally" removed the Father's Name and replaced it with a title that is used for other "so-called" deities (like George Harrison's song "My Sweet Lord" is about Hare Krishna) or used for some aristocracy or judges etc. Hardly an exclusive title and definitely not the Name of the One true Creator. If a Mormon, a Jehovah Witness, a Roman Catholic and a Muslim are together and they all talk about "the Lord" or "God" or "Jesus" each title, description and name means something different in the character of these ones to each one of these groups but they all believe in "a" god and someone called "Jesus".
The name "Jesus" comes from the Greek, Iesous, pronounced "ee-ay-sooce" according to Strong's Greek Dictionary(G2424) but Strong explains that the true Hebrew origin is Jehoshua but pronounced "Yeh-ho-shoo-ah" (H3091). There is no actual letter "J" in the Hebrew and it is reasonably new to the English language as the original KJV Bible had the name "Iesus" instead of "Jesus". So no one was calling the name "Iesous" or "Jesus" when the true Messiah was walking the earth and preaching His Good News.
The true Messiah is Hebrew, given a Hebrew derived Name as He called Himself, as we see demonstrated in Acts 26:14,15. The Messiah,who could speak every language, spoke Hebrew to Sha'ul (Paul's Hebrew Name), who could speak many languages. So we see He called him Sha'ul and then called Himself by His true Hebrew Name (as these Scriptures make a point to mention He is speaking in Hebrew). “And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Sha’ul, Sha’ul, why do you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick against the prods.’ “And I said, ‘Who are You, Master?’ And He said, ‘I am YaHuWshuaH, whom you persecute."
The Messiah calls Himself by His Hebrew Name and calls others by their Hebrew names so we might want to follow His example. Hey, and we do not need to speak Hebrew as they are transliterated in to English letters and sounds. And we have been doing it already as "Satan" is Hebrew and NEVER changed. Hhhmmm, the Father's & Son's Names are changed but not the devil's name? True ... and again hhhhmmm, go the conspiracy theorists. :)
Now that's another topic for another time but this is enough ... for now ... lol.