The Name of God means in Ancient Hebrew - The Hand & the Nail
Many believers today talk about the bible and God but many don't know His name. Some believers have said "Well isn't his name 'God'?" Actually its just a title, so what is His name? Let us look at the scriptures and find out.
"I am the LORD thy God, which have brought you out of teh land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." Exodus 20:2
The world LORD is Yehovah; in the Strong's concordance its H3068 which means Jehovah - the existing one; the proper name of the one true God. What is interesting is taht the King James Version translates it Yehovah as LORD 6,510 times, God 4 times and Jehovah 4 times. The question is why did the translators transliterate the name of the Creator of Everything into something it is not. Consider when we meet people from other countries, we don't transliterate their names. I have had the opportunity to travel to many countries around the world and never have I had anyone transliterate my name, nor did I theirs. With that said there is something else we need to discuss and it deals with the alphabet. In this case its the letter "J". Many believers think that God's name is Jehovah and that the Messiah's name is Jesus. However the letter "J" was not introduced till the 7th century and it was not wide spread in English till about the 11 century. The letter used before that in the Greek was "I", then back originally in the Hebrew it was a "Y". There is way more history on the letters of the English alphabet and how closely its tied to the Hebrew 'Aleph Bet' but lets continue discussing the meaning of Yahweh's name.
Now Hebrew is read from right to left, so the name of 'Yahweh' looks like this...
The first character on the far right is the 'Yud or Yod', the second is a 'Hey', the third is followed by a 'Vav' and then another 'Hey'. If you notice there are not vowels - thats typical for the Hebrew language however for this instance we only need to know the 4 letters YHVH or YHWH. Most Jewish scholars use YHWH. While some might dispute the pronunciation we are only concerned with the original Hebrew letters, called Paleo Hebrew. The Paleo Hebrew is pictograph type of language kind of like Chinese where each character represents a picture, meaning and associated with a sound. Perhaps if we look at the original meaning we can find something amazing about the Name of the Creator.
The Paleo Hebrew Alphabet
Here is a chart of the Paleo Hebrew Aleph-Bet.
(Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew language and Bet is the second letter).
* NOTE: Click here for the Hebrew Aleph-Bet with Paleo Hebrew and meanings.
Included on this chart are some basic meanings that will help us better define the name of God/YHWH. So let us look at the individual pictographs.
The first letter is Yud/Yod - in the chart we see it looks like an arm and an outstretched hand. Since there are scriptures talking about the 'hand of God' lets use the word "hand".
The second letter is Hey - in the chart we see a person holding up their arms drawing our attention to something. In this case we will use the word "behold".
The third letter is Vav - in the chart we see it represents a peg or nail. In this case we will use the word "nail".
The last letter is also Hey and we will use the word "behold".
Meaning of the Name of God
The name of God, YHWH (Yahweh) shows His name is "Hand Behold, Nail Behold". What is amazing is that the very name of the Creator also includes the Messiah, the lamb of God who died on the cross for our sins. God presented the Messiah by His hand to be the sacrifice where His hands were pierced by the nails on the cross. His name shows the prophecy of the Messiah from the beginning. When Yeshua/Jesus said "I and the Father were one" in John 10:30, He meant it. Another way to look at this is "Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail". This brings to mind when Thomas doubted the resurrection of the Messiah - then Yeshua appeared to him in John 20:26-28. Where He said to Thomas behold my hands and side. Another thing we can see is that YHWH had a plan from the beginning to bring us back to Himself, and His name proves it.
Courtesty of Matthew
P.S. the internet has lots of info on ancient/Paleo-Hebrew so take the time to do some word studies on your own by checking out the following "The Ancient Hebrew Letters"