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- The word “LORD” in English Old Testaments (OTs) is usually a translation of the holy name of God in Hebrew – YHWH (Yahweh).
- We first learn the meaning of YHWH in Exodus 3, when God calls Moses through the burning bush to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The name means “he will be.”
- The Ten Commandments prohibit people from misusing God’s name, but not from speaking it. Rules were added by Jewish leaders later that prohibited anyone from speaking God’s name.
- God is a judge, a healer, a deliverer, and many other good things. God is sovereign and in control of all creation, shown even in his name.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (NASB) Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
This is part of the Hebrew Word Studies series.