The Name of God (Exodus)

In Exodus 3, God describes Himself as a father, the father of Moses’ ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He tells Moses that his name is I AM. This has connection to the word ‘Yahweh,’ which has roots in the translation ‘being.’ The question then arises about what the significance of Yahweh and what it means to be explained by the word being. From Babylonian times, ‘ya’ was connected with the meaning of ‘my God.’ God is also viewed not as a God of a place, but as an ever-present God of men connecting Yahweh to the God of our fathers. What seems similar to the situation in Genesis 32 where God does not give His name, perhaps this description of ‘I am who I am,’ shows that God cannot have a name, for He would then be put on the same level as us. This can then all be tied into the being of God, for if He is not like us, then He must just exist, not in any known form to us. He is an existence, a being, which flows all around and through us. He is timeless and personal, which is why no specific name could have the capacity to describe Him.

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