In Exodus 3:13-14 Moses was before the Almighty and was been sent to Pharaoh…. “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
In the scripture above, God called Himself the I AM. He further called Himself as the God of your fathers; the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. From that singular name of I AM THAT I AM, based on interpretation and translations, the names Yahweh and Jehovah have been derived.
So all through history, God has either been called Yahweh and Jehovah and also based on His mercies, deliverances, kindness, blessings, salvations, victories towards and for His people, they in appreciation worshipped Him by those qualities evident by those Acts and so a new set of derivatives like Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner); Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide); Jehovah Shalom (The Lord is My Peace), etc. emerged.
These derivatives continued all through the Old Testament but God kept on giving hints about the coming of another whose name will eventually become our Salvation.
For instance, in Isaiah 7:14 the Bible says “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
In Micah 5:2 the Bible says “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
In Isaiah 9:6-7 the Bible says “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
These are few amongst many others scriptures that hinted about the coming of Christ even though His name was not specifically mentioned.
God has always been particular with name giving and name calling. In Genesis God named everything He created including the rivers in His early creation e.g. River Euphrates, River Hiddekel, River Gihon, River Pison and after He created Man, He gave Adam the responsibility of naming His creation also in Genesis 2:20 “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field;”
The whole essence of name giving and name calling is for identification and destiny and from generations to generation God has been particular and clear about identity and destiny. God even went as far as changing some people’s names for the purpose of identification and destiny… in Genesis 17:5… “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.”
In Genesis 32:28 God changed Jacobs name to Israel… “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”
Let me digress a little, in African communities and culture like mine, name giving and name calling is a reflection of the circumstance(s) of the birth of the child…1st Samuel 4:21… “And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.” Or a reflection of a tribal identity Or desired affiliation, etc. Every name tells a story or reveals a past event or a desired outcome of the life bearing such names.
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