Not a Trivial Matter

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  • Sacredsecret:
    Not a Trivial Matter

    Although
    religiously inclined, many who believe in the Bible give little thought
    to the issue of God’s name. But how does God feel about it? Is it such a
    trivial matter to him?

    Consider the fact that the Bible mentions
    God’s personal name, Jehovah, thousands of times. In some Bibles the
    divine name appears 7,210 times! Sadly some have removed it for titles.
    It was God himself who inspired Bible writers to use his name so
    prominently. One of these writers, the psalmist Asaph, wrote: "You,
    whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth."
    (Psalm 83:18) David also wrote in a psalm: "Concerning the name of
    Jehovah our God we shall make mention."—Psalm 20:7.

    The Bible
    shows that Jehovah God examines our heart to determine how we feel about
    his name. The psalmist said: "If we have forgotten the name of our God,
    . . . will not God himself search this out? For he is aware of the
    secrets of the heart." (Psalm 44:20, 21) The prophet Isaiah wrote: "Give
    thanks to Jehovah, you people! Call upon his name. Make known among the
    peoples his dealings. Make mention that his name is put on
    high."—Isaiah 12:4.

    God himself said: "They will have to know
    that my name is Jehovah." (Jeremiah 16:21) On another occasion he
    declared: "I shall certainly sanctify my great name, which was being
    profaned among the nations, . . . and the nations will have to know that
    I am Jehovah." (Ezekiel 36:23) Some of these statements point to a time
    when Jehovah will act with anger toward those who show disrespect for
    his name. The issue of his personal name is no trivial matter to God.

    Jehovah
    God Is Not Far From You

    How can you get to know God by name?
    What does it mean to know God by name? The Bible answers: "Those knowing
    your name will trust in you." (Psalm 9:10) Clearly, knowing God by name
    involves more than just knowing what his name is. You must trust him.
    That means getting to know the kind of God he is and learning about his
    qualities and his thoughts. This will impel you to trust him.

    Only
    conscientious reading and studying of the Bible can provide you with
    insight into the kind of God that Jehovah is. He promises to protect
    those who show affection for him and his name. Regarding one who does
    so, God says: "Because on me he has set his affection, I shall also
    provide him with escape. I shall protect him because he has come to know
    my name. He will call upon me, and I shall answer him. I shall be with
    him in distress. I shall rescue him and glorify him. With length of days
    I shall satisfy him, and I shall cause him to see salvation by
    me."—Psalm 91:14-16.

    What a wonderful relationship Jehovah God
    has with those who know him by name! You too can enjoy such a
    relationship. In your heartfelt prayers, never be hesitant about calling
    upon him by name. He will answer because, as the Bible says, "he is not
    far off from each one of us."—Acts 17:27.

    God Knows You by Name

    God
    said to Moses: "I do know you by name." (Exodus 33:12) The well-known
    account of the burning bush verifies this. The Bible says that God
    "called to him out of the midst of the thornbush and said: ‘Moses!
    Moses!’" (Exodus 3:4) This is just one example of the numerous occasions
    when God addressed people by their personal name. Clearly, the Creator
    of the universe is interested in us as individuals.

    The Bible
    says that God knows each one of the many billions of stars by name.
    (Isaiah 40:26) How much more so must he care about humans who worship
    him! The apostle Paul wrote that "Jehovah knows those who belong to
    him." (2 Timothy 2:19) This implies more than simply memorizing names.
    God has intimate knowledge of his worshipers. We, in turn, should know
    God by name and acquire intimate knowledge of his qualities.

    The
    last book of the Bible describes a figurative book in which God writes
    the names of all who have worshiped him throughout history. This book is
    called "the scroll of life" because Jehovah God will grant everlasting
    life to those whose names are written in it. (Revelation 17:8) This is a
    bright prospect for those who know God by name.

    They Proclaimed
    God’s Name

    • Moses’ song just before Israel entered the Promised
    Land: "I shall declare the name of Jehovah."—Deuteronomy 32:3.


    David’s words to the giant Goliath: "I am coming to you with the name of
    Jehovah of armies."—1 Samuel 17:45.

    • Job’s words after the
    total loss of his possessions and the sudden death of all his children:
    "Let the name of Jehovah continue to be blessed."—Job 1:21.

    • The
    apostle Peter quoting the Hebrew Scriptures in a speech: "Everyone who
    calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved."—Acts 2:21.

    • The
    prophet Isaiah: "Give thanks to Jehovah, you people! Call upon his name.
    . . . Make mention that his name is put on high."—Isaiah 12:4.


    Jesus Christ teaching his disciples to pray: "You must pray, then, this
    way: ‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified.’"—Matthew
    6:9, 10.

    • Jesus Christ praying to God: "I have made your name
    manifest."—John 17:6.

    • God speaking to his people: "I am
    Jehovah. That is my name; and to no one else shall I give my own
    glory."—Isaiah 42:8.

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