Because of the large number of Hebrew names which ended in “Yahu”, during the Babylonian exile, their captors made fun of them by calling them a “ bunch of Yahu’s”. This was not only an insult but it was blasphemy because “Yah” is the short form of “Yahuweh”. In an effort to stop their taunting, the Hebrews stopped naming their children with such names, hoping that their captors would forget. Years later, when a mere remnant (less than 20%) of the Israelites finally came back to Israel after their release from Babylonians, the prohibition not to use the Sacred Name continued on. Even today, it is not that the Jews don’t know the Sacred Name, but that they do not speak it for fear that the gentiles might learn of it and mususe it. This is tragic, not only because it is a violation of Scripture which commands us to “proclaim the Name” (Romans 17 and Exodus 9: 16 and many others) , but also because, by not using the real Sacred Name, a type of void is created whereby other names (or titles) from pagan sources have come in to fill the void. After all, the world has to call the Father and His only begotten Son by some name.
As the reader chooses for himself what names or titles to use in his own worship, here are some suggestions to follow:
(1) Don’t automatically choose names or titles based only upon what is “traditional” or “socially accepted” by the majority. In other words, don’t let the writers of the popular translations choose them for you. Remember, you are personally accountable for your own choices.
(2) Look in the oldest and most reliable Hebrew and Greek texts that you can find in their original languages to establish what names and titles that were used there. Remember, a personal name does
not does not change from language to language. In the same way, the correct pronunciation of a name would be the same no matter what country you were in. For example, “Yahuweh” is not the “Hebrew word for G-d” and certainly, “Yahushua” is not the “Hebrew word for J-sus” any more than George is the “Mexican word for Jose”.
(3) Ask yourself the simple question: “What is the original, one and only, personal Name of the Father and His Son?” Remember that there are many titles, but there is only one authentic personal Name for the Father and one authentic personal Name for the Son. Here is a hint. From Chapter 15 through the end of the book of the Exodus, we find the words, “ I am Yahuweh” fifteen times. In the popular translations it is hidden as “I am the L-rd”. Then, in the next book of Leviticus the Father again says, “I am Yahuweh” forty-nine times. This phrase continues to be used as well in later books. Without meaning to be too sarcastic, perhaps, He is trying to tell us something ! Titles are meaningful for occasional descriptive expressions and for use to define the character, nature, authority, ministry, or personality of YHWH (Yahuweh) and His Son. However, a title should not ever be used as a replacement for someone’s real name.
(4) Do not make the foolish mistake of thinking that: “It doesn’t matter what I call Him. He only looks upon the intent of my heart.” The Scriptures say: “The heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it!” (Jer. 17:9)
(5) Even as we read the popular translations, anyone can clearly see that our Heavenly Father is seriously emphatic about the importance of His Name and His Son’s Name. But, when you read “The Scriptures”, a translation which really is a literal translation of the original texts (note: Christian Interlinear Bibles are not literal translations as they claim to be), the importance of the Sacred Names almost jumps off the page and into your face ! Each reader should personally “test” each point in this paper with which he does not agree and then have the conviction to assimilate that which he finds to be true into his own life. It is time to stop being “spoon fed” what we are to believe. We must learn how to test and sometimes retest our faith so that we will “not be ashamed” (II Timothy 2:15). Inevitably, we will all face the Heavenly Father. We do not want Him to say to us, “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness.” (Matt. 7:21-23) If we do not even know His correct Name, what shall we call Him on that day ?