The Greatest Name
Millions of men and women have lived on this earth and died. In most cases their names have died with them, and their remembrance has been for gotten. But some great names, such as Avicenna, Edison, Pasteur, Beethoven, Gandhi, and Newton, live on. These names are connected with the achievements, discoveries, and inventions of the people who bore them.
However, there is a name greater than any other name the greatest name. to this name are attached all the wonders of the past and present in the entire universe. Mankind's hope for a long and happy life is related to it.
Many have wished to know this name. They search for it and asked about it, but they did not find it. To them it remained a mystery. In fact, no man can discover that name unless the owner of the name reveals it. Happily, God has done just that. As a result, those who believe in him, in his books, and in his messengers can know about. He revealed his name to Adam, then to Abraham, to Moses, and to His other faithful servants of old.
Psalm 83:18; "That people may know that you whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
"This what you are to say to the sons of Israel, Jehovah the God of your forefathers, the God Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent you to me.' This is my name to time indefinite."- Exodus 3:13, 15.
In ancient times the Israelites knew this great name of God. It was even used as a component of their personal names. So just as one finds today the name Abdullah (Servant of God), the ancient Israelites had the name Obadiah (Servant of Jehovah). The prophet Moses' mother was named Jochebed, which probably means "Jehovah Is Glory." The named John means "Jehovah Has Been Gracious." The name of the prophet Elijah means
"My God Is Jehovah."
The prophets knew this great name, and they used it with profound respect. It is found more that 7000 times in the Bible. Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, highlighted it in his prayer to God: "I have made your name known to them and will make it known, in order that the love with which you loved me may be in them." (John 17:6, 26).
What, then, happened to make that name a mystery? What does that make have to do with future of each of us?
The Greatest Name and Our Future
The Holy scriptures say: "Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved." (Romans 10:13) Our salvation on the day of judgment will be related to our knowing the name of God. That includes knowing his attributes, works and his purposes as well as living in harmony with his high principles. For example, Abraham knew God's name and called on that name. As a result, he enjoyed a good relationship with God, showed faith in him, relied on him, and obeyed him. He became God's friend. Likewise, our knowing God's name draws us close to him and helps us to develop a personal relationship with him, assuring us of his love. Gen. 12;8 Psalms 9;10.
The holy scriptures say that Jehovah God "kept paying attention and listening. And a book of remembrance began to be written up before him for those thinking upon his name." Malachi 3;16.
Why do we have to think upon the greatest name? The name Jehovah literally means "He Causes to Become." This reveals Jehovah as the One who causes himself to become the fulfiller of his promises. He always brings His purposes to realization. He is the almighty God, the only Creator, who has every fine attribute. There is no simple word that can wholly express God's divine nature. But the greatest name, Jehovah, which he has chosen for himself, calls to mine all of his attributes, qualities, and purposes.
In the Holy Scriptures, God tells us of his purposes toward man. Jehovah God created man to enjoy an everlasting, happy life in Paradise. His will for mankind is that they form one family, united in love and peace. The God of love will fulfill that purpose in the near future. (Matthew 24;3-14).
God explains the reasons for mankind suffering and shows that salvation is possible. (Revelation 21;4).
God will be known by his great name. The nations will have to know that he is Jehovah. What a wonderful privilege to know the greatest name, to testify to it, and to cleave it! In that way, in us will be fulfilled God's joyful
Purpose: "Because on me he has set his affection, I shall also provide him escape. I shall protect him because he has come to know my name. He will call upon me, and I shall answer him. With the length of days I shall satisfy him, and I shall cause him to see salvation by me." Psalms 91;14-16.