Day 2: Yahweh Elohim

This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When [Yahweh Elohim] made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For [Yahweh Elohim] had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil.

Genesis 2:4-5

Yahweh Elohim: The LORD God

Yahweh is the name of God so revered the Jews would not even pen it fully. The Name of God is not to be used in vain, and to protect it from being so His chosen people would go to great lengths! They would write it in shorthand – something equivalent to Yhwh – because it was considered too holy to even be written out. It is the name “I Am,” the self-existent one, “The One Who was, Who is, and Who is to come.” It is the name I still wonder if I am wrong to spell fully (and I certainly mean to offend no one by doing so) or if I, too, in reverence should treat more carefully. Like calling a parent or a teacher by their first name, ought THE Name of God be reserved for those who are His equals?

But none are His equals, and it is His name. And if someone were to ask me whose daughter I am, I would give them my father’s name, though I call him “Dad” to his face. What I call God when I speak to Him and what I call God when I speak of Him may be likewise different. (?) But truth be told, I think God taught us His name because He wanted us to use it to call to Him. That sounds the most like something He would do.

Food for thought: in Genesis 1 as God is creating, He is called Elohim, but in Genesis 2 in which we see the whole story from a closer angle, He is called Yahweh Elohim. Is this to distinguish Him from all else – all else besides Him is created, but He is the self-existent Creator, the non-created among creation?

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