John 17.6 cont.
6 Your name I have made known to the Men whom You gave Me from the world. They were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
Jesus said that He had made known God’s name to His disciples.
How are we to understand this, since the disciples would have known the name of God. They would all be aware that God had made Himself known to Moses as ‘I AM’. Moses asked God who he should say had sent him to the Israelites, God told him to say ‘I AM’ has sent you.
They would have been aware that the name of God was a name never to be pronounced on their lips. God’s name was held to be most holy. His name was represented by four Hebrew letters: IHWH, but was never pronounced. They stand for the name Jahweh.
W Barclay explains that when vowel symbols were added to the Hebrew letters they put in the vowels of the word Adonai, which is Lord. This is the word that would be read.
There are a number of occasions when the character of God is revealed in the Old Testament.
He is known as the rock:
He is the Rock; His work is perfect. Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is! – Deuteronomy 32.4 (NLT).
This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting Him – Psalm 91.6 (NLT).
The strong fortress:
The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe – Proverbs 18.10 (NLT).
The shelter under His wings:
He will shield you with His wings. He will shelter you with His feathers – Psalm 91.4 (NLT).
The God who heals:
He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, obeying His commands and keeping all His decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you” – Exodus 15.26 (NLT).
However, the name of God was so holy, which made God appear remote, far away, and invisible. He appeared to be removed from the ordinary people.
Jesus came and built upon the revelation of God in the Old Testament by being the Word that became flesh (God being with us), and by revealing His name. He came to show the disciples, and us, the true nature of God.
We are blessed to know God as our Father.