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Exodus 6:3 "but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them."

JEHOVAH - the Redeeming God.  The Amazing Perfections of the King James Bible

 

Exodus 6:3 “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”

 

Many have wondered why and others have criticized the Bible, and not just the King James Bible, as having a blatant error in it.  Those who criticize the Bible tell us that Exodus 6:3 presents us with an unreconciliable and proven error.  

 

Exodus 6:3 tells us that God had not made Himself known by the personal name of JEHOVAH. Yet back in Genesis 22:14  God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac on mount Moriah, and the Angel of the LORD stopped the hand of Abraham from slaying his son and provided a ram “for a burnt offering in the stead of his son”.  Abraham then  “called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”

 

So those who wonder why as well as those who mock the Bible ask “How can God say to Moses that He had not made Himself known by the name JEHOVAH, when Abraham, many years before, had made reference to Jehovah-jireh?” 

 

There is more to the name of God than just letters and syllables. The revealed name of God has to do with His character and His attributes.  

 

For example, in Exodus 33 when Moses beseeches God to show him His glory, the Lord responds: “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I WILL PROCLAIM THE NAME OF THE LORD BEFORE THEE.” (Exodus 33:19) 

 

Then in Exodus 34:5-8 we read: “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, AND PROCLAIMED THE NAME OF THE LORD,  And the LORD passed by before him, AND PROCLAIMED, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty…And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped”

 

For God to reveal His name is far more than just the letters; it is to reveal His character. 

 

We see this same thing in the words of Jesus in His high priestly prayer in John 17:6 and 26 where He says: “I have manifested THY NAME unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.” (John 17:6)

 

“And I have DECLARED UNTO THEM THY NAME, and will declare it; that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

Back in Genesis 22 we have a perfect “type” or figure of the ultimate substitutionary sacrifice of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, in the stead of the father’s son.  And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh, which means “It shall be seen in the mount of the LORD.  

 

This was a prophetic type of the full redemption that would be accomplished by the Son of God who would pour out His blood to redeem the people of God.

 

Notice too that God did not at that time tell Abraham his name was Jehovah. It was Abraham who called the place where a substitute sacrifice was found Jehovah-jireh. 

 

But when God speaks to Moses concerning the children of Israel in  Egypt, He is now revealing His character and His attributes (His name) as the personal God who REDEEMS His people out of  bondage  and takes them unto Himself.  It was in this sense that God now reveals Himself as JEHOVAH.

 

 

Exodus 6:3 “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”

 

Exodus 6:6-7 “Wherefore say unto the children of Israel,  I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I WILL REDEEM with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments. And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burden of the Egyptians.”

 

Everything in the passage speaks of or typifies the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Kinsman redeemer.  These precious truths are only revealed in the English text of the King James Bible.

 

The word “REDEEM” used here in Exodus 6:3 is #1350 gab-al.  It is translated as “to redeem, the Redeemer, and as kinsman”.  Only a kinsman, or one related to a person and in the same family could “perform the part of a kinsman” (Ruth 3:13 same Hebrew word) See also Leviticus 25:48-49 where only a family member could redeem his brother. 

 

 Everything here in Exodus 6:3 points to the full revealing of the Name of God in Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Son of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who Redeems His people from the bondage of sin and death.

 

Exodus 6:3 is the second time the word “redeem” is found in the Bible. The first instance of this word is in Genesis 48:16 where on his death bed Joseph confesses “The Angel which REDEEMED me from all evil, bless the lads…”

 

How many times does the word Jehovah appear in the King James Bible?  The answer may surprise you. It is found 7 times.  We see it in Genesis 22:14 Jehovah-jireh, which is prophetic concerning the sacrifice of the Son of God. 

 

It appears the second time here in Exodus 6:3 where God reveals His name and His character as the God who REDEEMS His people out from under cruel bondage.

 

It next appears in Exodus 17:15 where Moses builds an altar and calls it Jehovah-nissi, meaning The LORD my banner. 

 

 The 4th time is in Judges 6:24 where Gideon builds and altar and calls it Jehovah-shalom, which means The LORD (is,or sends) peace.  

 

The 5th time is in Psalms 83:18 where we read: “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”  

 

The 6th time is in Isaiah  12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” 

 

And the 7th time the name Jehovah is found in the King James Bible is in Isaiah 26:4 “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”  

 

Do you know how many times the word “Word”, referring to the Second Person of the blessed Trinity, occurs in the King James Bible?  SEVEN times, just like the name Jehovah.

 

You will find it in John 1:1 three times -  “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God.”  

 

The 4th is in John 1:14 “And the WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” 

 

The 5th time is in 1 John 1:1 - “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the WORD of life.”

 

The 6th time is in the strongest verse in the Bible on the Trinity, and it is omitted in many modern versions. It is 1 John 5:7 where we read: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, THE WORD, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 

 

 And the 7th and final time we see the WORD is at His second coming in Revelation 19:13. Heaven is opened and coming on a white horse is He whose name is Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.  “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called THE WORD of God.”

 

Another “coincidence” found only in the King James Bible. As we looked at the name Jehovah we saw that it appears a total of 7 times (Divine Perfection).  But did you notice that FOUR times the name JEHOVAH stands alone and is in capital letters? (Exodus 6:3; Psalms 83:18; Isaiah 12: 2 and 26:4.)

 

 Guess how many times the name JESUS stands alone in capital letters in the King James Bible.  You got it. FOUR times.

 

#1.  Matthew 1:21 - “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

 

#2. Matthew 1:25 - “And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”

 

#3. Luke 1:31 - “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.”

 

#4. Luke 2:21 - “And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcision of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

 

In addition to these four times when JESUS stands alone as JEHOVAH stands alone 4 times, the name of JESUS in capital letters is found in two phrases:

 "And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS." (Matthew 27:37) and in John 19:19 "And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS." 

This brings the total to six and six is the number of man.  Thus Jehovah God our Redeemer (7) came to earth (4) as a man (6) - “And thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” 

 I know that some will mock at these numbers of times the names JEHOVAH and JESUS are found in the King James Bible, but I really don’t care about the scoffers.  Bible believers will see these things and rejoice at the wonders of God’s perfect Bible in the English language - the only one believed by multiplied thousands to be the complete and infallible words of the living God - the Authorized King James Holy Bible.

 

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”  Luke 8:8

 

Some Bible commentators on Exodus 6:3 

 

John Calvin on Exodus 6:3 - “Nor does God by “His name” in this passage mean syllables or letters, but the knowledge of His glory and majesty, which shone out more fully and more brightly in the redemption of His Church, than in the commencement of the covenant.”

 

John Gill - “others reconcile the difficulty thus, that though the name Jehovah itself was known to the patriarchs, by which they were assured that God is eternal, immutable, and faithful to his promises; yet he was not known as to the efficacy of this name, or with respect to the actual performance of his promise, as he now would be by delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt”

 

Matthew Henry - “The patriarchs knew this name, but they did not know him in this matter by that which this name signifies. God would now be known by his name Jehovah, that is, (1.) A God performing what he had promised, and so inspiring confidence in his promises. (2.) A God perfecting what he had begun, and finishing his own work.… When the salvation of the saints is completed in eternal life, then he will be known by his name Jehovah.”

 

Matthew Poole’s English Annotations on the Holy Bible 

 

Question: How is this true, when God was known to them, and called by the name Jehovah?  Genesis 15:7; 26:24 etc. 

Answer: He speaks not of the letters or syllables, but of the thing signified by that name. For that denotes all his perfections, and, amongst others, the eternity, constancy, and immutability of his nature and will, and the infallible certainty of his word and promises. And this, saith he, though it was believed by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, yet it was not experimentally known to them; for they only saw the promises afar off, Hebrews 11:13

The King James Bible is always right.

 

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