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Rabbi Pesach Wolicki explains what Jehovah means


In an article for Israel365 News, Rabbi Pesach Wolicki had an interesting read on what the name of God, pronounced Jehovah (spelled YHVH) actually means.

He starts off by turning to Exodus 6:2-3, when God revealed His name to Moses, explaining that His actual name was different from the name that the patriarch knew God as:

God spoke to Moses, and He said to him: I am the Lord (YHVH). I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty (El Shaddai), but with My name “the Lord,” (YHVH) I did not make myself known to them. (Exodus 6:2-3)

So what does YHVH actually mean?

Wolicki explains that at its root, YHVH means “to exist.” But a closer examination of the various elements of this word provides a different picture.

Wolicki writes:

The form or conjugation of this root that is the name YHVH is an impossible mix of past, present, and future tenses. We can see where God’s name YHVH comes from if we consider three words:

#1 YEHYEH        Will be

#2 HOVEH         Is / Present

#3 HAYAH         Was”

According to Wolicki, YHVH literally means in this order “future, present and past,” which from our perspective seems a bit odd, because we would think “past, present and future” would be the correct linear progression.

But as Woilicki explains, “everything in existence first exists in the future. Then it becomes part of the present. It then slips into the past.”

“Before I sat down to write this, my writing was a part of the future, “Wilicki continues. “Right now, as I am writing it is in the present. After I am done it will be part of the past. The same is true for every created being and every moment in time. So, in terms of how reality comes into being, future, present, past is the order of existence.

READ: Va’era – What does God’s name actually mean?

This definition may also suggest, that God exists on a plane where there is no linear time as we know it, the future, present, and past may be merged together as one, so the order is irrelevant.

The Apostle Peter explained it this way:

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8).

Which, if true, may also explain the words of Jesus when the Lord said, what we bind in the present, will have been previously bound in the past.

19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19 NASV)

How can something we do in the present, affect the past? In our linear world, it can’t. But maybe it can in the spiritual realm.

Just a theory, but not one I am willing to go down with the ship over.

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