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The Name of God

Is it not fascinating that God - divine Creator existing always in triune and indivisible, communal personhood - reveals his personal name to us? 
He is not a distant, impersonal, unemotive potentate (or "unmoved mover"), but rather a relational, emotional, humble-mighty (gentle!), sacrificial covenant-making Artist-Shepherd-King who is abundantly joyful within himself - Father, Son and Spirit.

He - as revealed in the holy Scriptures and even more fully though the incarnation - wants us to know him personally, not from afar. This stands in contrast to the alternative pantheon of "gods" who have been revered in history. Those gods demand more of us, this personal God offers himself and his kingdom to us for our joy.

So, what is the personal name of God in Scripture and how do we read it? There are two names which rise up from the pages: YHWH and Abba (to use the Hebrew nomenclature; the former dominating the Old Testament and the latter held up by Jesus Messiah, bu…