It is respectful to use someone’s name when you are addressing them. If you were a plumber would you like if your name was never used but you were just called the plumber. Your name encompasses the whole person that you represent. If someone just called you by your occupation then that would be the only characteristic that they would know. If someone said my friend is the seamstress then people would only know that aspect of the person. Now if they say they are a seamstress name Sue the picture starts getting clearer. Now it is narrowed down to a seamstress named Sue.
Now God’s name Jehovah is unique. There are many false Gods but only one true God. How do you identify the true God? By his unique name.
I have done a lot of research on the meaning of his name and one word cannot describe the meaning. I do not profess to be a scholar on any of this, but I have read many articles and books and from my research I am convinced that Jehovah is his name. From what I have gathered his name covers his oneness, his eternal existence and his ability to become what is needed by the ones he loves.
There are many terms used to describe qualities of God and a lot of people confuse the terms with names. These terms don’t get the whole picture of who he is. That is why you should use his name and not a term like Shiloh…etc.
His name occurred thousands of times in the original writings. Most Bibles have removed his name and replaced it with titles. Below is a list of bibles that still contain his name in them.
Living Bible it appears 408 times.
Wycliff (Genesis 22:14, Exodus 6:4, Exodus 17:15, Judges 6:24)
King James and Authorized King James (Genesis 22:14, Exodus 6:3, Exodus 17:15, Judges 6:24, Psalm 83:18, Isaiah 12:2, 26:4
American Standard has it in many places
Not only is Jehovah one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:6)) , we are to tell others his name. Exodus (9:16, John 17:6) . Hebrews 13:15 says we are to offer a sacrifice of praise, and to make public declaration of his name.
Malachi 3:17 tells us those in fear of his name will be written in the book of remembrance. Proverbs 18:10 shows that knowing his name can protect you.
Psalms20:7 says that putting faith in Gods name is better then weapons. Those who call on the name of Jehovah will be saved. (Acts 2:21,Romans 10:13
Gods people were known by his name. (2 Chronicles 7:14, Deuteronomy 28:9,10).
When God rebuilds the booth of David it refers to the nations upon who his name has been called. (Amos 9:11,12) . And in Acts 15:14 it states God turned his attention to the nations to take out of them a people for his name.
We Are To Make His Name Know.
King Solomon made God’s name known. He even put God’s name on the temple he built. He desired all to know God’s name. (2 Chronicles 32,33) If you do not know someone’s name how can you trust them. The bible tells us those knowing God’s name will trust him. (Psalm 9:10)
Most people know what the day of Jehovah is. They know it as judgement day. The bible tells us everyone calling on his name will be saved. If we do not know his name how can we call on it. (Joel 2:1)
Israel was to declare God’s name and make his works known. (Psalms 105:1-3) When they obeyed him the bible tells us that his name would be called upon them. So Israel was called by God’s name. (Deuteronomy 28:10) (Jeremiah 14:9)
Nothing has changed in respect to that. When God gathers his people together in the last days they would proclaim his name and be known by it. (Acts 15:14-17)(Amos 9:11,12)
Were would these people come from? The bible tells us the whole earth from every direction. (Isaiah 43:1-10)(Romans 9:24-26) (Hosea 2:23)
What convinces me the most that Jehovah is God’s name is that it is the most contested truth that people challenge. Why would Satan and his people work so hard to convince people that it is not God’s name if it wasn’t. If you were worshipping falsely do you think it would be contested? Satan would be promoting it not trying to stop people from using it because if you worship a false God you are worshipping Satan. He does not want you to know the one and only true God Jehovah.
If you need to know more go to http://wol.jw.org they have a wonderful online library that you can search. Try searching for (God’s name) you will pull very interesting information up.