We find in Genesis 1 through the six days of creation it was Elohim - the all-powerful sovereign God. We find that on the seventh day Elohim has done His work already and turns the remaining tasks of completing the renovation of earth and forming of man to Jehovah.
The character of Jehovah represents YHWH the Lord. In Hebrew, the word Jehovah (JeHoWaH) is the tetragrammaton that became the artificial Latinized name Jehovah (JeHoWaH). The meaning of the personal name of the Israelite God has been variously interpreted. Many scholars believe that the most proper meaning may be “He Brings into Existence Whatever Exists” (Yahweh-Asher-Yahweh). In Genesis 2:4 “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God (Jehovah) made the earth and the heavens,” We find that the second name given to God is Jehovah signifying His Lordship, master and relational God.
One of the most important things we need to understand it is in the names of God where He reveals Himself to humanity. Understanding His name and the context by which He uses it in scripture convey the purpose of what He wants to tell us. It is in the name that we know which part of God we need to address. God deals with us in this physical realm on an individual basis and we must address Him on the individual relationship basis we need to address God. We can only understand that by understanding the name of God, what the name of God means, what the scripture is telling us, and coming to understand how God thinks. His thinking is tied to the names used in the scriptures.
The first name we identified was the all-powerful God – the creator – Elohim. In this role God is supreme power and sovereign. There are two names God uses that are core to the relationship God wanted with humanity at creation and formation of man. The first is Jehovah.
It is the name of Jehovah that, as humans, we develop relationships with the Lord God (Jehovah). However, any picture that we come up in our minds or draw will be inconsistent with the reality of God and all the roles He fulfills as God. Exodus 20:4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” This means that whatever any individual has portrayed as a picture of God they have violated Exodus 20:4 and have sinned against the Lord God. God cannot be represented by picture. It is only through relationships with God that we get to understand who and what He is.
The only way to understand who and what God is we must first get to know Him personally. In order to do that we must accept God as God and accept His Son as our redemption savior for our sins. At that point when we communicate with God, He will reveal Himself to us through His name, scriptures and the environment we live in. One of the best ways to discover God’s names is to need Him and through that need God reveals Himself in meeting that need. God, being a relational God, wants us to experience His name and Him not just to know what His name means.
In Exodus 3:2 “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush