“Adonai passed before him and proclaimed: “YUD-HEH-VAV-HEH!!! Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh, El is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in grace and truth; showing grace to the thousandth generation, forgiving offenses, crimes and sins; yet not exonerating the guilty, but causing the negative effects of the parents’ offenses to be experienced by their children and grandchildren, and even by the third and fourth generations.”-Exodus 34:6-7
There is one important Biblical principle that the church has unfortunately paid little if any attention to over the centuries.
And that principle is that there are ONLY two ways to know the Lord.
And those two ways are by His Name and those Attributes that make up His Character.
In verses 6 and 7 of Exodus 34, we are given God’s personal name spoken out loud by the Lord Himself as well as those characteristics that He revealed to Moses.
Why is the Lord’s personal name and an understanding of His characteristics so important?
Well, there has been an ongoing debate within the church concerning Islam’s claim that their god Allah is the same God as the God of the Jewish Bible.
The truth is the church wouldn’t have to waste time debating this if they had properly held fast to the principle that the ONLY two ways to know the Lord are by His Name and Attributes.
First, the god of the Koran and the God of the Jewish Bible have different names.
Let me make something clear.
Allah is absolutely NOT an Arabic translation of YHVH.
Here’s the truth and brace yourself.
Allah is the name of an Arabian moon-god that is about 4000 years old!
This fact in and of itself severs any connection between YHVH and Allah.
Understand that the Bible places tremendous importance on names, especially the Lord’s name (which appears in the Tanach about 6000 times) and the name of the Messiah.
The gentile church’s tendency to disregard names as having an important place in their doctrine is definitely coming back to haunt them now, as they have no solid means to defend themselves against the fallacious Muslim claims that Allah and the God of the Jewish Bible are one and the same.
Second, Allah and Yehoveh do NOT share the same attributes.
Take every one of the those attributes the Lord pronounces of Himself in Exodus chapter 34.
Now if you were to line up those attributes against the characteristics of Allah as described in the Koran, do you know what you would find?
Pretty much polar opposite characteristics to each other.
In its very opening verses, the Koran says “fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers”.
Contrast this with the God of the Jewish Bible who seeks to find and save the lost.
The spiritual takeaway for today is simple.
It’s high time we start paying more attention to Biblical names, festivals, appointed times and Sabbaths.
Only a thorough understanding of who God is and what He’s about will equip us to avoid the consequences of mixing truth with men’s philosophies and false religions.