Revelation 19:11–13 (MEV): I saw heaven opened. And there was a white horse. He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written, that no one knows but He Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. His name is called The Word of God.
The Name no one knows. Continuing from the previous installment, we learned the Name of Jesus is too wonderful. As it would be, I literally stumbled upon this text this morning. There are no coincidences.
Look at how John describes what He sees. I find it particularly interesting that it is part of what he is seeing. The idea of the name being solely known by Jesus wasn’t spoken to John. But there it is… His Name is too wonderful that only He knows it.
Then as it were, John clearly apprehends the opening of his Gospel and uses it here.
John 1:2–5 (MEV): In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were created through Him, and without Him nothing was created that was created. In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.
All of these things (and more) are part of the too wonderful Name. He is above all things. As God has exalted Him and His Name above all.
Even Jesus Himself hallows this name. In one of His earliest teachings, He taught how to pray. Of utmost importance is recognizing the uniqueness and position of the Name.
Matthew 6:9 (MEV): Therefore pray in this manner:
Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
His Name is to be consecrated and venerated. It is not to be something not said at all, as some practice. No, it is to be proclaimed plainly. Proclaiming His Name is part of worship.
Psalm 105:1–4 (MEV): Oh, give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing unto Him, sing praises unto Him; proclaim all His wondrous works. Glory in His holy name; let the heart rejoice for those who seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continuously.
It is an integral part of salvation.
Isaiah 12:1–6 (MEV): And in that day you shall say:
O Lord, I will praise You; though You were angry with me, Your anger has turned away,
and You comforted me. Certainly God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation. Therefore with joy you shall draw water out of the wells of salvation.
In that day you shall say: Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His deeds among the peoples, make them remember that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things; let this be known in all the earth. Cry out and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion. For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst.
With joy we honor His name. Those that call on It exalt Him and are saved. It is also how we share the truth to others… Call upon His Name! make known His deeds among the people.
Consecrating the Name of God is the foremost ideas God communicated to His people in the covenant He made with them. His name will not be sullied.
Exodus 20:7 (MEV): You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold guiltless anyone who takes His name in vain.
Leviticus 22:32–33 (MEV): You shall not defile My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the children of Israel: I am the Lord who sanctifies you, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord.
The Name is even part of the national identity of Israel, which comes from roots that mean wrestle and God. Even you by the appellation applied to you as a Christian are exalting the Name.
Even as much as we exalt the Name of God in worship. It is just a small glimpse into the presence of God. The people that gathered with Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem offered a song of of praise.
It is in that song that the Name of God is hallowed. As it tells of the many ways that Israel attempted to defile the Name of God with their actions. Yet it is in the mercies of God amidst those sins that God establishes His Name:
Nehemiah 9:5b–6 (MEV): Stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever! Let them bless Your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and You preserve them all. And the host of heaven worships You.
Read the rest of Nehemiah 9 for homework.