When you complete this lesson, you’ll see from the Bible that God has a name and that you can become God’s friend.
Let’s start by getting your view. When you introduce yourself to someone new, what’s the first piece of personal information that you share?
Nothing—It’s risky to share personal information with someone you’ve just met
Most people would agree. Often, the first piece of information we share with someone is our name. This is the first step in building a relationship. But does God have a name?
This response is common in the business world, where a person’s job may be more important than his or her identity. In social settings, though, most people introduce themselves using their name, since this can help make a relationship friendlier. Does God have a name? If so, could knowing it help you become God’s friend? Let’s find out.
That’s certainly understandable. However, if your relationship with a person is ever to grow, you need to share your name at some point. Likewise, wouldn’t God need to share his name with us in order for us to get to know him? Let’s see what the Bible says.
“May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.”
Which of the following is God’s name?
Very good. “Jehovah” is the most common spelling of God’s name in English. “Yahweh” is another common spelling.
Summary of Section 1
God, the Creator, has a name, Jehovah. Each of the titles used for him in the Bible reveals something about him.
2. God is interested in you
You can’t see Jehovah God because he is an invisible spirit Person who lives in . () However, by learning about him through the Bible, you can come to know Jehovah as a Person. You’ll see that Jehovah describes himself, not as someone who is cold and distant, but as a loving Father.—.
Which term most accurately describes Jehovah’s attitude toward you?
Now let’s review some key points to help you remember what you’ve learned.
Review 2 of 4
How many times does God’s name, Jehovah, appear in ancient Bible manuscripts?
Very good. Since God included his name in the Bible that many times, doesn’t it make sense that he wants us to use it?
Actually, God’s name appears 700 times in the Bible book of Psalms alone.
Although the name Jehovah appears just 4 times in the King James version of the Bible, it is found thousands of times in ancient Bible manuscripts.
Although some Bible translations remove the divine name and replace it with such titles as “Lord” or “God,” ancient Bible manuscripts contain God’s name thousands of times.
Review 3 of 4
Pick the quality of Jehovah that best matches this statement about him: God shows active concern for others.
Review 4 of 4
Pick the option that best describes who can have a relationship with God.
No one—God is too distant to relate to people
Those of a specific nation or culture
Only people who are well-educated
Suppose you would like to become God’s friend. Pick the attitude that would most likely help you to succeed.
You accept whatever you’re told about the Bible
You worry about what other people will think of you
You examine for yourself what the Bible teaches
You push difficult questions out of your mind
For example, you might wonder, ‘If there is a God who is loving and powerful, then why is there suffering and evil in the world?’ However, instead of ignoring the question because the answer seems difficult, you should continue learning what the Bible teaches. In fact, that question is answered later in the course you’re now taking.
- God, the Creator, has a name—Jehovah
- Jehovah God is a loving Father who cares about you
Is Jesus God? What does the Bible teach about Jesus? Lesson 2.1, “Who Is Jesus?,” will answer those questions.