The Message revealed in the Old Testament prophet Elijah’s name.
The word אל (El) in Elijah, is the common abbreviation of Elohim, often used of “God” in the Hebrew.
The word יהו (Jah), in Elijah is Yahu and translates as “He is God”.
The two sections of the Elijah’s name both testify and reveal God. The full name of Elijah translates as
“My God is YHWH”
In the Old Testament the Prophet Elijah’s life demonstrated and revealed the power of God to the people of his time.
In the New Testament it was prophesied of John the Baptist that he would come in the Spirit of Elijah and prepare the way of the Lord and that he would restore all things.
Luke 1: 16-17 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.17 And he shall go before him in the “spirit and power of Elijah”, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Matthew 17: 11-13 Jesus replied “Elijah” does indeed come, and he will restore all things but I tell you that Elijah has already come and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands. Then the disciples understood that He was speaking to them about John the Baptist. (Jesus was to suffer as John the Baptist did by being killed).
But there is more to it than that, the common unspoken name of God/YHWH displayed in Elijah’s name also brings a very powerful message and “reveals” God’s plan for mankind through Jesus.
When John the Baptist first laid eyes on Jesus he said these words
John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
The Four letters that make up the Name of God/YHWH in the Hebrew are.
יהוה (Yood, Hey, Vav, Hey)
The first letter which is read from right to the left is the letter Yood in the Palio Hebrew (or ancient Hebrew language) and it was a symbol or sign of a hand.
The second and fourth letters are the same and are the letter Hey. The Palio Hebrew letter for Hey was a picture of a window – (a window “reveals” – when we look through a window it reveals the outside to us, and also it is said that our eyes are the windows of our soul which reveal who we are).
The third letter is the Vav and in the Palio Hebrew was a picture of a wooden peg or nail which was used to bind things together.
The Palio Hebrew meaning of the word YHWH is –
“The Hand Revealed the Nail Revealed”.
The name of God pictures the nails in Jesus hands. It is through the sacrifice of Jesus the Lamb of God that all things can be restored as John the Baptist prophesied before he baptised Jesus. There is so much prophesied in the name of Elijah and he surely does reveal the name of God and His plan of restoration for mankind.
These words of Jesus in Matthew 17 seem like a bit of a riddle
“Elijah” does indeed come first, and he will restore all things but I tell you that he has already come and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.
Is Jesus doing a play on words here and speaking also of himself and how he will restore all things through the Name of YHWH and that he would suffer and we would see
The Hand Revealed and The Nail Revealed
© D A Cleland.