A Global Association of Orthodox Jewish Believers in Messiah Yeshua
The Sacred Name of G-d
What is the Messiah’s viewpoint on using the sacred name of G-d?
Keep it holy.
It is written:
“Keep my commands and follow them. I am the LORD. Do not profane my holy name. I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who makes you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your G-d. I am the LORD.” Lev 22:31-33
Something that is holy, is something that is not common. It is the viewpoint of the volunteers at JerusalemCouncil.org that G-d’s name be treated with respect with separation from our common language. To use the sacred name of G-d in a manner that does not revere its holiness is, in our opinion, treating that which is holy as something that is common.
Although the commandment is to not “profane” the holy name of G-d (that is, to bring dishonor to his name by disobedience to “keep my commands and follow them”), we believe that one who makes G-d’s sacred name (“I am the LORD”) common, is one who can not fulfill the fullness of the commandment to not “profane my holy name,” for then when the name of G-d is treated as common, then by definition it is no longer treated as holy. If the commandment just said “do not profane my name,” it would most likely not be counting the holiness of G-d’s name within the context of profaning. Since it does say “do not profane my holy name” then to use G-d’s name in a common way, by implication, is engaging in profanity.
The fact that Yeshua himself seems to have used a circumlocution for G-d’s name when reading from the scroll of Isaiah in Luke 4:18, should be more than enough to convince us to consider adopting his halacha concerning the matter.
Acceptable circumlocutions for G-d’s sacred name used are “HaShem,” and “Adonai.” It is common practice that one should reserve use of even the name “Adonai” except when reading HaShem’s name in scripture, or when praying.