This post is not a contribution to the debate as to whether the word ‘Yahweh’ or ‘Jehovah’ best represents the Hebrew name for God. I’m pursuing a different line of argument. The name for God is transliterated as either ‘Yahweh’ or ‘Jehovah’, and it appears all the way through the Old Testament, and in the KJV – for example – it is most often represented as the capitalised word, ‘LORD’. My question is: where is the word ‘LORD’ in the New Testament?
I have an answer. Whenever the Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned, whenever He is called ‘Lord’, we have presented to us Yahweh or Jehovah in the flesh (incarnated). There are so many reasons why this is so, but I’ll give you only a few. The rest will leap out at you, I trust, as you read the Bible attentively.
Matthew 1:21:- when Joseph (Mary’s fiancé) was informed of the coming birth of Jesus, (Joseph knew it wasn’t his baby), he was told that he should call the baby ‘Jesus’ because he, Jesus, would save his people from their sins. Jesus’ name means, ‘Jehovah (or Yahweh) saves’. In Isaiah 43:11 we read, ‘I, even I, am the LORD (Jehovah), and beside me there is no Saviour.’ At the beginning of the New Testament we are given this very big hint regarding Jesus’ true identity. There is no Saviour but Jehovah, and Jehovah-Jesus is that Saviour. Again, in Luke 2, we are told by the angels that in the City of David is born a Saviour who is Christ, the Lord. So we have the words Saviour and Lord linked by a very impressive group of messengers. The birth of no other deliverer in the Old Testament had such an introduction to the world. This was no mere creature (Mary had already been told that the holy one to be born of her would be called the Son of God). This was the incarnation of the LORD.
Two more incidents will do for this post. Our Lord Jesus in John 10 spoke of himself as the Good Shepherd and referred to all others who came before him as thieves and robbers. As the good shepherd, Jesus would lay his life down for the sheep (meaning his people). In Ezekiel 34, we find the LORD speaking against the bad shepherds who were not looking after God’s people. Here, in verse 11-13, the Lord God says, ‘I Myself will search for my sheep as a shepherd seeks out his flock… and deliver them… bring them out from the people and gather them.’ If that is not enough of a parallel to establish the link (that Jesus is Jehovah), then what follows should do it. In John 12:41, after speaking of the way that the religious leaders saw the signs that Jesus had done yet still did not trust themselves to him, John referred to the passage from Isaiah 6, where Isaiah saw the glorious Jehovah, ‘high and lifted up’. John’s comment is significant. He said that these leaders did not trust Jesus because Isaiah had prophesied that they would not. Isaiah had spoken these words, John says, after seeing Jesus’ glory, that is when he saw Jehovah’s glory.
Our Lord Jesus is Jehovah God, the good shepherd, the Saviour.