Could Strong’s Be Wrong?

Have you ever had someone call you by another name that wasn’t yours?  My husband, whose name is Rusty, is sometimes mistakenly called “Randy”.  Usually, he is gracious about it and simply lets it go.   However, if the relationship grows into a true friendship, he will find a gentle way to correct that person. Obviously, if the relationship is to be a close one, he would want the person to know his real name! 

Some years ago, the Heavenly Father gently corrected me about His name. For years, I had called Him by the titles “God” and “Lord.”  As He led me to study His Name, I discovered some awesome as well as disturbing things.

First of all, I discovered what His real Name is: 

I am Yahweh; that is My name; and I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to engraved images. (Isaiah 42:8)

The Strong’s number for Yahweh* is 3068.  I looked that up in the new Strong’s Concordance and this is what I found:

LORD (Yahweh); the proper name of the one true God; knowledge and use of the name implies personal or covenant relationship.”  (emphasis mine)

Wow.  Did you read that?  Knowledge and use of the name implies personal and covenant relationship.  That is a direct quote from Strong’s. Could Strong’s be wrong?

I then discovered that over 6,000 times, Yahweh’s name has been changed from “Yahweh” to “LORD” in most translations today.  Over 6,000 times!  If you look in Strong’s you will count pages after page of this occurrence.  My question is: By whose authority was HIS NAME changed  even once

 By these translators’ hands, we have forgotten HIS NAME!

They plot to cause My people to forget My name by their dreams which they tell, each one to his neighbor, even as their fathers have forgotten My name for Baal. (Jeremiah 23:27) 

Then I discovered that the name “Baal” was a Hebrew title for “Lord” or “Master”.  “Baal” was also the name given to the Canaanite sun god of Phoenicia, their supreme deity.  Other nations around Israel addressed their gods as Lord and Master.  “Baal” was one of the pagan gods that Israel worshipped during their rebellious years. Aren’t we, as true covenant believers, supposed to be different, set apart?

Yahweh is calling us to a closer relationship with Him.  He wants a covenant relationship with us; He wants the relationship of a husband is to a wife.  He wants us to know and use His name. 

And at that day, says Yahweh, you shall call Me, My husband; and you shall no more call Me, My Baal. For I will take away the names of the Baals out of her mouth; and they shall no more be remembered by their name.  Hosea 2:16-17

 Is Yahweh trying to gently correct you?

*Pronounced Yah (breathe in)- weh (Breath out)

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