This article is an excerpt from the book “Yahweh Elohim” written by Sister Eusebia Lasius daughter of Brother John Thomas. It was first published by Brother Robert Roberts in 1883 and reprinted by Logos Publications in 1971. It traces the subject of God Manifestation from the giving of the Divine Name to Moses in Exodus 3, through the period of the wilderness wanderings, the glory revealed in the Word made Flesh, the Ecclesia as glory bearers now and ultimately the glory filling the whole earth. This short excerpt is taken from the opening section entitled the “Attributes of the Name”.

The angel messenger of Deity, appeared to Moses “in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush”; and calling him by name, told him that he was come down to deliver the children of Israel out of the hand of the Egyptians; and said unto him: “Come now, therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Moses, earnestly inquiring, said unto God, “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I WILL BE, WHO I WILL BE: Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I WILL BE, hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, YAHWEH, Elohim of your fathers, Elohim of Abraham, Elohim of Isaac, and Elohim of Jacob hath sent me unto you: this is my name for an Olahm (or hidden time), and this is my memorial for a generation of the race” (Exod 3:14,15).

The things pertaining to this memorial name, were typically foreshadowed in the Mosaic constitution and order of things: which, saith Paul, were “shadows of good things to come” (Heb 10:1). Therefore Christ made particular reference to the writings of Moses in his teaching: “For,” he said, “Moses wrote of me” (John 5:46).

When a certain one came to Jesus and asked Him, saying, “Which is the first commandment of all?” the answer returned by Jesus, as rendered in the common version of the New Testament, reads thus: “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:29). In the literal translation of this title from the Hebrew, the true meaning and beautiful signification of it is brought to light. The same words were uttered by Moses, and are recorded in Deut. 6:4. “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh, our Elohim, is One Yahweh.” The literal translation of which is, “He who shall be our mighty ones, is the One who shall be.”

This is a name of deep and wonderful significance. When we understand that it is a title which introduces the great Creator of heaven and earth to His people Israel, and that it expresses to them His purpose of being manifested in future time in the person of a promised One; and also in a multitude of mighty ones; and yet He is One; and in making Himself thus known to them, He requires them to love Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, it may well fill our minds with the deepest reverence and most soul-stirring contemplations; causing us to feel our own unworthiness and insignificance, in proportion as we are able to apprehend the greatness, the power, the goodness, and the majesty of that glorious and fearful name Eth-Yahweh, Elohekha; “the I shall be, thy mighty ones, O Israel” (Deut. 27:2). For, because of the neglect to hear and venerate this, Yahweh hath visited upon Israel all those evils which Moses foretold. The crowning act of rejection of this name appeared in their attitude toward Jesus. When he told the Jews that he was the Son of God, and said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30), and “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58), his speech was to them incomprehensible. The teaching of Christ links together in inseparable unity the name of the Father with himself. For he said plainly, “I am come in my Father’s name” (John 5:43). He also referred his hearers to the teaching of Moses concerning himself, and said, “Had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (5:46–47).

Concerning this memorial name, the Psalmist saith, “Thy name, O Yahweh, endureth forever, and Thy memorial, O Yahweh, throughout all generations” (Psa 135:13). “Extol him that rideth upon the heavens by His name, YAH” (Psa 68:4)…

Yahweh Whose Name is Jealous

From within the “thick cloud” that rested on Sinai’s mount, the voice of Yahweh spake the words of the ten commandments to Israel. With the first commandment, certain attributes of His name are mentioned. Yahweh commanded them, saying, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”… “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them: for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God: visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me. And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments” (Exod 20:3, 5, 6). Again, at another time he saith, “Thou shalt worship no other God: for Yahweh, whose name is jealous, is a jealous God” (Exod 34:14). “For He is an holy God, He is a jealous God” (Josh 24: 19). The Spirit through the prophet Isaiah saith: “I am Yahweh, that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images” (Isa 42:8)…

His Spirit, through the prophets, testifies concerning the past and the future of Israel as a nation. The covenant given from Sinai, through Moses, the servant of Yahweh, was quickly broken by great numbers of the people; and the wrath of Yahweh was poured out upon them…

Yet, the Lord has promised, saying, “I will bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for My holy name”(Ezek 39:25)…

The nations, as well as Israel, are in a state of blindness and obscurity of vision, concerning the Name of Yahweh, and His purpose to be developed in the manifestation of it. The testimony, however, instructs us, that He purposes to make them to know and to understand Him. The Psalmist continues, saying: “This shall be written for the generation to come; and the people that shall be created shall praise the Lord. For He hath looked down from the height of His Sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth: To hear the groaning of the prisoner: to loose those that are appointed to death; To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; when the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms to serve the Lord” (Psa 102:18–22).