Why did God tell Moses that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did not know the name "Jehovah" in Exodus 6:3 when we can see that Abraham called a certain place place "Jehovah Jireh" in Genesis 22:14?


Genesis 22:14

ESV - 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, "The Lord will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.

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Mini Shirley H. prayer warrior
Because God did not reveal His Name until Moses asked Him to in Exodus 3:14. I AM THAT I AM - I am all that you need.

The Genesis reference is in the story of Abraham giving his son Isaac as an offering. (A picture of Christ) God intervened and provided a ram for sacrifice. Thus Abraham named the place God provides. Some say El Shaddai - The Almighty. 

These are characteristics or descriptions of God's personality. Not His Name.

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Mini Al Mari Private practice as a cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon
There is no doubt that El Shaddai was the name God introduced himself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as in Ex 6:3

But, I see the confusion In Gen 22:14 because Moses wrote:

"And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day." suggesting that Abraham knew the name YHVH and therefore Ex. 6:3 becomes questionable.

Strong's Concordance says that Jehovah-Jireh, is a symbolical name for Mount Moriah

Notice 2 things:
1. Moses identified this place as Mt Moriah in an earlier verse:"Genesis 22:2: "And He said: 'Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.'"

2. The name " Jehovahjireh" was the name as it is said or known "to this day" (Gen 22:14 according to Moses).

So, Moses was addressing his readers and identifying that place for them to understand that the place was Mt Moriah and Jehovahjireh " as it is said/known to this day". Notice again: " as it is known" during Moses' time, and even now.

Contextually, Gen.22:14 should therefore NOT be taken as though Abraham knew the name YHVH since this assumption will be contrary to Ex. 6:3.

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