What is in a name? Most of the times, in the Bible, names had important significance. In many ways this is the same today. Why do we call Spider Man by that name? Because he is a big ole spider guy. Why do we call Super Man, Super Man? Because he has super human powers. People’s name have significance, they typically give meaning to their character.
This is the same with the name of God. IN Exodus 34 God discloses His “Name” to Moses. When He does so it is not what we would typically expect. He starts listing a bunch of different aspects of His character. He says “The Lord, The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the father’s on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” (v.6-7) Wow, what a name!!! This is who God is. To know Him is to know Him in these ways.