Jehovah, je-ho'-vah (Heb.)–He-who-is–who-was–who-will-be manifest; the self-existent One; Ipseity; He who is eternal. In ”I AM THAT I AM,” the absolute verb remains the same. but the prefix changes from manifestation to power, “he” to “I.” The word-for-word rendering of the original would be: “I-am–I-was–I-will-be because I-am–I-was–I-will-be the power to be eternally I.”
Jehovah is one of God's names as given in the Bible. In the Authorized Version it is improperly translated “the Lord.” In the American Standard Version the name Jehovah is given where Jah occurs in the Hebrew text (see Ex. 6:2, 3 and Psalms 83:18).
Meta. Moses says in Exodus 3:14, 15 that Jehovah told him that His name means: ”I AM THAT I AM.” Hebrew students say that the original word is JHVH. which means the ever living male-and-female principle. Lee's Hebrew Lexicon identifies this name with Christ, as the manifestation of God that speaks to patriarchs and prophets. Jesus confirms this in Matthew 22:42-45, where He reveals that the Christ existed before David, whose son He was supposed to be. In the Old Testament the spiritual I AM is symbolically described as Jehovah- in the New Testament it is called Christ.
Creation originates and exists in Divine Mind, God. In the creative process Divine Mind first ideates itself. In the Scripture this ideal is named Jehovah, meaning I AM the ever living–He who is eternal. The creation is carried forward through the activity of the Holy Spirit.
The Hebrew Jehovah has been translated ”Lord.” Lord means an external ruler. Bible students say that Jehovah means the self-existent One. Then instead of reading ”Lord” we should read I AM. It makes a great difference whether we think that I AM, self-existence, is within, or Lord, master, without. All Scripture shows that Jehovah means just what God told Moses it meant, I AM. “This is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” So whenever you read the word Lord in Scripture say I AM instead and you will get a clearer understanding of what Jehovah is.
Jehovah-jireh means I AM the provider. If we expect to demonstrate prosperity from without we find it a slow process; but if we know that I AM is the provider we have the key to the inexhaustible resource. God was also known to the Israelites as Jehovah-shalom–”I AM peace.” We can demonstrate peace of mind by holding the words, ”I am peace.” with the understand ing that the real I AM is Jehovah within us. But if we start any demonstration and try to apply the I AM to personality we fall short. This is frequently the cause of failure to get the desired results from the laws that all metaphysicians recognize as fundamentally true. The mind does not always comprehend I AM in its highest, neither does it discern that the all-knowing, omnipotent One is within man.
This recognition must be cultivated, and every one should become conscious of the I AM presence. This consciousness will come through prayer and meditation on Truth. In Truth there is but one I AM–Jehovah, the omnipotent I AM. If you take the word Jehovah-shalom into your mind and hold it with the thought of a mighty peace, you will feel a harmonizing stillness that no man can understand. It must be felt, realized, and acknowledged by your I AM before the supreme I AM can pour out its power.
After experiencing it you know that you have touched a divine something, but you cannot explain to another just what it is, because you have gone beyond the realm of words and have made union with the cause side of existence. It is the quickening of your divinity through the power of the Word. This divine nature is in us all, waiting to be brought into expression through our recognition of the power and might of I AM.