His Name is Wonderful

“And the Angel of the Lord said to him, ‘Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?’” (Judges 13:18)

“And His name will be called Wonderful” (Isaiah 9:6).

The name of the Lord God Almighty is Wonderful . . . too wonderful for us to comprehend in the natural.

The same is true for the name of Jesus Christ. His name is Wonderful . . . and too wonderful for us to comprehend in the natural.

God Hides His Name

In the Old Testament, we read that God was asked His name at least three times, during His glorious visitations with man.

The first was when Jacob wrestled with God, in Genesis 32.

The next was when God visited Moses, in the burning bush passage, in Exodus 3.

Another time was when God visited Manoah and his wife, in Judges 13.

Twice, God answered with a question, to Jacob and to Manoah.

God told Moses the name I AM and I AM THAT I AM (Exodus 3).

Manoah Asks God’s Name

In Judges 13, God visited Manoah and his wife.

Manoah asked God His name:

“Then Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, ‘What is Your name, that when Your words come to pass we may honor You?’

And the Angel of the Lord said to him, ‘Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?’” (Judges 13:17-18)

Experts and Manoah himself (verse 22) believe that the Angel of the Lord in this passage is indeed the Lord God Almighty. Also, Isaiah 9:6 reveals the Lord’s name is Wonderful.

“Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?” (Judges 13:18)

Other translations:

“. . . seeing it is secret? (KJV)

“It is too wonderful for you to understand.” (New Living)

“It is a name of wonder” (Good News).

“. . .because you cannot comprehend it” (NET).

“It is incomprehensible.” (New Heart English)

“. . . seeing it is hidden?’” (JPS Tanakh)

“. . . since it is beyond comprehension?” (Berean)

“You don’t need to know my name. And if you did, you couldn’t understand it” (Contemporary Engish).

“It’s ‘Wonderful’” (International Standard).

When God visited Manoah and his wife, He first appeared twice to Manoah’s wife (v. 6 and 8). His countenance was “very awesome” (v. 6). To Manoah, she described Him as a Man of God, twice (v. 8 and 10).

When Manoah first saw Him, the Lord is identified again as a Man, twice (v. 11). Then, we read that Manoah did not know He was the Lord (v. 16).

The Lord did a “wondrous thing” (v. 19). As Manoah offered a burnt offering on a rock, “it happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar – the Angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar!” (v. 20)

Then Manoah realized He was God. He even said, “’We shall surely die, because we have seen God!’” (v. 22).

We see in this visitation that God hid Himself from both people.

When asked His name, He did not actually give a specific name. He actually responded with a question, and described His name as wonderful.

The Name of Jesus Christ

The name of Jesus Christ contains the fullness of the Godhead, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit can and does reveal how wonderful His name is.