The answer often gives the meaning of the question or what it implicitly suggests. Regarding Jehovah's identity, Moses asks what he must say to his Israelite brothers:
"But Moses said to the true God: “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your forefathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is his name?’ What should I
say to them?”" (Exodus 3:13).
The question seems strange because it would suggest that the Israelites would have forgotten the proper Name of the God of their ancestors (Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob), after 215 years in Egypt. But from the context of the book of Exodus, the Israelites feared and knew the name of Jehovah. For example, more than eighty years earlier, concerning the Hebrew midwives who refused to kill male newborns on the
order of Pharaoh, the story adds that they feared Jehovah (Exodus 4:17). Moses himself knew Jehovah, the God of his ancestors (Hebrews 11:23-28). Therefore, the exact vocalisation was not a problem.
To understand, implicitly, the meaning of the two questions of Moses, it is necessary to examine the definition of the Hebrew word "shem" (שֵׁם), translated by "name": "a primitive word [perhaps rather from H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous
position; compare H8064]; an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character:— base, (in-) fame(-ous), named(-d), renown, report" (Strong's Corcondance (H8034)). Given Jehovah's response (from the biblical
context), and the definition of "shem" (name), we understand that this is the name with its memorial of past actions that was to constitute his reputation:
"So God said to Moses: “I
Will Become What I Choose to Become.” And he added: “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘I Will Become has sent me to you.’” Then God said once more to Moses: “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘Jehovah
the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and this is how I am to be remembered from generation to generation" (Exodus 3:14,15).
The last part of Jehovah's answer makes it possible to understand the implication of the question of Moses: "I am to be remembered from generation to generation". The question "what is your name?" Should be understood
in the following manner, "What is your "name", the "memorial" of its past actions connected to your name". And his answer, "I Will Become What I Choose to Become" is to be put in perspective to the idea that the Israelites and probably Moses, had regarding
the name of the gods: To each god his name, connected with his miraculous power. The "I Will Become What I Choose to Become", also implies, that Moses wanted to know what to say about the miraculous power attached to Jehovah's Name.
Thus, when Jehovah God speaks of his Name as a "Memorial", it means that the question of Moses concerning the Name was: What will I say to the Israelites concerning the power of your Name and the extraordinary actions
attached to this Name (As Memorial of past actions)? The question of Moses, regarding the Divine Name is inscribed on the capacity of action of the True God, who resides in the power of his Name. Nevertheless, Jehovah's response is very subtle: In Egypt, every
god had a name attached to a very precise miraculous power of action. Thus, in his answer, "I Will Become What I Choose to Become", Jehovah does not want human intelligence to lock his Name only in one miraculous ability. In the account of Exodus 4:1-9, it
is written that Jehovah did four miracles, showing his capacity for creation by turning the staff of Moses into a serpent, and making it become a staff. Also, by making the hand of Moses to have leprosy (destruction) and after, healing it (recreation). Through
these two series of two miracles, Jehovah God illustrated his all mightiness, and therefore only his extraordinary actions would reveal the memorial of his name. "I Will Become What I Choose to Become", it is the action undertaken by God that would give the
spiritual meaning to his Name, of Who "He is".
From the scientific etymology of a name to its spiritual meaning