“When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. Then Leah said, “How fortunate!” So she named him Gad.” – Genesis 30:9-11
Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, had gone back to his mother’s relatives to find a wife. He ended up marrying 2 of his cousins, Leah and Rebekah. Their father, Laban, did not know YHWH, but instead served other mighty ones. These women were brought up worshiping mighty ones besides YHWH, even having idols all over their house.
When Leah’s maid Zilpah had a son by Jacob, Leah said “How fortunate!” and names the child “Gad.” The word “Gad” in Hebrew is the name of a mighty one, in particular themighty one of fortune. In fact, Leah exclaims the word “Gad!” and named the child “Gad.”This fits as she was raised in a home where many mighty ones and idols were served. Jacob’s son was named in honor of the mighty one of fortune, “Gad!”
What is even more interesting is how the name “Gad” is pronounced. Reading it in English, one would make the “a” sound as in apple. The name is really pronounced with an “aw” sound, making Gad Gawd, or God. Check it out for yourself. And this one, too. Push play in the pronunciation square to hear this name.
The mighty one of fortune, God, is an ancient deity. He is not YHWH. This name was preserved through Gad the son of Jacob, and his descendants, the Goths. (Read this for information about the spread of the tribe of Gad) In English, we get our word “God” from these people. Do not be fooled! Do not call upon God, the mighty one of fortune! Call upon YHWH, the mighty one of Abraham, Issac and Jacob!