CONNECT TO GOD – AS YOU KNOW HIM MORE, YOU WILL RELEASE YOUR ALL TO HIM
As we are seeking to know God more, one of the greatest ways to know God is by the names given in Scripture. The names of God give Christians tremendous comfort because they reveal aspects of His nature and character.
Proverbs 18:10 says this: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
The person who understands God’s names will better understand his character, and therefore, have a tremendous source of strength and protection while enduring the trials of life.
In knowing Him, you will realize there is so much to praise Him for.
Let’s pause here to pray:
Lord, please reveal more of you and your character and heart to me today. I want to know you more to love you more and to serve you more. Thank you for joining our hearts together today as I seek you. I want to fully connect to you. Amen
Though I have taught a series myself on this, the following is mostly taken from Bible.org. If you want additional information, feel free to go to that web site.
Wayne Grudem said this about God’s names: “The many names of God in the Scripture provide additional revelation of His character. These are not mere titles assigned by people but, for the most part, His own descriptions of Himself. As such they reveal aspects of His character.”
Ryrie adds: “In a broad sense, then, God’s “name” is equal to all that the Bible and creation tell us about God. When we pray, “Hallowed be your name” as part of the Lord’s Prayer Matt. 6:9, we are praying that people would speak about God in a way that is honoring to Him and that accurately reflects His character.”
1. Yahweh: LORD
Yahweh is the most frequently used name of God in the Old Testament, and it is commonly translated as LORD, with all capitals. Mark Driscoll said this about the name:
In the Old Testament the most sacred name for God is Yahweh. Yahweh is a distinctly proper name for the God of the Bible. Because it is sacred, it is never used to refer to any pagan gods; neither is it used in regard to any human. It is reserved solely for the one true God alone. The name Yahweh appears some 6,823 times in the Old Testament, as he is the focus and hero of the Scriptures.
Yahweh is the personal and intimate name that God gave to Israel when He made a covenant with them to be their God as He delivered them from Egypt.
It was also the name used by Eve Gen 4:1, Noah Gen 9:26, and Abraham Gen 12:6. Look at Genesis 4:1: “Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man” (emphasis mine).
But it was with Moses and Israel that it took on a greater significance. When Moses was told to set Israel free, he asked God what name should he call Him by and God replies by saying, “I AM.”
“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you'” Exodus 3:14.
This name was considered so sacred to Israel that they would never pronounce the name. It was too holy. Instead, they used the name “Adonai,”-Lord-instead when reading the name Yahweh. In fact, eventually the vowels of Adonai were combined with YWHY to make the artificial name “Jehovah,” which became the spoken way of saying Yahweh for the Jews.
What does Yahweh mean?
· The name Yahweh means that God is eternal.
John 8:57-58 says: “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham! “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (emphasis mine). Jesus used the name to refer to His preexistence, His eternality. Yahweh means God has always existed.
· The name Yahweh means God is unchangeable.
God’s name is “I Am.” It is not “I Was” or “I Will Be” because God does not change. We can put our full trust in God because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He does not change. He is “I Am.”
· The name Yahweh represents a covenant relationship.
Yahweh is forever attached to God’s covenant with Israel. Therefore, it demonstrates God’s intimacy and that he is a personal God. Yahweh, also, has a personal relationship with us and he will never leave nor forsake us.
Look at what Paul says in Romans 8:38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God because He is in covenant with us. This covenant was cut and sealed with the blood of Christ, and therefore, God will remain faithful to us. We are in covenant with Him. He is our Yahweh.
2. Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Will Provide
In Genesis 22, God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. However, when it was time to offer Isaac to the Lord, God provided a ram in the thicket. Genesis 22:14 shows Abraham’s response, “So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide.”
In another translation, it means “My Father will see to it.” This translation is what exploded in my spirit, and has set me free from fear, from stress, from trying to figure things out on my own on many occasions.
Because if we can settle this in our minds, and our emotions, that our GOD is the one that will provide for all of our needs – no matter what they are, we can have peace and confidence through any storm of life, because HE is in control.
3. Jehovah Nissi: The Lord Is My Banner
Moses was praying and depending on God by the fact that Moses builds an altar after the battle was won and calls it Jehovah Nissi, which means the Lord is my Banner. “Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner” Exodus 17:15.
Typically, when armies went to battle, the flag would go out in front of them, representing the power and spirit of the nation. Similarly, when Israel fought, God went before them. He led the way, He was their banner.
However, this is not just true for Israel. It is true for us. Our God always goes before us. He is the one who is at the forefront where no weapon formed against us can get through HIM.
4. Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Who Heals
Exodus 15:26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
It is part of His character; God is a healer.
When Christ came to the earth, He healed the sick, the blind, and the lame. Even more than that, He healed the hearts of people. People who were separated from God and under His wrath. Christ reconciled them through His death.
He healed the terminal sickness of our souls and drew us back to God. Thank God that He is a healer and that He still heals today.
5. Jehovah Shamma: The Lord Is There
Jehovah Shamma is the name given to the New Jerusalem, a future city that was prophesied by Ezekiel through a vision. This name speaks of God’s special presence with the people of God.
“The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. ‘And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE ‘” Ezekiel 48:35.
Then we must realize that God came to dwell among us and IN US. The LORD IS THERE ALSO!
The actual creator of the world, lives inside of you. And if He is in you He is with you. If He is with you then whom shall you fear? NOTHING and NO ONE!!
6. Jehovah Roi: The Lord Is My Shepherd
Jehovah Roi is the name that David uses for God in Psalm 23:1. He says, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be in want”.
Our Lord is not just a shepherd, He is the Good Shepherd. He is there when we walk through the dark nights of our soul. He is the Shepherd that takes us THROUGH the valley of death to the other side.
He provides for us, cares for us, and even gave His life for us. He is our Jehovah Roi. Thank you, Lord.
7. Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness
The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which He will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness. Jeremiah 23:5-6
Christ took our sins while on the cross and gave us His righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says: “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Christ does not just give us His forensic righteousness in order to be saved; He also leads us practically into new righteousness every day, as we are conformed to His image.
8. Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Is Peace
Judges 6:22-24 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, “Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!” But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD is Peace.
Similarly, we do not have to be afraid of the eternal wrath of God. Christ bore the wrath of God so we could have a right relationship with Him.
Jesus said this, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” John 14:27.
In this world, we will have troubles and difficulties, but in the midst of these Christ wants us to have His supernatural peace. Therefore, we must let this peace rule in our hearts as we enjoy intimacy with Christ.
9. Jehovah Sabaoth: The Lord of Hosts or the Lord Almighty
The name Jehovah Sabaoth pictures God as the Lord of hosts mighty in battle, the ruler of the angels, the armies of heaven.
The phrase “Lord of hosts” pictures God as a warrior, and one who fights for us and protects us. We get a good picture of this when Elisha is protected by an army of angels that are surrounding his house.
The Psalmist said this about angels: “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” Psalm 91:11.
He said that God will guard you with His angels in all your ways. This includes one’s eating, drinking, sleeping, working, etc. God, the “Lord of hosts,” is always protecting His saints.
In fact, Jesus warns His disciples against not offending or looking down on God’s children because of this reality. He says: ” See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven (emphasis mine)” Matthew 18:10.
The angels of the Lord of hosts are always watching the master, listening to His words. They are ready to respond at any injustice or offence against His little ones. We thank you, God, that you are the Lord of hosts and that you are always protecting your saints.
It is the second most used name of God in the Old Testament. The word “El” comes from a root word that means strong or power. Therefore, it has the connotation of “Strong One” or “Mighty Leader.”
Because Elohim’s root means power or might, the name will commonly be used in verses that demonstrate the power or awesomeness of God. For example, look atJeremiah 32:27: “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?”
Our God is Elohim, the mighty God, there is no one stronger than Him and nothing is impossible for Him Matt 19:26.
11. Emmanuel: God with Us
Emmanuel was one of the names used for Jesus, the messiah. It means God with us or among us.
Listen to the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel”.
This wonderful name is rich with theology. It speaks of the incarnation.
- The God of heaven came down to earth in the form of a baby.
- The “all powerful” God became weak and vulnerable.
- The “all knowing” God became a child that grew in stature and wisdom.
It is the greatest miracle in the Bible, and it is this name that speaks grace and comfort to us.
God became a man, not only so He could save us Hebrews 2:14, but also so He could understand and sympathize with us. Listen to what Hebrews 4:15-16 says:
For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
We have a God that understands weakness. He has been hungry. He has been thirsty. He has been lonely. He has been weary unto death. And, it is for these reasons that we can approach the throne of grace in search of mercy and grace in our time of need. He is Emmanuel, God with us-the God who understands.
The writer of Hebrews says that it is this reality that should draw us to prayer with confidence. He understands. He is our counselor. And yet, He is more than a counselor, because most counselors can only listen.
Emmanuel is God, and therefore, He can give grace (the enabling power to be what He has called us to be, to do what He has called us to do). He will minister to whatever problems we have in our lives.
The name Emmanuel tells us that God is present and He cares, understands, and that He wants to show forth His love in every situation. And there are many more names, with many more revelations of our wonderful God.
Take time to listen and to soak with the knowledge of Him. Release your praise to all that He is to all of you.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name
and those attributes which that name denotes. 1 Chronicles 29:13 AMP
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