A Few Notes From Today’s Study;
Is He your Most High God, All sufficient One, Master, Lord of Peace, the Lord Who Will Provide? Is He your Father? We must be careful not to make God into an “it” or a “thing” to which we pray. He is our Jehovah Raah, the Lord our Shepherd. God knows us by our name, shouldn’t we know Him by His?
Biblically, names carry meaning. Names describe qualities and characteristics of the person or being who bears the name. For instance, the Hebrew name Jacob (Genesis 25:26 ; Genesis 27:36) means “taking hold of the heel, supplanter, layer of snares,” according to Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament. However, after Jacob wrestled all night and prevailed, God changed his name to Israel (Gesenius: “contender, soldier of God”) (Genesis 32:28). Therefore, in the Bible names reveal important information about the person or being.
But what about the names of God? What do they reveal about Him—His nature, character, attributes, attitudes—His very being?
God refers to Himself by many different names in the Bible, and with each name we learn more about Him. Often the first time one of His names is used in the Scriptures gives us insight into the quality or characteristic of God that He is revealing by that name. A brief look at three of the most common names for God is revealing.
The following definitions on The Names of God came from my Study based on a book written by Marilyn Hickey, “The Names of God.”
- Elohim– describes God’s greatness and glory; It displays God’s power and sovereignty.
- Jehovah-reveals Himself as you intimate, personal God. He walks with you, and is always present and will never leave nor forsake you.
- El Shaddai-the God who is all sufficient. He is more than enough to meet our needs.
- Adonai-Master, Owner, and Lord
- Jehovah Jireh-the Lord my provider
- Jehovah M’Kaddesh-the Lord which sanctifies you, and sets you apart. To consecrate, dedicate or make holy. This is Jehovah M’Kaddesh: He is the Holy one who demands holiness from His children.
- Jehovah Nissi-Jehovah, my banner. You must see yourself as only being in Him. Without Him, you can do nothing; but with Him, all things are possible. He is Jehovah the victorious one.
- Jehovah Rophe-the Lord our healer
- Jehovah Shalom-the Lord our peace
- Jehovah Tsidkenu-Jehovah our righteousness. It shows the picture of a man trusting in God and becoming the righteousness of God. He’ll exchange our filthy rags for a beautiful robe of righteousness.
- Jehovah Rohi-Jehovah my Shepherd. “I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding” Jeremiah 3:15. After that, you have a responsibility to apply the Word that you have learned to your own life. Let it become practical reality in you everyday life. Jehovah Rohi wants to lead you away from folly
- Jehovah Shammah-Jehovah is there. Jehovah Shammah wants to have fellowship with you. He is present and alive in you. He is there.
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:15-16)