God has a way of working quietly within us to prepare our growth and eternity with Him, even though we may not see it. Most rebel occasionally at the process but we keep trying to say “yes” to whatever He asks.
The God who sits at the controls of the universe is a living active God. He controls all power, energies, and forces. And at His right hand is the living Jesus Christ. Do you know this God? Do you pray to this God? You should. Because as great and powerful as the true God is, He delights in the person who seeks to know Him and talk to Him in prayer. (Proverbs 15:8)
God talks to us through the Holy Bible, and we can talk to Him through prayer. Prayer is our part of a two-way conversation with God. God knows what is good for us. He will supply every need if we ask according to His will, and if we believe and obey His laws. God wants us to seek Him and make our requests known (Isaiah 55:67) (Matthew 7:7) (Philippians 4:6).
It seems as if God put this subject of God’s names on many hearts lately. Pastors, priests and clergymen talk about God’s names. (The Life Application Bible is used.)
Let’s start with Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.” This God is named Elohim (a Hebrew word meaning Creator God). It is also a plural word that lets us know the Holy Spirit and Jesus are included. Two other Hebrew words: Elyon (My High God) and Adonali (Lord Master).
Remember when the Israelites were slaves of Pharaoh, he commanded them to make bricks yet denied the ingredients to make them? Moses talked to God and He responded with (Exodus 6:3) “I appeared to Abraham. To Isaac and to Jacob as ElShaddai (all-sufficient God Almighty) but my name Jehovah was not known to them.”
Revelation 1:8: “I am alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” This is a definition of God Jehovah.
Eight compound names for God help us to understand His covenant, His character and His ways. Jehovah means self-existent one (He has always been and will always be).
1. Jehovah-Jireh: Our Provider — We learn this name in Genesis 22:14. Abraham is about to sacrifice Isaac, an Angel spoke, “Do not harm the boy for now I know you truly fear God.” Abraham saw a ram caught in the bushes to use as the sacrifice. Abraham named this place Jehovah-Jireh because God did provide the sacrifice. He is our Provider.
2. Jehovah-Rophe: Our Healer — In Exodus 15:26 God’s message was “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, obeying His commands and keeping all His decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you!”
3. Jehovah-M’Kaddesh: Our Sanctifer — Leviticus 20:7-8 tells us that God’s instructions are for to sanctify ourselves. Verse 8 says “Keep all my decrees by putting them into practice, for I am the Lord who makes you holy.” In Verse 6, God says “I will also turn against those who commit spiritual prostitution by putting their trust in a medium or those who consult with spirits of the dead.”
4. Jehova-Nissi: Our Banner (Exodus 17:15) — Moses led his Israelites out of Egypt and they were attacked by the Amalek army. Moses said, “Tomorrow I will stand at the top of the hill holding the staff of God,” which was previously used to strike the rock to get water and also used to stretch out and part the Red Sea. As long as Moses held the rod in his hands, the Israelites won the battle, but if his hands dropped the Amaleks had the advantage. Aaron and Hur climbed the hill to the rescue. They found a stone for Moses to sit and stood beside him holding his hands up until sunset. As a result the Israelites overwhelmed the Amalek army. This expresses our need to hold up our hands and pray for spiritual leaders today. God’s banner over us is LOVE.
5. Jehovah-Shalom: Our Peace (Judges 6:24) — This is a story of Gideon who was chosen to lead Israel in battle. He raised an army of 10,000 and defeated 135,000 Midianites with 300 soldiers. Gideon built an altar to the lord, named it Yehweb-Shalom, which means “The Lord is Peace.”
6. Jeovah-Rohi: Our Shepherd – (Psalm 23) The Lord is the good shepherd, we are his sheep. And obedient followers who follow his lead. Believers are moved from earthly realm to the heavenly realm. We will be with Jehovah-Roni, our Shepherd, in His house forever.
7. Jehovah-T’sid-kenu: Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23: 5-6) — “What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people. They have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for.” We are accountable to God for those we influence and lead. Verse 5 says that God will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. “JESUS will be His name, The Lord is our Righteousness.”
8. Jehovah-Shammah: Our Faithful Companion (Ezekiel 48:35) — The name of the city: “The Lord is There.” An example for us now is to always obey God’s commandments. Do not forget God. Worship God Almighty, Our Faithful Companion.
There are also common, everyday names for God from our people — Father, Faithful and True God who saves me, Lord of Lord, King of Kings God Almighty and God calls himself “I AM.” All these names are summed up in the one we know — Jesus.