O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together! (Psalm 34:3)
The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes and His nature. To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him.
We have looked at six names so far and I wanted to stop and review them this week. All of the lessons are in the archives for further study.
If you have been studying along or if this is the first time you are here I pray you are blessed with learning the names of God. Feel free to comment below so we can share with each other.
“Yahweh is God’s proper name in Hebrew. The most common and the most important name for God in the Old Testament is a name that our English versions never gets translated. Whenever you see the word LORD in all capital letters, you know that this name is behind it. In Hebrew the name had four letters—YHWH—and may have been pronounced something like Yahweh The importance of it can be seen in the sheer frequency of its use. It occurs 6,828 times in the Old Testament. What this shows is that God aims to be known not as a generic deity, but as a specific Person with a name that carries his unique character and mission”. John Piper
Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.
Elohim is used more than 2,500 times in Scripture and we see it 35 times in the first 35 verses!
In John, Colossians 1:15-17 and Hebrews 1:1-3 we saw that Jesus, The Word was accomplishing Elohim’s creation.
We saw in Psalm 139 that God is our Creator and does not make mistakes. This truth should make a difference in how we view ourselves and those around us.
Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”
This leaves little doubt that we were created by a personal God with a clearly defined purpose, God’s glory.
El Elyon- God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him.
We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.
The meaning of sovereignty could be summed up in this way: To be sovereign is to possess supreme power and authority so that one is in complete control and can accomplish whatever he pleases. (bible.org)
When we can grasp and cling to the fact that He is in control, nothing takes Him by surprise it will transform the way we think and live our lives.
We looked at the life of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar, in the Psalms and other places where we learned about God Most High!
Hebrews 1:1-3 Jesus is the exact image of God and He upholds all things by His power.
We can be thankful that He is Sovereign and in absolute, total control and nothing can happen in our lives without His permission. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory. God has it all under control and will work it out according to how He has planned.
El Roi- the God who sees. When you are going through trials He sees and knows what you are going through.
We looked in Genesis 16 and 21 and how God revealed Himself to Hagar.
Maybe like Hagar you’re also running from a difficult situation in which you were unjustly treated or part of the problem. You can take comfort in the truth that El Roi sees your distress, your pain, misery, past and loves you. He is so watchful that He knows when a sparrow falls (Matthew 10:29-31), how much more does he watch and care for you.
El Shaddai- God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient- He is mighty to save.
We first see this name when God reveals it to Abraham. In Genesis 12 when he was 75 years old God called him to leave his country for one God would show him and all families of the earth will be blessed. Abraham believed God and left.
In Genesis 15 God promised him an heir and verse 6 says he believed God and He counted it to him as righteousness.
In Genesis 16 he tried to take matters in his own hands with Hagar, a moment of unbelief and self-sufficiency.
Then we come to Genesis 17 when he is 99 years old and God reaffirms His promise.
Abraham and Sara no longer had the capacity, ability or self- sufficiency to do things in their own strength. They were essentially “dead” and God revealed to them He is All Mighty, All Powerful, and All Sufficient God!
God is the one who called Abraham and established His covenant and we who believe are the recipients when He calls us into relationship with Him!
He is mighty to save! He kept His promise of a Redeemer to bring death to life. He rids us of our self-sufficiency. The promised one Jesus gave himself for us who were dead and brought us to life!
If you have any doubts that God can’t help you get rid of them! He has a plan for you and He will accomplish it.
God is All Mighty, All Powerful, and All Sufficient!
Jehovah –jireh: The Lord will provide- He is the self-existent and keeps His covenant. He sees, foresees and knows all and is able to provide what is needed.
Finally after all the years of waiting Abraham and Sara had their promised son!
We looked at Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his only son. God provided a ram as a substitute to sacrifice in place of Isaac.
Abraham learned, and we must too that God is the one that provided a sacrifice, His Son, to die as our substitute, John 3:16. John 8:56 records Jesus’ words to the un-believing Jews- “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad. God did not ask Abraham to do anything that He would not do in the future and had already provided for.
Romans 8: 5 & 32 tells us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us and that God did not spare His own son, but delivered Him over for us. Salvation is our greatest need that God provided for us.
He also sees, knows and provides for our daily needs. Philippians 4:19 tells us “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Adonai- Lord, Master and Owner
This name indicates a relationship. The lordship of God means that He is in total possession of me and I am to be in total submission to Him. Knowing this and understanding will transform your relationship with God. He has to be our Lord and not just Savior.
We looked at the life of Abraham for insight into this name of God. Abraham acknowledged God as his Lord and Master. God assured him by making a covenant with him that an heir would come from his own body, bringing salvation- Jesus Christ! (Galatians 3:16)
We looked at Moses, Isaiah and Jeremiah and asked the following questions:
Like Moses have you ever been reluctant to do God’s will at the same time calling him Lord?
Like Isaiah and Jeremiah have you not only called Him Lord but were also willing to obey Him?
We looked in the New Testament where Jesus is Lord.
In Matthew 7:21-28 we saw how Adonai challenges everyone who calls God “Lord” to be willing live in a way that demonstrates His Lordship! When we say “He is Lord” it must be not be with just our lips but also with our life!
We have to willing submit to Him as Lord and Savior for our salvation and in every area of our lives. Are there areas of your life you holding onto and are unwilling to relinquish to Adoni?
This review was just a snapshot on what we have learned so far. Take some time and go back into the archives to learn more about the names of God. I am looking forward to learning and discussing together!
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