“TWENTY NAMES OF GOD”

HOW DO YOU ADDRESS GOD? DO YOU CALL GOD ‘THE MAN UPSTAIRS’, ‘HOLY LORD’, ‘DADDY’, ‘FATHER’, ‘HEAVENLY FATHER’, ‘LORD GOD’ OR ANOTHER POPULAR NAME? DO YOU HAVE A REVERED NAME OF OUR GOD? WHO IS GOD WHEN YOU SEEK HIM IN PRAYER?

FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS MAN HAS HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR CREATOR. GOD’S SPOKEN NAME HAS CHANGED DEPENDING ON OUR RELATIONSHIP AND HOW WE FELT ABOUT GOD. GOD HAS NOT CHANGED. OUR OPINION AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS GOD HAS CHANGED. WE SEE STRENGTHS AND MARVELS OF GOD AND WE HAVE NAMED HIM FOR THESE STRONG CHARACTERISTICS. IN AN EFFORT TO UNDERSTAND GOD, WE HAVE GIVEN HIM HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS. AT THE SAME TIME, SCRIPTURE TELLS OF THE NAMES GOD HAS CALLED HIMSELF.

AS WE GO THRU THE SCRIPTURES WE FIND MANY STRONG NAMES. OUR REFERENCES GO FROM GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION. HIS PEOPLE THROUGH OUT THE OLD TESTAMENT’S SCRIPTURE CALLED GOD BY THE STRENGTHS THEY SAW IN HIM. THESE NAMES ARE REFERENCED AND EMBRACED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AS WELL. GOD ABOUNDS IN STRENGTH. OUR WEAKNESSES GIVE US OPPORTUNITIES TO RELY UP0N THE STRENGTHS OF GOD.

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE STRENGTHS OF GOD. AS WE GO THROUGH THESE WE CAN SEE JEHOVAH AND YAHWEH ARE OFTEN USED INTERCHANGEABLY.

1. EL SHADDAI, THIS IS GENERALLY TRANSLATED AS ‘GOD ALMIGHTY’ OR ‘LORD GOD ALMIGHTY’. GENESIS 49:24b TELLS US OF ‘THE MIGHTY ONE OF JACOB’. THESE WORDS ARE ALSO REPEATED IN PSALMS 132:2 AND 5. GOD’S POWER IS ALMIGHTY.

2. EL ELYON: THIS IS GOD’S RIGHT TO HIS LORDSHIP, OUR ‘MOST HIGH GOD’. THIS IS DERIVED FROM THE HEBREW WORD FOR ‘GO UP’ OR TO ‘ASCEND’. THIS DESCRIBES GOD AS THE HIGHEST.

3. ADONAI: ‘LORD’ OR ‘MASTER’. THIS IS A SIMPLE, YET VERY SACRED TRANSLATION TO ‘LORD’ OR ‘MASTER’. THIS WAS USED BY JEWS IN PLACE OF YHWH. MANY THOUGHT THEMSELVES UNWORTHY TO UTTER YHWH. THERE ARE STILL THOSE TODAY WHO FEEL UNWORTHY AND USE ‘ADONAI’ RATHER THAN YHWH, YAHWEH OR LORD. OLD JEWISH TRADITION USED YHWH IN REFERRING TO JEWS, WHILE ADONAI WAS ALSO USED IN THEIR LANGUAGE WHEN GOD WAS DEALING WITH GENTILES.

4. YAHWEH: WE SEE THIS AS ‘YHWH’ AND ‘JEHOVAH’. THIS IS TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH AS ‘LORD’. IN WRITINGS WE SEE YAHWEH TRANSLATED AS ‘LORD’ AS A CHARACTER DIFFERENCE FROM ‘Lord’ IN LOWER CASE AS ADONAI. YAHWEH TELLS US OF GOD’S PERMANENT PRESENCE. GOD IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO US. IN EXODUS 3:14, GOD TOLD MOSES “I AM WHO I AM”. THIS MAY WELL BE THE STRONGEST DEFINITION OF WHO GOD IS…”I AM” IS WITHOUT ANY DOUBT.

5. JEHOVAH NISSI: ‘THE LORD IS MY BANNER’ OR ‘THE LORD IS OUR BANNER’. BANNER COULD TRANSLATE AS A PLACE OF CELEBRATION AS IN THE VICTORY OVER THE AMALEKITES IN EXODUS. OUR GOD, JEHOVAH, IS OUR BANNER OF VICTORY.

6. JEHOVAH-RAAH OR YAHWEH-ROHI: ‘THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD’. PSALM 23:1 TELLS US “THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT BE IN WANT”. AS DAVID SUPPLIED ALL HIS SHEEP NEEDED, WE UNDERSTAND GOD IS OUR SHEPHERD IN SUPPLYING ALL WE NEED IN SPIRIT, PHYSICAL AND POSSESSIONS.

7. JEHOVAH RAPHA OR YAHWEH-RAPHA: ‘THE LORD WHO HEALS’. EXODUS 15:26 EXPLAINS CLEARLY; “…FOR I AM THE LORD WHO HEALS YOU.”

8. JEHOVAH SHAMMAH OR YAHWEH-SHAMMAH: ‘THE LORD IS THERE’. THIS IS ATTRIBUTED TO THE GLORY OF THE LORD RETURNING TO THE TEMPLE IN EZEKIEL. THE PRESENCE OF GOD IS REAL.

9. JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU OR YAHWEH-TSIDKENU: ‘THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS’. JEREMIAH 33 TELLS US OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS. JESUS TOOK ON OUR SINS AS 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 TELLS US “…THAT WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM”.

10. JEHOVAH MEKODDISHKEM OR YAHWEH-M’KADDESH: “THE LORD WHO SANCTIFIES’ OR ‘THE LORD WHO MAKES HOLY’. ONLY GOD, NOT MAN CAN MAKE MAN HOLY. JESUS BECAME THE BEARER OF ALL OUR SINS SO THAT WE CAN BE CLEANSED.

11. EL OLAM: ‘EVERLASTING GOD’. GOD IS BEFORE THE BEGINNING AND AFTER THE END, AND IS WITHOUT A BEGINNING OR AN END. WITHIN GOD IS THE UNDERSTANDING OF TIME. GOD IS ETERNAL.

12. QANNA: ‘GOD IS THE JEALOUS GOD’. THIS IS A QUALITY OF GOD ALONE WHICH IDENTIFIES HIS ‘ONENESS’. “…FOR I, THE LORD YOUR GOD, AM A JEALOUS GOD…” (EXODUS 20:5)

13. JEHOVAH-JIREH OR YAHWEH-JIREH: ‘THE LORD WILL PROVIDE’. AS GOD PROVIDED THE RAM TO ABRAHAM AS A SACRIFICE IN PLACE OF ISAAC, HE PROVIDED HIS SON, JESUS, AS A SACRIFICE FOR US.

14. JEHOVAH SHALOM OR YAHWEH-SHALOM: ‘THE LORD IS PEACE’ OR ‘THE LORD OUR PEACE’. WHEN GIDEON BUILD THE ALTAR, HE NAMED IT ‘THE LORD OUR PEACE’. HE WAS COMFORTED IN BEING TOLD HE WOULD NOT DIE AFTER SEEING THE ANGEL OF THE LORD. WE CAN FIND PEACE IN THE TRINITY TODAY.

15. JEHOVAH SABAOTH OR YAHWEH-SABAOTH: ‘THE LORD OF HOSTS’. GOD IS THE LORD OF ALL THE ARMIES OF ANGELS IN HEAVEN AS WELL AS LORD OF ALL MEN. IN HIS TIME HIS ARMIES WILL DESTROY ALL EVIL ON THIS EARTH. AGAIN, THE LORD WILL PROVE HE IS THE ‘ONE’ LORD.

16. EL ROI: ‘GOD OF SEEING’ OR ‘GOD SEES ALL’. THIS IS THE NAME GIVEN BY HAGAR WHEN SHE MET THE ANGEL OF THE LORD. GOD SEES US IN ALL OUR SITUATIONS. EVEN IN OUR FAILURES AND FEARS, GOD SEES US AND NEVER IGNORES US.

17. EL-GIBHOR: ‘MIGHTY GOD’. WE FIND REFERENCES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOK OF ISAIAH OF THE PROPHESY OF JESUS CHRIST AND IN THE FINAL BOOK OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IN REVELATION 19:15. GOD WILL BE MIGHTY AND WILL DESTROY ALL HIS ENEMIES…’ALL HIS ENEMIES’…CONVINCING OF HOW MIGHTY GOD IS.

18. ELOHIM: ‘GOD IN TRINITY’. ELOHIM IS THE PLURAL FORM OF ELOAH. WE WITNESS THIS PLURALITY IN GENESIS 1 AS GOD CREATED THE WORLD.

19. YAHWEH-ELOHIM: ‘LORD GOD’ OR ‘LORD OF LORDS’. THIS IS A COMBINATION OF GOD’S POWERFUL NAME YHWH AND LORD, PROVING HIM LORD OF LORDS.

20. ‘THE SILENT NAME’: THIS IS THE UNSPOKEN NAME YOU USE TO CONVERSE WITH GOD, A NAME GOD UNDERSTANDS WHEN YOU COME TO HIM IN PRAYERS OF THANKS, PRAYERS OF PRAISES AND PRAYERS OF REQUESTS. THIS UNSPOKEN NAME IS THE FAITH CONNECTION YOU HAVE WITH YOUR LORD, A PERSONAL REVERED CONNECTION THAT WHEN YOU CALL UPON HIM, GOD HEARS AND KNOWS IT IS YOU!

THIS 20TH NAME IS SPECIAL. THERE ARE MANY RELIGIONS AROUND THE WORLD CLAIMING NUMEROUS GODS. YET, OUR GOD IS THE ONE TRUE GOD WHO MAKES HIMSELF AVAILABLE TO TALK WITH YOU AT ANY INSTANT. LIKE PICKING UP A TELEPHONE WITHOUT HAVING TO DIAL A NUMBER, GOD IS THERE. WHEN YOU PRAY, YOU NEVER ARE PUT ON HOLD, GET A BUSY SIGNAL OR A RECORDING OF THE NUMBER BEING DISCONNECTED. SPEAK GOD’S UNSPOKEN NAME. CALL ON HIM. GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU TO TALK WITH HIM.

AS YOU GO THROUGH YOUR WEEK AHEAD, REFLECT ON THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD AND HIS MANY NAMES AND HOW EACH OF GOD’S CHARACTERISTICS ARE WITH YOU EVERY DAY. SHARE THESE WITH OTHERS. SHARE THESE JOYS, COMFORTS AND SECURITIES WITH ALL GOD’S PEOPLES.