In the month of June, I was led to go through the names of God. It is important and amazing to see God’s character in action. I challenge you to get to know your God and how He operates. It is all through the bible.
Yahweh Macadesh- The Lord who sanctifies you.
“You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.” “You shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you (Yahweh Macadesh).”
Esh Oklah, El Kanna- All Consuming fire, Jealous God.
(Study about the Jealous God. He is jealous for us, not of us.) God jealousy involves His righteous zeal for His own name and glory. The jealousy of God is compared to what a husband feels when his wife has been unfaithful. The bride is the church. “For I am a jealous God.”
As we think about our jealous God, let us ask him for the grace to be as devoted to Him as He is to us and for the strength to withstand his purifying, refining, life shaping fire.
“So watch yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the Lord your God has commanded you. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God”.- Deuteronomy 4:23-24
El Moan- Dwelling Place
Migdal-Oz- Strong Tower
God just does not want to dwell with the people but He wants to dwell WITHIN the people. We have the privilege as his people to run to him for safety. We can depend on God to be our refuge (MACHSEH). When David was running from Saul, he went to a place called EnGedi. “And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds (Migdal-Oz) of En Gedi.” 1 Sam. 23:29. It is a place of escape from the enemy.
Lord you give me peace because of your strong protective love. Shield me and be my refuge (miqlat). Strengthen me in the times of trouble.
NAME OF GOD: Elohim Chaseddi
The God of My Mercy
My God (Elohim) in His lovingkindness (Chaseddi) will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes. Psalm 59:10
Sometimes we make light of God’s mercy. Because of His mercy, We have been given a second chance after chance. He has shown us forgiveness and withheld the full consequences that our actions deserve. Forgive us for not acknowledging Your power of your mercy, for not remembering what You have spared us from, and for not giving You the full devotion of our heart. Restore us, ELOHE CHASEDDI, for you have turned your indignation away from us. Revive us again that we may rejoice in God.
Name of GOD: Hashem- THE NAME of God; The I AM God
God’s name is associated with his glory, power, holiness, protection, trust, and love. To call on his name is to call on his presence. To act in his name is to act with his authority. To fight in his name is to fight with his power. To pray to his name is to pray to him. When we pray to Ha-shem (ha-SHEM), we are praying to the holy God who dwells in our midst, hearing and answering our prayers.
Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name. When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you. (Psalm 91:14-15)
Name of God: YAHWEH ROPHEKA
The Lord Who Heals
Rophe- Verb Ropheka- Noun
The Hebrew word rophe means “heal,” “cure,” “restore,” or “make whole.” Shortly after his people left Egypt for the Promised Land, God revealed himself as Yahweh Ropheka, the LORD Who Heals. The Hebrew Scriptures indicate that God is the source of all healing.
Though it often refers to physical healing, it usually has a larger meaning as well, involving the entire person. Rather than merely healing the body, Yahweh Ropheka (yah-WEH ro-FEH-ka) heals the mind and soul as well.
Yahweh is the builder of Jerusalem. He is the one who gathers the outcasts of Israel together. He is the Rophe of the brokenhearted. He is the one who bandages their wounds. (Psalm 147:2-3)
Name of God- El Elyon
“Highest,” “Exalted One,” “Most High,” or “God Most High,”
When applied to God, the term Elyon, meaning “Highest,” “Exalted One,” “Most High,” or “God Most High,” emphasizes that God is the highest in every realm of life. When you praise the Most High, you are worshiping the one whose power, mercy, and sovereignty cannot be matched.
Whoever lives under the shelter of Elyon will remain in the shadow of Shadday. . . You have made Elyon your home. No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house. He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:1, 9-11)
ame of God: Yahweh Shalom
meaning: “wholeness,” “completeness,” “finished word,”
Shalom is a Hebrew word, so much richer in its range of meanings than the English word peace, which usually refers to the absence of outward conflict or to a state of inner calm. The concept of shalom includes these ideas but goes beyond them, meaning “wholeness,” “completeness,” “finished word,” “perfection,” “safety,” or “wellness.” Shalom comes from living in harmony with God. The fruit of that harmony is harmony with others, prosperity, health, satisfaction, soundness, wholeness, and well-being.
When you pray to Yahweh Shalom (yah-WEH sha-LOME), you are praying to the source of all peace. No wonder his Son is called the Prince of Peace.
With perfect peace you will protect those whose minds cannot be changed, because they trust you. (Isaiah 26:3)
Name: Qedosh Yisrael (ke-DOSH yis-ra-AIL)
Meaning: Holy One of Israel
To understand the title Holy One of Israel, Qedosh Yisrael (ke-DOSH yis-ra-AIL), we need first to understand that holiness is grounded in God’s nature. It refers not to one of his attributes but to the totality of his being. In his holiness, God exists above and apart from the world he has made.
The term most frequently used for “holy” in the New Testament is hagios. The holiness of Jesus was recognized even by demons, who called him “the Holy One of God.” When Christ made himself an offering for our sins, he bridged the infinite chasm between a holy God and sinful human beings. As believers, we are called to reflect the character of Christ, to be holy even as He is holy.
With one sacrifice he [Christ] accomplished the work of setting them apart for God forever. The Holy Spirit tells us the same thing: “This is the promise that I will make to them after those days, says the Lord: ‘I will put my teachings in their hearts and write them in their minds.’” (Hebrews 10:14-16)
NAME: YAHWEH SHAMMAH
MEANING: THE LORD IS THERE
Yahweh Shammah is a name for a city rather than a title of God. But it is so closely associated with God’s presence and power that it has often been equated with a name for God, at least in popular parlance. The name in the New Testament that is most closely associated with it is Immanuel, God with Us, a name that was given to Jesus. Yahweh Shammah (yah-WEH SHAM-mah),the LORD Is There, reminds us that we were created both to enjoy and to manifest God’s presence.
When you go through the sea, I am with you. When you go through rivers, they will not sweep you away. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, and the flames will not harm you. (Isaiah 43:2)
NAME: RUACH ELOHIM
MEANING: THE SPIRIT OF GOD
The Hebrew word for “spirit” is ruach (ru-ACH), which can be translated as “wind,” “breath,” or “mind.” It is closely associated with “life” since there is no life without “breath.”
The Spirit offers wisdom, ability, guidance, power, and revelation. So powerful is the breath of the Spirit that it can even bring the dead to life. Though Ruach when used in connection with God in the Hebrew Scriptures may simply refer to his power or his will, more often it signifies that God is present by his Spirit. The word ruach can also describe angelic beings or even the “spirit” of a human being.
Life is spiritual. Your physical existence doesn’t contribute to that life. The words that I have spoken to you are spiritual. They are life. (John 6:63) The helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. (John 14:26)
NAME: Yahweh Tsebaoth (yah-WEH tse-ba-OATH)
MEANING: LORD ALMIGHTY, THE LORD OF ARMIES, THE LORD OF HOSTS.
The Lord of Armies, the LORD of Hosts, or the LORD Almighty, depending on the translation, is a title that emphasizes God’s rule over every other power in the material and spiritual universe. When Scripture speaks of “the host of heaven,” it is usually speaking of celestial bodies, though the phrase can also refer to angelic beings. When you pray to Yahweh Tsebaoth, you are praying to a God so magnificent that all creation serves his purposes.
Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am Elohim. I rule the nations. I rule the earth. Yahweh Tsebaoth is with us. The Elohim of Jacob is our stronghold. (Psalm 46:10-11)
NAME: YAHWEH TSIDQENU
MEANING: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
The Hebrew word tsedeq is usually translated “righteousness” but can also be translated “righteous,” “honest,” “right,” “justice,” “accurate,” “just,” “truth,” or “integrity.” Though people who observed the law were often called righteous in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament stresses that righteousness is not merely a matter of outward behavior but a matter of the heart—of thoughts, motives, and desires. The goal is not merely to do what God says but to become like him in the process.
That which wicked people dread happens to them, but the LORD grants the desire of righteous people. (Proverbs 10:24)
NAME: YAHWEH YIREH
MEANING: THE LORD WILL PROVIDE
The Hebrew word raah (from which yireh is derived) means “to see.” In this case, it is translated as “provide.” Since God sees the past, present, and future, he is able to anticipate and provide for what is needed. Interestingly the English word provision is made up of two Latin words that mean “to see beforehand.” When you pray to Yahweh Yireh, you are praying to the God who sees the situation beforehand and who is able to provide for your needs.
Don’t ever worry and say, “What are we going to eat?” or “What are we going to drink?” or “What are we going to wear?” Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them. But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you. (Matthew 6:31-33)
NAME OF GOD: EL OLAM
MEANING: THE EVERLASTING GOD, ETERNAL GOD
El Olam is the Hebrew name for the God who has no beginning and no end, the God for whom one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like one day. His plans stand firm forever, plans to give you a future full of hope. The title El Olam (EL o-LAM), meaning “Eternal God” or “Everlasting God,” appears only four times in Scripture. The word is applied to God and his laws, promises, covenant, and kingdom. When you pray to the Everlasting God, you are praying to the God whose Son is called the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the God whose love endures forever.
Yahweh’s plan stands firm forever. (Psalm 33:11)
NAME: EL ROI
MEANING: THE GOD WHO WATCHES OVER ME
Hagar learned the remarkable truth: though Abraham and Sarah had cast her off, El Roi (EL roe-EE) had taken her in. Seeing her distress, he sent an angel to help her. Indeed, he had been watching over her all along, developing a plan to bless her and her child, reminding her of his faithfulness by instructing her to name her son Ishmael, which means “God Hears.”
The title El Roi reminds us of the God who numbers every hair on our heads and who knows the circumstances of our lives, past, present, and future. Nothing is hidden from him.
He will not let you fall. Your guardian will not fall asleep. Yahweh is your guardian. Yahweh is the shade over your right hand. The sun will not beat down on you during the day, nor will the moon at night. Yahweh guards you from every evil. He guards your life. Yahweh guards you as you come and go, now and forever. (Psalm 121:3, 5-8)
Name: Yahweh Nissi
MEANING: The Lord is my Banner
When Moses held up the staff of God in the battle with the Amalekites, he was holding it like a banner, appealing to God’s power. By building an altar and naming it Yahweh Nissi (yah-WEH nis-SEE),the LORD Is My Banner (Exodus 17:15), he created a memorial of God’s protection and power.
At that time the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the people to gather around. The nations will come to him. His resting place will be glorious. At that time Adonay will use his power again to recover what remains of his people. . . He will raise a banner for the nations to gather around. (Isaiah 11:10-12)