Todays’ chapter is called “Pausing for Moment” and is, in the first part, a re-cap of the previous chapters and reviews the names of God and their meanings. I will focus on the first part of the chapter in this discussion.
As we review the names of God, remember that each name teaches about His character, which does not change. God’s character has been revealed throughout the scriptures by what He has said and done. But nothing is so revealing as the names that are used to describe Him. To better explain, let me repeat something from an earlier post (this is from my post for Day 4):
There is something important I want to be sure to mention. In Genesis, Adam (the first man/human) was named by God and he, in turn, named Eve (the second human) and also all the animals. After that, children were named by their parents. Sometimes people were re-named by God (Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Israel, Saul to Paul). But did you know that when asked His name, God gave no “name” for men to call Him?
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD [According to Biblegateway.com, the Hebrew word for LORD sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew word for I AM], the God of your fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation” (Ex 3:13-15).
Did you catch a name in there? Neither did the Hebrews. They considered the actual name of God to be sacred and unknown to man. I love that, rather than calling Him a name, calling Him “I AM” is a description of constant action, a positive state of being; it is a present tense verb and is constantly current. Paul said, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Here are the names of God, as listed on pages 95-96. I have included my own notes based on the previous daily work:
- Elohim – God as God, The Creator, present always as the trinity, the author of life and time, mighty over all things/Almighty God
- El Elyon – God Most High, He is sovereign over all and has rightful dominion over everything and everyone, we must not contend with Him
- El Roi – The God Who Sees, nothing happens without Him being aware of it, we never out of His sight or lost
- El Shaddai – The All-Sufficient One, He is God Almighty, I can rely on Him, He is able to accomplish anything that concerns me
- Adonai – The Lord and Master, if we truly know who Him – we cannot help but acknowledge His Lordship over us, His position requires a response from us of honor, respect and service to Him
- Jehovah – The Self-Existent One, I AM WHO I AM – always existed, was not created, all life is contained in Him, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, wherever we see “LORD” in all caps in the bible it is this name
- Jehovah-Jireh – The LORD Will Provide, He is the God who provided the ram as a substitute for the sacrifice of Isaac, the same God provided His own Son as a sacrifice in our place
- Jehovah-rapha – The LORD Who Heals, because He has dominion over all things He can bless or curse and He can strike or heal, being gracious and compassionate He brings reconciliation to mankind and heals body, mind and soul, He delivers us from the Curse/the Fall, He has authority over the good and the bad that happen so He is the One we must run to for help, there is no other help beside Him.
- The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10
- “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Rev 4:11 Elohim
- I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me. Psalms 57:2 El Elyon
- The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3 El Roi
- Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless. Genesis 17:1 El Shaddai
- I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” Psalms 16:2 Adonai
- God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘˜I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 Jehovah
- And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19 Jehovah-Jireh
- Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14 Jehovah-rapha
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