WHAT A WONDERFUL NAME
Do you have a nickname? Not just a shortened version of your given name, but a name of endearment or description given to you by your family, friends or maybe even a bully at school.
Names are very important and they often can tell us a lot about a person… names like Big Jack or Princess or Buddy or Stinky can give us word pictures about a person.
The names of God tell us, His family, a lot about Him too…
NAMES IN THE BIBLE
The Bible is filled with the names of God… Elohim, Yahweh, El Shaddai, Adonai, Jehovah -jireh, Jehovah-shalom, Messiah, Christ, and many more… but mostly in our English Bibles we see God’s name written as God and Lord. It is hard to catch the true and deep flavor of the names of God and why they are so important in showing us who God is.
To the ancients, a name was a window into the character and the abilities of a person. And even God Himself.
God told Mary and Joseph to name their firstborn baby Jesus. Jesus means “God saves”.
So when we are hearing Jesus, the Jews were hearing “God saves”! What a perfect describer for this baby who would grow up to save the whole world!
I feel bad for Jabez and Mahlon and Achan… whose names mean “sorrow”, “sickness” and “trouble”. I wonder if we get the phrase “here comes trouble” from Achan?
If we just dig in the bible a little we can learn God’s names and from that learn about His wonderful and awesome character.
One of my favorite names for God is found in Genesis 17. God appears to Abram and says…
“I am God the Almighty” “A ni El Shaddai” (el-shadd-i).
Everyone in the ancient world believed in a god… most believed in many gods. We call them idols (literally means “block of wood”… I love that!) How did the ancients know which god was the real or best god? They had a very easy test… the strongest or mightiest god was the real god!
So, God appears to Abram and said, Abram, I am the true God because I am the ALL Mighty God. Literally, El means god and shaddai means mighty. Why God used that “nickname” to show who He was to Abram is so interesting!
Abram was a ninety-nine year old man at that time. He had a pretty good and successful life. But the one thing that was most important to a man of his day Abram did not have a child.
It was a great cultural shame not to have children. And to make things worse, Abram means “exulted or great father”! Every time his name was spoken it reminded him of the biggest shame of his life!
But God, El Shaddai was about to show Abram just how mighty of a God He was! God changed Abram’s name to Abraham which meant “father of a multitude of nations”!
God would have to be the mightiest of all and the true God if he could take a ninety-nine year old man and his old wife and make them the patriarchs of a multitude of nations!
And God Almighty, El Shaddai, did just that! Abraham’s descendants are as numerous as the stars!
God showed this ancient man that He was the mightiest God and the only true God! And the story of Abraham shows us that too!
CALLING OUT TO GOD
What are you facing that needs a mighty God? Are you carrying something heavy? Do you need to see God’s mighty power in your life?
Don’t turn to other things (blocks of wood) to help you! You have El Shaddai, the Almighty God, who loves you more than you could ever imagine, to help you. Just ask and keep on asking!
God is also known as Jehovah-jireh (Genesis 22), the God Who Provides! Our Almighty God will provide what you need, what you really need!
Here are some other names of God that give us a glimpse into His wonderful character…
God is El Sabaoth~ the God of the Armies of Heaven
God is El Elyon~ the Most High God
God is Adonai~ Master
God is Jehovah~ The Lord, The Self-Existent God, God’s Covenant Name
God is Jehovah Raah~ The Lord My Shepherd
God is Jehovah Rapha~ The Lord Who Heals
God is Jehovah Mekoddishkem~ The Lord Who Sanctifies You
God is El Olam~ The Everlasting God
God is Jehovah Shalom~ The Lord Of Peace
God is Elohim~ The Creator, The Triune God
There are more names of God that show His wonderful character and His all-powerful ability! No wonder the Bible says that He is our ALL IN ALL! He is everything we will ever need or want!
Here’s the verse I am memorizing this week…
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:3
Wow! How uplifting to read the many names of God! Thank you Yvonne for sharing this with us!
God’s peace be with you!
Such power packed information and truth. How blessed we are to have a God Who wants to be known. Bless you for sharing.
I love your Sunday posts. I learn so much. Thank you so much for your teachings. Happy Sunday.
I enjoy and look forward to your weekly “Sunday School” posts. I have learned, and had my memory refreshed of what I previously learned. Thank you! You are a wonderful teacher! Have you ever thought of doing a Bible Study group for your readers?
That was awesome, Yvonne. Thank you for that uplifting word. Just what I needed this dark Sunday morning! ❤
So glad Susanne! God’s blessing to you.
This was such a special post Yvonne! I love the fact that you do not only show us how to decorate but how to live…..
Thank you Maria, God bless you!
Thank you and God bless you for using your platform to spread the Gospel. You are a beautiful example. May or Good and Loving God richly bless you!
Thank you Kathleen, God bless you too.
Love your blog, especially on Sunday. I can’t find the same description of Elohim that you have listed as Triune God, Creator. Can you please give me the reference for that definition?
Hi Vicky, here is a post with the explanation of Elohim:https://www.stonegableblog.com/the-names-of-god/
Just getting to read your beautiful message!!!! It is always a pleasure to read your blog posts because I learn so much from you. Thank you for sharing your precious blessings of sharing with others.
Awww, Helen! You are so so welcome!
Yvonne, I love reading the names of our awesome God and what each one means. Thank you for another wonderful post. May God continue to bless you as you seek to serve Him through these wonderful devotions. You spend a lot of time doing these and I appreciate you so much! Bless you, dear friend!
Thank you, sweet friend! I always look forward to your comments!God bless you too, Mary Ann