Names of God – Pt 22
“Willingly I will sacrifice to You; I will praise Your name, Lord, for it is good.” Psalm 54:6
Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6; 33:16)
The Prophet Jeremiah reveals another much needed character trait in another Name of God in 23:6 and 33:16 – “JEHOVAH TSIDKENU – THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!” As we found a few days ago, God is Jehovah Tsadik – The Rigtheous God.
His Name as Jeremiah tells us carries it even further as he prophesies about Christ The Coming Messiah as The Righteous Branch. So immediately we see God and Christ as JEHOVAH TSIDKENU – THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. God’s Righteousness becomes our Righteousness. That’s incredible but how can He do that when we are sinners and unrighteous and as such can never enter His Presence (Romans 3:10)? Jesus!
Just as Jeremiah prophesied, Christ is JEHOVAH TSIDKENU – THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (2 Corinthians 5:21)! His sacrificial death has covered our sins, paid our debt and literally made all who believe in Him righteous before our Perfect and Righteous Heavenly Father! PTL!
Do you understand that there is no way that, in and of ourselves, that we can be righteous nor stand in the Presence of a Perfect, Holy and Righteous God? Do you also realize that Christ has taken care of our sin? Have you believed in Him and know that because of His death, you are now righteous? I pray that you.
Jehovah Nakeh or Makeh – The Lord Who Strikes You (Ezekiel 7:9, 27)
Continuing with God’s Names revealed to us in His Word, we come upon a difficult Name in another of the major prophets, Ezekiel 7:9, 27. Your likely not going to like this Name but we must learn to love it in this fallen world and because of our sinful nature.
The Name is “JEHOVAH NAKEH or MAKEH – THE LORD WHO STRIKES YOU.”
Ezekiel is prophesying specifically against Israel and all the evil they have continually done. Interestingly though it is a general warning of all who do evil that God, who is Love, strikes those who will not heed His Truth and choose to walk in evil ways.
Without Christ being stricken of God (Isaiah 53:3-5) for our sake and because of our evil, sinful hearts and actions. But Christ is also JEHOVAH NAKEH – THE LORD WHO STRIKES YOU and one day every eye will witness this Holy God who cannot allow evil and sin to endure or to be in His presence. He will fulfill this ultimately when He returns.
You and I may need to be stricken from time to time to remind us that our walk must be in line with His Word and He has given us all we need in Christ to do so. However, Christ will return to claim all those who are His and to STRIKE all those who have rejected Him, sinners and all those who have been deceived by satan and their own flesh and the world, as well as satan himself (Revelation 19:19-21; 20:10)!
All can know JEHOVAH NAKEH – THE LORD WHO STRIKES YOU. We as believers in Christ can receive His loving striking, or punishment, for our good (Hebrews 12:1-15) but those who reject and rebel against Him will receive a final and eternal striking.
Praise The Lord that He is JEHOVAH NAKEH – THE LORD WHO STRIKES YOU! Do you know Him?
Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is Present (or There) (Ezekiel 48:35)
On the heels of Ezekiel revealing that Name of God as Jehovah Makeh (Nakeh) – The Lord Who Strikes You and understanding why that is needed and still a part of a loving God, today’s Name is also found in Ezekiel 48:35 and is much more comforting.
Ezekiel prophesies to the Israelites of his day before the fall of Jerusalem in 587 BC and all they will face. The latter prophecies are visions of the End Times and of the restoration of Jerusalem, Israel and The Temple. In the last part of these visions he sees the land of Israel being divided once again among the tribes and it is here that he reveals that God is “JEHOVAH SHAMMAH – THE LORD IS PRESENT (OR THERE).”
Essentially he is declaring that God is ever present and it is a great comfort to know that He is! This is where we get the concept of God as Omnipresent – ever and always with us!
Christ is our JEHOVAH SHAMMAH – THE LORD IS PRESENT as we find in no greater place than what we know of as The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 which Christ closes with these words, “and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Do you know Jesus as being always with you as JEHOVAH SHAMMAH – THE LORD IS PRESENT? He is and you can count on Him no matter what you’re facing. I pray that you know Him and are aware that He is always present with and for you.
Are you assured of Christ’s presence in your life? You can be! Let us know at Love and Lordship if you have questions or would like to know more?
Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – God is Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness found only in Christ who has made us righteous. He is Jehovah Nakeh or Makeh – The Lord Who Strikes You…and has done so in striking His very own Son and our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ…and as we need it He lovingly strikes us to give us the chance to respond to His Truth, Love and Righteousness. Finally He is Jehovah Shammah – The Lord Who Is Present and we know this in Christ, once again, as He has promised to be with us to the end of time!
Love and Lordship…Action Item –
- Read the Scriptures in this article and ask The Holy Spirit to teach you.
- Write down what each of the Names of God in this post mean to you.
- I must ask and think it would be very beneficial to think on this… The Lord Who Strikes You…How can you see God’s Love in this Name in your life?
- Through which of these Names is God speaking most clearly to you in this season of life? Why?
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