Names of God – Pt 2

Yahweh or Jehovah – The Lord God (Genesis 2:4)

As we continue with this series and move through Scripture, another Name of God that we encounter, allowing us to know more fully Who He Is and His impact and involvement in our lives, is Yahweh or Jehovah. The Jewish people reverenced (and many still do so today) God in such a way that they won’t even say or write His full name so it was often displayed as YHWH with no vowels (as we know them) to exhibit His Holiness and their recognition thereof. Something worthy of our thoughts and honor still today!

The Name Yahweh is profound and may mess with our minds as we think about it. It means “I Will Be” or “I Will Be What I Will Be,” and is a fitting Name for the eternal Creator of all things, a profound statement that this God is the ultimate author of all reality, the Eternal One without beginning or end. This Name also carries with it the understanding and meaning of Lord of All, Master and Ruler over all!

This is the most commonly used name of God in all of Scripture used 6,519 times. You think God wanted us to know Him as the Authority and Lord? Absolutely and that is why there is no such thing as Christ as Savior only…He must be our Lord because He is The Sovereign Lord!

This Name for God as the Lord God appears first in Genesis 2:4 in creation. However, God did not reveal Himself specifically by this Name until He did so with Moses in Exodus 3:14 when He declared, “I Am that I Am.”  This is Yahweh!

Christ as God is revealed in Revelation through John the Beloved Apostle as Jehovah or Yahweh when He declares that He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end…always has been, always is and always will be (Revelation 22:13)

Notice how God’s presence, provision and power are displayed in His Name(s) as He perfectly reveals Himself to those in Scripture and by faith through grace to us today. Notice also how God is revealed for Who He Is in the Old Covenant and in exactly the same way He is revealed in Christ in the New Covenant!

El Roi – The God Who Sees (Genesis 16:13)

In Genesis 16, in a very beautiful way, God reveals Himself to Hagar, Sarai’s handmaid who she offered to her husband Abram, thinking they knew best as to how to fulfill God’s Covenant promise that all the families in the earth would be blessed through his seed. Hagar conceives a child, Ishmael, and Sarai becomes bitterly jealous toward her and mistreats her. Hagar flees with the child, essentially into the wilderness with little or no hope.

It is at this moment that “the angel of The Lord” appears to her and declares God’s blessing on her son and descendants. In that moment we read in v. 13 that Hagar declares what God has revealed of Himself to her (and to us as well)…that His Name is “El Roi – The God Who sees me.”

Once again we find a powerful parallel declaring to us that Christ is El Roi, “The God Who sees me,” with Nathanael in John 1:47-49. It is this interaction that reassures and directs Nathanael to follow Jesus as one of His 12 disciples, just as God directed Hagar to take Ishmael and return to Abram and Sarai, assuring them that He would care for them.

El Roi declares to us that there are no circumstances in our lives that escape God’s watch and care over us. He knows us, our every trial and struggle, and is with us.

El Shaddai – The All-Sufficient God (Genesis 17:1-2)

This Name of God is a powerful one that that should comfort us in any and every situation that we face. This name (as does every Name of God) interconnects with every other Name of God and helps us understand and know Him. I pray that it helps you to look to Him, know and love Him more.

In Genesis 17:1-2 God reveals Himself as EL SHADDAI – the All-Sufficient One. God does this as He reveals Himself to Abraham and declares that He is sufficient and will make a covenant with Abraham that will be eternal! How awesome is that! No matter what we face, our God is not only ever present but also all-powerful and sufficient to handle every circumstance and provide every need. He is Faithful!

Once again we find that Christ as God in the flesh is also the All Sufficient One in Colossians 1:16-19 (all of Creation exists because of Him and all that God is dwells in Him); 1:27-28 (He is sufficient to make us complete in Him) – He alone is sufficient to present us perfect before God The Father; 2:10 (He alone has all authority and can accomplish all things)!

Again, how awesome is that? Do you know EL SHADDAI and do you know Him in Christ as your All-Sufficient God? I pray you do.

Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – God…and Christ…is The Lord God (Yahweh or Jehovah), “The I Am That I Am” or “I Will Be What I Will Be.”  He is El Roi – “The God Who Sees Me” and knows my every need.  He is all this and more because He not only knows and is Lord but He is El Shaddai – “The All-Sufficient One” who meets every need! He desires a personal relationship with you. Do you know Him?  Christ has paid the price so that you can!

Love and Lordship…Action Item

  1. Read the Scriptures in this article and ask The Holy Spirit to teach you.
  2. Write down what each of the Names of God in this post mean to you. 
  3. How have you seen the Names of God in this post become real in your life?
  4. How can you know for certain that you have a relationship with God through Christ?

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