Names of God – Pt 8
(Psalm 20:7)- “Some praise their chariots and some their horses, But we will praise the name of the Lord, our God.”
Jehovah-Adon Kai Ha’arets – The God or Lord of All The Earth” (Joshua 3:13)
Our first Name as we continue with this Names of God series is found in Joshua 3:13 and should remind us of why His Lordship is so important and necessary in our lives. The Name is JEHOVAH-ADON KAI HA’ARETS –“THE GOD OR LORD OF ALL THE EARTH.”
In this text we find Joshua, as the newly anointed servant-leader of the Israelites, has led them to the banks of the Jordan River according to God’s command. BTW – it was during the heavy flooding season and the Jordan was deep and swift and there were likely over 3 million Jews that needed to get into The Promised Land…what to do?
God, just as He had done with Moses at the Red Sea, showed Himself as The God of All The Earth! He gave the instructions for the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant to step into the water. When they did, the waters parted because He is The God of All The Earth!
Jesus, as God in the flesh, is Lord of All The Earth and we find this in no greater expression than what we know as The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18 when He clearly proclaims, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”
Again we find this Truth revealed in The Revelation of Jesus Christ in 19:16, “King of kings and Lord of lords.” He is Lord of All The Earth and we must willingly choose to submit and walk with Him as Lord of our lives.
Jehovah Shalom – “The Lord Is Peace” (Judges 6:24)
The next Name comes from a fairly well known story in Scripture in Judges 6. It is the story of Gideon, an unlikely candidate for a hero but in God’s will and provision that’s exactly what Gideon becomes.
He is secretly thrashing wheat in a wine press so that the Midianites would not come and steal the wheat. An angel of The Lord appears and tells Gideon essentially that God has chosen him to lead the Israelites into victorious battle over the Midianites.
Gideon’s response is to build an altar and worship JEHOVAH-SHALOM – “THE LORD IS PEACE” (Judges 6:24) because He realizes he has see the angel of God and not died! This powerful Hebrew word that we translate loosely as “peace” certainly includes that concept but it is much more. It is best translated as “wholeness or completeness” and it is when we are walking fully in God’s Truth in every part of our lives that His Shalom (wholeness in line with His Truth) brings peace into our lives.
Christ has become and is our Peace as our Savior and Lord in the New Covenant. We find this in numerous places but two of the most compelling for me (and I hope they encourage you) are in Isaiah 9:6 where He is prophesied as the Prince of Peace (Shalom), pointing to the New Covenant, as He alone brings wholeness and peace into our lives. The other Scripture that brings me great comfort regarding His peace is Philippians 4:4-7 where we are told that our rejoicing and thanksgiving in all circumstances (even the bad ones) brings a peace that we can’t fully comprehend and that guards our hearts and minds in The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ! PTL!
Jehovah Hashopet – “God The Judge” (Judges 11:27)
Continuing in Judges we find another powerful Name in a lesser known story as well as a lesser known Israelite judge. In Judges 11:27, God reveals Himself to Jephthah, the ninth judge of Israel, son of Gilead. It is the fact that his mother is a prostitute that his family and others scorn Jephthah until they need his valor as a mighty warrior to conquer their enemies, the Ammonites.
Jephthah was made leader and inquired of the Ammonites as to why they were coming against Israel and they falsely claimed that the Israelites had taken land from the Amorites that belonged to them.
Jephthah refutes their claims with historical truth and then proclaims to the Ammonites…and to his people as well as us today…God is JEHOVAH HASHOPET – “The Lord, The Judge.” We can even go so far as to say that God was revealing Himself as The Righteous Judge as He always judges rightly and fairly regardless of what we or anyone else thinks.
Christ is our JEHOVAH HASHOPET – “The Lord, The Judge” and “Our Righteous Judge,” proclaimed in several New Testament texts but none more poignantly than 2 Timothy 4:8 where Paul declares in strong faith that Jesus Christ, the Righteous Judge, will award the crown of righteousness to him and to all who believe in Him and look for His glorious appearing! PTL! He will judge perfectly and righteously!
He will reward and avenge, rightly and justly, because He is the Righteous Judge (Romans 12:19), so we can leave all judgment and revenge in His Righteous Hands and justice!
Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – God is Jehovah-Adon Kai Ha’arets – The God or Lord of All The Earth” and the more that we recognize His sovereignty over all of creation the more we can honor Him as Lord of our life. He is also Jehovah Shalom – “The Lord Is Peace” which is so comforting in our trying times as His Presence is peace no matter what we are facing. Finally He is Jehovah Hashopet – “God The Judge” and in Christ we find He is not only The Judge but The Righteous Judge that we can always count on execute justice perfectly…that’s also very reassuring as we walk in faith and allow Him to deal with any vengeance or revenge.
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.
- Think about and journal daily how Jehovah Shalom brings peace into your life even when the world around you is chaos.
- How does God as Lord of all the Earth and The Righteous Judge help give you a peace that others may not have? How can you encourage others to know Him?
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