Why does the God of the bible have several names?

Be comforted in knowing that God is not only willing and able, but that He WILL help us. Photo: AP

Wake Forest, NC, October 7, 2013 — “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His Name? What shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and He (God) said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My Name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations.” (Exodus 3:13-15)

A person can be a parent, sibling, employer, employee, teammate, customer, and a multitude of other titles. How you refer to them depends on their relationship to you as well as their responsibilities associated with the title.

When God told Moses that His (God’s) name was “I AM,” Moses was informed that God is “I AM whatever you need in your life with respect to Me (God). Anyone who subscribes to the Judeo-Christian faith can take comfort in the following names of the God of the bible:

If you have ever said the word “Hallelujah,” you were actually giving praise to God, based on His most holy (unutterable) name: YHWH or YHVH (Yaweh):

“It is generally thought that YAH is a shortened form of YHVH. This Name of God occurs about 50 times in the Hebrew Tanakh. In Psalm 68:4, this Name is particularly stressed. The Name YAH is also found in the word “Hallelu-YAH,” which means “you praise the LORD.” As well as in many biblical proper names (e.g., Eliyahu). (excerpt taken from “The Hebrew Name for God”: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Names_of_G-d/YAH/yah.html)

A reminder: When you see a Name for God, think of that Name in terms of the issue, problem or situation you may be facing. If you are in the dark, you may need a flashlight in that situation. So if you are in need of healing, God would be manifested to you as your Healer: “Jehovah Rapha” (I AM the LORD who heals you). Consider this when you read the following Names of God:

Adoni: Sovereign One Who is majestic. “Oh LORD our God how majestic is Your Name in all the earth.” (Psalm 1:8)

Alpha-Omega: God Who is the Beginning and the End. “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, saith the LORD, Which is, and Which was, and Which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

El Shaddai: LORD God Who is Omnipotent (all power)

Emmanuel: God with us: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His Name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

Jehovah (El) Elyon: The LORD most high. “For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: Thou art exalted far above all gods.” (Psalm 97:9)

Jehovah Jireh: The LORD will provide. God provided a sacrifice when Abraham acted in obedience to offer Isaac’s life on the altar. “And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. (Genesis 22:13,14)

Jehovah Mkaddish: The LORD Who sanctifies us. “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily My sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I AM the LORD that doth sanctify you.” (Exodus 31:13)

This is the will of God, even your sanctification…” (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

Jehovah Nissi: My victory Banner when going against enemy forces. “And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah Nissi:” (Exodus 17:15)  

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the Name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)

Jehovah Rapha: God our Healer. “And (God) said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” (Exodus 15:26)

Jehovah Rhoi: The LORD our Shepherd. “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:6,7)

Jehovah Sabaoth: The LORD of hosts.  “And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.” (1 Samuel 1:3)

Jehovah Shalom: The LORD our Peace. “For He Himself is our Peace, Who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,” (Ephesians 2:14,15, NKJV)

Jehovah Shammah: The LORD Who is there; even when you are not aware. “It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the Name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.” (Exekiel 48:35)

Jehovah Tsidkenu: The LORD our Righteousness. “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name whereby He shall be called, The LORD Our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:6)

Yeshua: The LORD our Salvation. “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.” (Psalm 95:1)

In remembering His many Names, we should also be mindful to worship and praise God for Who He is. He is worthy of all glory, honor and praise. May I encourage you to meditate upon the words of this song of worship as rendered by Kelly Willard:

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The key is for us to call upon the Name of the LORD at all times. Regardless of the situation or need, believe that He is there for us, and that He will answer us according to that need:

I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)

Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

Be comforted in knowing that God is not only willing and able, but that He WILL help us. Let it not be said that we were reluctant (or refused) to call upon the LORD to act mightily on our behalf.

 


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Bill was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward.  His U.S. Navy career spanned from August 1974 through December 2001, during which he had a decorated and distinguished span of honorable service.  His profession and specialty was Earth Science (Meteorology, Oceanography and Geodesy).  After retiring from active duty on January 1, 2002, he entered the private sector as an Independent Insurance Agent (AFLAC) and garnered recognition as a top performer as a new member. Shortly thereafter he earned his B.S. degree in Business Management, and later earned his MBA degree.  He has also earned Information Technology (IT) Certification from Wake Technical Community College (May 2013).  Bill worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Milwaukee VA Pension Center (2002 –2005), processing hundreds of benefits claims for veterans and their family members.  Bill subsequently relocated and served on the staff of a local church in Pensacola, FL (May – Dec 2005), and then accepted a business opportunity as a Generalist with a major Management Consulting Firm (2006 – 2008).  Bill now owns a private Management Consulting company based in Wake Forest, NC.  He and his family relocated to North Carolina after his wife, Wendy, accepted a job offer in there.  He once ran for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party (June 2009).  He has also twice run for U.S Congress (NC-13th Congressional district), winning the GOP nomination in the 2010 Primary, and losing in the GOP Primary in 2012.  He is an author and a Community Chaplain.  Bill and his wife have resided in Wake Forest, NC since October 2008.  Bill has a son and four daughters.

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