Does a name matter? When I’m called something other than Michelle, I do not respond. It is not my identity. Names are given for the unique individual created…for the personality of the one being named.
Sometimes we do a lousy job of naming our children. We don’t even give a thought to whom they may be, but to what sounds good to our ears. Biblical names were not chosen by what would tickle the ear. Biblical names were given to express the characteristics of the one named.
God revealed Himself through His Name.
The God of the Bible is…
Elohim — Our Creator Who said, “Let US make man in OUR image”
El Elyon — God Most High
El Shaddai — God All-Sufficient
El Roi — The God Who Sees
Adonai — Lord and Master
Jehovah — LORD
Jehovah-Jireh — The LORD our Provider
Jehovah-Shalom — The LORD our Peace
Jehovah-Tsidkenu — The LORD our Righteousness
Jehovah-Mekkodishkem — The LORD our Sanctification
Jehovah-Rapha — The LORD our Healer
Oh, so many names — more than I’ve listed — reveal the character and attributes of our eternal, infinite, transcendent, and HOLY God.
Our God, the God of the Jewish people and the God of the Christian, IS the same God.
That truth offends so many people of both faiths. But, when we see what scripture teaches, the OLD and NEW Testaments of God, we see Jesus is the Son of the Father, who is in Heaven. The Great Shepherd who leads His flock to still waters is the Good Shepherd who searches for His lost sheep. The Rock upon which we stand is the Stone of Stumbling which causes offense. Our righteousness and our sanctification is found in the Name of the LORD.
The scripture teaches us:
The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
My God, my Rock, in whom I take refuge,
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge;
You save me from violence.
~2 Samuel 22:3
For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
When the LORD called Moses to return to Egypt and bring His people out of slavery, Moses questioned God. He wanted to know by whose name — by whose authority — was he to speak. We read:
Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
God, furthermore, said to Moses,
“Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel,
the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob,
has sent me to you.’
This is My name forever,
and this is My memorial-name to all generations.
God declared the name LORD as His memorial name to all generations. He is known to ALL GENERATIONS by the name Yahweh. Such a sacred name that the Jewish people will not speak it. In English we have given the Hebrew tetragrammaton of YHWH the transliteration of Jehovah.
This is the name Jesus spoke when questioned by the Pharisees. They became so enraged that they took up stones to kill Him!
Jesus said to them,
“Truly, truly, I say to you,
before Abraham was born,
God is known by His Forever Name — I AM — to all generations!
Jesus is the Great I AM! Emmanuel — God With Us!!!
In the Book to the Hebrews we are given this explanation:
Because God’s children are human beings––made of flesh and blood––Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants of Abraham, not to help the angels. Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, His brothers and sisters, so that He could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since He Himself has gone through suffering and temptation, He is able to help us when we are being tempted. Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. ~Hebrews 2 & 3
What is the name of your God?
If you want to serve the God of the Bible,
His name is I AM.
I am the LORD! That is My name!
I will not share My glory with anyone else, or the praise due Me with idols.