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The Sacred Names of God You must know

Question: "What are the different names of

God and what do they mean?"

Answer: Each of the many names of God

describes a different aspect of His many-

faceted character. Here are some of the

better-known names of God in the Bible:

EL, ELOAH: God "mighty, strong,

prominent" (Genesis 7:1 ; Isaiah 9:6 ) –

etymologically, El appears to mean “power,” as

in “I have the power to harm you” ( Genesis

31:29 ). El is associated with other qualities,

such as integrity (Numbers 23:19 ), jealousy

(Deuteronomy 5:9 ), and compassion

(Nehemiah 9:31 ), but the root idea of might

remains.

ELOHIM: God “Creator, Mighty and

Strong” (Genesis 17:7 ; Jeremiah 31:33 ) – the

plural form of Eloah, which accommodates the

doctrine of the Trinity. From the Bible’s first

sentence, the superlative nature of God’s

power is evident as God (Elohim) speaks the

world into existence (Genesis 1:1 ).

EL SHADDAI: “God Almighty,” “The Mighty One

of Jacob” (Genesis 49:24 ; Psalm 132:2 ,5 ) –

speaks to God’s ultimate power over all.

ADONAI: “Lord” (Genesis 15:2 ; Judges 6:15 ) –

used in place of YHWH, which was thought by

the Jews to be too sacred to be uttered by

sinful men. In the Old Testament, YHWH is

more often used in God’s dealings with His

people, while Adonai is used more when He

deals with the Gentiles.

YHWH / YAHWEH / JEHOVAH:

“LORD” ( Deuteronomy 6:4 ; Daniel 9:14 ) –

strictly speaking, the only proper name for

God. Translated in English Bibles “LORD” (all

capitals) to distinguish it from Adonai , “Lord.”

The revelation of the name is first given to

Moses “I Am who I Am” ( Exodus 3:14 ). This

name specifies an immediacy, a presence.

Yahweh is present, accessible, near to those

who call on Him for deliverance (Psalm

107:13 ), forgiveness ( Psalm 25:11 ) and

guidance ( Psalm 31:3 ).

YAHWEH-JIREH: "The Lord Will

Provide" ( Genesis 22:14 ) – the name

memorialized by Abraham when God provided

the ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac.

YAHWEH-RAPHA: "The Lord Who

Heals" (Exodus 15:26 ) – “I am Jehovah who

heals you” both in body and soul. In body, by

preserving from and curing diseases, and in

soul, by pardoning iniquities.

YAHWEH-NISSI: "The Lord Our

Banner" (Exodus 17:15 ), where banner is

understood to be a rallying place. This name

commemorates the desert victory over the

Amalekites in Exodus 17 .

YAHWEH-M'KADDESH: "The Lord Who

Sanctifies, Makes Holy" (Leviticus 20:8 ; Ezekiel

37:28 ) – God makes it clear that He alone, not

the law, can cleanse His people and make them

holy.

YAHWEH-SHALOM: "The Lord Our

Peace" ( Judges 6:24 ) – the name given by

Gideon to the altar he built after the Angel of

the Lord assured him he would not die as he

thought he would after seeing Him.

YAHWEH-ELOHIM: "LORD God" (Genesis 2:4 ;

Psalm 59:5 ) – a combination of God’s unique

name YHWH and the generic “Lord,” signifying

that He is the Lord of Lords.

YAHWEH-TSIDKENU: "The Lord Our

Righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16 ) – As with

YHWH-M’Kaddesh, it is God alone who

provides righteousness to man, ultimately in

the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, who

became sin for us “that we might become the

Righteousness of God in Him” ( 2 Corinthians

5:21 ).

YAHWEH-ROHI: "The Lord Our

Shepherd" ( Psalm 23:1 ) – After David pondered

his relationship as a shepherd to his sheep, he

realized that was exactly the relationship God

had with him, and so he declares, “Yahweh-

Rohi is my Shepherd. I shall not want” (Psalm

23:1 ).

YAHWEH-SHAMMAH: "The Lord Is

There” (Ezekiel 48:35 ) – the name ascribed to

Jerusalem and the Temple there, indicating that

the once-departed glory of the Lord ( Ezekiel 8

—11 ) had returned ( Ezekiel 44:1-4 ).

YAHWEH-SABAOTH: "The Lord of

Hosts" ( Isaiah 1:24 ; Psalm 46:7 ) – Hosts means

“hordes,” both of angels and of men. He is

Lord of the host of heaven and of the

inhabitants of the earth, of Jews and Gentiles,

of rich and poor, master and slave. The name

is expressive of the majesty, power, and

authority of God and shows that He is able to

accomplish what He determines to do.

EL ELYON: “Most High" (Deuteronomy 26:19 ) –

derived from the Hebrew root for “go up” or

“ascend,” so the implication is of that which is

the very highest. El Elyon denotes exaltation

and speaks of absolute right to lordship.

EL ROI: "God of Seeing" ( Genesis 16:13 ) – the

name ascribed to God by Hagar, alone and

desperate in the wilderness after being driven

out by Sarah (Genesis 16:1-14 ). When Hagar

met the Angel of the Lord, she realized she had

seen God Himself in a theophany. She also

realized that El Roi saw her in her distress and

testified that He is a God who lives and sees

all.

EL-OLAM: "Everlasting God" (Psalm 90:1-3 ) –

God’s nature is without beginning or end, free

from all constraints of time, and He contains

within Himself the very cause of time itself.

“From everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”

EL-GIBHOR: “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6 ) – the

name describing the Messiah, Christ Jesus, in

this prophetic portion of Isaiah. As a powerful

and mighty warrior, the Messiah, the Mighty

God, will accomplish the destruction of God’s

enemies and rule with a rod of iron (Revelation

19:15 ).

Recommended Resources: The Names of God

by Ken Hemphill and Logos Bible Software.

Content created and supplied by: Innophleg (via Opera News )

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