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The LORD has revealed Himself through His Name.
made the ultimate request of the LORD when he stood before Him on
The LORD replied to Moses -- "And He said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the Name of the LORD before thee, and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. And he said, Thou cants not see my face; for there shall no man see me, and live." Exodus 33:19-20
Then the LORD did an amazing thing that not only was a blessing to Moses, but can be a blessing to us, thousands of years later – "And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name of the LORD. and the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, the LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth . . . “
Do you suppose this satisfied the hungry heart of Moses? He couldn’t look on the face of the LORD and live, but God passed by before Him and declared unto him His Name.
The Name of the LORD is a DESCRIPTION of His character: There are dozens if not hundreds of Names associated with the LORD. Why would the LORD have so many names? It’s quite simple really, if you want to know the LORD in all of His fullness and glory, seek to know His Name(s). Each of the Names is a description of another aspect of God’s goodness. Our attempt in this study will be to reveal some of those Names which have become so precious to those who know, love and worship the One Who is above all others.
The Name of the LORD is also a DECLARATION of His commitment: The LORD commanded His people to never take His Name if vain. Jewish people are so afraid of offending the LORD of Heaven, that they will not even utter His Name. From the surface, this may look like a great attempt to please the LORD and never offend His holiness. But just the opposite is true. God wants His people to know Him personally by His Name.
The LORD first met with Moses at the burning bush
on the backside of
But Moses made a valid point when he asked – “Behold,
when I come unto the children of
The ultimate sin of taking the LORD’s Name in vain is to know it and not call upon Him when we have a special need. Example: The LORD has revealed Himself as Jehovah Jireh, “The LORD Who Provides.” If we have a need for His provision and refuse to call upon His covenant Name, we have surely taken that Holy Name in vain. The God of Heaven wants us to call upon Him in faith as the Scriptures declare – “Whatever is not of faith is sin.”
The LORD is everything that His Name declares. The Name of the LORD is truly a declaration
of His commitment to His people! Later,
when the people were confronted with the walls of
Do you know Him? Are you able to call upon His Name in faith? If not, I sincerely hope you will know Him by the end of this fascinating study.
The Name of the LORD is the DELIGHT of His children: To those of us who know Him and love Him, the Names of God are the very foundation of our faith and daily walk with Him.
It is interesting, that the Name of the LORD is hated above all other names. Satan, the enemy of God and man, despises that Name so much, that he discredits it with every angry outburst of man.
And yet, the Names of the Lord are precious to those of us who have come to know Him by faith! I will begin our study with a brief list of some of the Names of God, and then we will look at each one briefly.
“Elohim” – “The Mighty God of Creation”
“El Shadai” – The Merciful God of Compassion” Who meets our every need.
“El Roi” – “The God Who Sees and Knows” everything that I endure.
“El Olam” – “The God Who Never Changes”
“Jehovah” – “The Eternal, Self-Existing God” who is everything that His Name implies.
“Jehovah, El Elyon” – “The LORD, God Most High”
“El Elyon” – “God Most High, Possessor of Heaven and Earth”
“Adonai” – “Master”
“Jehovah Tsidequeno” – “The LORD is my Righteousness”
“Jehovah Kaddesh or Quadesh” – “The LORD Who Sanctifies”
“Jehovah Shamah” – “The LORD Who is Present”
“Jehovah Sabaoth” – “The LORD of Hosts or Armies”
“Jehovah Nissi” – “The LORD of Victory”
“Jehovah Shalom” – “The LORD of Peace”
“Jehovah Rohi” – “The LORD My Shepherd”
“Jehovah Jireh” – “The LORD Who Provides”
“Jehovah Rapha” – “The LORD Who Heals”
This is just the beginning of the Old Testament Names that the LORD has revealed unto His people. We will attempt to study each Name in a way that brings glory and honor to the One Who is Above all names!