Throughout the Old Testament from the book of Genesis to the book of Malachi, God revealed Himself to His children, the Israelites through His names. He took every opportunity presented and made available by problems and challenges facing His children to reveal Himself with a new name that directly meets those challenges and solves those problems.
At the beginning, He reveals Himself as the Elohim – The All Powerful and Almighty God (Genesis 1:1). It is only a God who is powerful and has ultimate might that is able to speak the world into creation literally. It is only through our God’s power and might that the whole universe could be created within six days with everything needed for life made ready in that universe. After He had finished creating the heavens and the earth, He revealed Himself as the Jehovah Elohim – The LORD God, The Self-Existent One, and The God of the Covenant (Genesis 2:4). Through this name, we have come to know Him and see Him at His best and most miraculous. He is the Jehovah Jireh in Genesis 22: 13-14. He is the Jehovah Rophe in Exodus 15:26. He is the Jehovah Nissi in Exodus 17:15. He is the Jehovah Qadesh in Exodus 31:13. He is the Jehovah Shalom in Judges 6:24. He is the Jehovah Sabbaoth in 1 Samuel 1:3. He is the Jehovah Rohe in Psalm 23:1. He is the Jehovah Tsidkenu in Jeremiah 23:6 and He is the Jehovah Shammah in Ezekiel 48:35 just to mention a few. In a wonderful description of God that can be found in Nahum 1:2-8, God is revealed as the all-knowing God (v. 1), the righteous God (v. 2), the longsuffering God (v. 3), the all-powerful God (v. 4-6), the good God (v. 7) and the holy God (v. 8).
In each and every one of His names, He shows Himself true to us by answering our petitions in those names. He has never been known or shown to fail or disappoint. He has given us several promises in His word to back up those names. He has said that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). He has said that by His wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). He has said that our enemies will fight against us but not prevail over us (Jeremiah 15:20-21). He has said that His will for us is our sanctification and that we abstain from immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3). He has said that His peace will keep us (Philippians 4:7). He has said that He is our Good Shepherd (John 10:27-28). He has said that He is our righteousness by which we are saved (Psalm 23:3). He has said that He will be there for us all the time and that He will not forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8).
The most wonderful name however by which God has revealed Himself to us is through the name of JESUS – Jehovah is salvation. In Jesus we see the very nature and personality of God. In Jesus we see the very stamp of God. Jesus was in fact God come in the flesh. While God related to His people in the Old Testament through his prophets and priests and through several sacrifices, He decided in the New Testament to come down in the flesh and dwell among us. He decided to come closer to His people - His own creation. He knows what it is to be human (Hebrews 4:15). He has experienced our pains and sufferings (Hebrews 1:14, 18). He has given Himself for us and now waits for us to give ourselves to Him. Jesus has already told us in John 14:6 that there is no other way by which man can get to God except by Him. But He is not going to gatecrash into our lives. Revelations 3:20 says that behold He stands at the doors of our hearts and knocks; whosoever invites Him in, He will come in and make His home with that person.
It is the very simplicity of the means that God has provided for our salvation that puts a lot of people off. What could be simpler than what God has outlined in Romans 10: 9? It says that if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. But we will rather be seen to be struggling for our own salvation rather than surrendering to God. We do good things because we are saved and not because we want to be saved. Ephesians 2: 8-9 says that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith and it is not our own doing but the gift of God and not because of our works so that no man should boast. It is the selfish, independent, sinful human nature in us that prevents us from trusting God fully and entering into His promises.
Allow God to come into your life through His son Jesus Christ. Praise Him with all His wonderful names and see Him come to your deliverance. Decide to trust Him fully and admit to your helplessness. Stop trying to save yourself. Jesus is simply waiting to do wonderful things in your life if only you would allow Him. After inviting Him into your heart, you have to let Him be the Master of your life. You have to give Him full control. If you are already in partnership with Jesus, good for you! But I hope He is not just your Saviour but also your Master, Lord and Shepherd.
If you have received Jesus into your life, He can reveal Himself to you in several ways through His names.
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Powerful, wonderful Names. El-shaddai too. Thanks for sharing.
Just for the record:... Yeshua is the original Aramaic proper name for Jesus the Nazarene, the name given Him at birth. It is a Hebrew name which has been transliterated into Greek as Iesous (IhsouV: pronounced ee-ay-SUS or ee-ah-ZOOS). The English "Jesus" comes from the Latin transliteration of the Greek name into the Latin Iesus. (The Emperor Constantine even mistook Jesus for Apollo, the son of the Greek god Zeus.) In Hebrew, 'Yeshua' means Salvation, while the name 'Jesus' has no intrinsic meaning in English whatsoever, other than it has become the widely accepted name of Yeshua, the Son of God. (This point is not being made to provoke argument, just stating fact, for it is written, "Before Abraham was, I AM.", therefore about the 'Person' more than the name itself.) But the fact remains that as He walked the earth, His name was, and always will be, 'Yeshua' ha Mashiyach, son of Mary, Son of God.