The Different Names of God and Their Meanings – Part Two

God has so many awesome names! My favorite happens to be Adonai! For me, the name Adonai seems to capture His royalty and sovereignty while at the same time maintaining a feeling of intimacy.

My Adonai is beautiful like a diamond in that He has many facets that are all different yet pleasing to behold. He is so mighty that He could pick up the universe and toss it like a baseball, but He’s able to gently wipe away my tears when I’m sad. It’s no wonder that He has so many names!

YAHWEH Mekadesh – The LORD Who Makes You Holy

In Leviticus 20, God warns the children of Israel to not participate in the rituals of the Canaanite god, Molech. People who worshiped Molech would sacrifice their children to him.

So God makes it very clear and tells Moses to tell the people that anyone in Israel that gives one of their children to Molech is to be stoned to death. And God said that if any man looks the other way and does nothing about another Israelite giving their child to Molech, then God will completely reject that man and his family and cut them off from their people.

God also tells the children of Israel to not consult mediums or familiar spirits. Anyone who did would be rejected and cut off from their people.

Then God tells them, “Set yourselves apart and be holy because I am the LORD your God. Do everything I’ve told you to do because I am YAHWEH Mekadesh, which means, ‘The LORD Who Makes You Holy’.” (Leviticus 20:8)

YAHWEH Shalom – The LORD Is Peace

If you read the book of Judges, you will see a theme or pattern running throughout the book that illustrates the patience and mercy of God. Over and over, you see, “The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord…” followed by God sending some form of discipline usually through an enemy of Israel. Then, He raises up a judge to save Israel from the enemy that He used to discipline them.

Gideon was one such Judge, and he was an interesting one. He is known for his defeat of the Midianites, but he is also known for his fear. The Angel of the LORD finds Gideon threshing wheat and hiding from his enemies, the Midianites, and the Angel of the LORD says to him, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior!”

That’s one of the things I love about my Adonai! No matter what the situation looks like, He speaks to the potential that’s in us. He did not acknowledge that scared little man hiding from his enemy; He spoke to that victorious warrior that He knew was in him. If we could just learn to do that for each other, how awesome that would be!

So Gideon replies, “God is with me, really? If that’s true, why have we been delivered into the hands of the Midianites? What about all those awesome miracles God did for our grandparents when He saved them from Egypt? Why isn’t stuff like that happening with the Midianites?”

Then, the Angel of the LORD looks right at Gideon and says, “I’m sending you! Go as the mighty warrior that you really are and save Israel from Midian!” Gideon responded, “Are you serious? How do You expect me to save Israel? My clan is the weakest one in the tribe, and I am the weakest one in my clan!” But the Angel of the LORD assures him and says, “I will be with you the whole time. Trust me! You will defeat Midian and save Israel!”

Then Gideon says, “Okay then, can you just give me a sign so I will know for sure? Wait here while I go get an offering for You.” Then Gideon runs and gets some meat and food and brings it back to Him.

The Angel of the LORD then has Gideon put the food on a rock and He takes His staff and touches the food. Fire comes out of the rock and consumes all of it and then the Angel of the LORD disappears.

Gideon gasps and says, “Oh no! I have just seen the Angel of the LORD face to face; I am going to die!” So God reassures him and says, “Peace be with you! Do not fear! You are not going to die!”

So Gideon builds God an alter there and names the place, YAHWEH Shalom, which means, “The LORD Is Peace.” (Judges 6:24)

If you find yourself battling fear like Gideon did, cry out to YAHWEH Shalom, and let your Lord and Savior give you peace.

YAHWEH Rohi – The LORD Is My Shepherd

The first half of the first verse of the 23rd Psalm is one of God’s names; YAHWEH Rohi means “The LORD Is My Shepherd.”

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd will risk his life to protect his sheep. Jesus gave His life to save His sheep!

I remember being in my five-year old Sunday School class hearing Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” I remember thinking, “Why do they not want that? It sounds like good thing!”

Well, of course, I eventually found out that “King James Language” can be confusing, especially to a five-year old. “I shall not want” means that Jesus is such an awesome Shepherd that He takes care of every need I have so I want for nothing!

The only thing that sheep have to think about is following their shepherd so embrace Jesus as your Shepherd and sit back and relax!

YAHWEH Tsidkenu – The LORD Is Our Righteousness

Chapter 23 of Jeremiah is about corrupt leaders in Israel. God refers to them as shepherds who have destroyed and scattered His sheep and he vows to punish them for harming the very ones they were called to care for.

Then God, in His loving and caring way, declares, “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing.”

Following that, God prophesies about the coming of Jesus, “For the time is coming when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. And this will be his name: YAHWEH Tsidkenu, which means, ‘The LORD Is Our Righteousness.’ In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety.” (Jeremiah 23:6)

YAHWEH Shammah – The LORD Is There

In the 40th through the 48th chapter of Ezekiel, Ezekiel describes a vision God gave him of an awesome, glorious city. There are different interpretations of this vision, however, no one can really say for sure when the vision will be fulfilled.

In the 48th chapter, Ezekiel describes how the land is divided between the twelve tribes of Israel in the city and the placement of twelve gates around the city that are named after the twelve tribes. Then, the last verse says, “The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, YAHWEH Shammah, which means, ‘The LORD Is There’.”

If you feel insecure about your future, YAHWEH Shammah is the name of God you can cling to, because no matter what the future holds, the one thing of which you can always be certain is that “The LORD Is There” and always will be, no matter where “There” is!

Conclusion

For every name of God revealed in His Word, I’m sure there are thousands more because He has such a magnificent personality, He needs many names to address it!

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Yours In Christ,

Shiloh Mandi Griffin, M.Ed.

Founder of PrayingProphet.net

 

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4 comments on “The Different Names of God and Their Meanings – Part Two

  1. Angela

    Thanks for your very interesting article. You really did a nice job explaining the meanings of the different names of God. I grew up in a Christian environment and have had lots of exposure to this faith. I was also exposed to other similar faiths as a child and young adult. Sometimes there were disagreements as far as theology goes. As an adult, I have come to the conclusion that LOVE is the most important thing. It is said that God is LOVE and I hold onto that. That is the only thing that I am absolutely certain of.
    Thanks again for writing this. I hope you have a wonderful day.
    Angela

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    1. Shiloh Griffin Post author

      Thank you Angela, for sharing! It makes me a little sad that there were disagreements about faith for you as you grew up. I am glad that you have never lost sight of the fact that God is LOVE. I hope you have a wonderful day as well!
      Shiloh

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  2. Ashley

    Great Post! Who would have thought? So many names for God. I have always believed that God is more than a name, it is a feeling. And everyone has a different feeling when they use the word God. Hopefully, it is a positive feeling, like the one I experience, which is LOVE. This post confirms what I have always believed though. All the names are different ways to describe God, as a a protector, a being with the power to connect humankind. Thank you.

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    1. Shiloh Griffin Post author

      Hey Ashley,
      I really like what you said about experiencing LOVE when using the word God. Love is His number one attribute. God is LOVE!
      Thank You for Your Comment!
      Shiloh

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