Getting to Know Our God :: Pt. 3

Posted: October 22, 2008 by Rich Landosky in The Journey
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Some more names of our God to ponder, meditate on.  I pray that they continue to move you to worship Him for who He is and for His relentless love for you.

El Elyon
We find this name for God used in Genesis 14.  We talked earlier that the Hebrew word “El” means strength and power.  Elyon is the superlative of the word “El”, so that El Elyon is literally translated the “The strongest strong one.”  Our English Bible translates El Elyon as The Most High or the Most High God.  He is the God of all gods, the Lord of Lords.  We are here worshipping the highest of all gods.  There are no other gods above our God.  He is the most high, the strongest strong one.

Whenever you see the name Lord or God written in all capital letters in our Bibles, it is the name Jehovah.  Jehovah is the most frequently used name of God in the Old Testament.  Jehovah is the most sacred name of God to the Jews.  In fact, it is so sacred that they never actually pronounced it audibly.  Jehovah, the Holy One, the hater of sin, the savior of sinners.  He is pure, spotless, in Him there is no sin, no wrong, no deceit, no blemish, no hypocrisy.  He is Holy, set apart from all others.  He is Jehovah.

Exodus 17:15 we read that Moses built an alter, and called the name of it Jehovah-Nissi.  The word “Nissi” means to gleam or to shine or to be conspicuous.  A nissi was an ensign, a banner typically carried into war.  Therefore, translated, this name literally means “The Lord my Banner, the Lord my war-flag”.  He is the one who goes to battle for us.  We are told throughout Scripture that we don not fight battles ourselves, or at least we should not fight them ourselves.  He is God who goes before us.  He is our banner right out front as we face our Enemy, Satan.  He is our strength, the one who gives us victory for He is the victor.  And we should put our trust in the Victor to bring us victory.

The Hebrew word “raah” means to tend, to companion, to pasture, to shepherd.  From this word we get the name “the Lord is My Shepherd”.  Psalm 23 begins with the words, “The Lord is my shepherd.”  Not a shepherd or even the shepherd, but my shepherd.  God cares about us.  He watches over us.  He takes care of us.  He is our companion, the one who tends to our needs.  He is the one who cares for us as a shepherd cares for his sheep.  A shepherd has to constantly watch over his sheep to protect these defenseless animals.  And that is exactly what Jehovah-Raah does for us.  He is our shepherd and He gives up his life to care for us.

The Hebrew word “sabaoth” means to mass together or to assemble.  Translated, Jehovah-Sabaoth literally means The Lord of Hosts.  He is the Lord of all.  It is the name God uses to remind His people of who He is in the midst of struggle, when they find that their own  resources prove inadequate.  He is not only the God who delivers but also the God who judges. He is master of all who are assembled, over all of the masses, in other words, over all creatures.  He is the Lord of Hosts, there with us during crisis hours, when danger hangs over our heads.

Today may you find strength and peace as you think about the God who is the Highest High One who is completely set apart, goes to battle before us, shepherds us, comforts us, and protects us.


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