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The Who's (Who is He?)

December 7, 2007

Scott Dailey talk all last month about being missionaries to Americans and how to understand the American worldview.  To be effective in reaching those around us with the life one can have in Christ, we need to understand “them” (the ones we are reaching, which Scott amazingly covered), Him (God), and Yourself.  This past week at ethos, we spent some time talking about God’s identity.  In scripture we find that names were very important.  Today we name people after someone we like, because it sounds good, or just to be different.  But in Bible times the names of people often were given to describe what someone was like, what their nature was.  So, a look at the names of God can give us great insight into what He is like.  Here are a few:

·         Jehovah or Yahweh – His majesty. “I am the LORD, that is My Name; I will not give to another, or My Praise to idols.” (Isaiah 42:8)

·         Jehovah Tsidkenu or Yahweh Tsidkenu – our righteousness. “In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the Name by which He will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:6)

·         Jehovah Mekaddsh or Yahweh Mekaddsh – He sanctifies. “Keep My decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.” (Leviticus 20:8)

·         Jehovah Shalom or Yahweh Shalom – He is peace. “So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD is Peace.” (Judges 6:24)

·         Jehovah Shammah or Yahweh Shammah – He is there. “And the name of the city from that time on will be: The LORD is There.” (Ezekiel 48:35)

·         Jehovah Rophe or Yahweh Rophe – He heals. “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)

·         Jehovah Jireh or Yahweh Jireh – He provides. “Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:13-14)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

·         Jehovah Nissi or Yahweh Nissi – my banner. “Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.” (Exodus 17:15)

God’s name most importantly is Jesus.  Look at the passages below:

·         Yeshua or Jesus – He saves us from our sins. “… you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

·         Immanuel – God with us. “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

·         Alpha and Omega – First and Last, King of Kings. “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.'” (Revelation 1:8)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13)
“… but the Lamb will overcome them because He is the Lord of lords and King of kings …” (Revelation 17:14)
“On His robe and on His thigh He has this Name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:16)

What is important here (the absolute most important!) is that we know Him.  He can be known.  Spend time talking to God.  Know that (His name says so)  that He is there, that He will take care of you, He will help you, He cares for you. Get alone with Him, read the Book, and talk with other folks.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions and wonder why.  God likes it when we go looking for Him! Getting know what God is like is going to teach us what to relate to others about Him and really WHO WE ARE (more on that this coming week)

 See ya at ethos!

Scott Hobbs

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