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Names of God

What does a name mean to you? To me, a name signifies identity, purpose, being, destiny. It can also be an expectation that others, often parents, have for their children. Just like all the different meanings of a name, names themselves are unique. Unique to a culture, society, a people. God too, has names, names that are unique to Him and Him alone. But why does God have so many names? Why don’t we just call Him God at all times, in every circumstance?

The names of God define and describe who God is and what He does. They give us insight into His nature, being, and character. It’s through His names that He reveals Himself. When we learn and study God’s names, we gain a greater understanding of who He is. God is the All Mighty One, Lord of Lords, All Powerful and All Powerful One, the God Who Will Provide. God is not an “it”, He is not a “thing” that we simply worship and pray to. These names give us an understanding of the kind of God we serve, His character, and His positions. Out of God’s vast sea of names, we will highlight El Shaddai, Adonai, Yahweh, Jehovah Nissi, and Elohim. The name El Shaddai means God Almighty. This refers to God’s care for us in nourishment, satisfaction, and supplement concerning all our needs, similar to the care a mother would give her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this indicates a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer. This name was first used in Genesis 17:1 - “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” The name Adonai means Lord or Master. It is the same and interchangeable with Yahweh and Jehovah. In reference to God the plural, Adonai, is used. The singular, adon, is usually used when referring to a human lord. It is sometimes used as a substitute to Yahweh (YHWH.) This name was first used in Genesis 15:2 - “And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?” The name Yaweh means Lord or Master as well. Yahweh is the promised name of God. This name of God, which by Jewish tradition, is too holy to voice, is actually spelled "YHWH" without vowels. YHWH is referred to as the Tetragrammaton which simply means "the four letters.” The present spelling as "Yahweh" includes vowels so that pronunciation is easier. It is first used in Genesis 2: 4 - “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens…” The name Jehovah Nissi means the Lord is my refuge which translates to "The Existing One" or "Lord." Exodus 17:15, in which the name was first used, Moses, acknowledging that the Lord was Israel's banner under which they were victorious against the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). He is a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focus. Elohim means God. The origin of the word is a debated topic amongst many scholars. It was first used in Genesis 1:1, which states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The names of God are all true and worthy of respect.


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