Yesterday we explored eight names of God, including Jehovah Jireh and Elohim. Today we will continue to look at some of the other names, used by bible prophets to describe the nature and character of God. Adonai (Great Lord) is used over four hundred and fifty times in the bible. David made reference to God in Psalms in this context. “that they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83:18). Melchizedek described God as El Elyon (God most high), after Abraham defeated the Kings and rescued his nephew Lot. “and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything” (Genesis 14:20).
Moses spoke to the people about God being Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Sanctifies). “Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you” (Leviticus 20:8). Hagar experienced God as El Roi (God sees Me), after she conceived with Abraham’s child. “So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me”” (Genesis 16:13). God introduced himself to Abraham as El Shaddai (All Sufficient One). “When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1).
David defiantly defended his people against Goliath, as he called on Jehovah Saboath (Lord of Host). “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). Isaiah described God as El Olam (Everlasting God). “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Of all the names listed between yesterday and today, which name is your favourite description of God? The name that we use may differ depending on the time, situation or circumstances that we find ourselves in. David’s description of God as Jehovah Saboath (Lord of Host), stood out for me. David is one of my favourite bible characters, because he is good mix between a worshipper and a warrior. There are days when you will need the God of peace, and other days you may need the Lord who sanctifies. Whatever your need, I pray that these writings have helped you to develop a greater understanding of the character and nature of our father God.