Does God Have a Name? – Ps. Ivan Satyavrata

What’s in a Name?

What is God’s Name? Does God have a name?

Exo 3:1-5 1Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 4When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” 5“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Exo 3:13-1513Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 14God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.

1] I AM/Yahweh/Jehovah/LORD

I AM = YHWH [Hebrew]Jehovah or Yahweh = LORD

GOD is self-existenteternal all-sufficient

John 8:56-5856Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.” 57The people said, “You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?” 58Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am!”

2] Adonai

Lord or Master [Adon = to Rule]

Deut 10:17For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed

Psa 86:5O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help

3] El/Elohim

Elmight, strength, power – supreme one or mighty one

Elohim [plural] – used for the living Creator God of Israel

El Elyon – the Most high God [Gen 14:20]

El Roi – the God who sees me [Gen 16:13]

El Hakkadosh – the Holy God [Isa 5:16]

El Hannora – the Awesome God [Neh 9:32]

El Gibbor – the Mighty God [Isa 9:6]

El-Shaddaithe All-sufficient God [48 times]

Gen 17:1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life

Exo 6:2-3God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord [YHWH]. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty [El Shaddai], but by my name the Lord [YHWH] I did not make myself known to them.

Prov 4:18The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day

Yahweh Yireh – the Lord will Provide [Gen 22:14]

Yahweh Rapha – the Lord Heals [Exo 15:26]

Yahweh Nissi – the Lord my Banner [Exo 17:15-16]

Yahweh Shalom – the Lord is Peace [Judges 6:24]

Yahweh Raah – the Lord my Shepherd [Psa 23:1]

Yahweh Shammah – the Lord is There [Ezek 48:35]

1 John 3:1See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!


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