Top Ten Tuesday: Names of God

Top Ten Tuesday: Names of God


Who do you think God is?

Ponder that question for a minute.  Close your eyes and imagine God.  Who is He?

When I picture God, I tend to see a glorified image of Zeus.  A large, strong, wizened man sits upon a magnificent throne, surrounded in clouds.  Around Him, multi-winged angels sing praises and worship this mighty ruler.

But that is not God.

Maybe you see God as an omniscient judge.  He sits behind a stately desk with a gavel raised to sentence judgment.

But that is not God.

Perhaps your God is soft and loving.  He floats with cherubs in the glistening heavens and bequeaths blessings upon all those who worship Him.

But that is not God.

So who is God?

Throughout the Bible, God is given many names, all of which display an attribute of His deity.    Below, I have described ten of God’s names and the role He has in humans’ lives today.

Ten Names and Roles of God

1. Jehovah Jireh, My Provider

Although the name “Jehovah Jireh” is only found once in the Bible (Genesis 22:14), the concept is prevalent throughout.  One of the most beloved Bible passages, Psalm 23, opens with the line, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything I need.”  Indeed, this idea is echoed throughout the Psalms (Psalm 73, 127, 147, and others).  Philippians 4:19 could not say it any clearer: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

2. El Olam, The Everlasting God

He was there before time began, and he will never end.  He is the God of Ancient Days and God of Future Times.

3. Adonai, My Lord    

Abraham first used this name for God in Genesis 15 to show that God is his Master.  Abraham acknowledges that he is God’s servant and owes God complete obedience.  In fact, Jesus asks in Luke 6:46 why you would call someone “Lord” and not do what he requests.

4. Jehovah Mekoddishkem, The Lord Who Sanctifies 

According to I Thessalonians 4:3a, God’s Will is our sanctification.  He wants us to live like His Son, and when we surrender our lives to Him, He will set us apart for His service.

5. El Shaddai, All-Sufficient One 

When the two words of this name are torn apart and put back together, the name literally means that God provides us with nourishment like a mother provides sustenance for her child.  No one can provide the same care and love for a child as a mother.  Similarly, no one is sufficient enough to provide like our God.   God provides more than food, however.  He also gives correction (Job 5:!7, wisdom (James 1:5), and purification.

6. Jehovah Rapha, The Lord Who Heals

God not only provides our needs.  He also heals our wounds (Jer. 30:17), our backslidings (Jer. 3:22), and our brokenheartedness (Is. 61:1)

7. Elohim, Creator

God is called the Creator in the very first verse of the Bible, and this name is attributed to Him over 2000 times in the Old Testament.  In His creation, we see that God is imaginative, specific, and detailed.  He is a strong, all-powerful God to be feared.  Yet, he cared enough to make humankind.

8. Qanna, Jealous

Jealousy is rarely seen in a positive light.  Nonetheless, God alone deserves our worship and praise.

9. Jehovah Shalom, The Lord is Peace

Throughout history, God reveals different attributes of himself.  In Judges 6, Gideon realizes that the Lord is Peace.  He is complete and the absence of strife.

10. Jehovah Shamma, The Lord is There

God has not abandoned us or left us helpless.  Therefore, we can still accept all of these attributes.  He is still our peace.  He is still our Creator, our Healer, and our Master.

Who is God?

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