finite beings trying to explain and comprehend an infinite Creator.
Well said. And Understood. However, God has revealed himself to us in many ways.
1) Elohim--So the word Elohim might have meant to the Hebrews, "The great mighty three-in-one God who establishes and keeps covenant forever." The prefix "El" signifies "one who is great, mighty, dreadful
2) El Shaddai--It is always translated "The Almighty.
3) Adonai--A 3rd name that God uses for Himself is Adonai. It occurs about 300 times in the O.T. This name suggests Lordship and ownership. When God calls Himself by this name, Adonai, He is saying, "I am the One who owns and rules over everthing that exists."
4) YHWH -Yahweh---But the most frequently used name for God is not Elohim, El Shaddai, or Adonai.
The most frequently used name for God is YAHWEH or Jehovah.
It occurs more than 6800 times in the Bible.
The greatest Jewish commentator on the O.T. of the Middle Ages, Moses Maimonides, said this about the name Jehovah (and it is a true statement), "All the names for God that occur in the Scriptures are derived from His works, except one, and that is Jehovah. And this is called the plain name because it teaches plainly and unequivocally of the substance of God."
The Word literally means "I Am." It comes from the verb which means "to be" or "to exist."
In Ex. 3:14, when Moses asked God what His name was so he could tell the Israelites who had sent him, we read, "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM [Yahweh, or Jehovah]: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."
Jehovah--The Eternal One. The Ever-Living One. The Self-Existent One.
He lives from Eternity past to Eternity future. And everything else that lives gets its life from Him.
5) Jehovah-Jireh--The first one, Jehovah Jireh is found in Genesis 22:14. It literally means "The Lord Provides."
6) Jehovah-Rophe--The Second compound name we come upon is Jehovah Rophe. It is in Exodus 15:26. It means "The Lord who Heals"
7) Jehovah-Nissi---Then there is Jehovah Nissi. This is found in Exodus 17:15. It literally means "God, my Banner or God my Standard of Victory"
Jehovah-M'Kaddesh --Next, in Lev 20:8 we find the compound name, Jehovah M'Kaddesh.
" And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you"
Literally, "I am the Lord Who makes you Holy." Or "Who sets you apart for My Use."
The Jewish people regardless of how people feel about them today are still his chosen people. There is no such thing as the current mania in many Christian churches called "replacement Theology" where Christians now are the benefactors of all teh Jewish promises from God. Wrong. That's just another twisted malevolent anti-Semitic attack. Subtle, this one due to it's claims of "religiosity". God made a covenant with the Jewish people and will certainly watch it, and make it happen specifically, directly accurately as stated. God chose a stubborn, stiffed neck and rebellious group to bring mankind back to himself. Not just teh Jews, but all mankind. He has disciplined them as a father would child, but he has also allowed a people, with no standing army, no country to protect them to survive the death sentence for 2,000 years of wandering throughout the world..until 1948. A prophesied miracle in and of itself that is incredible because we all lived to see it.
Jehovah-Shammah--Next go to Ezek 48:35. It is the last verse in the book of Ezekiel.
The last part of the vision of Ezekiel was of a new city, with a new temple. It was to be glorious. And the last words of this verse tell us the name of the city. In Hebrew is is named a compound name of God--Jehovah-Shammah. He is "The Eternal God who is There."
Literally, God is with us, here, now.
Jehovah-Shalom--The next name is found in Judges 6:24. God is Peace
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