How many times have we been placed in a situation when it was not very clear how to address an individual? From a VERY young age, we were taught to address any elder as Mr. / Mrs. / Miss so and so (with Last name ONLY) out of respect and to keep us from having an unpleasant visit of correction. The first person I can directly recall that we didn’t have that mandate was with my Grandmother Dean – I’m her DoodleBug and she is my Deanie, even to this day.
It seems to me that it would be SO much easier if we had an indication of protocol, with which we could keep from embarrassing ourselves. Like most folks that I know, nicknames and not-so-nicknames can be recalled, with formal names normally meaning something NOT so good is about to happen or something is going to be expected to be done, pronto! God began the Bible, in Genesis 1:1 with His Name being Elohim (God) and it is finished in Revelation 22:21 as “the final” Amen.
God Has Different Names Too
This list is NOT exhaustive, but rather it contains sixteen (16) names the Jewish Nation called their God based upon what was being referenced – they were and still are revered today. One of the most well known names is Jehovah – the LORD – meaning Lord and Master. It is the proper name of God, one full of Promise, which is used in compound with other names in this Series, including: Jireh, Rapha, Nissi, Mekoddishkem, Shalom, Sabaoth, Raah, Tsidkenu, and Shammah.
It has helped me personally to seek in my own praying to understand more of all the things that our God, Lord and King has already been called upon for the trials, tribulations and triumphs by His Chosen People – and will do for ME also. It is NOT about big names or multiple-syllable words/names when seeking His Face, it is to simplify it for me so I understand to go specifically to Him about each matter – because it is obviously important to Him, we have it in His Word to reference and learn from.
The prayer which this Series stems from can be found on the Background page of this Series site, along with an explanation at to why it was written.
How many of the following sixteen (16) names did you already know? Most of them I’d heard of, but there were a couple that were new to me.
Amazing Names of God
Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
El Elyon (The Most High God)
Adonai (Lord, Master)
El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
El Olam (The Everlasting God)
Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals You)
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord Is My Banner)
El Qanna (Jealous God)
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
Jehovah Raah (The Lord Is My Shepherd)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
It might well surprise you as to how specific your prayer can become for learning the meanings of these names. By learning and grasping a better understanding of them, the desire to correctly use them have humbled me and caused a quiet in me – a very noticed calm, slowing me down, a realization to be made as to just WHO I am talking to ever more. No wonder the seas calmed at the voice of the Saviour as He Spoke in Mark 4:39 “Peace, Be Still…” He is God. Shalom Aleichem, Everyone.
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