Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Yesterday, I wrote that Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-nissi, and Jehovah-shalom were actually names for the places where altars stood. They should not be used as names for God; Jehovah is His name. Today, I want us to look at some other names which are commonly said to be names for God. None of them appear to be related to the locations of altars.

This "name for God," in actuality, describes what God does; He heals.
רֹפְאֶֽךָ׃ (ro·fe·'e·cha) "I am your healer" from Exodus 15:26, which says, "I am the LORD that healeth thee."

Again, this "name for God" is a description of what God does; He sanctifies.
מְקַדִּשְׁכֶֽם (me·kad·dish·chem) "which sanctifies you" from Leviticus 20:8, which says, "I am the LORD who sanctifieth you."

This is also a description of what the LORD does, rather than His name.
רֹ֝עִ֗י (ro·'i) "my shepherd" found in Psalm 23:1, which says, "The LORD is my shepherd."

Here we have both a description of what God does, and His title; He is in control of the hosts of heaven.
צְבָאֹ֔ות (tze·va·'o·vt) "of hosts" from Isaiah 1:24; "Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts."

This, again, is more of a title than a name for God.
צִדְקֵֽנוּ׃ (tzid·ke·nu) Strong's Concordance defines it as "prosperity," (every other source agrees with the KJV which has it "righteousness") is from Jeremiah 23:6, which says, "He shall be called THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."

Again, we have a description, but instead of it describing God, it gives "His location."
שָֽׁמָּה׃ (sham·mah) "present" as found in Ezekiel 48:35 which says, "the name of the city from that day shall be The LORD is there."

None of the above examples appear in the KJV. "Scholars" have decided these transliterations should be recognized as names for God. As I stated yesterday, our LORD said His name was Jehovah (YaHVeH - יְהוָה), and it has been translated "I Am" in Exodus 3:14. He may indeed be our "provider," our "banner," our "peace," our healer," the One Who sanctifies," our shepherd," "the LORD of hosts, our "righteousness," and "the ever-present One," but His name is Jehovah!

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