The names of God through history reveal who God can be for you today.
Throughout the history recorded in the Bible, people gave names to God to try and describe his character and nature. From those names and stories we learn who God can be for us today.
In the Old Testament book of Leviticus God called himself Jehovah M’kadesh – the Lord who makes you holy. From this name we have hope that God causes us to be enough.
In the Old Testament book of Genesis we meet a woman named Hagar. Hagar had run away from home and was facing her own death, when God appeared to her. Hagar gave him the name El Roi – the God who sees because he had seen Hagar in her distress. From this name we have hope that God sees us and comes near to us.
In the Old Testament book of Exodus God gave himself the name ‘Jehovah Rapha’ – ‘the Lord who heals.’ He healed the people of the bitterness in the water and in their hearts. From this name for God we learn who he can be for us today – the Lord who heals our bitterness and our lives.
In the Old Testament book of Judges God encountered a man named Gideon. In the midst of the experience, Gideon gave God the name ‘Jehovah Shalom’ – ‘the Lord is peace.’ From this name for God we learn who he can be for us today – God our peace and God who gives us peace.
This post was written by Geoff Snook