Week Twenty-Five, Day Five
Strictly speaking, Yahweh Shammah is a name for a city rather than a title of God. But it is so closely associated with God's presence and power that it has often been equated with a name for God, at least in popular parlance. The name in the New Testament that is most closely associated with it is Immanuel, "God with us," a name that was given to Jesus. Yahweh Shammah (yah-WEH SHAM-mah), "The LORD is there," reminds us that we were created both to enjoy and to manifest God's presence..
And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE. (Ezekiel 48:35)
PROMISES ASSOCIATED WITH GOD'S NAME
Immanuel, "God with us"—Jesus is the greatest of all the promises of God. In him God's promise to dwell with his people is fulfilled in a way that is more astonishing than anything we could have imagined. But there is more. We are not only to dwell with God but to be indwelt by him through the power of the Holy Spirit. The book of Revelation envisions a new Jerusalem composed of all the faithful who will forever be united with Christ in the most intimate relationship we can imagine—as bride and bridegroom.
Promises in Scripture
"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means,"God with us." (Matthew 1:23)
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4)
Continued Prayer and Praise
Remember that God's Presence led his people out of slavery. (Exodus 33:12-17)
Imagine how the glory of the Lord filled the temple. (2 Chronicles 6:41-42; 7:1-3)
Know that God desires to dwell with us. (Psalm 132:13-16)
Be glad, for God will live among us. (Zechariah 2:10-13)
Rejoice because God is pleased to dwell in all fullness in Jesus.(Colossians 1:15)
Remember that the Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being. (Hebrew 1:1-3)
Realize that we are God's temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
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