Creed: What is God's name...other than 'God?'
- Friday, August 13, 2004
Jedidiah means, "loved by the Lord."
When Jesus was born, his parents were given specific instruction as to how to name Him. As Joseph was considering what to do about Mary's unexplainable (or, explanation unacceptable) pregnancy, an angel of the Lord came to him and said, "[Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1: 21)
As a footnote in the NIV translation it reads: Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means "the Lord saves."
Joshua, in Hebrew, is "Yeshua."
The Hebrew Names of God
There are countless numbers of the Hebrew names of God. Entire books have been written about them. Many are common, even to non-Jewish Christians. Most are not, at least not in their Hebrew forms.
Perhaps the most common, thanks in part to a song recorded by Amy Grant, is "El Shaddai," which means "God Almighty," or literally, "God, the all sufficient one." The world heard it (the name, not the song) for the first time as recorded in Genesis 17:1.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said,
"I am God Almighty."
I love that verse. "I AM..." (which we'll talk about shortly) and then "God Almighty." Why was it important that God inform Abram of the exactness of His name here? Because He was about to tell Abram that a true miracle would occur within his wife's barren womb; she would become pregnant by her husband and he would become the father of many nations.
Don't worry about how, Abram...I am God...and I am sufficient to make this happen.
Another common name of God for us is "Adoni," which means "Lord." It is also the pronunciation given by Jews when the name "Jehovah" is issued. "Jehovah," they believe, is too sacred to pronounce.
Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD - that you alone are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18
Within the context of this one verse we see two of the names of God. "Adoni" and "Elyon," which means "Most High."
And, of course, one of the most precious names of God to us all is simply, "Father."
He will call out to me, 'You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.' Psalm 89:26
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." Galatians 4:6
Next time: Who He Was to Moses, Who Jesus Said He Was, and A Call to Action
Award-winning national speaker, Eva Marie Everson's work includes Intimate Moments with God and Intimate Encounters with God (Cook). She is the author of Shadow of Dreams, Summon the Shadows and Shadow of Light. (Barbour Fiction) She can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at www.EvaMarieEverson.com.
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