For the past several Thoughtful Thursdays, I have been sharing notes from the series on the names of God that my Sunday School class has been studying. So far we have studied the following names:
- Elohim, The Creator God (free printables)
- El Elyon, The God Most High (free printables)
- El-Roi, The God Who Sees (free printables)
- El Shaddai, The All-Sufficient One (free printables)
- Adonai, The Lord (free printables)
I also have shared in the past how we are using Kay Arthur’s book, Lord, I Want to Know You in the class; but I also read several other books. In this post, I share the list of books that I use for my own study so that I can make the printable worksheets as well as be ready to teach the class.
Last week, we started studying the name of God, Jehovah, which means “The Self-Existent One.” Because there was so much information on that name of God, I broke the notes into two blog posts.
In last week’s study, we looked at how we got the name Jehovah, what the name means, some key manifestations of the name in the Bible, how God is still our Jehovah today, and how we should apply this name to our life today.
Today, we are going to look at the message of the name Jehovah and at how Jesus is our Jehovah.
Here are some of the messages of the name:
- It reveals God as a God of moral and spiritual attributes.
- In Old Testament times, righteousness and holiness were the two great attributes associated with the name Jehovah. We see that in many verses such as the one below:
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy. Leviticus 19:2
We should remember that the LORD God is still Jehovah and still expects us to live holy and righteous lifes (with His enabling Holy Spirit helping us.
We should be awed at the holiness of God. When confronted with the LORD, our response should as Isaiah’ was. At least we should inwardly, if not outwardly, bow ourselves and worship this wonderful, covenant-keeping God!
“However personal and intimate God is with us, He is still God, Creator of the universe, self-existent, ineffable, immutable, holy, and majestic. His very being and presence command sheer reverence, utter respect, and absolute worship. Regardless of how close, personal,or intimate a relationship we have with Him, we must confess that He is “wholly other.” He is God, and we are not. And yet He speaks. He invites. He touches. He enters our lives. He initiates. He is insistent and persistent. Our great God chooses to reach out to me and desires a relationship with me.”Catharine Martin
- This name of Jehovah reveals God also as a God of love. His holiness must condemn, but His love provides redemption.
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3
- This name reveals God as a God who seeks to restore.
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. Isaiah 43:1
We see that God loves us and wants to restore us too. Don’t you love the verses we find in Romans 8?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (v. 32)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (v. 35)
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (v. 37-39)
We can claim these and hold on to these in times of trouble or sadness or distress! We are never alone—we never have to go through hard times on our own! He is with us, and He loves us!
In the New Testament, we also see that Jesus is our Jehovah God. Jehovah means “I AM” as the Hebrew word YHWH is translated as “I AM.”
Jesus said He was the “I AM” in John 8:58: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.“
He fulfilled prophecies that were made about Jehovah:
- Isaiah 45:21-23→Philippians 2:9-11
- Joel 2:32→Romans 10:13
He shows how He is “I AM” several times in the New Testament:
- He is your bread of life, who sustains you. (Jn. 6:35—I am the bread of life).
- He is your light, who shows you truth and causes growth in your life. (Jn. 8:12—I am the light of the world).
- He is the door, who provides the way to eternal life. (Jn. 10:7-9—I am the door).
- He is your good shepherd, who gives you security. (Jn. 10:11, 14—I am the good shepherd).
- He is the resurrection and the life, who gives you eternal life. (Jn. 11:25—I am the resurrection and the life).
- He is the way, the truth, and the life, who leads you to salvation and abundant life. (Jn. 14:6—I am the way, the truth, and the life).
- He is the true vine, who provides for your every need. (Jn. 15:1, 5—I am the true vine).
Your deepest needs can be fulfilled by Yahweh, the ego eimi, the I AM!
If you would like a 2-page handout for this lesson, you can go HERE.
You can print out a verse card HERE.
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