Hope Notes – June 10, 2011
We have looked, in the past weeks, at the Power in the Name or Names of God.
As a short recap (with links back to the blog posts):
First, we read a sermon spoken by the great evangelist and teacher Smith Wigglesworth
Today I want to get to what are called the Covenant names. They are called this because they tell us something God promises to do, something about Him that he promised to do for us. A covenant is an agreement between two parties. In our case, God handled both sides of the Covenant. Being the God and being the sacrifice (Jesus).
He “cut” the covenant all by himself for us so that it can never fail.
Now let’s look some of God’s covenant names that show us promises He gave to His people.
The covenant names of God contain Hebrew letters Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey. YHVH. Some pronounce this Jehovah, some pronounce it Yahweh.
JEHOVAH (Yahweh) :
- LORD in our English Bibles (all capitals). is the covenant name of God.
- Occurs 6823 times in the OT. It’s first use is in Gen. 2:4 (Jehovah Elohim).
- From the verb “to be”, havah, similar to chavah (to live), it means “The Self-Existent One.”
- “I AM WHO I AM” or ‘I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE” as revealed to Moses at the burning bush, Ex.3.
- The name of God, believed by the Jews to be too sacred to be uttered, abbreviated or written.So they wrote it “YHWH” without vowel points. This is called the tetragrammaton.
- The books of Joshua., Judges, Samuel., and Kings use Jehovah almost exclusively.
- “The Lord will Provide.” Gen. 22:14.
- From “jireh” (“to see” or “to provide,” or to “foresee” as a prophet.)
- God always provides, adequate when the times come.
- “The Lord Who Heals” Ex. 15:22-26.
- From “rophe” (“to heal”); implies spiritual, emotional as well as physical healing. (Jer. 30:17, 3:22; Isa. 61:1)
- God heals body, soul and spirit; all levels of man’s being.
- “The Lord Our Banner.” Ex. 17:15.
- God on the battlefield, from word which means “to glisten,” “to lift up,”
- See Psalm 4:6.
- “The Lord Who Sanctifies”
- “To make whole, set apart for holiness.”
- The Lord says: “Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.” (Leviticus 20:7-8)
- “The Lord Our Peace” Judges 6:24. “
- Shalom” translated “peace” 170 times means “whole,” “finished,” “fulfilled,” “perfected,” “Nothing missing, nothing broken.”
- Related to “well,” welfare.”
- Deut. 27:6; Dan. 5:26; I Kings 9:25 8:61; Gen. 15:16; Ex. 21:34, 22:5, 6; Lev. 7:11-21.
- Shalom means that kind of peace that results from being a whole person in right relationship to God and to one’s fellow-man.
- “LORD God” Gen. 2:4; Judges 5:3; Isa. 17:6; Zeph. 2:9; Psa. 59:5, etc.
- “The Lord Our Righteousness” Jer. 23:5, 6, 33:16.
- From “tsidek” (straight, stiff, balanced – as on scales – full weight, justice, right, righteous, declared innocent.)
- God our Righteousness.
- “The Lord Our Shepherd” Psa. 23, from “ro’eh” (to pasture).
- “The Lord is There” (Ezek. 48:35).
- “The Lord of Hosts”
- The commander of the angelic host and the armies of God. Isa. 1:24; Psa. 46:7, 11; 2 Kings 3:9-12; Jer. 11:20
- (NT: Rom. 9:29; James 5:4, Rev. 19: 11-16).
Now these names have amazing Power in our lives. We are often familiar with them from songs or other sermons or teachings that we’ve had, so we may tend to skim over them.
I would recommend two things.
1: Go back and read these names out loud. Letting the Holy Spirit touch your heart with them and bring to rememberance when in your life this Covenant name was in power.
2: Look up the scriptures. See what God means when He uses these names to describe Himself.
-Kath aka Princess of the Most High God!