Monday, March 19, 2018

Hebrew Names of God

January 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Focus On Israel

The word, God, has come to be rather common place, not just in general use around the world, but sadly, also among Christians. It is rarely spoken with awe or reverence.

I’d like to show just how magnificent His Name is…to the extent that we begin using it with the respect it is due.

Many are familiar with the (tetragrammaton or 4 letter writing) YHVH – Yah Heh Vav Heh or Yahweh ~ spoken to Moshe (Moses) when he asked God what he should call Him. Exodus 3:15. But in verse 14, God first said, “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh”  (I Am/will be that I Am/ will be) and added: “Here’s what to say to the people of Isra’el: Ehyeh ( I Am or I will be) has sent me to you.” In verse 15: God said further to Moshe, “Say to this people of Isra’el: ‘Yud Hey Vav Hey’ (YHVH), the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya’akov, has sent me.”
This is from the Complete Jewish Bible

Jews feel the tetragrammaton is too sacred to pronounce out loud, and use several other names for God in its place. The most common is HaShem ~ the Name ~ III John 7. They also leave out the “o” in G-d so they aren’t fully writing out His name.

Yah is an abreviation for the tetragrammaton

Adonai literally means ~my Lord. It represents the tetragrammaton ~Matthew 1:20
Adonai Elohei Tzvaot ~Lord God of Hosts
Adonai Elohim Tzvaot ~the Lord God of Hosts
Adonai Elohim, Elohei-Tzvaot ~the Lord God, God of Hosts
Adonai Tzvaot ~the Lord of Sabaoth-Lord of heaven’s armies~ Lord of Hosts ~Samuel 17:45-Romans 9:29
Adonai Eloheinu ~Lord our God ~Mark 12:29
Adonai Elohim ~the Lord God
Adonai Nissi ~the Lord my banner/or miracle ~Exodus 17:15
Adonai Rapha ~the Lord heals ~Exodus 15:26
Adonai Shalom ~the Lord of peace ~Judges 6:24
Adonai Shamah ~the Lord is there or the Lord is present ~Ezekiel 48:31-35
Adonai Tzidkenu ~the Lord our righteousness ~Jeremiah 23:6
Adonai Yireh ~the Lord will see (to it) ~Genesis 22:14

El Elohei Yisrael ~ God of Israel
El Elyon ~God Most High ~Genesis 14:18-22-Mark 5:7
Ha Elyon ~the Most High-the Highest (speaking of God) ~Numbers 24:16
El Gibbor ~Mighty God ~Isaiah 9:6
El Ro’i ~You, God, see me or God of seeing ~Genesis 16:13
El Shaddai ~God Almighty ~Genesis 17:1

Ha G’dulah ~the Greatness-the Majesty (YHVH) ~Hebrews 8:1
Ha G’dulah Ba M’romim ~the Greatness on High (YHVH) ~Hebrews 1:3

I’ll do a study on our Lord’s Name, but just briefly: Mashiach (Messiah-Christ) Literally it means anointed or an anointed one. It is transliterated into English as Messiah. It is equivalent to the Greek Christos, which also means anointed and in English means Christ.

Yeshua ~ Jesus. It is a variant of Y’hoshua (Joshua) which means YHVH Saves, YHVH Delivers ~Matthew 1:21

The term or name, God, just doesn’t cover it all, does it? Each one of the above is a study in itself… which I’m going to do from time to time. But regardless, when we speak His name, which ever one we use, it should always be with respect. Amen?

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