The Sacred Name of God

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The Purpose of the Name

In the Old Testament God revealed Himself, His nature, and His character by His names. In fact, there are sixteen important names for God revealed throughout the Old Testament. Below is a list of those titles or special names, which reveal the nature of God.

The Compound NamesThe Meaning of the NamesThe Scripture Reference
Jehovah ElohimThe eternal creatorGenesis 2:4-25
Adonai JehovahThe Lord our masterGenesis 15:2
Jehovah JirehThe Lord the providerGenesis 22:8-14
Jehovah NissiThe Lord our bannerExodus 17:15
Johovah RophekaThe Lord our healerExodus 15:26
Jehovah ShalomThe Lord our peaceJudges 6:24
Jehovah TsidkeenuThe Lord our righteousnessJeremiah 23:6
Jehovah MekaddishkemThe Lord our sanctifierExodus 31:13
Jehovah SabaothThe Lord of hosts1 Samuel 1:11
Jehovah ShammahThe Lord is presentEzekiel 48:35
Jehovah ElyonThe Lord Most HighPslam 7:17
Jehovah RohiThe Lord my shepherdPsalm 23:1
Jehovah HoseenuThe Lord our makerPsalm 95:6
Jehovah EloheenuTHe Lord our GodPsalm 99:5
Jehovah ElohekaThe Lord thy GodExodus 20:2
Jehovah ElohayThe Lord my GodZechariah 14:5

I am using the English transliteration of God's sacred name for the purposes of our English readers. The actual Hebrew name for Jehovah is Yahweh or Yehovah.

Ancient Hebrews would often approach God saying, "In the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob" (Exod. 3:6, 15-16).

Christians approach the heavenly throne through the name of Christ, as the New Testament says: "Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you" (John 16:23). "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name" (Phil. 2:9).

Whether we approach God using Ha Shem, Adonai, Lord, Father, or, as Christians, approach the Creator using the name of Christ, we must always remember the sacredness and holiness attached to His name. It is a commandment to do so.

There are many unique aspects and layers of prophetic mysteries linked to the Hebrew alphabet. Since it originated in heaven, we may one day speak it in heaven.

Perry Stone is the author of numerous books, including Breaking the Jewish Code (Charisma House), from which this article is excerpted. To purchase a copy, click on the book.


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