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Summary: We often sing the song, "Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blessed. Finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest." However, do we really comprehend the full meaning of the name Jehovah?

For 2005 Utilize the Twenty Ways That Jehovah is Used in the Scriptures (Exodus 6:2-10 (quickview) )

We often sing the song, "Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blessed. Finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest." However, do we really comprehend the full meaning of the name Jehovah?

Fact:The word "JEHOVAH" translated "LORD," is recorded in the King James Bible, 3,119 times.

Illustration: On his deathbed, British preacher Charles Simeon smiled brightly and asked the people gathered in his room, "What do you think especially gives me comfort at this time?"

When they all remained silent, he exclaimed, "The creation! I ask myself, ’Did Jehovah create the world or did I?’ He did! Now if He made the world and all the rolling spheres of the universe, He certainly can take care of me. Into Jesus’ hands I can safely commit my spirit!"

Hudson Taylor, founder of China Inland Mission, in the closing months of his life said to a friend, "I am so weak. I can’t read my Bible. I can’t even pray. I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child and trust."

Both Simeon and Taylor knew that the almighty God who created the universe was holding them in His hands. Moses had the same assurance when he blessed the children of Israel before he died (Deut. 33). They could face the future with confidence because the God who had delivered them would also preserve them.

We certainly need not be fearful, then, as we enter a new year. God will never forsake His redeemed children. We can rejoice that our great Creator holds us in His hands. And that’s true for every child of God. --HGB

The God who made the firmament,

Who made the deepest sea,

The God who put the stars in place

Is the God who cares for me. --Berg

The God who holds the universe is the God who is holding you. (Our Daily Bread)

"God also said to Moses, ’I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as El-Shaddai [which means God Almighty], but by my name Jehovah [or Yahweh which means I AM] I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.’" (Ex. 6:2-5)

God uses different names as descriptive terms of His character, not always as simple titles.(1,2) A good example of God’s different descriptive names occurs in Gen 6:5, 12-18. God is "Jehovah" in verse 5 and in verses 12-18, God is "Elohiym." Let us ask the Lord to show us what the name Jehovah reveals about God’s character.

At this point there were some parts of God’s character not seen by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They had not seen Jehovah lead them to the promised land - they had not seen the covenant fulfilled. The meaning of "Jehovah" is not only "I AM" but also, "he is" or "he will be." God is saying here that "he will be" the one to lead them to the fulfillment of His covenant.

More specifically, "Jehovah" is the name often used for the characteristic of God that is Just. Here, Jehovah will fulfill His promise and keep His covenant because He is Just. It’s nice to know that not only is God "The Almighty," the creator of the Universe, He is also "Jehovah," the one who hears us and remembers His covenant - not only His covenant to the Israelites but His covenant to us involving His son and our redemption! In fact, the "I am he" of John 18:5-9 (quickview)  may be a reference to God’s covenant fulfilling character "I AM." Remember how the very words "I am he," when spoken by Jesus, knocked those who came to arrest Him to the ground? (World Wide Christian Web)


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Ashley Kwasney

commented on Sep 25, 2006

Great descriptions of God. I was looking for a way to describe God and this was a great beginning. Thanks.

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