The unique names of God in Scripture reveal his character and help us to understand the nature of the God who loves us and whom we want to serve.
When God first spoke to Moses out of the burning bush, Moses asked him, "By what name
should I call you." God answered him saying, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to
the Israelites: `I AM has sent me to you'” Exodus 3:14.
The Hebrew name for God is YHWH, pronounced "Yahweh." (This is a transliteration of Hebrew into English.) The Jewish people so respected God’s name that they never actually said, Yahweh. Instead, they would say, “Adonai.” In our English Bibles, Yahweh is often translated as "Jehovah" or “LORD.” For example, Psalm 23:1 says, “The LORD is my shepherd.” When you see LORD written in all caps, you know the verse refers to the covenant name of God, “Yahweh,” the One who sees us, cares for us, and rescues us.
It is important to note that Jesus identified himself as the covenant name of Yahweh, Jehovah. May you be encouraged to learn some of God’s unique names and what they mean for our lives:
Jehovah | Yahweh
(I Am) Ex 3:14
The "I Am" declarations* of Jesus are found in the gospel of John, chapters 6-15.
(The LORD Our Banner) Ex 17:15
". . . his banner over me is love." SOS 2:4; "This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." 1 Jn 4:10
(The LORD Our Shepherd) Ps 23
Jesus: "I am the good shepherd." Jn 10:11
(The LORD Our Healer) Ex 15:26
"[Jesus] healed many who were sick." Mk 1:34
(The LORD Is There) Ez 48:35
Jesus: "I am with you always to the very end." Mt 28:20
(The LORD Our Righteousness) Jer 23:6
"This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." Ro 3:22
(The LORD Who Sanctifies You) Ex 31:13
Jesus: "For them I sanctify myself, so that they too may be sanctified by the truth." Jn 17:9
(The LORD Our Provider) Ge 22:14
Jesus: "I am the Bread of Life." Jn 6:48
(The LORD Is Peace) Jdg 6:24
Jesus: "My peace I give to you." Jn 14:27
(The LORD of Armies) 1 Sa 17:45
"The armies of heaven, dressed in fine linen, white and pure, follow Him on white horses. And from His mouth proceeds a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations . . . And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." Re 19:14-16
*Continue studying God’s names on the following links:
God's Names and The Good Shepherd
Get our God's names printable wall art: Names of Jehovah and Names of Jesus
Get our names of God Bible Bingo game.
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