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TTWMN 186: Attributes of God

There’s a lot of confusion out there these days…and much of it involves a complete mishandling and misunderstanding of God, Who He is, what He does, and most importantly, what He expects from us.  But too often, rather than taking the time to learn and think about God, we take the salvation He offers and run, living our lives as we like.  Since “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge”, and since what we understand about God will affect absolutely every belief, opinion and relationship we have, let’s spend some time today getting to know this Infinite Being we’ve said we serve.

 

Table Talk Notes

 

Names used to have great significance, especially in biblical times.  So let’s start by examining all the names God is called.

 

EL, Eloah

God “mighty, strong, prominent”

 

Elohim: God (plural)

“Creator, Mighty & Strong”

 

Jeremiah 31:33 | For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord (YHWH): I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Genesis 1:1 | In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

 

EL Shaddai

“God Almighty”, “The Mighty One of Jacob”

 

Adonai

“Lord”

 

YHWH, Yahweh, Jehovah

“LORD”, “I AM”

 

Accessible/near for deliverance…

Psalm 107:13 | Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

 

Forgiveness…

Psalm 25:11 | For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.

 

Guidance…

Psalm 31:1-3 | In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;

 

Yahweh-Jireh

“The LORD Will Provide”

 

Genesis 22:14 | So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide” (YHWHjireh); as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

 

Yahweh-Rapha

“The LORD Who Heals”

 

Exodus 15:25b-26 | There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, 26 saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”

 

Yahweh-Nissi

“The LORD Our Banner”

 

Exodus 17:14-16 | Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner (YHWHnissi); for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

 

Yahweh-M’Kaddesh

“The LORD Who Sanctifies, Makes Holy”

 

Lev 20:8 | Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

Ezekiel 37:28 | Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”

 

Yahweh-Shalom

“The LORD Our Peace”

 

Yahweh-Elohim

“LORD God”

 

Yahweh-Tsidkenu

“The LORD Our Righteousness”

Jer 33:16 | In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

 

Yahweh-Rohi

“The LORD Our Shepherd”

Psalm 23:1

 

Yahweh-Shammah

“The LORD Is There”

 

Yahweh-Sabaoth

“The LORD of Hosts”

 

EL Elyon

“Most High”

Gen 14:18-23 | And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) 19 And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. 21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.”22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’

Ps 83:17-18 | Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace, 18 that they may know that you alone whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.

 

EL Roi

“God of Seeing”

Gen 16:13-14 | So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.

 

EL-Olam

“Everlasting God”

 

EL-Gibhor

“Mighty God”

Isaiah 9:6 | For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 


While an infinite God has infinite attributes, there are some that we must understand to truly know and obey Him.

and a few more ways of looking at Him (Crosswalk)

 

Jonathan Edwards’ view


 

So given that God is all these things…

How should we look at Him?

How should we look at ourselves in relation?

How should we look at our circumstances?  our possessions?  our time?

How should we look at and treat others?