Naming God

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​Looking from a Christian perspective, I get asked what name I call God. I’ve talked to people who held he had to be called differently. We see this with some Jehovah Witnesses and etc who associate strictly Jehovah and all else as heresy or idolatry. We’re going to look at it from a Christian perspective. 

Though authors of Scripture, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, were allowed to use generic terms, it is not wrong for us to refer to Him as “God” or “Lord”. It is better and crucial to know God, than to debate on his name, he is called many things in scripture but what is important is to know he is Lord, our Saviour and God. Scholars and linguistics will state that vowels were not used for Hebrew, so the appropriate name if YHWH was commonly seen. The association of vowels derived from Adonai and Elohim, which brought Yahweh, or during the translation of the KJV, was shifted to Jehovah. But through it all we know who is our God and his names reveal his glory. Here are some of what we hear in scripture:

YHWH, Yahweh, Jehovah: Lord. Jehovah-Jireh: the Lord who sees. Jehovah- Rapha: the Lord who heals. Jehovah-Nissi: The Lord our banner. Jehovah-Shammah: the Lord is there. Jehovah-Rohi: The Lord our Shepherd. Jehovah-Tsidkenu: The Lord our righteousness. Jehovah-Elohim: our Lord, creator. El Shaddai: God Almighty. Adonai: Lord (in substitution of YHWH, when directed to gentiles in ancient times). El Elyon: The Most High. El-Olam: Everlasting God. So-Gibhor: Alright God. Jehovah-Saboath: Lord of Hosts. Abba, Father. I AM. Alpha and Omega. Emmanuel: God amongst us. The Way. The Truth. The Life. Jesus Christ. Yeshua. 


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