What’s In A Name: 1

‘That men may know that You, whose name alone is Jehovah, are the most high over all the earth.’ Psalm 83:18 KJV

The Israelites called God ‘Yahweh’, a name they thought of as mysterious and so sacred as to be properly unutterable. The name means the ‘self-existing One’ and the ‘I Am’. He was the Creator of all things; an awesome and unknowable supreme being.

But God desired to be known in a personal way. So He added to the name Yahweh five revealing titles—word-portraits of Himself to help us better understand and relate to Him. Israel discovered these word-portraits during times of crisis and distress and they will bless and encourage you during your times of need. Let’s look at each. Yahweh-Yireh: The Lord will see, the Lord will provide. Abraham was about to sacrifice his son when God provided a lamb for the offering in Isaac’s place. In response, Abraham called Him Yahweh-Yireh (sometimes written as ‘Jehovah-Jireh’), the Lord who sees and provides.

And it doesn’t just apply to Abraham. The New Testament says the Lord sees your needs and provides answers. Jesus said, ‘Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.’ (Matthew 6:32 NLT) Like a caring, alert, observant parent who anticipates his child’s every need, God provides well-timed solutions. Before a child’s shoes wear out a good father provides new ones—his child doesn’t need to beg, bargain or plead.

‘Then why don’t I have what I want?’ you ask. Because God—not you—knows what you really need. What you see as ‘needs’ might simply be ‘wants’ in God’s eyes. Remember—Jehovah-Jireh sees your needs and will provide them!

SoulFood: Exo 30–32, Luke 14:15–24, Ps 106:24–48, Pro 7:3–5

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

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