Beloved Names of God: Life-Changing Thoughts on 99 Classic Names

Beloved Names of God: Life-Changing Thoughts on 99 Classic Names

by David McLaughlan
     
 

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Give thanks to the L ord , call on his name ; make known among the nations what he has done.

Psalm 105:1  niv


What’s in a name? God reveals Himself to us through His glorious names, so it’s no surprise the Bible lists hundreds of titles for our Lord and Savior.   God wants us to be just as familiar with his

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Give thanks to the L ord , call on his name ; make known among the nations what he has done.

Psalm 105:1  niv


What’s in a name? God reveals Himself to us through His glorious names, so it’s no surprise the Bible lists hundreds of titles for our Lord and Savior.   God wants us to be just as familiar with his intimate “Abba” side as his all-mighty “Alpha and Omega” side—and every name in between.  

Here are ninety-nine of the most beloved names of our Creator—names that have resonated throughout history and brought love, hope, and comfort to the lives of millions. Each entry is broken down into an appealing, concise, and thought-provoking format that provides modern biblical insight and inspirational takeaways. From Genesis to Revelation, The Beloved Names of God is sure to enlighten and inspire readers of all ages.

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ISBN-13:
9781607426363
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Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2011
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Value Books
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Beloved Names of God


By David McLaughlan

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
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ISBN: 978-1-61626-214-3



CHAPTER 1

I Am


And God said unto Moses, I am that I am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14 KJV

• Name of God the Father

• "I am that I am" appears once in the KJV. God also calls Himself "I Am" once.

• In Hebrew, Ehyeh asher ehyeh or Hayah means "I am that I am" or "I will be that I will be."

• Speaking through the burning bush, God instructed Moses to call Him by the name I Am when he announced himself as the chosen leader of the Israelites.


Traveling to ancient cultures is a mind-blowing experience. How amazing it is to walk on roads trod by Roman soldiers; to stand in the same room where Christopher Columbus received his commission to sail to the New World from Isabella and Ferdinand; or to climb up the Areopagus, or Mars Hill, in Athens, where Paul preached to the Greeks. Yet before all cultures existed, before the earth was formed, God was and Jesus was.

When God said that His name was "I Am," He was stating unequivocally that He was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and that He would be their God "from generation to generation" (Exodus 3:15 NIV). God was stating that He never changes. Likewise, Jesus also never changes. The writer of the book of Hebrews declared, 'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8 NIV). And Father and Son are still here, and will be forever. "I AM THAT IAM" has no beginning and no end.

Taken from The Top 100 Names of God Ellyn Sanna

CHAPTER 2

The Rose of Sharon


I am the rose of Sharon. Song of Solomon 2:1 KJV

• Name of God the Son

• The description "the rose of Sharon" appears once in the KJV.

• In biblical times, the Plain of Sharon (to which this name refers) was known for its beauty and majesty. A popular garden variety of hibiscus borrows its name from this passage.

• Though the context of Song of Solomon 2:1 doesn't imply a literal connection to Jesus, many biblical scholars agree that it is a symbolic reference to Jesus' undying and perfect devotion to His children. The loving relationship He desires to establish with us all is revealed through the exchange between Solomon and the Shulamite woman.


Child of God, there is no mood of your life where Jesus fails to fit your need, to brighten as a brilliant rose your life. In joy or sorrow, sunshine or shadow, day or night, He blooms for you. Behold Him, then, today, not only on the cross for you, not only on the throne, but near you, close beside your path, the Rose of Sharon.

Taken from The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord

CHAPTER 3

Ancient of Days


"As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze." Daniel 7:9 NIV

• Name of God the Father

• "Ancient of Days" appears three times in the KJV.

• Ancient of Days is variously attributed to Adam and Jesus. The Western church associates the name with God the Father.

• Daniel had a vision of the end times, in which great beasts battled for control while the Ancient of Days looked on.


Daniel would have been very aware of the transience of earthly things. The land of his people had been devastated, and the faith of his fathers had all but been wiped from the earth. Almost nothing, in his experience, was permanent—and he told his masters this. They should turn to God, who ruled when their empires were but a dream and would rule still when their empires turned to dust.

When Adam walked in the Garden, God strolled beside him. Those were ancient days for Moses, but God strode the desert with him as well. The days of Moses were ancient for Daniel, but God still shielded him from the flames. Daniel's days were ancient when Jesus became flesh, but God was an adoring Father to Him. Even now, God walks with you; Ancient of Days, and as young as a heart in love.

CHAPTER 4

Vine


I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. John 15:1 KJV

• Name of God the Son

• Jesus refers to Himself as the "vine" twice in the KJV.

• Vines and vineyards would have been a common sight around Jerusalem in biblical times. In fact, some of the winepresses those vineyards supplied can still be visited.

• The phrase "I am the true vine" comes as Jesus prepares for His death and seeks to prepare His disciples for what will come. He is declaring Himself the fulfillment of Israel's promise, while letting them know that His work will go on through them, the fruits of the Vine.


Grapes can be used to make wine, and wine can change how people see the world!

The grapes wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the vine. The vine would be useless without nutrition from the soil. Likewise, Jesus as the Vine is the direct link between the Father and the fruit of His work, the person of faith.

Drawing strength from the Creator and constantly supported by the Vine, we, too, can change how people see the world!

CHAPTER 5

Holy Ghost


Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20:28 KJV

• Name of God the Holy Spirit

• The name "Holy Ghost" appears ninety times in the KJV.

• The term Holy Ghost derives from the Old English term gast meaning "spirit" or "soul."

• The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit appears throughout the New Testament, giving the gift of a son to Mary, watching over Jesus' baptism, and empowering the apostles.


In the 1940s Jimmy Wilson was a shepherd looking for his flock in a snowstorm with his dog, Peat. Completely lost and freezing, he stumbled across fresh footprints. Thinking they might lead him to safety, he followed them for a while before realizing they were his own. Feeling cold, tired, and defeated, he turned to his companion, realizing Peat may know the way home better than himself. "Go home, boy!" he commanded, trusting the dog would lead the way. And Peat did head for home, just close enough for Jimmy to follow. They both made it safely back and found the sheep along the way!

Jesus described the Holy Ghost as a "Comforter," a companion who would always be with us, ready to offer guidance. It's often seen as the active force that points us toward the Father and heaven. Just as Jimmy put all his trust in his dog's instincts, we can have faith that relying on the Holy Ghost will lead us down the right path.

CHAPTER 6

Good Shepherd


"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." John 10:11 NIV

• Name of God the Son

• Jesus says, "I am the good shepherd" twice in the NIV.

• In calling Himself the "good shepherd," Jesus was fulfilling a prophecy of Isaiah (40:11).

• In John 10 Jesus told the Pharisees that He knows His people and they know Him, and that He would live and die for His flock.


As a boy, the future Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell loved hearing his mother sing about "The Ninety-nine and the One." Eventually she refused to sing it anymore. Why? Because he cried every time she sang it, and she couldn't bear to see him so upset. But Eric pleaded. So she sang about the Shepherd (Jesus Christ), who had brought ninety-nine of His sheep in from the storm—only to go out again, risking His life and searching the dangerous cliffs, all to rescue one little lamb. An ordinary shepherd would have been thankful for the remaining ninety-nine and his own safety. But the Good Shepherd gave His life so that every lost lamb might be saved.

The story goes that Eric Liddell would stand with his face to the wall, just so his mom would not see him cry over such a wonderful love.

Working as a missionary in China at the start of WWII, he sent his own family to safety then walked, alone, into a land being fought over by five armies. The Lord called him home before the war ended, but along the way Eric Liddell showed God's love to many lost lambs.

CHAPTER 7

Jehovah


That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. Psalm 83:18 KJV

• Name of God the Father

• "Jehovah" is referred to seven times in the KJV (including three place names).

• The name Jehovah is a translation of the tetragrammaton (a word with four consonants and no vowels) "YHWH." The name may originally have been pronounced as Yahweh.

• Jehovah is the personal name of God. In the Bible it is used adoringly and with great honor.


There is no record of Jesus ever using the name

Jehovah—and for good reason. Scholars have suggested that had He uttered that name in the presence of other Jews, especially the Pharisees and Sadducees, He would have been subjected to extreme punishment. As God's Son, Jesus knew when He would be arrested and He chose His words carefully. Instead of Jehovah, Jesus emphasized God the Father. As John wrote, "But as many as received him [Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God [the Father], even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12 KJV).

Have you ever been introduced to someone and two seconds later forgotten his name? Or, someone talks to you and later you have trouble remembering the gist of the conversation. God, the great Jehovah, isn't like that. He heard every cry of His oppressed people in Egypt. He hears, and remembers, every word of every prayer we utter—and then He responds as only an eternal, compassionate God can. Jehovah's arm is still stretched out to save us.

Taken from The Top 100 Names of God Ellyn Sanna

CHAPTER 8

Bridegroom


Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast." Matthew 9:15 NIV

• Name of God the Son

• Jesus refers to Himself as, or is referred to as, the "bridegroom" fourteen times in the NIV.

• The prophet Isaiah tells Israel that "as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you" (Isaiah 62:5 NIV). Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy.

• In Matthew 9:15, Jesus tells the Pharisees that He will not be bound by normal social expectations. He also predicts His own death and the time His disciples will have to cope without Him.


Is there a love in this world as intense as that between a couple about to be married? It is thrilling, constant, full of anticipation, full of promise. What would a bridegroom not do for his bride?

In earthly marriages, sadly, the passion fades a little with time. We are, after all, only human. But notice in Matthew 9:15 that Jesus isn't referring to Himself as the husband yet. The time when He and His followers will be joined as one has yet to come. In the book of Revelation, John describes how Jesus will return inglory to claim His bride, the "true" church. Until then we are left to wait in fervent anticipation, cultivating our relationship with our most devoted, attentive suitor. And what can we look forward to after the great wedding feast He has planned for us? An eternal, intimate love that will truly last the test of time.

CHAPTER 9

Potter


But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8 KJV

• Name of God the Father

• The comparison between God as Creator and the potter as a creator is made several times in the Bible, but God is addressed as the "potter" only once.

• Human potters make useful vessels from the clay of the earth. In creating Adam from the earth, God could be described as the first potter.

• In a vision, Isaiah foresaw times of tribulation for Judah and Jerusalem. Seeing cities destroyed and the people enslaved, Isaiah tells God they deserved it, but also pleads with Him not to punish His people endlessly.


Life is full of change. We try to resist it, but often the greatest, most positive changes come from the most traumatic events; events that, given the choice, we would probably avoid repeating.

In a similar way, we can theorize that the clay on a potter's wheel would probably rather stay in the ground. Instead, it is dug out, processed, shipped, sold, soaked, beaten, stretched, and manipulated on its way to becoming something useful—or perhaps even a work of art.

In our own lives, what we perceive as punishment often isn't. Like clay, the Potter puts us on His wheel of life and forms us according to the true purpose for which we were created. It may be a messy, difficult process, but we can trust our Potter to build us up to our full potential.

CHAPTER 10

Alpha and Omega


I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:13 KJV

• Name of God the Son

• Jesus is referred to as "Alpha and Omega" four times in the KJV.

Alpha and ITLωITL are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the language the earliest-known versions of the New Testament books were written in.

• While in exile on the Isle of Patmos, John had a two-part vision, or revelation, in which Jesus asked him to take a warning to the seven churches and revealed to him the end times. Jesus begins His important message to John with these words: "I am Alpha and Omega."


Jesus isn't shy about proclaiming His divinity in Revelation. As well as being alpha and omega, beginning and end, first and last, He also tells John He is the Almighty, a term unequivocally reserved for God.

Not only was Jesus there when we were born and will be there when we die, likewise He was there when the world was born, and He will bring it all to a glorious end when He finally calls us home.

CHAPTER 11

Wonderful Counselor


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor. Isaiah 9:6 NIV

• Name of God the Son

• Jesus is called "Wonderful Counselor" once in the NIV.

• In some translations, a comma separates "Wonderful" and "Counselor." It makes no difference. Someone who is both wonderful and a counselor would surely be a wonderful counselor as well.

• By using the name Wonderful Counselor, the prophet Isaiah was foretelling the birth of Christ, praising His attributes, and predicting His everlasting reign.


When noble leaders come to power, they usually surround themselves with wise counselors. Pharaoh took Joseph's advice and guided Egypt through years of drought. Daniel counseled Nebuchadnezzar on his relationship with God. Esther's cousin, Mordecai, saved Xerxes from an assassination plot. The success of such counselors depended largely on their ability to gain their king's ear.

Now imagine the perfect combination of leadership and wisdom: a leader with such great power that He doesn't need anyone's advice, because He knows all of creation and everyone in it. No one would have to petition to be heard by Him. He would want to speak with each of us every day. The advice He gives would never be wrong, and the Kingdom He rules would never end.

Sound familiar? Thank the Lord today for being our Wonderful Counselor.

CHAPTER 12

Balm of Gilead


Is there no balm in Gilead? Jeremiah 8:22 KJV

• Name of God the Father

• Gilead's "balm" is referred to three times in the KJV.

• The place known as Gilead is a mountainous region in present-day Jordan. The balm that bore its name, a healing compound produced from the Commiphora gileadensis tree, was famous across the Middle East in biblical times.

• In Jeremiah 8:22, the prophet was bewailing an idol-worshipping Judah around the time of the Babylonian occupation. If they did not change their ways, he warned, their punishment would be such that they would use up all earthly balms and cry for more. Eventually they would have to turn to God. His healing would be the very real equivalent of the famous balm of Gilead.


As well as being the name of a region, gilead also meant a hill or mound where one stood to give a testimony.

The balm of the Commiphora tree may have been soothing, but anyone who has ever stood on their own personal "gilead" and proclaimed their love of the Lord to the world will know that produces a comfort and healing far more profound than any herbal medicine.


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