I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God

I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God

by Wendy Blight


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ISBN-13: 9780718004200
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: InScribed Collection
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 535,688
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Wendy Blight is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries' First 5 Writing Team and serves as the Proverbs 31 On-Line Bible Study Small Group Ministry Training and Development Coordinator. She is a national speaker, Bible teacher, attorney, and author of Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life and Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God's Story, both featured as Proverbs 31 On-Line Bible Studies. She has been a featured guest on Oprah Radio, the 700 Club, Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, Revive our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman. Wendy's favorite place to be is at home in Charlotte, North Carolina writing and enjoying time with her husband, Monty, and their two children, Lauren and Bo. You can connect with Wendy through her website at www.wendyblight.com and through Proverbs 31 Ministries.

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I Know His Name

Discovering Power in the Names of God


Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2015 Wendy Blight
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7180-0420-0


Elohim: The One Who Created You


O God, I'm so excited for this journey on which I'm about to embark. I'm thirsting not only to know more about You, but also to know You more. God, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, help me to discover who You truly are. Open my eyes to see, my ears to hear, and my heart to understand eternal mysteries that only You can reveal on this exciting adventure. Give me the discipline to do my work, the perseverance to continue when I want to give up, and the mind to practically apply all that I learn. Enable me to taste and see that You are good. Show me marvelous things from Your Word. Reveal Your majesty, show me Your glory, and draw me so close to Your heart that I feel, down to the marrow of my bones, that You are the All-Consuming Fire! I ask all this in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Part One: In the Beginning

Memory Verse: In the beginning, God created everything: the heavens above and the earth below. Here's what happened. — Genesis 1:1

The Word declares that our God is a personal God and a loving and forgiving Father. He demands justice, yet extends grace. He is kind and compassionate and allows for free will, but mandates that this free will has consequences when wrongly exercised. However, be- cause of His grace, in the midst of those consequences, God extends mercy and promises to never leave us or forsake us.

Do you ever wonder what our world would be like if everyone knew our God in this way? I do ... often.

The notion that God has continued to impress upon my heart is this: if we are to introduce others to the God whom we know and love, then we must know Him better. When I first had this thought, hard questions followed. Wendy, how well do you really know Me? My heart, My character, My names, and the attributes those names represent?

I must confess — I did not. When I first started reading the Bible, I noticed that the writers referred to God by other names now and then. But I did not pay much attention or question why, and often I could not even pronounce the names! As I studied the Bible more, I learned that each name meant something; sometimes the name pointed to an aspect of God's character, and other times it pointed to how He relates to His people. Over time, I could recite many of those names and pray them eloquently, but I really didn't understand all of them or know where each name originated.

So I immersed myself in the pages of His Word once again, this time inviting God to unveil Himself to me in a fresh way. I prayed, "Show me who You are, God, and why I should care. Reveal to me why You are worthy of being called the One True God; why I should unabashedly love and serve You and You alone. Decipher Your names. Make known Your character. Help me know You better so I can live and walk in the image in which You created me."

As I poured myself into the Scriptures, God answered my prayers. And the more I approached God's Word with an open heart, the more I fell in love with God's wonderful names — the names that reveal the vastness of His character. The names that affirm the work He does on our behalf.

Friend, the more deeply we explore our God, the more we are able to move beyond simply knowing about Him to truly knowing Him. And as that love grows and our relationship strengthens, God settles into that special place — reserved solely for Him — that He created in our hearts. We become a living, breathing vessel through whom God can work in this world. He transforms our hearts, and through our changed hearts God can change the world.

Our newfound knowledge will give us privileged access into God's heart and open new ways for us to experience Him in quiet time, prayer, and worship.

So let's turn our attention to Elohim (pronounced el-o-heem), the God who created us.

We find our first name of God in Genesis 1. In an English-language Bible we see the word God. But in the original Hebrew language, the word was Elohim. The word el is a generic word for god. It refers to our God as well as other, pagan gods. The writers of the Bible added the word im to the end of this generic name. This is like adding an "s" to the end of a word in English; it makes the word plural.

So the noun Elohim is plural, but it is always used with a singular verb. What does this mean? It means Elohim signifies one triune God, not many gods. This unique use of the plural Elohim to refer to one, individual god is unique to the God of the Bible. No other God has the name Elohim.

Why is this significant? Because it indicates a unity and diversity within the nature of God. The Hebrew language often pluralized nouns to express greatness and multiple attributes. With the name Elohim, this unity and diversity captures the doctrine of the Trinity — one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Though the exact meaning of Elohim is not known, the name itself incorporates the idea of strength and power and speaks to the supremacy of God as He reveals Himself through His creation. We find it in the opening words of Genesis 1: "In the beginning, God created everything: the heavens above and the earth below ..." (Genesis 1:1a).

Digging Deeper

In the beginning God created. Our universe does not exist by accident. God acted freely and intentionally with each word He spoke. He executed each stage of creation's design. Just look around you — the glorious beauty that lies before you has been carefully crafted by a living, personal, creative God! Elohim purposefully placed earth in its exact location and deposited each one of His created people on that earth at a specially ordained time and place in order to accomplish His purposes!

* Read Acts 17:24–27. How do Luke's words confirm the truth that God is Creator?

[Your Response]

* Throughout Scripture, God's Word affirms and confirms that He is the Creator. Read the following verses and share what you learn about Elohim.

1. Psalm 8:3–9

[Your Response]

2. Proverbs 3:19

[Your Response]

3. Isaiah 40:26 3:19

[Your Response]

Apply It

Our God has done great and unsearchable things beyond our comprehension. He brought into existence every natural wonder the eye can see: every twinkling star, every delicate snowflake, every drop of rain, every billowy cloud, every crisp cool day, every roaring sea, every clap of thunder, every bolt of lightning, every majestic mountain — all gifts shaped and fashioned by our Creator. Elohim's invisible qualities echo throughout our world: "From the beginning, creation in its magnificence enlightens us to His nature. Creation itself makes His undying power and divine identity clear, even though they are invisible; and it voids the excuses and ignorant claims of these people" (Romans 1:20).

Elohim dictates the rising and the setting of the sun. He sets the boundaries of the sea. The stars rise and fall at His command. Nothing, absolutely nothing, has been or ever will be that His hand has not created.

* Take some time today to thank God for His creation. Look outside your window. Remember the sights and sounds from any of your trips to the mountains or the beach. Praise Him for all He has created for your enjoyment and pleasure! Write your prayer of praise in the space provided.

[Your Response]

Part Two: Creator of Heaven and Earth

Memory Verse: In the beginning, God created everything: the heavens above and the earth below. Here's what happened." — Genesis 1:1

Let's revisit Genesis 1 as we probe deeper into the word create and what exactly God created "in the beginning."

* Reread Genesis 1:1.

"In the beginning" refers to a specific point in time. While Genesis 1:1 is the starting point of creation, God existed before that time. He is an infinite being without beginning and without end (Revelation 21:6; 22:13). But in Genesis 1:1, God initiated a work that is measured by time as we understand it.

The word create, as used here, translates from the Hebrew word bara. By definition, a deity name is always the subject or the implied subject of this verb, meaning it refers solely to divine work. This has profound theological significance because it means that any activity associated with this word is inherently divine, initiated by God and God alone. All other verbs for "creating" allow a much broader range of meaning and can have both divine and human subjects.

Most scholars agree that create, as used here, expresses the notion of creation out of nothing. In other words, there was no preexistent matter from which our earth was produced. The light, waters, dry land, and seas created in Genesis 1:3–10 were made out of nothing, formed at God's command and then filled with God's created things.

* Read Isaiah 45:18. How does this verse speak about creation?

[Your Response]

Digging Deeper

Human logic teaches that you cannot create something out of nothing. Our understanding of the laws of nature governing the universe make such a thing impossible. But by the power of our Almighty God, such things are possible. In fact, God's Word explicitly states that with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26; Luke 18:27).

* How does God create something out of nothing? What exactly happened in Genesis 1? To answer this, we must first know what our world looked like at the time of creation.

[Your Response]

* Read Genesis 1:2 and John 1:1–2. Describe the condition of the earth at the time of creation. Who was present?

[Your Response]

In the beginning the earth was formless, empty, and dark (from the Hebrew words tohuw, bohuw, and choshek). Tohuw means "to lie waste, a desolation, a worthless thing." It also means "confusion, without order." Bohuw means "to be empty." Choshek means "darkness, dark (as withholding light)." This darkness surrounded a desolate, unformed mass. There was absolutely no light. It was out of this chaos, this immense mass of matter, that God created the earth upon which we walk today.

Biblical scholars debate exactly how creation occurred and the actual number of days or years that it took. Some theologians theorize that there were actually two creations. They base this on Genesis 1:2, which says that God was present in a mass of unformed matter before He initiated His first day of creative work, which is described in Genesis 1:3. Genesis 1:2 says, "The Spirit of God was hovering over the empty waters." They contend that Genesis 1:2 describes the first stage of God's creative process, initially unformed and unfilled, and that Genesis 1:3 relays the second phase, His intentional, purposeful process of forming and filling the earth.

While these are fascinating debates, for our purposes this distinction is irrelevant. We want to focus on the first few verses of Genesis 1, which teach that at a certain point in time, God's Holy Spirit — the power that parted the Red Sea, the power that raised Jesus from the dead — brought shape, order, and light to a formless, chaotic mass.

* What do you think the universe felt and looked like before God's Spirit began His creative work? Describe your image of the earth before God said in Genesis 1:3, "Let there be light."

[Your Response]

The words in Genesis 1:3–25 generate still more controversy among biblical scholars. Scripture teaches that God created our earth in six days. The probing question is whether this refers to six literal days as we know them. Some scholars argue that the days in Genesis 1 represent six literal days as measured by our modern-day calendar. Others argue the days represent eons of time. Still others argue the referenced days are merely a literary device and have nothing to do with the actual length of time that passed.

* Read Genesis 1:3–25. What words or phrases might lead to the conclusion that God completed His creation in six literal days? (See also Exodus 20:11.)

[Your Response]

* Read 2 Peter 3:8. What does this verse say about creation?

[Your Response]

Although we will not dwell on the answers to either of these questions because there is no certain resolution, they are interesting to think about. But what is certain is that Genesis 1 makes it quite clear that we live in a personal world created by a loving God, who brought forth something from nothing ... who brought life from death ... who made full from empty. And the best news of all is our God wants to do the very same for each one of us.

Now, let's explore God's creative activity during those first six days.

* Reread Genesis 1:3. Describe what happened on day one.

[Your Response]

As we study God's creative process, we find distinct steps. First, God spoke. Second, what God spoke came to be. Third, God evaluated His work and commented on it. Fourth, God named what He created. Finally, God established evening and morning, a beginning and end to each day.

Do you see this exact process in each of the first five days of creation?

[Your Response]

Did you find any differences between the days? If so, what are they and in what ways do you find them significant?

[Your Response]

Did you notice God created each thing "according to its kind"? The root word here is miyn in Hebrew. It means "to portion out, to sort." God designed each creature in a distinctive way. He did not create one or two types of creatures and intend for them to evolve into other forms. Each species, whether plant or animal, had its own distinct features, purpose, and role in God's created order. The vegetation (1:11–12), the living creatures of the sea (1:21), the winged birds (1:21), and the living creatures on the land (1:24) were all created "according to their kind." What God's Word makes clear is this: God did not create an amoeba that eventually evolved into a fish or a monkey that over time turned into a man. He fashioned each creature as a distinct "kind." What a creative and awesome God we have!

We see God's incredible handiwork displayed most magnificently when we next meet the crowning work of His creation, mankind.

* Read Genesis 1:26–27. Did you notice God changed His creative process? Reread Genesis 1:26 and share how it opens differently from God's other creative processes.

[Your Response]

This time God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness" (Genesis 1:26a). Creating people became a joint effort, a creative work done by God the Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is the first hint of the Trinity we see in the Bible.

* Read Genesis 1:27 and write it below.

[Your Response]

These carefully chosen words make it very clear that we did not evolve from any kind of animal. God made us in His image and likeness. Image, translated from the Hebrew word tselem, means "shape, resemblance, shadow." Likeness, translated from the Hebrew dmuwth, means "shape, fashion, model" and signifies the original after which a thing is patterned.

Friend, lean in close and soak up these words. Our heavenly Father shaped and patterned us after Himself. By His very hand, He formed every inch of our forefather, Adam, from the top of his head to the tips of his toes. He gave Adam a heart to love and feel, a mind to think and comprehend, a tongue to speak and praise, emotions to laugh and cry, and talents to work and serve. God makes it very clear in His Word — we are not like every other created creature! He made us in His image, in His likeness, with His heart and His mind. As my pastor says, we carry the divine DNA of our Creator


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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Message from My Heart xv

Chapter 1 Elohim: The One Who Created You 1

Chapter 2 El Roi: The One Who Sees You 41

Chapter 3 Jehovah Nissi: The One Who Stands Guard Over You 87

Chapter 4 Jehovah Rapha: The One Who Heals You 137

Chapter 5 More Magnificent Names 197

Endnotes 249

Proverbs 31 Ministries 253

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I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God (with DVD) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
gbautista72 More than 1 year ago
Simple book. Easy to read. I've read "Praying The Names of God" by Ann Spangler. This book is similar. I enjoyed relearning Elohim, El Roi, Jehovah Rapha, Esh Oklah, El Kanna, Shalom, Abba! This will help me and enhance my prayers and relationship with God!
Phili_48_Girl More than 1 year ago
First, I need to say that I love Wendy Blight! I had high hopes when I ordered this Bible Study because I loved her last book, Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life, and I was not disappointed. I enjoy her writing, her input, and her influence in the Proverbs 31 First 5 app and ministry. Let me say, this book (study) has far exceeded my hopes and desires for a deep, meaty Bible study. This study delves into the multi -faceted character of God through His names. I found myself pouring over the pages, her words and more importantly the pages of Scripture. Wendy has a beautiful way of getting to the heart of Scripture, and I close the cover on this study...changed...and deeper in love with Elohim - my Creator, El Roi - The One Who Sees me, Jehovah Nissi - The One Who Stands Guard Over me, and Jehovah Rapha - The One Who Heals me.
HeatherBleier More than 1 year ago
I've known God all my life. I study His Word, keep in prayer, and fellowship. That being said, Wendy's book has helped me more than know God, but truly KNOW Him and all His character. Whether you are new to the faith or grew up in a church #IKnowHisName will bring you closer to the One who matters and loves you most!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wendy has such a gift for teaching. Eloquently and wholeheartedly, she shares the names of God, their meanings and the practical application for today. Chapter 1 of the book and the video were such treat! Learning to call God Elohim has made me feel like I better understand His character and drawn me closer to Him. Highly recommended! Thank you Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson for providing a copy of chapter 1 and session 1 for my honest review