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The Names of God

Jill Briscoe

Expectant parents have lots of decisions to make, but one that’s fun is choosing a name for the baby. Couples pour over lists of traditional and exotic names, looking for one they will both love.

For the Israelites, choosing a name was even more important. Names carried great weight in biblical times because they reflected the character of the child and were often prophetic. King David’s name means “beloved”—and he truly was a favored son of both his earthly father and of God. Ruth means “friend or companion,” and she fulfilled that in her devotion to Naomi. Samuel means “God hears” and was meaningful because his mom had been persistent in her prayers for a child.

God is called by many names—Jehovah, Elohim, Adonai—and those names are precious because they describe who He is and what He has promised to His people. In Jill’s series, she takes a closer look at eight of these names, and explores what they reveal about God’s character and His love for us.

Messages From This Series:

The wonder of God's creation is all around us. Look at the flowers, the birds, and the tiniest insects, and you'll discover the amazing plan and intricate design of His creations. And then think about how much more he cares for us and his entire universe. In this message, Jill helps us understand God as our Elohim, or creator.

Scripture: John 1:1, John 17, Genesis 3:22, Genesis 9:8, Isaiah 14-18, Genesis 1-2

In Bible times, every seven years all slaves had the chance to go free. If they chose to stay with their masters, they would be taken to the public market and a peg was put through one of the slave's ears to mutilate the ear. That way he would be "marked" as a slave who loved his master and did not want to go free. We are called to serve God as willing slaves. Do you consider yourself "marked" for God? In this message, Jill explores God as our Adonai, or master, to help us understand how we can serve God better.

Scripture: Genesis 15, Genesis 18, Isaiah 6:1, 1 Peter 3, Exodus 3, Exodus 6:1-6:2, Genesis 2-3

In Genesis, God asked Abraham to go to Mount Moriah to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham obeyed God and took Isaac up the mountain. On the way, Isaac kept asking his father what they would be sacrificing. When it became clear what was happening, Isaac obeyed his father—even though he was probably very frightened. Are you like Isaac, willing to be a sacrifice for God? In this message, Jill helps us understand God as our Jehovah-Jireh, our provider, so we can learn to be committed to God's plan.

Scripture: Genesis 3:21-3:23, Genesis 22, Genesis 28, Exodus 3:3, Exodus 6:2-6:3, Leviticus 19:2

Bitterness, anger, disappointment, and sadness are all feelings that can cause us to have a bad attitude, and we can feel stuck in that frame of mind. But when we let Him, God can heal our soul, spirit, and body. In this message, Jill talks about God as our Jehovah Rophe, or healer, and lets us know what amazing things can happen when we let God heal our attitude.

Scripture: Exodus 17:3, Numbers 14:2, Numbers 16, 1 Corinthians 10:10, Romans 1, Romans 5:12-5:21, Exodus 15:13-16:6

A bad temper, a constant desire to overindulge on brownies, or a tendency to not trust God are all examples of battles we can face from time to time. This battle of the flesh will always exist, but it's God's battle not ours. In this message, Jill explains how we can know God as our Jehovah Nissi, or our banner, so that we can rely on Him to win our battles.

Scripture: Exodus 14:14-14:16, Exodus 17, 1 Corinthians 10, Deuteronomy 25:17-25:18, Genesis 36:12

Where is God when bad stuff happens? That's a question so many of us have asked ourselves when nothing's gone right, when someone has died, or when we've suffered a broken relationship. Jehovah Shalom means "the God of peace," and it describes the perfect balance in God's nature and the tranquility He can bring us. In this message, Jill teaches on how we can know God as our Jehovah Shalom, so we can know how to experience His peace in the midst of life's chaos.

Scripture: Judges 3-6

Sheep rely on their shepherd to love them, lead them, and give them food and water. In this same way, we can depend on the Lord to be our shepherd, and he will love us, lead us, and provide nourishment for our soul. In this message, Jill talks about God as our Jehovah Ro'i, or shepherd, so we can know what wonderful things God provides for us, His sheep.

Scripture: Ezekiel 34:2-34:17, Psalm 23, John 10:6, Luke 15

In Bible times, when a person had leprosy, they would use rags to cover their open sores because they were very contagious. In the book of Isaiah, it says that all of our righteous acts are like filthy rags—like the unclean rags used by people with leprosy. So if our good acts can never be righteous to God, then how can we live in Heaven? In this message, Jill teaches about our Jehovah Sidqenu, which means "Jesus is my righteousness." She lets us know how we can be righteous in God's eyes.

Scripture: Jeremiah 23:5-23:6, Job 31:6, Psalm 62:9, Daniel 5, Luke 15

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