Encouraged by the Promise
God reveals himself through creation, through our conscience and through his name. There is incredible self-disclosure in God giving us his name when he spoke it to Moses at the burning bush.
Exodus 3:14 (ESV) God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
God has a name, and it reveals his identity, it expresses his character, and incredibly, it makes his promises.
God’s Name is a Promise
The four Hebrew consonants of God’s name is called the Tetragrammaton by theologians. The name was so revered by the ancient people of God that it was almost never uttered. In fact, the actual pronunciation is lost to us. It’s just four consonants – with a guess for the vowel sounds in-between.
But God was willing to say and use his own name for us. In the Old Testament story, God began to use the I AM name as an identifier of his sufficiency, his power, his love and his willingness to reach into our struggling lives and just BE (the ‘I am’ verb) all we need.
Nine ‘I AM’ Promises
So, nine times in the Old Testament – God invokes the I AM name to make promises to the people who follow him.
Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord will provide (Gen. 22:14)
Genesis 22:14 (ESV) So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide.”
This is God’s promise to be your provision.
Jehovah-Rapha: The Lord who heals (Ex. 15:26)
Exodus 15:26 (ESV) saying, “… I am the Lord, your healer.”
This is God’s promise to be your healer.
Jehovah-Nissi; The Lord our banner (Ex. 17:15-16)
Exodus 17:15 (ESV) And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, saying “A hand upon the banner of the Lord.”
This is God’s promise to be your power, leader and authority. No enemy can defeat you.
Jehovah-M’Kaddesh: The Lord who sanctifies (Lev.20:8)
Leviticus 20:8 (ESV) I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
This is God’s promise to set you apart, to make you special to him. You are never abandoned, you are never alone.
Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord our peace (Judg. 6:24)
Judges 6:24 (ESV) Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace.
This is God’s promise to protect you from fear and replace it with peace.
Jehovah-Rohi: The Lord my shepherd (Ps. 23:1)
Psalm 23:1 (ESV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
This is God’s promise to give you life with fullness.
Jehovah-Sabaoth: The Lord of hosts (Ps. 46:7)
Psalm 46:7 (ESV) The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
This is God’s promise to surround you with angel armies.
Jehovah-Tsidkenu: The Lord our righteousness (Jer. 23:6)
Jeremiah 23:6 (ESV) And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
This is God’s promise to take all of your failure, all your unworthiness and replace it with the righteousness of Christ.
Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord is there (Ezek. 48:35)
Ezekiel 48:35 (ESV) And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord Is There.”
This is God’s promise to be there for you. He is always present with you. You are never alone.
This is the most encouraging thing – God’s name is his promise.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
– Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)
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