In this article we will be examining a few of the titles attributed to the Creator. As discussed in the last article, The Sacred Name, Part 6 - First Occurrence, the name of the Creator is Yahweh (He Will Be), but His character is described throughout the Scriptures through other descriptive titles. If you want to read about the name Yahweh being replaced in Bible translations see The Sacred Name, Part 1 - Name Replacement.
Genesis 14:22 - Yahweh El Elyon (יהוה אֵל עֶלְיוֹן) - Yahweh Most High Power. There is no other power in the universe higher than He. He is not the lamp, or the cord, or the socket, or the power company, or the dam, or the water… He is the power behind the movement of the water. The most high power in the Universe.
Genesis 17:1 - El Shaddai (אֵל שַׁדַּי) - Power of the Breasts. (Usually translated God Almighty.) The breasts are symbolic as the milk producing power of the woman to sustain a child. Just like this, Yahweh is the Power that sustains and provides for His people. He is our Provider.
Genesis 21.33 - Yahweh El Olam (יהוה אֵל עוֹלָֽם) - Yahweh Eternal Power. He is not only the source of all power in the world, but He is Eternal. Eternal can also mean Ancient or Everlasting. He is the source of all power from the very beginning to the very end.
Genesis 22:14 - Yahweh Yireh (יהוה יִרְאֶה) - Yahweh Sees. (Usually translated the Lord will provide.) Abraham called the mountain where he was going to sacrifice Isaac, “Yahweh Sees”. Yahweh saw Abraham’s faithfulness on that mountain. He sees all the good and all the bad that happens to and from us. He sees everything, knows everything, and He is ever present. Yahweh is always there for us and sees our faithfulness.
Exodus 5:1 - Yahweh Elohei Israel (יהוה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל) - Yahweh the Power of Israel. (Usually translated the God of Israel). God (El - אל) is a word that means one who holds authority over others in the sense of being yoked to one another. Like when a young ox is yoked with an older more experienced ox, this helps in the training of the younger.
The letters Aleph (א) and Lamed (ל) are pictures of strength and a shepherd’s staff. Put them together and you get a “strong yoke”. El is the root word of Eloah (אלוֹה) (the singular to the plural Elohim (אלוֹהמ)). Eloah means the strength or might behind the one who rules or teaches (who yokes themself with others). Yahweh is the Strength behind Israel because they are yoked to Him.
Exodus 20.5 - El Kanah (אֵל קַנָּא) - A Jealous Power (God). The Creator of the universe will not share the honor due to Him with any false deity. Imagine if you will a robot that you have created from the ground up becoming sentient and worshipping the toaster. The context of idolatry also stems from the concept of Adultery. Believers are in a type of marriage with the Creator. If we start serving something else, it is like us stepping out on our spouse to have an affair. Jealousy is an appropriate response for someone who has protected and cared for us just for us to have an affair with a toaster.
Psalm 18.1 - Yahweh Khiz'kie (יהוה חִזְקִֽי) - Yahweh My Strength. He gives us strength when we need it and He is the source of all our strength. Our relationship with Him is what makes us strong.
Psalm 24.10 - Yahweh Tz'va'ot (יהוה צְבָאוֹת) - Yahweh of Soldiers. The word picture behind the word tz’vaot (hosts) is a picture of a wall, as in a wall of soldiers. The word itself means an Army. When I hear this title I see a great king sitting on a throne with lines upon lines of millions of soldiers standing in front of him ready to do his bidding and protecting him. Yahweh is our King who commands an Army that supports Him and by extension… us.
Psalm 31.5 - Yahweh El Emet (יהוה אֵל אֱמֶֽת) - Yahweh Power (God) of Truth. He knows all truth. He discerns all truth. No matter what anyone sees in us or in our behavior, Yahweh knows the absolute truth of any matter and everything He reveals to us is truth.
Isaiah 40.28 - Yahweh Borei Q'tzot Ha'aretz (יהוה בּוֹרֵא קְצוֹת הָאָרֶץ) - Yahweh Creator of the Ends of the Earth. All things were created by Yahweh. “The ends of the earth” is an expression meaning every inch of the earth, or more specifically all of man’s domain. Everything in man’s world was created by Yahweh. He created everything we have, everything we see, and everyone we meet. All respect and honor from everything on earth is due to the One who created it.
These are just a few of the titles or characteristics of the Creator of the Universe. His name is Yahweh, “I will be”, and “He is”…
- our Creator Who took great care in making us
- our King with a great army to protect everyone in His kingdom
- our Strength that sustains us and gave us life
- our Power to succeed in life
- our Provider and caregiver to give us what we need
- the Truth Giver that sets us free
- the Jealous One that loves us and wants to guard us
- the Eternal One that will always love us
- the Seeing One who always watches over us
Yahweh not only is, but will always be these things (and much much more) forever. The Seraphim’s response to witnessing His character is “Holy, Holy, Holy, is YAHWEH of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory."
When the people in the Bible would "discover" a characteristic of Yahweh they sometimes named an altar or something else after this characteristic following His name, like Yahweh Shalom (peace) in Judges 6:23-24. This was to build a memorial for His deeds. People would also call upon His name and a specific title when praising something that related to that title, like "Yahweh my Strength" in Psalm 18:1 when He delivered David.
So when you are praying to Yahweh about something that one of His titles touches on, you may want to call on His character as well. So if it is in regards to strength, "Yahweh Khiz'kie" (Yahweh my strength), or for your nation "Yahweh Tz'va'ot" (Yahweh of hosts) etc. Also, when you encounter any title for Yahweh in the Scriptures, be sure to keep that attribute in mind for the context of that passage(s) to get a deeper understanding.
Thank you for reading. May Yahweh El Emet bless you abundantly.
Link to the previous articles of this series:
The Sacred Name, Part 1 - Name Replacement
The Sacred Name, Part 2 - Name in Vain
The Sacred Name, Part 3 - Non-Usage Punishment
The Sacred Name, Part 4 - Jesus and Jehovah
The Sacred Name, Part 5 - Who is "The Lord"
The Sacred Name, Part 6 - First Occurrence
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