On the mountain of the Lord, it will be provided.

Another older post and one that the Lord gave me. By the time this is posted, a few newer posts should be done. Thank you for your continuing encouragement and support. 

Last week, I wrote about Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, from this text Genesis 22:14  So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.

I’ve read that passage so many times, but reading it again, I found something curious ( it’s always been there, but my eyes and heart were opened this time). Right after Abraham finds the ram caught by its horns and calls God, The Lord who Provides, the very next line, mentions On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided. That verse stayed with me and a couple of nights later, I felt the Spirit showing me some things that were provided by God on the mountain, in several places in the Bible. I can honestly tell you, that it wasn’t my insight, it wasn’t my intelligence, or my studies. It was definitely something that The Spirit showed me, otherwise I wouldn’t have known about it.

For example, Moses received the 10 commandments on a mountain. He and his brother Aaron died on a mountain too. Joshua asked the tribes on stand on 2 facing mountains and proclaim blessings and curses on the nation of Israel. Hebron, a hilly country was given to Caleb and his family. Elijah “saw” God’s appearance as a still , small voice while he was hiding in a cleft in a mountain. The temple of God and the city of Jerusalem itself were on top of a mountain ( Jerusalem is still an uphill kind of city). Jesus was transfigured on top of a mountain. He fed the 5000 and maybe 7000 too, on top of a mountain. He spoke the beatitudes from the top of a mountain. Jesus spent the night before His death, on the mount of Olives ( the garden of Gethsamane is at the foot of it) He was crucified on a hill, and ascended from a mountain and will come back again to one.

So, I wanted to do a comprehensive study of mountains in the Bible, and tell you about it. I hope you can share your mountain-top experience with me. What God showed you, when He came through for you, how it changed you and who you are now because of those experiences. That way we can join together as the body of Christ and give Him the glory He deserves.

While studying about the significance of mountains in the Bible, several things come to mind. In one article, they mention that mountains/ hills/ hilly cities/ mountainous regions are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible. I’m taking their word for it :-). Thinking of mountains and hills in a geographical sense, they’re higher than the surrounding land, and so strategically they were the best places to set up capitals of kingdoms, easier to fortify, easier to defend and generally un-takeable by the enemy. In a spiritual sense, it seemed that being on the top of a mountain was being closer to God. On top of mountains, several things that were important to the people of God took place. Conversely, the people, when they decided to do what was right in their own eyes, took to worshipping false gods on the mountains ( In several places in 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, when the king followed after God, it is mentioned that he destroyed the altars in the high places).

So starting at the beginning,

 

In the psalms, mountains usually appear in a prayer to God or praise. 

  • Psalm 3:4 I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
  • Psalm 15:1 [ Psalm 15 ] [ A psalm of David. ] Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
  • Psalm 24:3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?
  • Psalm 30:7 Lord, when you favoured me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
  • Psalm 36:6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
  • Psalm 48:1 [ Psalm 48 ] [ A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. ] Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.
  • Psalm 68:16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the Lord himself will dwell for ever?
  • Psalm 97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.
  • Psalm 99:9 Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.
  • Psalm 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and for evermore.

 

In the prophets.

  • Isaiah 2:1 [ The mountain of the Lord ] This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
  • Isaiah 2:2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
  • Isaiah 2:3 Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
  • Isaiah 11:9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
  • Isaiah 25:6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines.
  • Isaiah 25:10 The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain; but Moab will be trampled in their land as straw is trampled down in the manure.
  • Isaiah 27:13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.
  • Isaiah 30:29 And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people playing pipes go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.
  • Isaiah 44:23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.
  • Isaiah 49:13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
  • Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
  • Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,’ says the Lord.
  • Isaiah 66:20 And they will bring all your people, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the Lord – on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,’ says the Lord. ‘They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the Lord in ceremonially clean vessels.
  • Jeremiah 3:23 Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception; surely in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.
  • Jeremiah 31:23 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘When I bring them back from captivity, the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: “The Lord bless you, you prosperous city, you sacred mountain.”
  • Jeremiah 46:18 ‘As surely as I live,’ declares the King, whose name is the Lord Almighty, ‘one will come who is like Tabor among the mountains, like Carmel by the sea.
  • Ezekiel 11:23 The glory of the Lord went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it.
  • Ezekiel 17:22 ‘“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain.
  • Ezekiel 20:40 For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord, there in the land all the people of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and your choice gifts, along with all your holy sacrifices
  • Ezekiel 36:1 [ Hope for the mountains of Israel ] ‘Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, “Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord.
  • Joel 3:18 ‘In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias.
  • Amos 4:13 He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth – the Lord God Almighty is his name.
  • Amos 9:13 ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.
  • Obadiah 1:21 Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the Lord’s.
  • Jonah 2:6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in for ever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.
  • Micah 4:1 [ The mountain of the Lord ] In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
  • Micah 4:2 Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
  • Zechariah 8:3 This is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.’
  • CARMEL  A fertile and picturesque mountain in Palestine mentioned several times in the Bible (Song of Solomon 7:5;  Isaiah 33:9;35:2;  Jeremiah 46:18;50:19;  Amos 1:2)
  • JERUSALEM, the city on a hill is called THE THRONE OF THE LORD (Jeremiah 3:17)
  • JERUSALEM , like I mentioned, is situated on a hill, in one of the two mentions of “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS,” Jerusalem is called Righteous (Jeremiah 33:16)
  • LEBANON  another mountain range is mentioned often in the Bible.

 

In the New Testament.

  • In Matthew, Jesus is tempted on a mountain. Matthew 4:8
  • He gives the sermon on the mount ( the beatitudes) Matthew 5:1
  • A number of healings take place on a mountain Matthew 15:29
  • The transfiguration of Jesus, when Moses and Elijah come to strengthen Him, they who met Him themselves on mountains, is symbolic of Jesus fulfilling the Law and Prophets. Matthew 17:1-8
  • Jesus’ final message Matthew 24:1
  • Jesus’ sending out the apostles to the rest of the world Matthew 28:16
  • In the gospels , Jesus appoints the twelve disciples on a mountain. Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-19
  • In Mark , Mark 5:11 , Jesus heals a demon possessed man.
  • In Luke, Luke 6:12 , Jesus goes up a mountain to pray.
  • Jesus feeds the 5000 ( and presumably the 7000 later ) on  mountain/ hilly region.
  • Jesus watched the disciples on the Sea of Galilee, just before the storm hit, and before He goes to them , walking on the water,  from the mountain.
  • Jesus instituting the Last Supper. Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-20.
  • Jesus, spends His last night , praying in the Garden of Gethsammane ( which is at the foot of Mt Olives).
  • Jesus dies on a hill called Calvary/ Golgotta. He gave His life, as a ransom for many. The Ultimate Provision, so that we can stand before the Presence of a Holy God.
  • Jesus appears to more than 500 people at a time after His resurrection. Matthew 28:16-20
  • Jesus ascends from a mountain . Matthew 28:16

 

Mountain-top experiences are good. That’s where we meet God, personally, where we believe and know who He is. That’s where He provides for us, what we need, when we need. It also helps us, strengthens us for when we go through the valleys. In the valleys, God becomes real, because there is no one else is to depend on. On the mountains, we are encouraged and fulfilled.

Some of my mountain-top experiences have been

  • This post, the inspiration and the content, came straight from God.
  • Being woken up in the night, to pray specifically for a friend, and to find out a few days later, that it was her need.
  • Being given advice on how to deal with my daughter, during a phase that was difficult for both of us, that paid huge dividends, to a point now, that she and I get along well.
  • Praying to understand my husband’s heart, and being shown exactly how to encourage him.
  • Reading a portion of scripture, and being able to link it with several other passages, or understand something that had bothered me.
  • In our early years of my marriage, I mentioned to my husband , that I couldn’t understand why Judah was chosen to be the line of kings, when Joseph had been faithful, and he told me, it was because Judah chose to sacrifice himself for Benjamin ( Substitution, like Christ who was from the line of Judah, would do for us on the cross).
  • Studying the names of God, and being given a new understanding of who He is.
  • Being disciplined by Christ, for being ungrateful for what I had and for where I lived, and then through repentance, coming to see that my family and I are in  A place of abundance instead.

May I ask you to share your story, your song, your mountain-top experience with us? Where did God meet you? What did you learn through it?

 

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The LORD our provider…. so give Him your Isaac.

Jehovah Jireh, another older post. I hope to post a new one soon. 

Jehovah Jireh, or Yahweh Jireh , or YHWH Jireh ( see YHWH in Adonai, Master and Yahweh, LORD. ), is again, a name that many christians are familiar with. It’s been made into catchy songs and always , almost always , used by TV evangelicals ( or pastors, preachers and others not on TV) to raise funds for the program or the church. While I’ve been fascinated by His names for several years, this name until recently, was something I din’t care too much for. It was something that I had become familiar with, and so I din’t chew much on this. Recently though, I heard a bible study , that made me listen, to remember, to know , really know, that He is our Provider. That He gives me everything I need, when I need it, He knows what I need.

Again, talking about “the law of first mentions” in the bible, we see this name first in Genesis 22. Appropriately enough, it starts with the words “Abraham tested” Genesis 22: 1-19 Abraham tested
22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. 2 Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will show you.’ 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’ 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, ‘Father?’ ‘Yes, my son?’ Abraham replied. ‘The fire and wood are here,’ Isaac said, ‘but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ 8 Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together. 9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. 12 ‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’ 13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.’ 15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, ‘I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.’ 19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

 

When you read the passage, a few things come to mind immediately.

  • God tested Abraham.
  • He called him by name, “Abraham”
  • Abraham responded, willingly, “Here I am”
  • God tells Abraham to take “his son, his only son, whom he loved ( overkill anybody?) and sacrifice him on a mountain that He would show him” (Isaac at this time isn’t Abraham’s only son, Ishmael was alive as well, and likely Abraham loved both of them, even if he had sent Hagar and Ishmael away, but Isaac is the only son of promise)
  • Abraham obeyed immediately, he left early the next morning, with a couple of servants and Isaac ( many commentators believe he didn’t tell Sarah).
  • Abraham cuts enough wood for the offering before he leaves for the place that God told him about.
  • It takes them 3 days to reach an area, where Abraham looks up and sees the mountain in the distance.
  • He tells the servants to wait, and with faith declares, that both he and the boy will worship and both will come back.
  • He lays the wood on Isaac ( so he’s most likely a teenager-young adult at this time, it’s unlikely he’s a young boy), and Abraham carries the fire and the knife.
  • Isaac asks about the lamb for the offering, to which, Abraham, in faith replies, God will provide.
  • When they reach the place, Abraham arranges the wood, and binds Isaac up ( note he’s a teenager-young adult , apparently physically strong while Abraham is an old man, he was already  100 years when Isaac was born, but still Isaac doesn’t resist his father) .
  • Abraham reaches out for his knife!
  • The angel of the Lord calls out, again personally, “Abraham, Abraham”.
  • Abraham responds with “Here I am “again.
  • God tells him not to harm the boy, and also reiterates with, “He knows Abraham really loves Him, because he didn’t hold back his son”
  • Then Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns, and he takes that one and sacrifices it instead. (God doesn’t open his eyes to it before, only when he was ready to sacrifice Isaac)
  • Then Abraham called that place The Lord will provide .
  • It’s interesting to note, that next it says, “On the mountain of the Lord, it will be provided “, some commentators believe that this looks forward, to when Jesus was crucified on Golgotha, He provided the atonement needed for our sins, so that we could have access to the Father.
  • The angel of the Lord called out a second time, and reminded Abraham of the promise He had made to him , several years earlier, because Abraham had obeyed God.
  • Abraham returned to his servants as he had promised.

Because of this incident, Abraham , several times in the new testament, is referred to as “the father of faith ” and this is credited to him as “righteousness” , that Abraham believed that God would either save Isaac or raise him again, either way Abraham knew God would keep His promises, to make his descendants as numerous as the sand or the stars in the sky.

Romans 4:3 What does Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness

Romans 4:9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness.

Romans 4:13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Romans 4:16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring – not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

Galatians 3:6 So also Abraham ‘believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’

Galatians 3:7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.

Galatians 3:8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’

Galatians 3:9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Galatians 3:14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend.

So what I want to ask you is, what or who is your Isaac? Is it your spouse? Your child/ren? Your job? Your reputation? Your home maybe? Your ministry in the church? What was it that you fought hard for? that you worked hard for? that you prayed fervently for?

If you did and received it from the Lord, and you rejoiced and laughed and were filled with joy, then God tested you. He asked you to sacrifice it, to give it away, to walk from it. Would you be able to do it? Give your life for Him. Be parted from your children in order to take His word to others. Not marry because your spouse is not part of His will. Be slandered because you did what He told you to, but the world didn’t like it. Walk away from a legacy that you built, because He wanted you to.

I must confess thinking about my Isaacs ( my husband, my children, our reputation, our finances) , I’m very hesitant to even think of giving them up, knowing all the while, that God can raise it back again or give it back to me. But hearing that study convicted me to hold them loosely, to be willing to say ” Here I am” and be willing to follow through immediately. While I’m still holding those things and people dear to me, I’m praying , that I will be made malleable, that God will soften my heart, will give me peace to entrust to Him, what is His to begin with. I’m praying, and very slowly. I’m learning to give it all to Him. Will you join me? Give back to Him, what He’s asking you for. Because He is Jehovah Jireh. The Lord our Provider. He can and does and will provide for me and for you. What we need. When we need. But it may look different from what we want though.

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Jehovah Shalom…..Peace be with us.

I’m re posting an older post again to give me some time to continue working on the gospel of Luke. A new post is on it’s way. 

Peace. It seems non-existent nowadays. There’s another shooting, a car full of teenagers killed by a car going in the wrong direction. Hate and rubbish flying around in the craziest election to date. Actual war in several places. Earthquakes and hurricanes.  Anger in homes. Bitterness that leads to revenge. Divorces and the terrible fallout from that, especially for the children. Social injustice and unrighteousness.  Moral laws bypassed.

So again I ask what is Peace? Is it a thing, a feeling, or something that happens to other people? Are you anxious and twisted up inside with thoughts of everything going wrong? Are you worried over what you can’t control? Are you up at all hours of the night because your heart is heavy?

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Or?

Do you sleep like a baby? Your heart is calm and serene? You have worries , yes, but you turn them over to the One who can do something about them? Are you sure that , even though, you don’t know what’s going to happen, the One you trust does?

I love the above picture for what it signifies. In the midst of a turbulent time, you and I can be still , because of the One who is our Peace. He holds the times in His hands. He knows the future. He knows what troubles we go through, and are going through. He calms our hearts. He can give us peace, if we ask Him for it. Sometimes we need to ask Him again and again. He is Our Peace. He gives us peace that the world cannot understand or comprehend. He guards our hearts with peace. He gives us peace from our enemies. He allows us to live a long and peaceful life, with our children and theirs.

Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace) 

The “law of first mentions” in the Bible, shows that this name Jehovah Shalom , is mentioned only once in Judges 6:24 ( So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.)

It’s interesting to note that the Israelites were in the midst of a war with the Midianites. It wasn’t an all out war, with active fighting on both sides. The Midianites were very much in control. They ravaged the cities and crops and took all the livestock (presumably the women as well), so the Israelites made their homes in caves and hid in the mountains and let them get away with it. It’s also a time in history where everyone did as they saw fit. The Israelites had turned away from their One True God. They worshipped the gods of the other nations.

So, at this time, God reveals himself to Gideon. He first asks Gideon to destroy the altar built to baal and astheroth and build a new one to the One Living God, out of new, pure and undefiled stone. He promised Gideon that He would provide the deliverance for the Israelites. It is at this time that Gideon calls Him Jehovah Shalom, The Lord our Peace. 

Jehovah is actually YHWH (see Adonai, Master and Yahweh, LORD.) and means Lord and Master. It is the promised and proper name of God. Shalom means peace, absence of strife, complete, or sound. Used together Jehovah Shalom means The Lord Is Peace. When it seems like the whole world is against you or that you  are completely unable to deal with whatever problem is in front of you, turn to the God of peace to find comfort and strength.

Recently, a friend and mentor Monica, told me that if we have Christ in us, His Peace should go before us. People should see Him in us, wherever we go . When she and her husband visited their grown, married children and grandchildren earlier in the year, they asked them to prolong their visit, because in the words of their daughter, “They brought the Peace of God with them, the homes were so peaceful during their visit”. Another chance acquaintance said that in her line of work as a counsellor, her patients, among them  a millionaire and a 9-year-old child, said that when they come to her, they feel so peaceful in her office that they don’t want to leave.

Can that be said of you or me? That we are so filled with peace in our lives, that others come to us in the midst of their chaos ? That we carry God with us, and show His grace to those around us? That we can be still and rest in His goodness and trust He has plans for us, that all will work out for the good, for His glory?

There are several hundred mentions of peace in the Bible, some of them for a blessing, some for living life, some of them as attributes of God, some of them as pertaining to the Peace that God fills our hearts and minds with. Look through these verses and mediate on the ones that touch you. Shalom to you, dear friend. May He fill your heart, soul, mind and body with Peace. May you live in the shadow of His wings, protected, provided for and at peace with everything. Shalom.

Peace as a blessing/ or a greeting.

  • Genesis 15:15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.
  • Genesis 26:29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.’
  • Leviticus 26:6 ‘“I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.
  • Numbers 25:12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him.
  • Romans 1:7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Romans 2:10 but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
  • Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Romans 15:33 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
  • Romans 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:11 [ Final greetings ] Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
  • Galatians 1:3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Ephesians 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Ephesians 6:23 Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Philippians 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Philippians 4:9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
  • Colossians 1:2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
  • Colossians 1:20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
  • Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:16 [ Final greetings ] Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
  • 1 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • 1 Timothy 2:2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
  • 2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Titus 1:4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
  • Titus 3:2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle towards everyone.
  • Philemon 1:3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Hebrews 13:20 [ Benediction and final greetings ] Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,
  • 1 Peter 1:2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
  • 1 Peter 5:14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
  • 2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
  • 2 Peter 3:14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
  • 2 John 1:3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.
  • 3 John 1:14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.
  • Jude 1:2 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
  • Revelation 1:4 [ Greetings and doxology ] John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,

 

Peace for a king ( and his kingdom) who followed God.

  • Judges 3:11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.
  • Judges 3:30 That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.
  • Judges 5:31 ‘So may all your enemies perish, O Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.’ Then the land had peace for forty years.
  • Judges 8:28 [ Gideon’s death ] Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peace for forty years.
  • 1 Samuel 7:14 The towns from Ekron to Gath that the Philistines had captured from Israel were restored to Israel, and Israel delivered the neighbouring territory from the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
  • 2 Samuel 10:19 When all the kings who were vassals of Hadadezer saw that they had been routed by Israel, they made peace with the Israelites and became subject to them. So the Arameans were afraid to help the Ammonites any more.
  • 1 Kings 4:24 For he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the River Euphrates, from Tiphsah to Gaza, and had peace on all sides.
  • 1 Kings 5:12 The Lord gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.
  • 1 Kings 22:44 Jehoshaphat was also at peace with the king of Israel
  • 1 Chronicles 19:19 When the vassals of Hadadezer saw that they had been routed by Israel, they made peace with David and became subject to him. So the Arameans were not willing to help the Ammonites any more
  • 2 Chronicles 14:1 And Abijah rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. Asa his son succeeded him as king, and in his days the country was at peace for ten years.
  • 2 Chronicles 14:5 He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.
  • 2 Chronicles 14:6 He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the Lord gave him rest.
  • 2 Chronicles 20:30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.

 

Peace as a promise from God. 

  • Judges 6:23 But the Lord said to him, ‘Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.’
  • Judges 6:24 So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites
  • 1 Samuel 1:17 Eli answered, ‘Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.’
  • 2 Samuel 15:9 The king said to him, ‘Go in peace.’ So he went to Hebron.
  • 2 Kings 22:20 Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place.”’ So they took her answer back to the king.
  • 1 Chronicles 22:9 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.
  • 2 Chronicles 34:28 Now I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place and on those who live here.”’ So they took her answer back to the king.
  • Job 3:13 For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest
  • Job 5:23 For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you.
  • Job 21:13 They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.
  • Job 22:21 ‘Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.
  • Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
  • Psalm 37:11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
  • Psalm 37:37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.
  • Psalm 85:8 I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants – but let them not turn to folly
  • Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure.
  • Psalm 122:7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’
  • Psalm 122:8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’
  • Psalm 128:6 May you live to see your children’s children – peace be on Israel.
  • Psalm 147:14 He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat
  • Proverbs 3:2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
  • Proverbs 3:17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
  • Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
  • Proverbs 16:7 When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
  • Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.
  • Isaiah 9:6 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 Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  • Isaiah 9:7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
  • Isaiah 14:7 All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing
  • Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you
  • Isaiah 26:12 Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
  • Isaiah 27:5 Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me.’
  • Isaiah 32:18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling-places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
  • Isaiah 33:20 Look on Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes broken.
  • Isaiah 48:18 If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea
  • Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
  • Isaiah 54:13 All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.
  • Isaiah 55:12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
  • Isaiah 57:2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
  • Isaiah 57:19 creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will heal them.’
  • Isaiah 60:17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold, and silver in place of iron. Instead of wood I will bring you bronze, and iron in place of stones. I will make peace your governor and well-being your ruler.
  • Isaiah 66:12 For this is what the Lord says: ‘I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will feed and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees.
  • Jeremiah 28:9 But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognised as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.’
  • Jeremiah 29:7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.’
  • Jeremiah 30:10 ‘“So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,” declares the Lord. “I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.
  • Jeremiah 33:6 ‘“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security
  • Jeremiah 33:9 Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honour before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.”
  • Jeremiah 34:5 you will die peacefully. As people made a funeral fire in honour of your predecessors, the kings who ruled before you, so they will make a fire in your honour and lament, ‘Alas, master!’ I myself make this promise, declares the Lord.”’
  • Jeremiah 46:27 ‘Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.
  • Ezekiel 34:25 ‘“I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of savage beasts so that they may live in the wilderness and sleep in the forests in safety.
  • Ezekiel 37:26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them for ever.
  • Nahum 1:15 Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah, and fulfil your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.
  • Haggai 2:9 “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the Lord Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace,” declares the Lord Almighty.’
  • Zechariah 8:19 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.’
  • Zechariah 9:10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle-bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
  • Malachi 2:5 ‘My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name
  • Galatians 6:16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule – to the Israel of God.
  • 1 Timothy 2:2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness

 

Peace as an attribute of God, a characteristic of God, what we as His people need to display.

  • Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
  • Psalm 34:14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
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  • Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
  • Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
  • Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
  • Isaiah 32:17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence for ever.
  • Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
  • Daniel 10:19 ‘Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,’ he said. ‘Peace! Be strong now; be strong.’ When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.’
  • Micah 5:5 And he will be our peace when the Assyrians invade our land and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders,
  • Malachi 2:6 True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.
  • Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
  • Acts 10:36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
  • Romans 5:1 [ Peace and hope ] Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
  • Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
  • Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
  • Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
  • Romans 15:33 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
  • Romans 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
  • Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
  • Ephesians 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
    Ephesians 2:15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,
  • Ephesians 2:17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
  • Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
  • Ephesians 6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
  • Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
  • 2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
  • Titus 3:2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle towards everyone.
  • Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
  • Hebrews 12:14 [ Warning and encouragement ] Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
  • James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
  • James 3:18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
  • 1 Peter 3:11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it

 

What Jesus said about peace

  • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  • Matthew 10:34 ‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. ( I’ll talk about this in a later post
  • Mark 5:34 He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.’
  • Mark 9:50 ‘Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.’
  • Luke 1:79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.’
  • Luke 2:14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’ ( said by the angels at the time of Jesus’ birth)
  • Luke 2:29 ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. ( said by Simeon to the Lord, when Jesus was probably 8 days old)
  • Luke 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’
  • Luke 8:48 Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’
  • Luke 10:5 ‘When you enter a house, first say, “Peace to this house.”
  • Luke 10:6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.
  • Luke 19:38 ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ (said by the people at Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem, just a week before His crucifixion)
  • Luke 19:42 and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.
  • Luke 24:36 [ Jesus appears to the disciples ] While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ ( after His resurrection.
  • John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ( just before His ascension. This verse helped me when Adam was in the NICU for a few days. )
  • John 16:33 ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’
  • John 20:19 [ Jesus appears to his disciples ] On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’
  • John 20:21 Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’
  • John 20:26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’
  • 1 Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. ( This was Paul’s message, but one he received from the Lord)
  • 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace – as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

Shalom to you, dear friend. May He fill your heart, soul, mind and body with Peace. May you live in the shadow of His wings, protected, provided for and at peace with everything. Shalom.

Jehovah Raah…the Lord is my Shepherd.

As common as it sounds, The Lord being our shepherd is actually very comforting, when we consider the cultural and social implications, when David and others wrote it.

It seems the Israelites always had someone who was a shepherd. Abel kept watch over the flocks. Abraham, Lot, Isaac and Jacob kept sheep. When Joseph went down to Eygpt as a slave, and then found favour with Pharoh, his family came down with the famine, he asked them to say that they were shepherds, ( they were), and so had Goshen assigned to them, away from the Eygptians. Moses was a prince for 40 years, a shepherd for 40 years ( where he found his wife, Zipporah and heard God from a burning bush), and a leader for the next 40 years. David was a shepherd, whom the family don’t think much of, before he killed Goliath and later became a king. Jeremiah and Ezekial warned about false shepherds, and also gave the Israelites hope about the coming of a true Shepherd, who would never abandon His sheep. When Jesus spoke to the people, He called Himself the Good Shepherd on multiple occasions. He said His sheep would recognize His voice. He had other sheep that He needed to reach, who would be part of the fold.

There’s the famous psalm, 23, that most people know and have heard. While I was reading up on this psalm, I found several commentaries, so I’m going to write down a little from the one I really liked, with bits and pieces from others.

Jehovah Raah is derived from Ro’eh ( which means Shepherd). Jehovah Raah can mean The Lord is my Shepherd or the The Lord Shepherds me. It can even mean The Lord is my friend or The Lord my companion. It means that He is near. He is very close. He watches over me. He hears me when I call. He listens to me and understands me. He is my caregiver. He provides for me. He cares for me.

Let me let you about sheep, though. They are dumb. They follow each other, with no thought, they’ve been known to jump off a cliff following the herd. They need protection, they don’t have claws, or hooves or powerful jaws to fend off predators. They are generally frightened of everything, they can’t or won’t drink from running water, shepherds have to dam up the water, to get them to drink from still, calm water. Sheep are basically helpless creatures who cannot survive long without a shepherd, upon whose care they are totally dependent.

Now , comparing ourselves to sheep, and God to the Good Shepherd, we are dumb ( we really are!), we fall into the same trap of sin and sinning , over and over again. We follow the crowd, and want to fit in ( peer pressure anyone?). We can’t defend ourselves against the powers of darkness and the evil one. We need the Lord of angel armies, His angels , and the shepherds He’s placed over us to fight for us and with us to win the war that we’re in, the war for our souls. Sometimes we (I ) are frightened over everything. The rushing waters ( our storms, our troubles, our valleys of sorrow)  that we need The Shepherd to dam up the waters for us ( give us a way out of our temptations, bring us to a mountain , fight off our accuser ). We are basically helpless, needing to be dependent completely on Him.

Him, on the other hand, is the Good Shepherd, the True Shepherd. He watches over us intently. He leads us lovingly and gently. His voice is one we can trust.  When one of us strays, He chases after us to bring us back to safety, His fold. He fights off predators, and destroys the enemy. He places shepherds over us ( pastors, preachers, teachers, mentors) who are true to Him. He gives us food to eat (His Word), and refreshes us in His Spirit. He has sheep all over the world. He gave His life for the sheep.

So I’m going to break down Psalm 23. Please go back to His Word, and discover what The Shepherd/ this Friend and Companion means to you personally. This is just a guide.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, (Relationship…. I am His daughter)  I lack nothing. (Supply…He provides for me, materially, relationally, spiritually)

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, (Rest….In the midst of a weary life, He makes me calm and peaceful)
he leads me beside quiet waters, (Refreshment…In the midst of the same things happening over and over, He makes me new and gives me new joy)

3 he refreshes my soul. (Healing…There’s nothing that affects me or my loved ones that He can’t or won’t cure, either in this world or in Heaven)
He guides me along the right paths (Guidance….He shows me what to do, when I am confused)
for his name’s sake. (Purpose…I’m called to glorify Him, I’m meant to praise Him)

4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a] (Testing….to refine me and strengthen me, to use me for His glory)
I will fear no evil, (Protection…I’m not alone, He’s always by my side)
for you are with me; (Faithfulness…He can be trusted, all His promises are true) 
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. (Discipline…to bring me back to the path of life, when I stray )

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.  (Hope…He lifts me up, even with my shame, He gives me honour)
You anoint my head with oil; (Consecration…He makes me holy , like Him)
my cup overflows. (Abundance…I can’t contain or count His many blessings, I don’t mean material blessings) 

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life, (Blessing…He cares for me enough to give me a personal blessing)
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord (Security…I have a place where I belong)
for ever. (Eternity… and I will never move from there or be asked to leave).

 

These are just a few verses that I found that talk about the Shepherd, and the shepherds that He has placed over us.

1 Chronicles 21:17 David said to God, ‘Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Lord my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.’

Psalm 23:1  The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Psalm 78:71 from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.

Psalm 78:72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skilful hands he led them.

Psalm 80:1 [ Psalm 80 ] [ For the director of music. To the tune of ‘The Lilies of the Covenant’. Of Asaph. A psalm. ] Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth

Isaiah 40:11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Isaiah 44:28 who says of Cyrus, “He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, ‘Let it be rebuilt,’ and of the temple, ‘Let its foundations be laid.’”

Isaiah 61:5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.

Jeremiah 17:16 I have not run away from being your shepherd; you know I have not desired the day of despair. What passes my lips is open before you.

Jeremiah 23:4  I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,’ declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 3:15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.

Jeremiah 31:10 ‘Hear the word of the Lord, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: “He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.”

Jeremiah 33:12 ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In this place, desolate and without people or animals – in all its towns there will again be pastures for shepherds to rest their flocks.

Jeremiah 34:1 [ The Lord will be Israel’s shepherd ] The word of the Lord came to me:

Ezekiel 34:7 ‘“Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:

Micah 5:4 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.

Zechariah 9:16The Lord their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.

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

John 10:14 ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me

Hebrews 13:20 [ Benediction and final greetings ] Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,

Finally, the shepherd cares for the sheep because he loves them and wants to maintain his own good reputation as a faithful shepherd. As we’ve seen in Psalm 23, the analogy of the Lord as the Good Shepherd was also applied by Jesus in John chapter 10. In declaring that He is the shepherd of the sheep, Jesus is confirming that He is God. The Eternal God is our Shepherd. And we would not want it any other way.

Righteousness, in Him, because of Him.

Righteousness isn’t something that would have bothered me some time ago. And as much as it bothers me now, it’s more that it unsettles me. I know and believe that I am a sinner, have been, always will be, it’s my nature. I know and believe that ONLY GOD is righteous, holy, pure, blameless, without sin, in whom there cannot be any sin, there never will be, it’s His nature. I also know and believe that He cannot abide unrighteousness in His presence, and so to make me clean, He sent His Son, who was without sin, to take on bodily form and my sin upon Him. I know this. I believe it. I’ve gladly accepted His sacrifice. I’m relieved sometimes, knowing He paid it for me. I’m saddened sometimes , by the hefty price demanded of Him, which He gave willingly. I’m sorrowful, that so many people won’t or can’t or don’t want to accept this for themselves. But I’m unsettled too. I keep trying to “do” things right, or the say the right things, trying, in vain, to become “more” righteous, knowing all the while, that “I” can’t do it. So why am I unsettled? I’m not sure. Sometimes I’m in awe of the work that He has done for me, and how easy it was to accept Him , ( though the life after hasn’t been easy all the time, but always been filled with His peace and His comfort), but also I’m trying desperately to remember that it wasn’t “me”, it’s all Him.

Anyway, that’s me. I wanted to continue on God’s names. That’s a topic/subject/study that has been with me for the better part of several years. I first heard sermons on it while I was a teenager, in India. I’ve heard pastors talk on many of His names, through the years, and right now I’m listening to two different bible studies on them. It doesn’t get boring. It’s becoming more and more real, more and more personal, and I’m finding that as much as I want to share what I learned with you, I don’t have all the words!

So…. I’ve been looking at different articles on the web, wondering if any would give me the start that I need. I want to tell you, at the start, that most of this article isn’t my voice. Others have studied, have written and made concise what’s been floating around in my head, so I’ve copied that/those articles here.

One of the few things that I wanted to mention about Jehovah ( Yahweh/YHWH) Tsidkenu , was something called “the law of first mentions” in the Bible. The first instance is in Jeremiah 23:6 (NIV)6 In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior., referring to the Saviour and the second is in            Jeremiah 33:16 (NIV)16 In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it[a] will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’, where it refers to the city of Jerusalem.

Jehovah is actually YHWH ( see Yahweh in Adonai, Master and Yahweh, LORD..) and means Lord and Master. It is the promised and proper name of God. Tsidkenu means justice, rightness, righteousness, deliverance, victory, and prosperity. Used together Jehovah Tsidkenu means The Lord Who Is Our Righteousness. God himself stands for us and provides us with His righteousness and justice when we don’t have any in ourselves. He is the one who provides victory and our prosperity.

Jeremiah prophesied at a time of rampant wickedness and evil in the land. The king Zedekiah ( meaning “Jehovah is righteousness”) whose name had been changed from Mattaniah (“gift of God”) by Nebuchadnezzar, but who failed to live up to his new name. Jeremiah let the people know ( on God’s command, since he was a true prophet), that God himself would be the Righteousness of the people, of the nation, of the world. These two instances were meant to bring peace and comfort to those who heard it. It probably did, to those few who trusted in His word, and opened their hearts to Him, and now I pray it brings peace to you, if you are looking for it.

This is one of those articles that I loved.http://donotdepart.com/jehovah-tsidkenu-the-lord-our-righteousness#comment-50494

Jesus, Pilate and Job all presented questions in Scripture that every heart must answer:

And he ( Jesus) asked them,”But who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29)

Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”  (Matthew 27:22)

“How then can man be righteous before God?” (Job 25:4)

Today, while we will concentrate on Job’s question, we will consider all three. 

Just on the heels of dealing with the sin of the unfaithful priest, in Jeremiah 23:6 Jehovah introduced Himself by a brand new name…Jehovah-Tsidkenu. It’s only used one other time in Scripture and is also tucked in the pages of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 33:16).  It is a name God gives Himself and a name He gives His children

Jeremiah was speaking to a nation whose king was wicked. His name was Zedekiah, which means Jehovah is Righteous. His original name was Mattaniah (Gift of God) but when Nebuchadnezzar,  made him king, he changed his name to Zedekiah.

It was a familiar story. God had blessed His people but it didn’t take long before they had turned their backs on Him and began to sin.

God’s eyes were not blind to Zedekiah’s wickedness and He told him through Jeremiah the prophet, “I myself will fight against you with outstretched hand and strong-arm, in anger and in fury and in great wrath.” (Jeremiah 21:5)

God’s eyes were not blind to His children’s sin either and in Jeremiah 32:30, God declares, “For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth. “

In both Scripture references where God uses the name, Jehovah-Tsidkenu, He gives us an astounding parallel. He is our merciful God who delights in His people and chooses to bring redemption, restoration and righteousness to His wayward children.

  • In the first mention (Jeremiah 23:6) God promises to exchange the one who should have lived up to his name as a righteous king who trusted Jehovah (Zedekiah) with THE LORD WHO IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. That promise was fulfilled in Jesus Christ who the Bible states – is our righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9). Jesus is the New Testament fulfillment of the Old Testament name, Jehovah-Tsidkenu – In contrast to Zedekiah (the unrighteous king), Jesus is the Righteous King who is also our righteousness.
  • The second mention (Jeremiah 33:16) is to change the whole nation from wayward and wicked hearts and give them a new heart as well as a new name, Jehovah-Tsidkenu. Because of Christ, we can become just as righteous as He is. Just as the nation was named Jehovah-Tsidkenu, He names us the same.
Isaiah 64:6 tells us…
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
But because Jesus has become our righteousness, when we receive Him, we become as righteous as He is in our Heavenly Father’s site. We put on His robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10) and when the Living God looks at us, He sees us just as perfect and just as pure as He sees His Son (Romans 5:21).
Knowing that God is our righteousness is not only good news for the unbeliever who turns from their sin and turns to God through faith in Christ, but it is also good news for the believer, who like the children of Israel, sometimes find themselves wandering far from the One they love. Jehovah-Tsidkenu remains our righteousness – even when we aren’t behaving so righteously.
Who He is in us establishes us positionally though practically we may be acting otherwise. We remain righteous in His sight, even when we behave badly. Yet because He is in us, He changes the desires of our hearts to be righteous in deed, knowing that our righteousness came at oh-so great a cost and stems from oh-so great a love.
  • Job’s question has been answered by The LORD Our Righteousness. Only Jehovah-Tsidkenu can make a man righteous. But we must each personally answer the eternity-deciding questions posed by Jesus and Pilate.
  • Jesus asked…”But who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29) (Is He the Son of God – the Righteous One with Healing on His wings – the Christ?)
  • Pilate replied… “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”  (Matthew 27:22) (Have you let Him be your Righteousness? If not, will you?)

Have you answered those questions yet? How does knowing Jesus is our righteousness affect your day-to-day actions?

 

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There are over 200 mentions of righteousness in the bible, these are just a few that are meaningful to me. Righteousness as related to people/kings/nations almost always relates to ruling in righteousness ( and justice and mercy), or living a righteous life because He is righteous. In essence, we/they/I are/am called to be different. To the right thing, even when it’s not popular or easy or convenient. To follow Him, to do His bidding, to fight off the carnal flesh, even when it takes everything we have. But….. again, we need to realise that “we ” can’t do it, but He can. He fills us with His righteousness and His goodness. He makes us clean. He makes us right with Him. He makes us as new.

Yes, He is The Lord our Righteousness .

2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: “When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God,

1 Kings 10:9 Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.’
2 Chronicles 9:8 Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the Lord your God. Because of the love of your God for Israel and his desire to uphold them for ever, he has made you king over them, to maintain justice and righteousness.’
Psalm 35:24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God; do not let them gloat over me.
Isaiah 61:10 I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
 
Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’
 
Romans 3:25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished
 

Romans 4:24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness – for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
 

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
 

Romans 6:13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
 

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
 

1 Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
 

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2 Corinthians 6:7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
 

Ephesians 4:24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
 

Philippians 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
 

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Adonai, Master and Yahweh, LORD.

While I’m working on writing a summary of Luke, I’m going to re post a few of my older ones, on some of the names of God. I will endeavor to post new ones as soon as possible. 

 

In the Old Testament times, people din’t call God by His name. Names were powerful, names were an identity , names were given to children after a great deal of thought. Their name was who they were , or some times who they turned out to be.

Abram ( exalted father ) was changed by God to Abraham (father of a multitude) before the birth of Isaac, before his descendants become more numerous than the sand in the sea and the stars in the sky. Sarai was changed to Sarah. Some commentators believe both words mean “princess”( one with a local meaning, and one with a more global meaning). Some commentators on the other hand believe Sarai denotes firmness in a negative way (stubbornness) while Sarah means “my lady, my princess” .

Jacob was born holding his twin brother’s heel and so was called “supplanter “. His life was testament to the fact that he lied and cheated his way to blessing after blessing, but in his nineties , he wrestled with God , and God graciously changed his name to Israel    ” who contends with/ struggles with God” . ( Jacob had asked for a blessing, and all he was given was a name change, to us it may seem like it’s not enough, but he was given a new identity by God, a precursor to what would happen , when we accept Christ and become a new creation in Him 2 Corinthians 5:17 :Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! ).

During the days of Eli the priest ( before Samuel become priest and prophet and the last judge of Israel), the Ark of the Lord was stolen by the Philistines, Eli’s two sons were killed, Eli when he heard this, fell over and died, Eli’s pregnant daughter-in-law delivered a baby boy, whom she named Ichabod ” the glory has departed/inglorious”.

Isaiah was asked by God to name his sons Shear-Jashub means “a remnant shall return” and Maher-shalal-hash-baz means “Swift to the booty, speedy to the prey”. These two names were names with a message and were a constant reminder to Isaiah of the burden of his prophetic word: Destruction and exile were coming, yet a remnant would return and be preserved. As Isaiah said, “Then a shoot will spring from the root of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit” (Isaiah 11:1-2). Jesse was King David’s father.

David after his adultery with Bathsheba, and that child was taken by God, named his next son with Bathsheba, Solomon “peace”, but he was named by the prophet Nathan (on God’s direction), Jedidiah “beloved of the Lord”.

Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father , was told by an Angel the name to give his son, John, even though no one else in the family had that name, which meant “Jehovah is gracious” ( at a time when the Israelites were under Roman rule and were waiting for the promised messiah. They hadn’t heard God’s voice through the prophets for over 400 years).  Zechariah was still given a promise that God was looking down on them.

A few months later , Joseph the carpenter, would name the child of his wife, Mary, Jesus “Jehovah saves”, He would also be called Emmanuel ” God with us” in accordance with the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 .(Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.)

Jesus himself would change Simon’s name to Peter. Some commentators believe the former means “reed” and the latter “rock”, giving Peter the responsibility to start building the Church. Saul ” asked of God” of Tarsus, a proud Hebrew name, a name given to the first king of Israel, changed his name to the Roman name Paul ,  “small/humble” , when he changed after his encounter of God on the Damascus road, a testament to how Paul would see himself , as chief of the sinners, in need of grace, but one who would do great things to further the gospel of Christ.

Why am I spending so much time on names? Especially names in the bible, and the situations they were in? To build up to the importance of names in the biblical times. To show you that when people gave a name to God, it was because of the character of God revealed to them , in their moment of need. God cannot be limited to a single character , neither are there multiple gods, but a single God, in three different persons, but all together they are one.

This post I’m going to focus on the names Adonai and Yahweh.

Adonai ( in English, usually represented by Lord), means Lord and Master. If God is Adonai to you, He is the one to whom you submit or bow down; He is the Boss of your life. Adonai is the ultimate authority figure in your life and the One to whom you owe your complete allegiance.

Many times I haven’t given the Lord authority in my life, I have relegated Him to the sidelines, even compartmentalized Him, to Wednesdays and Sundays. I’ve gone my own way, and have harboured un forgiveness, yelled at my kids, been mean to my husband. I’ve put other things ahead of God, only recently realising that they’ve been idols. Our pastor recently talked about this. In the western world, not many people build images of gold and silver , but we have idols all the same. I’ve worshipped idols. I’ve put  the kids, my husband, serving in church, being loved by friends, Facebook surfing, cooking, reading, movies all before the Lord. I’m trying to watch my thoughts now. I’m not perfect. So I’m choosing to focus on God, I’m choosing to put Him first, I’m choosing to come to the throne first before going to the phone, I’m choosing to ask forgiveness, I’m choosing to pray during uncertainties. I’m choosing to make Him the Adonai of my life again. Will you?

The name Yahweh is also ” I AM” ( God who was, who is, who will be, in English LORD) . We seen this first in Exodus 3, when God talks to Moses from a burning bush, telling him to go rescue the Israelites. When Moses asked God what name he should give them, the Lord replies ” I AM” .

This is another article that fleshes out Yahweh and the meaning. Yahweh is not to be trifled with. His isn’t the name to be used in cursing, and without reverence. He is the one who deserves our honor , our praise . He is the only one true God. When I see the work of His hands, in creation, in a baby’s smile, in the laughter of children, in the oneness of marriage, in a husband who does all he can for his family, I’m reminded of the God I serve, the one I love, and I’m reminded that He is over all. He is Yahweh.

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/10-things-yahweh-means

I wrote this first to tell you about how personal these names were to me. From a Bible with study notes, I first read about Adonai being  my personal God. The God who sees when Vanessa is upset , when Vanessa does the dishes, when Vanessa watches Dora again with her daughter, when Vanessa is being encouraging to her husband, when Vanessa blew it , again,….. He’s the God who is interested in the details of my life.

And Yahweh. Yahweh is the God of the billions and billions of people on this earth. And the creatures of the earth. And the angels. Yahweh is the God who sees Bob when he’s mourning. Yahweh sees Monica being a mentor. Yahweh sees Nancy being kind to an immigrant family. Yahweh sees Raj being a husband. Yahweh sees everything, everywhere. His eyes roam all over the earth. He judges the righteous and the evil. And He sees us for what we do, and He will reward us according to what we do.

I haven’t been able to return to that Bible, and check it out again. But I loved this explanation as well. So I leave this with you. God’s name , at the time, reveals something to me. Usually what I need , when I need. What touches me, may not impact you. Look up His names in the Word, and find a revelation just for you. God Bless You.

He’s fighting my battles.

Lord of Hosts.

Jehovah Sabaoth or Tsebao’th, or Yahweh Sabaoth .

Mighty warrior.

God of angel armies.

God Almighty or Lord Almighty.

Elohim .

Why do I assume that I can understand God enough to explain Him to you? Sometimes I do (assume I can understand Him), and sometimes I’m humbled or overwhelmed by what I learn, that I just want to put down a little bit of what He’s revealed to me, knowing all the time that it’ll never be enough. Both of these happened these last few weeks, while I’ve been reading up and studying The LORD of Hosts. I assumed , I, a mortal made of dirt, can explain, an all-powerful God. And I as studied more and more, I was by turns, humbled and overwhelmed. I can’t do it. He is too much for me to explain, but He is never far from me. While it has been much to take in, He has been gracious and kind and gentle to me. He’s taken me in, and loved me . He will reveal Himself to me, when He knows I’m ready, which I’m not now. So, very briefly, knowing it’ll never cover everything worth knowing. I’ll attempt to write what The LORD of Hosts means to me.

If you look above at the list of names, you’ll see more than just The LORD of Hosts. In the Names of God (NOG) Bible version, you’ll see this name , ie, Yahweh or Jehovah Sabaoth. In the Message (MSG) Bible version, you’ll see this name often translated as God of Angel Armies. In the English versions (NIV) , you’ll often it translated LORD or God Almighty. In the Amplified (AMP) version, you’ll see it rendered as The LORD of hosts. That doesn’t mean that every time you see LORD Almighty or God Almighty, in the English versions, that in the Hebrew or Greek versions, it’s always Yahweh or Jehovah Sabaoth. Some of those times, it’s  El Shaddai or Shadday ( God Almighty)!

So…….. Now that I’ve attempted to confuse you as much as possible, let’s dive in 🙂

These are different names. These have slightly different meanings. They are different manifestations of the same One True God, but translated differently according to the root word . This study , among other things, opened my eyes up to how spectacular and majestic God is, and also to how diverse and complicated languages are. English for all its beauty, is limited. Hebrew and Greek for all its wonder, is hard to translate. And the same God understands all these languages, and can be understood in all of them. He is known more, when people seek to comprehend Him , in what is known to them. I am eminently grateful to all those who have undertaken the difficult process of translating the Bible, from Latin to Greek and English and Tamil and Mandarin and Swahili and French and German and all the languages of the world. How beautiful to read about the Saviour, in your heart’s language.

Getting back to The LORD of Hosts. LORD almost, always denotes Yahweh (Jehovah in Greek). The God who exists, the I AM, the One who needs no one to complete Him. Hosts, used in the Bible, generally is associated with warfare: weapons, war, armies, battles etc. The LORD of Hosts, like mentioned earlier, is translated as God of Angel Armies, or sometimes Mighty Warrior. He commands the armies of heaven, the angels, and all created beings. The animals , birds, sea creatures and all races of people are under His dominion and His to call, to match to war, against His enemy. We owe Him our reverence, our worship, our obeisance and our souls. We owe Him everything.

Imagine, if you will, Aragon at the end of the Lord of the Rings ( The Return of the King), standing firm, and leading his small band of warriors against the forces of Sauron. Brandishing his weapon, and running into battle, with a cry on his lips. Imagine all the stories you’ve read, and the movies you’ve watched, about good vs evil , where the last battle is the turning point , and where our brave, good warriors and heroes lead the charge.  Always there’s someone at the forefront who is willing to risk his or her life for the many.

Imagine, God at the head of His army, a hundred times more splendid, a thousand times more awe-inspiring, a million times more frightening to His enemies. And all the time, He knows and everyone with Him and against Him know, that He will be victorious. He has already entered into the depths of hades and has taken the keys to death and hell. He has already won, it is written so in the Good Book, and He cannot lie. There is no shadow of turning in Him. All His promises are “Yes” and “Amen” . Imagine a glorious day, when every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that He is LORD. This is Yahweh Sabaoth, the LORD of Hosts.

For behold, He Who forms mountains & creates the wind and declares to man what are His thoughts, He Who makes dawn into darkness and treads on the high places of the earth, the LORD God of hosts (Sabaoth) is His name.  (Amos 4:13

Is 44:6 “Thus says Jehovah, the King of Israel & his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first & I am the last & there is no God besides Me.” Comparing Scripture with Scripture we find that in Re 22:13 Jesus identifies Himself as “I am the Alpha & the Omega, the first & the last, the beginning & the end.” which clearly parallels the Isaiah passage. So Jesus is our Jehovah Sabaoth (similar affirmation by Jesus are found in Rev 1:17 , Rev 2:18)

In the Bible, these names or combination of names ( Elohim, Yahweh or Jehovah Sabaoth, El Shaddai, Mighty Warrior) occur 261 times. They are concentrated in Isaiah and Jeremeiah, with a verse in Amos that really defines The LORD of Hosts. Psalm 46 and Psalm 84 have a lot of mentions ( plus a few other psalms). In 1st Samuel though, do we see this name first mentioned. Below is a favourite psalm  of mine in three versions, followed by a brief description of The LORD of Hosts in a few verses.

Psalm 46The Message (MSG)

A Song of the Sons of Korah

46 1-3 God is a safe place to hide,

    ready to help when we need him.

We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,

    courageous in seastorm and earthquake,

Before the rush and roar of oceans,

    the tremors that shift mountains.

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,

    God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

4-6 River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city,

    this sacred haunt of the Most High.

God lives here, the streets are safe,

    God at your service from crack of dawn.

Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms threaten,

    but Earth does anything he says.

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,

    God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

8-10 Attention, all! See the marvels of God!

    He plants flowers and trees all over the earth,

Bans war from pole to pole,

    breaks all the weapons across his knee.

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,

    loving look at me, your High God,

    above politics, above everything.”

11 Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,

    God-of-Angel-Armies protects us

Psalm 46Names of God Bible (NOG)

Psalm 46

For the choir director; a song by the descendants of Korah; according to alamoth.[a]

Elohim is our Machseh and strength,

    an ever-present help in times of trouble.

That is why we are not afraid

    even when the earth quakes

        or the mountains topple into the depths of the sea.

            Water roars and foams,

                and mountains shake at the surging waves. Selah

There is a river

    whose streams bring joy to the city of Elohim,

        the holy place where Elyon lives.

Elohim is in that city.

    It cannot fall.

        Elohim will help it at the break of dawn.

Nations are in turmoil, and kingdoms topple.

    The earth melts at the sound of God’s voice.

Yahweh Tsebaoth is with us.

    The Elohim of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah

Come, see the works of Yahweh,

    the devastation he has brought to the earth.

        He puts an end to wars all over the earth.

            He breaks an archer’s bow.

            He cuts spears in two.

            He burns chariots.

10 Let go of your concerns!

    Then you will know that I am Elohim.

        I rule the nations.

        I rule the earth.

11 Yahweh Tsebaoth is with us.

    The Elohim of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah

 

Psalm 46Amplified Bible (AMP)

God the Refuge of His People.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to soprano voices. A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],

A very present and well-proved help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change

And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas,

Though its waters roar and foam,

Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her [His city], she will not be moved;

God will help her when the morning dawns.

The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered and were moved;

He raised His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us;

The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower]. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,

Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.

He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;

He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two;

He burns the chariots with fire.

10 

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 

The Lord of hosts is with us;

The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower]. Selah.

 

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First mentioned in 1 Samuel 1:3, we find Hannah’s husband, Elkanah, making annual trips to the temple to sacrifice to the LORD of Hosts. Just a few short verses later we find a barren and heartbroken Hannah making a covenant with the LORD of Hosts as she cried out for Him to hear her prayer and give her a child. (1 Samuel 1:11)

Hannah may have longed for her womb as well as her arms to be filled with a sweet little bundle of joy, but the previous verses (1 Samuel 1:6-7) give us a better idea of why she prayed such a desperate prayer. She not only wanted to experience the joy of being a mother but she also wanted to be able to silence the persistent mocking of Peninnah. So she called on the LORD of Hosts to win a war she could not win on her own.

In 1 Samuel 17:45, we find just prior to pegging Goliath with a pebble, David boldly proclaimed, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

And in 2 Samuel 5:10, we find – “And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.”

In Psalm 24:10, The LORD of Hosts is the King of glory and in Psalm 46:7 He is our Fortress.
In Psalm 59:5, He is called upon to vindicate His people.
In Isaiah 51:15 we see He controls the sea and the waves.
In Isaiah 54:5 He is our husband and in Zechariah 4:6, He declares that He alone wins our battles when He tells Zerubbabel, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.”
And in Isaiah’s life-altering, mouth-shutting vision of the Lord, he heard the Seraphim speaking to one another, crying out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3)

Throughout Scripture we find this LORD of Hosts as our ever-present defender, the Sovereign and Holy God over all the universe who sees us, loves us and moves mountains on our behalf. He fights our battles, wins our wars and is the refuge we can run to in time of need. He is Jehovah-Sabaoth!