Who is GOD ?
Every human being has a longing in his heart for a power or a force beyond himself that he can turn to when all else fails or when his purpose here on earth is questioned.For a long time I have asked myself who is God ? and why are we here ? When I look within my roots I understand God as Mwene Nyaga according to the kikuyu tribe. The white patch on Mt. Kenya resembles the white parch of the Ostrich, Nyaga and that is why He is called Mwene Nyaga or “Possessor of the white patch.” He is described by His qualities, as Possessor of Whiteness and showing that He is All-pure.
When the Gĩkũyũ say, NGAI, NIWE MUGAI, (God is the only server), they mean literally that God, is the only source of all that they receive. Everything belongs to God and it is in God’s wisdom and benevolence that anything comes to them so his other name is MŨGAI which means the divider or distributer of spoils.- Excerpt from Facing Mt Kenya
In my christian upbringing I encountered the question who is God , in the story of Moses when he approached a burning bush and God himself responded .. ” I am who I am” .. I know , baffled me too.. That really did not answer the question that Moses asked and after really seeking God earnestly Moses as we will see at the end of this page ,does finally understand who God is.It’s my prayer as I write this that someone else will also get the epiphany and realise who God truly is and how you can grow to love him and have a personal relationship with him.
So in my quest for understanding who God is ,I have turned to the bible to see what others before me have called him and from his names ,we can try and get to know him better. A few names that come to mind are Jehovah El-Shaddai (Lord God Almighty),Adonai (Master) and Elohim(God). These names describe him as God. Also we find the name Qanna which means jealousy referring to God as a jealous God.God loves us and is jealous of us and where we direct our passions.Just as a father is jealous of his daughter getting married and paying homage to another man ,God wants us to love him just as much as he does and thus why his mercy and grace follows us no matter how far we stray from him.
Yahweh means Lord or Jehovah and these are the names mentioned in the bible that we will go through to have a better understanding of our Lord.
1. Jehovah Jireh – The Lord our provider
This name is first seen in the book of genesis after Abraham’s faith is tested by God when he asks that he sacrifices his only son Isaac.In the last minute God comes through and provides a Ram in the middle of the wilderness and instructs Abraham to replace his son with the Ram instead.From this we can see God as an ultimate provider that no matter which corner or dead end in life that we find ourselves in,if we Obey God’s commands and instructions he will Provide and you will see him in your point of need.
2. Jehovah Nissi – The lord our Victory
According to Exodus 17:8,13-16 in the Bible, Jehovah-Nissi is the name given by Moses to the altar which he built to celebrate the defeat of the Amalekites at Rephidim. In this chapter Moses names the alter the Lord Our Refuge after he had been instructed by God to lift his staff up towards the heavens and for as long as he did,the Israelites would not be defeated by their enemies. It is comforting to know that we always have someone to fight our battles for us.All we have to do is get on our knees and pray .God hears our prayers and if we ask for help ,he can be your lawyer,he can be your defender ,he can be your victory.
3. Jehovah Sabaoth – The lord of hosts
This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there. 1 Samuel 1:3 NKJV
The lord of Hosts means “The Lord of Armies”..This name denotes His universal sovereignty over every army, both spiritual and earthly. The Lord of Hosts is the king of all heaven and earth. (Psalm 24:9-10; Psalm 84:3; Isaiah 6:5).This name describes God as the all powerful ,ruler over everything.If there is a power on earth , God has control over it,If there is a power underneath ,God is still in control.If you walk with God ,greater is he that is in you ,than he that is in the world.
4. Jehovah Mekoddishkem – The lord who sanctifies you
God expects us to be set apart from the ungodly,he wishes that we are a peculiar people that act,talk and live differently.This does not mean that we should walk around with a holier than thou attitude ,it means that we should exemplify the life that Christ lived,with love and a dedication to God and to others.Setting apart a day to worship God by attending church services to worship with fellow Christians.Choosing friends wisely is important in guiding yourself to a right path.Praying to the Lord Mekoddishkem to sanctify you daily and keep you from temptations is very vital on a daily basis.Guard your eyes ,by choosing wisely what shows you watch on tv ,what you read and what you expose yourself to.
5. Jehovah Rohi – The lord my Shepherd
Psalm 23 is one of the most well beloved and well known scriptures in the whole Bible. It is in this Psalm that we meet Jehovah-Rohi, the Lord my shepherd. I shall not want.He makes me to lie down in green pastures;He leads me beside the still waters.He restores my soul;He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake;
I clearly,need not say more.
6. Jehovah Shalom – The lord is Peace
Judges 6:24) Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
In this passage we find Israel under oppression by the Midianites. They were forced to hide in caves. The Midianites took all their food, tools, and livestock. It was during this time of oppression that Israel cried out for deliverance. So God called Gideon to deliver them. By faith Gideon erected an altar to Jehovah-shalom in expectation of victory and peace.Peace expresses the deepest desire and need of the human heart. It represents the greatest measure of contentment and satisfaction in life.(Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.The truest form of peace is to know what the future holds for us ,God assures us that we have a future and that there is hope and life after death,that all we labor for is not in vain..For this we give praise to Jehovah Shalom.
7. Jehovah Rapha – The Lord my Healer
“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.'” Exodus 15:26 NIV
In this chapter the Israelites are grumbling after coming to a point where they had no water and the only water they found in the desert was bitter.God instructs Moses to cast a tree into the water and thus it became sweet.Then God utters these words.It is very common for man to be bitter and angry towards God when he is not physically able or is in pain.But God assures us that he can heal our emotional,relational,physical and even spiritual wounds ,because that’s who he is ,our healer.If you do whats right ,read scripture and pray ceaselessly ,God can and will heal you ,and if he does not cure you ,it will all be for his glory and he will give you peace to go through it.
9. Jehovah EL-Olam – The Everlasting God
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
we simply cannot comprehend the widths and depths of God,He is everlasting,He was and is to Come..This name sums it up for us for those who seek to understand him ,that we should stop and just be in awe of all his wonders and all his Glory.We should fear God and not take him lightly,we should show reverence for him ,in Church ,at home ,in school and in our workplaces..God should be the center of our lives,the center of our universe.
9. Jehovah El-Elyon – The Most High God
Genesis 14:22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,
He is the Most High God, El Elyon and “He brings death and makes alive…He humbles and He exalts…He lowers us to raise us so that we can sing His praises. Whatever is His way all is well.
When we worship God the most high ,we acknowledge his Holiness,His majesty and his all unattainable position as the Most high God.With him we lack nothing,after all there is no one above him.There is no one greater than him.I pray everyday that we realize just how shallow we have made the name of God in this day and era.Making OMG tshirts and using the phrase OMG has made us all too familiar with God that we no longer have any reverence to him.We have deemed him an all loving,forgiving God but have refused to acknowledge his mighty,his greatness..Oh Lord I pray that whoever reads this understands how far from knowing you we are and that they would pray and earnestly seek to know you better.
10. Jehovah Shammah – The lord is Present
In the vision of restoration seen in the Book of Ezekiel in chapters 40 to 48, the city is depicted as square and as having 12 gates, each bearing the name of one of the tribes of Israel. (Eze 48:15,16,31-34) The visionary city of Ezekiel’s prophecy is to belong to “all the house of Israel”. (Eze 45:6) The name “Jehovah-shammah”, or “Jehovah is there”, would signify a representational presence of God.
Moses ,understood that in the presence of God ,you have everything.He refused to go where God had sent him,even take one step unless God went with him.In this life many of us have decided to take the world into our own hands and direct our own steps.The media has drilled into us that we determine our dreams and whether we make it happen or not ,its entirely up to us.Yes, we could but does it lead us to peace,Joy,healing,victory ?? Think about it of all names tied to Jehovah, Only this name gives us God in all his presence ,in all his Holiness,It get’s personal when it comes to this name.When Ezekiel saw this vision of a holy city,Jerusalem.God named it after his presence,,,The Lord is there.Where the Lord is, I become Undone.. In his presence , he sees you from the inside out, Take a moment and visualize yourself in this city,where God guarantees his presence.Will you be ashamed or will you bow down ,will you repent or will you lift up your voice in praise?… The moment you request to be in God’s presence ,that is the moment of reckoning..that is the moment that you realize that you are a chosen one, of the royal priesthood…and those that think of this heavenly kingdom… surely know that to worship Jehovah SHAMMAH , they must worship him in TRUTH and in SPIRIT,because at that point,THE LORD IS THERE.
I hope you have been blessed by this short introduction to the Lord’s names and I pray that the next time you talk to God,you will have a better understanding of him and with that ,may the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all..