What's in a name?

This week's devotional is from Pastor Jeff.

ENCOUNTER:  Matt. 6:9; Exodus 3:11-15

“Hallowed be your name.”

“Tell the Israelites, ‘Yahweh has sent me to you.’”

In the Bible a name describes the person, place, or object and indicates the essential character of that to which it is given.  So when God talks about his name, or when the people in scripture use certain names to call on God or talk about God, we are learning about the character (and characteristics) of God.  Therefore, one way to get to know God better is to study his names in the Bible.


Here is a list of selective names of God with scriptural texts.  Read through them and consider which ones jump out at you. And ask why. It could be a great use of your daily time with the Lord to take one name each day, meditate on the scriptures listed, and pray the character of God over your life and needs in the world that God brings to mind.

God is Yahweh. The name of the independent, self-complete being—“I AM WHO I AM”—only belongs to Jehovah God. – Exodus 3:13-15

God is Father. Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9), and the Spirit of God taught us to cry, “Abba, Father,” an intimate Aramaic term similar to “Daddy.” The Creator of the universe cares for each one of us as if we were the only child He had.  - Romans 8:15-17

God is Adonai. This name means “Master” or “Lord.”  God, our Adonai, calls all God’s people to acknowledge themselves as His servants, claiming His right to reign as Lord of our lives. - 2 Samuel 7:18-20

God is Elohim. This name means “Strength” or “Power.” He is transcendent, mighty and strong. Elohim is the great name of God, displaying His supreme power, sovereignty, and faithfulness in His covenant relationship with us. - Genesis 17:7

God is El-Shaddai. This name means “God Almighty,”the God who is all-sufficient and all-bountiful, the source of all blessings. - Genesis 49:22-26

God is our Comforter. Jesus called the Holy Spirit the “Comforter,” and the apostle Paul writes that the Lord is “the God of all comfort.” - 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

God is Yahweh-rophe. This name means “Yahweh heals.” God alone provides the remedy for mankind’s brokenness through His son, Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the physical, moral, and spiritual remedy for all people. - Exodus 15:22-26

God is Yeshua. He has revealed himself in three persons, one who is fully man while being fully God.  His name is Jesus.  This name means  “The Lord saves.” – Luke 1:26-38, Phil. 2:5-11.


As you study the Name of the Lord, and as the glory of each particular name does its work to connect you to Him, you will find that your heart is warmed, your soul is filled with joy and peace, AND you will find that you are becoming more and more LIKE God! Your heart begins to beat more in time with the heartbeat of God.  Your character begins to reflect more of God’s character.  Here is an idea to live this out: Each day that you study one of the names above, think about one way you can live out your godliness toward loving or blessing someone the way that God would want them loved and blessed.


Celebrating all that God is... and all that God does (as represented in all of his names), is a communal endeavor.  We see God’s character lived out through the lives, worship, and words of others in the family of God.  We encourage you to connect with others this week so that how they have come to know God can impact you and your journey with him.