Hello.. my name is...
One of the most exciting, and for some, the most painstaking process for expecting parents is to agree on a name for their unborn child. Some build a list and widdle it down, while others choose a name of meaning, perhaps of past loved ones. The end result being, this name will be the identifier by which this person will be known forever.
In some cases, a name is legally changed, and nicknames may even be adopted over a person’s life, but the fact remains that it’s less about what the person is called, and more about who the person is that is being referenced. You may be known by different names by different people depending on your relationship with them. For example, if you are a parent, you are known as “Mom” or “Dad’ by your children, or as “Brother” or “Sister” by your siblings.
In the same way, scripture refers to God by many names. They all refer to the same person/being yet each name may reveal a different characteristic of who God really is. Here are just a few examples:
- Yahweh ~ appears more frequently than any other name for God in the bible. It was name originally used to simply reveal that God existed. It is linked to God’s revelation of himself in Exodus 3:14 when he says to Moses “say, I AM has sent you.”
- Elohim ~ is the first name of God we encounter in scripture. It speaks of one who manifests power; an all-powerful God. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
- Adonai ~ is a name which means “my Lord,” expressing relationship between God and His people. Abram comes to know God by this name as we see Genesis 15:1-8 when God says, “Do not be afraid Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. Then Abram replied, “O sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless?”
These are just three names by which God has revealed himself to us. There are many more which disclose much about God’s intentions towards us, His creation. My hope and prayer is that we will all introduce ourselves to a real and living God, and get to know Him more.