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Getting to Know Jehovah

As we get into this next section our study on the names of God, we begin seeing the Jehovah hyphenated names.  But before we can add adjectives to Jehovah, we must first study the name Jehovah.

As I did my study, I discovered that Jehovah is used 6,823 times in the Old Testament–more than any other name!  So this name must be pretty important.  I found that it is the foundation of so many other names of God.  And Jehovah describes God as “the Being who is absolutely self-existent.” (Nathan Stone)  As you are reading the Word on your own you will see Jehovah translated “LORD” in all capitals.  When you see “LORD” you should train your mind to see Jehovah, the One who is the same yesterday, today and forever. 

In my study, we read through the following passage which describes Jehovah.  As you read it notice the adjectives used to describe Jehovah.  Also, notice who is ascribing these attributes to the LORD.

 5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”

The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ex 34:4-7
 
Did you see it?  God is talking about himself.  He is letting us in on His character.  He is letting us get to know Him as Jehovah.
 
How does He describe Himself?
–   The compassionate and gracious God
–   Slow to anger
–   Abounding in love and faithfulness
–   Maintaining love to thousands
–   Forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin
 
Then He lets us know that He is still judge by adding that He does not leave the guilty unpunished.
 
Take a few minutes to slowly read through these attributes again.  Knowing that these attributes coincide with all the other names of God, do you long to know Him more?  Do you long to know someone who is compassionate and abounding in love and faithfulness?    Do you long to spend time with a God who forgives your wickedness, rebellion and sin?  Do you long to be in a relationship with someone who is slow to become angry?  Oh, how Jehovah longs to be in a relationship with you!
  
Reflection Questions: 
As you read that list, what was your initial reaction? 
 
Is this the God you know?
 
Is this the God you serve?
 
Have you spent time lately with Jehovah?
 
Take some time today to really reflect on these character qualities.  Spend time in conversation with God expressing your feelings about Him after reading this passage.  Make time to foster your relationship with Him. 
 

Wife, Mother and encourager of women. My passion is helping women discover their identity, significance and purpose Jesus Christ!

2 comments on “Getting to Know Jehovah

  1. SteveJohn

    Lovely Post.
    Why not encourage your readers to use a Bible that doesn’t substitute Jehovah for LORD, like the American Standard of 1901 or the New World Translation?

  2. speakinginfaith

    Steve,

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll definitely make my readers aware of that option. Thanks for commenting. I pray you have a meaningful Holy Week.

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