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Who is Jehovah ROHI?

“If sheep do not have the constant care of a shepherd, they will go the wrong way, unaware of the dangers at hand. They have been known to nibble themselves right off the side of a mountain. And so, because sheep are sheep, they need shepherds to care for them. The welfare of sheep depends solely upon the care they get from their shepherd. Therefore, the better the shepherd, the healthier the sheep.” – Kay Arthur

JEHOVAH ROHI- Jehovah Ra’ah

“The better the shepherd the healthier the sheep.” What a great statement, and how true is it!

Have you ever noticed how we as a people tend to emphasize the importance of a certain class, OVER the teacher of that class? I can remember all through out High School and College being consumed with “what class we were taking”, and rarely ever caring about who the class was with. The teacher was irrelevant. We never took classes solely because the teacher was GREAT or qualified to teach, the classes were REQUIRED and these required classes took precedent over the teacher’s ability or qualifications. A thought just hit me as I write this, I wonder what would happen to our school systems if the students and the parents were able to “rate” their teachers like we do businesses on YELP!, would our teaching and school system improve? Probably!

Today we are going to study the name Jehovah Rohi ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’. Jehovah God isn’t just our leader or ‘teacher’ and Christianity isn’t just “another class” or religion… Jehovah Rohi is our Shepherd, our GOOD Shepherd, He leads us out of harms way and guides us to restful pastures. He is as ‘GOOD’ a teacher as they get!

“My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.” Jeremiah 50:6

“I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered–with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.” Ez 20:34

“I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” Ez 34:16

 


GPS: Global Positioning System… or Greatest Possible Shepherd!

Oh how we trust our GPS’s to get us through our day and to where we are going! With a simple 123 xyz, you can get to just about anywhere! Not only do programmers make road maps via land charted terrain, they have made satellite maps and maps taken by actual physical pictures. Thanks to these GPS devices, being late because someone “got lost”, has become a passé excuse!

Did you know that the Bible doesn’t just refer to the Lord as one who keeps us from getting lost, but it actually refers to Him as “the one who keeps us from getting lost AND leads us to greener pastures”? The Lord doesn’t just want us safe… He wants us well fed, free from fear, and ‘tended to’. He is Jehovah Rohi a GOOD and KIND friend.

Far better than a GPS, the Lord is our Greatest Possible Shepherd. Not only does He lead us to our destination in the most direct and safest way, He cares for us along the way and takes us to a place of rest. Were a standard GPS will lead us to wherever we want to go, our Lord as a Good Shepherd will lead us to where He sees a future of REST for us, we simply need to follow!

The Grand Canyon is but a dot on this Satellite map

GOD, A Big Picture Thinker

A few days ago, as I was on an over pass driving along the freeway I noticed a church in the distance. It was amazing to me how from my vantage point I could see the WHOLE church. I have driven by that church many times on its main street, and it was always too big to see in its entirety, on surface streets I had always been able to see the front door and the steeple but not much more. However up on the overpass looking at it from above, I was able to see the church as a whole. It was at this time that I began to think, “You know what… I bet God is a BIG picture thinker.”

“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?… Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” Isaiah 40:11-12, 28

Our Good Lord sees the BIG picture. He is both Omnipotent and Omnipresent and therefore can see the end as well as the beginning. Just like when I was on that overpass and I could see the entirety of a massive church, and it seemed small, so too can God see the entire span of time and all the planets and the entire earth laid out before Him.

It is easier for me to understand Our Father’s abilities to see the “Big Picture” since that brief drive-by moment in time, and upon studying the various names of the Lord. It is comforting to me to know that Our Father doesn’t just look into all our lives in general, but specifically. He looks into my life as an individual and He can see exactly where and how I need to go to get to the greenest pasture. He is my friend and Shepherd; He is my Jehovah Adonai Master, He is my Jehovah Qadash Sanctifier, He is my Elohiym Almighty… He is MINE and I am HIS, amen!

If you desire the Lord to become “yours”, and desire to live a life ‘put to pasture’ by Our Heavenly Father simply pray to Him through acknowledging Him and His Son Jesus Christ.

“Father God, I can see now that you hold the Universe in Your hands. I understand that You can see me right where I am at. I WANT greener pastures Lord, I want You to lead me to peace and comfort for my soul. Show me the way Lord, show me where I need to go next. In Your Son Jesus’ name… AMEN!”

 

 

 

 

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Jessica Heilman is the Founder of Wholehearted Ministries, wife to Jeff Heilman and is the mother of five beautiful children. Her ministry work involves the encouragement and edification of traditional family values as they relate to the Word of God. When Jessica isn’t walking around downtown, or writing in her backyard, she can be found sharing with others on her website wholeheartedministries.com, on twitter, or on Facebook. You can subscribe to Jessica’s messages via email here: http://wholeheartedministries.com/subscribe

Who is Jehovah QADASH?

“Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” – Billy Graham

 

JEHOVAH- Qadash (Mekaddishkem)

If you ever need representation in a court of law, a lawyer will be provided for you, unless you can provide one for yourself. Why is this? Why not just go and tell your side of the story and be done with it?

This process is put in place so that you may remain silent in your case, and in turn the judge will only listen to the men or women most versed and knowledgeable of the laws speak for you. This is the way that “the law” can and should work for you.

Having the sanctification of the Lord works in very much the same way. When we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior and go before God the Father He does not see our sin any longer… “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Heb 8:12, instead of our sin, He sees our deliverer our sanctifier,  Jesus! Isn’t that great news! There is no “bad day” in court when JESUS is on the case!

 

ONLY Jehovah Makes You HOLY

We have a tendency in the English language to over explain very simple matters. In Exodus 31:13 the readers of Hebrew simply read the Word of God to say, “yada` Yĕhovah qadash”. The same phrase in the English is lengthened to: “that [ye] may know that I [am] the Lord that doth sanctify you.” In the original dialect the phrase “yada` Yĕhovah qadash” is the same as the Lord simply saying, “understand, I sanctify… I make holy.”

It really is just as SIMPLE as that. Yada means “to understand”, Yĕhovah means “the one true God”, and qadash means “sanctified/be holy”.

Why does this matter? It matters a ton! In an age when man loses sleep at night tossing and turning and fretting over how he can “be used by God”. When he or she slaves day and night to make as much money as possible to appear a “success”, when they work their fingers to the bone to PROVE to God they is worthy, it is important to understand that THERE IS NOTHING you can do to make you holy! You can never be righteous enough, good enough, smart enough, or generous enough. You will always fall short. I suppose if it was possible for you to be “good enough” you would have to BE Jesus, but then again even Jesus said that there was no one good except the Father. Luke 18:19!

ONLY THE LORD CAN SANCTIFY!

So how do we get to be “good enough”? By keeping our eyes on Christ! By recognizing that only the Lord God can sanctify us, and it is in our walking out our right standing with the Father that we are considered a son or daughter of God! That He is our Jehovah Qadash!

HE alone sanctifies us (Exodus 31:13)

HE alone separates us  (Exodus 33:16)

HE alone makes us righteous (2 Cor 5:21)

HE alone prepares our steps (Psalm 85:13)

HE alone makes us worthy (Psalm 19:12)

HE alone purifies us (1 Cor 6:11)

HE alone perfects us (Matthew 5:48)

 

OUR GOD

Elohiym is for the weak,

He embodies us with POWER,

For it is only by His MIGHT that we can overcome.

 

Adonai is for the lost,

He is our Captain as He guides us through uncharted waters,

And leads us across the rough terrain.

 

Jehovah is for the unbeliever in the good of humanity,

He reveals Himself OVER ALL humanity during the storms of reality.

 

Jehovah-Qadash is for the miserable, the wretched and the filthy, THE SINNER

He alone cleans and purifies us all.

 

 

Other posts in this series “The Names of God” Who is He?
Jessica Heilman is the Founder of Wholehearted Ministries, wife to Jeff Heilman and is the mother of five beautiful children. Her ministry work involves the encouragement and edification of traditional family values as they relate to the Word of God. When Jessica isn’t walking around downtown, or writing in her backyard, she can be found sharing with others on her website wholeheartedministries.com, on twitter, or on Facebook. You can subscribe to Jessica’s messages via email here: http://wholeheartedministries.com/subscribe

Who is JEHOVAH?

“It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?” Dwight L. Moody

Jehovah

“Jehovah is the name of the supreme God amongst the Hebrews. The later Hebrews, for some centuries before the time of Christ, either misled by a false interpretation of certain laws (Ex 20:7; Lev 24:11), or else following some old superstition, regarded this name as SO VERY HOLY, that it might not even be pronounced.” – Gesenius’s Lexicon

Could you even imagine what it must have been like to be a Hebrew who was taught that they could not, or should not call out to their Creator by name? I can imagine it being like the censorship of the name “Jesus”.

Have you ever noticed how in movies or on television at the end of a family saying “grace” before they partake of a meal the family praying will always say, “AMEN” only? They do not say “In Jesus’ name AMEN”, just “AMEN”. This is due to the fact that most production companies WILL NOT tolerate the use of the name of Jesus in their programming, on their stations, or on the air.

I wonder just who these characters in TV-Land are supposed to be praying to exactly? This generic… “Dear God, Amen” prayer would avail NOTHING in reality. I certainly hope that you do not pray like they do on TV! Our Lord, our Adonai, our Jehovah God is not some “To whom it may concern” in the sky! These TV shows and movies are censored, much like the ancient Hebrews were censored in regards to the name Jehovah.

 

 

 Understanding The Character of GOD

When I began writing on the various “names of God”, it was never my intent to confuse anyone about God and what one should call Him. Scripture itself says that JESUS is the name above ALL names. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him (Jesus), and given him a name which is above every name” Phil 2:9-11 Instead, what I would like to highlight are all the magnificent characteristics of God our Father, and that is why we are learning His various names. So far we have learned that He is:

  • Elohiym: Almighty and Powerful
  • Adonai: Our Master, our Captain
  • Jehovah: The EXISTING One
You see God isn’t just good (Read October 12th’s post Who is God?), He is ALMIGHTY and POWERFUL, He is our MASTER, and He is REAL! Why is this important?

 

For the weak, He embodies us with POWER,

For it is only by His MIGHT that we can overcome.

 

For the lost, He is our 

Captain,

He guides us through uncharted waters,

And leads us across the rough terrain.

 

For the unbeliever in the good of humanity…

 

He reveals Himself OVER ALL humanity during the storms of our reality.

  • Jehovah appears 6519 times in the Old Testament!!
  • Jehovah appears in reference to:   LORD (6510), GOD (4), JEHOVAH (4), variant (1)
  • Jehovah appears in 33 of the 39 books of the Old Testament, from Gen. 2:4-Mal 4:5

Jessica Heilman is the Founder of Wholehearted Ministries, wife to Jeff Heilman and is the mother of five beautiful children. Her ministry work involves the encouragement and edification of traditional family values as they relate to the Word of God. When Jessica isn’t walking around downtown, or writing in her backyard, she can be found sharing with others on her website wholeheartedministries.com, on twitter, or on Facebook. You can subscribe to Jessica’s messages via email here: http://wholeheartedministries.com/subscribe

Who is ADONAI?

“The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.” – Charles Spurgeon

THE LORD… Our Captain, Our Master

As I was searching through quotes that mention our Lord as Adonai Jehovah, I came across this great quote by the famous preacher Charles Spurgeon. When we refer to the Lord God as “Adonai” we are speaking in great respect of Him and of Him as our Master. The Lord Adonai is our Captain, He is our Master.

 

“Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse.” Rev 19:21

ADONAI

One of the definitions of Adonai in the Strong’s [H136] says that Adonai = Lord, spoken in place of Yahweh in Jewish display of reverence. This is a great honor to the Lord as Adonai is a parallel name to the name of God Yahweh. Yahweh was the highest spoken name of God and very seldom used due to its holiness. For the Jewish people to refer to the Lord as Adonai would have been for them to refer to Him audibly in as much reverence as lifting up the unmentionable name Yahweh.

One of the more famous addresses of Adonai was spoken by Father Abraham in Genesis 15:2:

“And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless”

In this passage Abram is not addressing God Almighty, Abram needs something, Abram needs a child and he needed a legacy.* Instead of addressing Elohiym, Abram addressed Adonai, the Master Commander. Abram is saying, “Adonai, MASTER, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless”? By addressing the Lord as his Master, it indicates that Abram is ready to take a command! When we address the Lord our Master by shouting out, “Lord! What may I do for you? How do I get somewhere? Show me!” We are addressing God as Adonai our Master!

 

 

god

For as long as man has written about God when man has referred to God Almighty, the one true God man has capitalized the G. Even men who do not believe in God obey this rule of grammar. When writing of other ‘gods’ man uses a small ‘g’. So what are other ‘gods’? Can there be other ‘gods’?

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

The Lord is very specific in Exodus when He commands us that we should have no other ‘gods’ before Him. How can that be, especially when we Christians believe that there are no other ‘G’ods! Yet here God is informing us that others gods are very real!

While there are no other ‘gods’ that can call themselves “God Almighty” in this passage of scripture, God is commanding us that we shall put NOTHING; no ruler, no judge, no job, no family member before God Almighty. That we should NEVER put our faith in, take direction from, or rely on any ‘thing’ other than Him! He is reminding us in this passage that ONLY God Almighty, ONLY Elohiym can be our Adonai.

If you ask your money what you can do, your money will remain silent. If you ask your car what you can do, your car will remain silent. If you ask your friend what you can do, your friend can only give you their advice. ONLY Adonai, your Master is worthy of referring to in regards of direction, because only Adonai is the one true GOD.

  • Adonai appears in the Old Testament 434 times.
  • You can find Adonai referred to as Lord (431), lord (2), God (1)
  • Adonai is mentioned from Genesis 15:2- Mal 1:14

* Yesterday we learned that the name of God Elohiym refers to God as ‘Almighty, All in One’.

Please join us again tomorrow as we study the name of God: ‘ Jehovah–Yahweh’. We are going to cover at least 17 different names of God – don’t miss out! Subscribe via email HERE

 

 

 

Jessica Heilman is the Founder of Wholehearted Ministries, wife to Jeff Heilman and is the mother of five beautiful children. Her ministry work involves the encouragement and edification of traditional family values as they relate to the Word of God. When Jessica isn’t walking around downtown, or writing in her backyard, she can be found sharing with others on her website wholeheartedministries.com, on twitter, or on Facebook. You can subscribe to Jessica’s messages via email here: http://wholeheartedministries.com/subscribe

Who is GOD?

“I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” – C.S. Lewis

Who is This GOD You Speak Of?

“The English word for “God” has become a source of confusion for Christians since at least the Anglo-Saxon era. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary says that the origin of the word ‘god’ comes from a Germanic word ‘gad,’ pronounced as ‘gohdt.’

The following information on the origin of the word ‘god’ will help to understand why we use it in our vernacular GOD. GOD: The English word God is identical with the Anglo-Saxon word for “good,” and therefore it is believed that the name God refers to the divine goodness.” (From New Unger’s Bible Dictionary) Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois.  Copyright (C) 1988.+

“God” is a most general term and can in many cases limit our view on God our Father and His Supreme Deity. The Israelites never called God ‘Gad’, they when referring to Him would always refer to Him in regard to what He had done for them, or what He was about to do.

For example, if you needed your father to feed you dinner and called on him like the Israelites did, you would call to your dad from the living room and say, “Daddy, My Chef, I’m hungry!” After having eaten you would say, “Daddy, My Chef, THANK YOU!”

OMG?

An Atheist Causes Me to Think

Over the last few days I have been having a rather serious but abridged (140 characters or less) conversation over twitter with an atheist. After three days of rather witty banter and solidly faithful prose (we both are full of faith- I that God exists, he that God does not) I came to the conclusion that not many people (Christian or non) know exactly WHO God is.

So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. – Luke 23:3

In the next few posts, I would like to begin going over the NAMES OF GOD with you, and what they mean. It is my desire that in these next few days/weeks you will begin to gain a greater understanding of “GOD” beyond just His “goodness”.

 


ELOHIYM “god, godlike one”

Did you know that Jesus ‘the Savior, the Messiah’ is regularly mentioned in the Old Testament? Isaiah and other books speak of Him regularly, and some Theologians even believe that fellows like Job, Jacob, Abraham, and Moses had chance encounters with Him. In Hebrews 13:8 scripture tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” And in Jude 1:25 it says, “to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

Christ certainly has been with God since the beginning of time, John 1:2 says: “He was with God in the beginning.” We Christians believe that Jesus is God as in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” As Christians who practice walking by faith, we should know when we are talking with unbelievers that this revelation of ‘Christ and God being one’ is Holy Spirit revealed, and not easy for just anybody to grab hold of. Believing that God and Jesus are ONE takes faith, and the Lord knows that it is not an easy thing for everyone to understand, in Philippians 2: 5-8 it says:

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:   Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

 

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C. S. Lewis

PRAISE JESUS!  

Why study ‘The Names of God’? Why is it so important, so critical? It is critical to your walk as a Christian to know the various names of God because knowing WHO God is reveals to us HOW God loves us, cares for us and desires to take care of us. For example, after studying Elohiym in the Old Testament, and upon reading the Strong’s Definition of Elohiym, I was able to conclude that whenever the Bible refers to Elohiym in the Hebrew, it is talking in detail about ‘God’ as a WHOLE; Almighty, All Powerful, King of Kings & Lord of All creation (this includes Christ!).

The very definition of Elohiym includes within it “god & godlike one”. Praise Jesus! Not only did our Savior come in the flesh, He has been with us since the dawn of time creating and innovating the past, the future, and the present! We can look to Jesus to have ALL our needs met! Elohiym is mighty in deed!

“The heavens declare the glory of Elohiym; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1

 

  • Elohiym appears in the King James Version of the Bible 2606 times.
  • Here are all the times in which Elohiym is referred: God (2346), god (244), judge (5), GOD (1), goddess (2), great (2), mighty (2), angels (1), exceeding (1), God-ward + 04136 (1), godly (1)  
  • Elohiym is mentioned from Genesis 1:1-Malachi 3:18    

+This excerpt taken from the article The Origin of the English Word God by Craig Bluemel

 

Please join us again tomorrow as we study the name of God: ‘Adonai’. We are going to cover at least 17 different names of God – don’t miss out! Subscribe via email HERE

 

 

Jessica Heilman is the Founder of Wholehearted Ministries, wife to Jeff Heilman and is the mother of five beautiful children. Her ministry work involves the encouragement and edification of traditional family values as they relate to the Word of God. When Jessica isn’t walking around downtown, or writing in her backyard, she can be found sharing with others on her website wholeheartedministries.com, on twitter, or on Facebook. You can subscribe to Jessica’s messages via email here: http://wholeheartedministries.com/subscribe