The names of God are an essential aspect of Christian theology and worship. Throughout the Bible, God is referred to by many names and titles, each revealing a different aspect of His character and nature.
From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the names of God provide insight into His power, love, and mercy.
Understanding the significance of God’s names can deepen our relationship with Him and enrich our faith.
In this blog, we will quickly explore the various names and titles of God, their meanings, and their relevance to our lives today.
El-Elyon – God Most High
The LORD, the one who created the heavens and the earth, is referred to as El Elyon, God Might High, and even occasionally LORD Most High throughout the Scriptures.
According to the second verse of Psalm 57, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me,” Elohim or (El) Elyown, both of which mean “Most High God,” are the Hebrew words that are translated from the English phrase “God Most High” (Genesis 14:22; Psalm 78:35).
Elohim Yahweh are the Hebrew words that are used for LORD Most High in the title. There is no other god, idol, or created being that should be worshipped or exalted above the Lord because He is superior in every way.
El-Kanna – Jealous
You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. Exodus 34:14.
El Kanna, which translates to “consuming fire,” is the Hebrew name for God. It also means “jealous God.”
This name contains a sanctified form of the jealousy that God feels for His people. God has a healthy dose of envy for both of us. We are highly cherished and held in high regard!
God covets you and is filled with envy. He desires for your heart to be joined to His in every nook and cranny. The desire to protect, provide for, and bless others is at the heart of God’s holy jealousy.
El Kanna portrays God as Israel’s jealous husband, who is also possessive of our love for himself and his wife. El-Kanna insists that His people maintain an exclusive love relationship with each other.
El-Olam – Eternal God
“For a long time, always, and forever” is what the Hebrew word olam literally means. El Olam demonstrates that God is “the Everlasting God” because he does not have a beginning or an end.
Why would Abraham choose to refer to this place as El Olam? It is important to remember that Sarah had already delivered Isaac, the son that God had promised, prior to meeting Abimelek. Abraham witnessed that God remained true to his promises.
At Beersheba, Abraham decided to plant an evergreen tamarisk tree as a symbol to serve as a constant reminder that “the Everlasting God” keeps his promises.
The treaty that was signed after the events that took place at Beersheba demonstrates why Abraham and Sarah are praised in Hebrews chapter 11. They took a leap of faith in order to obey El Olam, also known as “the Everlasting God,” who is faithful to his word.
God has eternity in mind for those who trust in him. What actions can you take right now to show that you put your faith in the God who will never change?
El-Shaddai – God Almighty
When God Almighty intervenes, miracles take place, the power of God is made known, situations and lives are transformed, and God is given the glory for it all.
El Shaddai, also known as God Almighty, will breathe life into circumstances that have none. In the presence of El Shaddai, faith and hope find their foundation and their anchor.
When God intervenes in a situation, you will feel a sense of calm and joy within your heart and spirit, and life will emerge from circumstances that initially appeared hopeless or hopeless to be resolved.
He is everything that you require. El Shaddai is the name of the all-powerful God, and he is sufficient in and of himself.
The appearance of El Shaddai brings about spiritual victory, ensures that promises are kept, and transforms seemingly hopeless situations into ones that can be overcome.
When El Shaddai is present, when El Shaddai is a part of something, you can rest assured that the result will bring glory to God Almighty. When El Shaddai makes his will known, the result cannot be changed.
Yahweh is a name of God in the Hebrew Bible. In Jewish tradition, it is the most important name because it is a covenant name of God. It is also the holiest name. In fact, it is so holy that it can’t even be said out loud (Exodus 20:7 NRSV). It comes from the Hebrew word that means “I am.”
Yahweh first shows up in the Bible in Genesis 2:4. But in Exodus 3:14–15, God told Moses to tell the Israelites the name of the One who sent him to lead God’s people out of Egypt. This was the first time God told a person His covenant name. The Israelites would know right away that Moses had God’s blessings and strength behind him when they understood the power and authority behind the name “Yahweh.”
Yahweh is written in a modern way, with vowels to help with how to say it. Yahweh is the English spelling of the Hebrew word YHWH, which is also called the Tetragrammaton, which means “four letters.”
The word Adonai, which means “Lord,” is sometimes used instead of YHWH. Because of this, the first English translations of the Bible combined the two words into the word Jehovah, which is still used today.