What do you call God? This is a personal and also a very important question. There are thousands of ways to address God!
In the Bible, right from the beginning in Genesis 1.1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”, the Hebrew word for God is “Elohim”. Elohim is the ‘Creator God’. In Genesis 2, we see God referred to as “Yahweh Elohim” or ‘Lord God’ which means ‘Covenant keeping God.’
We also see Him being called the El names which show his greatness and creative power like “El Elyon” or the ‘Most high God’(Genesis 14), “Elshadai” or the ‘Almighty God’ (revealed to Abraham when he was 99 years in Genesis 17 to show that he would help reproduce in his weakness) and “El Olam” or the ‘Eternal God’(in Genesis 21). As we keep reading the Bible, we see more and more ways to address the Father.
Then we see the Jehovah (Yahweh) names which show his redemptive aspects in connection with man! We see the name “Jehovah Jireh” or ‘The Providing God’ in Genesis 22 which means He will provide everything for us. In Exodus 15, God reveals another name “Jehovah Rapha” or ‘The Healing God’ : I am the God who heals you . He introduces Himself as our Doctor. We can call upon Jehovah Rapha if we are sick in our body. In Exodus 17, we see “Jehovah Nissi” or the ‘God of victory’. He is our Banner in times of our failures. In Judges 6, we see “Jehovah Shalom”,the God of peace. In Psalm 23, he manifests as “Jehovah Rohi” who is ‘God of protection’ or ‘God our shepherd’ or ‘A Tending God’. In Jeremiah 23 , He is “Jehovah Tsidkenu” or ‘God of righteousness’. We also see “Jehovah Shamma” which means ‘God is present’ in Ezekiel 46 !
These are just a few and there are hundreds of titles like these given to God!
In The Old Testament, people would address God with different titles. In the New Testament, Jesus has come to reveal to us the invisible God!
In Matthew 6:6, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”. Here we see Jesus referring to God as our “Father” not to El Shadaai, El Elyon etc. However Jesus taught us to pray to our own father in secret and not to God or Our Creator or Provider !
In verse 7, He says ‘7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.’Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Jesus teaches us how to address God as our Father. The Jews never called God ‘Father’ instead they used to call Abraham as their father. They always called God as “ Almighty God”, “Creator God” etc. Jesus introduced God as their father and when Jesus said this, they were offended and furious!
In Romans 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father ” . Here we see a more intimate name for God which is ‘Abba Father’! This is an Armaic name for ‘father’ which is used in an intimate manner. No child calls their earthly father by his official name, so too we should call our Heavenly Father ‘Abba’.
We have the privilege of being children of God and call him our own Father!
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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