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What’s in a name? A lot!

Matthew 6:9 (Luke 11:2) records the first line in Jesus’ statement on prayer.  He first mentions that we have been invited to call our creator ‘Father,’ just like he does.  He then reminds us that we have been separated from our Father…because of sin.  Our Father is in Heaven and we are not.  We are not perfect, and He is.  The third line of the verse reminds why we are separated…because our Father is holy…His name is holy.  Below is a list of names that the Israelites used to name and describe God.  Below the list is a link to an article that describes our short passage for the week.  Please read through these names and take in how important our Father’s name was and is.



Names of God and their meaning:

ELOHIM……Genesis 1:1, Psalm 19:1

meaning “God”, a reference to God’s power and might.

ADONAI……Malachi 1:6

meaning “Lord”, a reference to the Lordship of God.

JEHOVAH–YAHWEH…..Genesis 2:4

a reference to God’s divine salvation.


meaning “The Lord thy sanctifier”

JEHOVAH-ROHI……Psalm 23:1

meaning “The Lord my shepherd”

JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH…….Ezekiel 48:35

meaning “The Lord who is present”

JEHOVAH-RAPHA………Exodus 15:26

meaning “The Lord our healer”


meaning “The Lord our righteousness”

JEHOVAH-JIREH………Genesis 22:13-14

meaning “The Lord will provide”

JEHOVAH-NISSI………Exodus 17:15

meaning “The Lord our banner”

JEHOVAH-SHALOM……..Judges 6:24

meaning “The Lord is peace”


meaning “The Lord of Hosts”

JEHOVAH-GMOLAH……..Jeremiah 51:6

meaning “The God of Recompense”

EL-ELYON…………..Genesis 14:17-20,Isaiah 14:13-14

meaning “The most high God

EL-ROI…………….Genesis 16:13

meaning “The strong one who sees”

EL-SHADDAI…………Genesis 17:1,Psalm 91:1

meaning “The God of the mountains or God Almighty”

EL-OLAM……………Isaiah 40:28-31

meaning “The everlasting God”


Here is the link to a short and great article on “Hallowed be your name.” Click Here.


Questions for Growth

  • When you approach God, how do you address Him?  Jesus invites us to call Him Father, but right behind the name Father, Jesus asks us to verbally recognize the holiness of God’s name…and ultimately God himself.
  • When you say address God, do you use a phrase that has become simply habit?  The reason I ask this is because I have frequently addressed the Lord out of habit.
  • I think that Jesus wants us to really think about who we’re talking to when we begin our prayer time with God.  When you address God and come before Him, do you feel the weight of His holiness?

Love-Serve-Spread the Word,



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