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“I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.”

Psalm 138:2

Bible names carried much weight and often reflected the character of or information about the person or place being named. Abram was given a new name by God—Abraham, “father of many” (Genesis 17:5). A name could hardly be more fitting! In 1 Samuel 7:12, Samuel set up a stone memorial to God’s help and called it Ebenezer, meaning “stone of help.” While not a popular name today, we find it in one of our great hymns: “Here I raise my Ebenezer/ Hither by Thy help I come” (“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” Robert Robinson, 1758).

The names God gives Himself in His Word echo His character. Through them, He personally reveals aspects of Himself. He is El-Shaddai, the “God Almighty” (Genesis 17:1). He is Yahweh-Jireh, “the Lord will provide” (Genesis 22:14). He is Yahweh-Tsidkenu, “the Lord our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6). These are a few examples from the storehouse of promises and attributes God proclaims to us in His Word.

He is God Almighty who provides righteousness for sinners through Jesus, our Savior.




Scripture Focus

Genesis 17:1-5

Insight

As you look to God’s Word, see how all of His promises are backed by the honor of His name, reflecting His matchless character!

Bible In A Year

  • Jeremiah 17-18
  • Psalm 112
  • Romans 15-16