There’s Something About That Name – YHWH Shammah

 

In this episode we will discover more about the God who is there (Shammah). Isn’t it awesome to know that we don’t serve a God who is far off or who cannot identify with us, but rather we serve the God of the universe who loved us so much that he became one of us just so that he could save us from ourselves.   When I think of YHWH’s great love for us it makes it easy to walk through what feels like land mines in my life.  Especially when you feel as if you are one word away from losing it, it is the word of YHWH and his presence that makes enduring the challenges of life easy.

Let’s discuss the background behind where we see YHWH described as YHWH Shammah, which appears in the book of Ezekiel. Let me paint the picture for you, Ezekiel is describing the layout of the land that belongs to YHWH and how he will distribute that land to each tribe. As you read the layout and the dimensions of the property you see a vivid picture of the cross of Messiah with the altar of God being in the very center or heart of it. Much as where the heart of Christ would have been as he was positioned on that cross standing up into the ground. Only this time Ezekiel is not showing us our Savior being crucified, but rather reigning from his land in the midst of his people (the church).

There are over 200 references with both YHWH and Shammah appearing in the same scripture, however, only one standing out as connecting YHWH to being the God that is there. However, in the places that you do see them both appear many reference YHWH’s presence or name being in a specific place. This is very important for us as believers because that is where we want to be where God is. Remembering that like our father Abraham we are still seeking a city whose builder and maker is Yah. (Heb. 11:10) Where we are is not where he is taking us, but we should always be kingdom minded and kingdom representing wherever we are. Just as I don’t stop being an American just because I visit Italy, you don’t stop being a child of God just because you are not in the place where he will make his name to abide. We are pilgrims here and as long as we think that way we won’t get too caught up in what we have here. We won’t start digging wells and making claims but rather we will recognize that this is a temporary location that we inhabit on the way to something greater then where we are can take us.

The first scripture where we see the word Shammah used is in Genesis 2:8.

Gen_2:8 And the LORDH3068 GodH430 plantedH5193 a gardenH1588 eastwardH4480 H6924 in Eden;H5731 and thereH8033 he putH7760 (H853) the manH120 whomH834 he had formed.H3335

 

Indeed we see that YHWH declares the end from the beginning as it is stated in Isaiah 46:9-10. As we see in the beginning YHWH has planted Adam where he wanted him, we see in the end that YHWH will have the Last Adam exactly where he wants him. Since we know YHWH never had a bad idea we know that from where man originated in the beginning so shall he be in the end. Glory to YHWH king of glory! So we see in Ezekiel the following

Eze_48:35 It was round aboutH5439 eighteenH8083 H6240 thousandH505 measures: and the nameH8034 of the cityH5892 from that dayH4480 H3117 shall be, The LORDH3068 is there.H8033

I encourage you to read the entire forty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel, there are some amazing pictures foreshadowing Christ at the heart of his people depicting a landscape having the measurements which is in the shape of a Cross. No article can do justice to the Word of God, at best my greatest desire is to cause you to hunger to get what God has waiting for you there.

Now let’s look at the characters used here in Ezekiel 48 because the interesting thing here is that the Strong’s number H8033 is normally spelled with two characters but in this text it is spelled with three.

smhCourtesy of AHLB

                The first character sheen (sheen) is the picture of two teeth and means to consume, or destroy as this is what we do when we eat. The second character is mem (mem ) which is the picture of water waves which refers to liquid of any kind and chaos. As the Hebrew people associated Noah’s flood with chaos. The final character is a hey (hey) which is the picture of someone with their hands up looking as if they are beholding something greater than themselves. We see this when we praise or when someone surrenders. This character means to behold, to look, or to see. Now the AHLB provides an interesting definition for this term.

1473)  (mem sheen) ac: Breathe co: Breath ab: Desolate: The wind, or breath, of someone or something is its character.

 

Now this is the root meaning of the word however the specific meaning of the word used in Ezekiel 48 is:
Nm) (memsheen ShM) – I. Breath: The breath of a man is his character, what makes one what he is. The name of an individual is more than an identifier but descriptive of his character or breath. II. There: Used to identify another place. [Hebrew and Aramaic] III. Sky: The place of the winds. [Hebrew and Aramaic; Only used in the masculine plural form, mims or nims in Aramaic] IV. Aroma: A sweet aroma that is carried on the wind or breath. [df: Mo] [freq. 1365] |kjv: name, renown, fame, famous, heaven, air, sweet, there| {str: 5561, 8033, 8034, 8036, 8064, 8065, 8536} AHLB

This definition reflects another illustrated picture of the Father and the Son being one. As Yahushah is the breath of God (word) made flesh, reflecting in human form the character of the Almighty we know that where he was, was where the kingdom was. Hence to have the breath of God in us is to have the character of God within us. This is why it was when Yah breathed into mankind he became a living soul. (Gen. 2:7) This being the most fitting place to see YHWH Shammah is where the description of the King in his Kingdom amongst those in whom the breath of life resides in them surrounding him would provide the most vivid picture of what the Kingdom of God is.

In the next episode we will look at YHWH Tsidkenu our Righteous God found in Jeremiah 23:6. How awesome it is to learn more and more about the King of Glory and to know that His breath resides within us.

 

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