Category Archives: Name of God

There’s Something About that Name – El Shaddai

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (Gen 17:1)

Abram was ninety nine years old when God Almighty appeared unto him. That will preach all by itself. Offering Abram something that in the natural was impossible for Abram to make happen only the Almighty one could do it. The Hebrew word “Shaddai” that is used is H7706 and it appears in scripture 48 times. In the book of Exodus, YHWH appears to Moses and informs him that unto Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob he was known as El Shaddai (God Almighty).

And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. (Exo 6:3)

However, by the name YHWH he was not known to them, and it is not until studying this name do I realize what that means. When we look at the accounts before Exodus six when YHWH appears to Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob, what was the context of Him being known as God Almighty? It was as it related to being fruitful and multiplying. What we today if not by mouth by our actions esteem or treat as a curse was of great price then and sought after, considered a blessing. Has Yah changed? I can name a few scriptures that reveal that his purpose from Adam and Eve, from Noah’s three son’s, from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, did not change then and there is no reason to believe that it has changed now. Children are a heritage unto the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psa. 127:3)

As we continue we see that this word appears in the book of Ruth twice and what is the context of His appearance? Her reference to El Shaddai is after she is bereaved of her children and her husband. It is in accordance with her returning to Israel without the fruit of her womb. El Shaddai appears mostly in the book of Job and in this book we see that Job experiences both the multiplying of Job as well as the subtracting from Job, maintaining a consistent picture of the Father being the one who allows one to be fruitful as well as being able to take away that fruit or in the case of Job allowing for that fruit to be taken.

Now let’s look at the characters that make up the word Shaddai

sdi In order to understand the meaning of this character we will have to dig a little deeper into some other resources to find the connection. As I looked this word up in the AHLB (Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible) this is what I found it to mean along with the root word that it comes from.

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AHLB – Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of Bible by Jeff Benner

As you can see the root word is missing one character to complete our word Shaddai and that is the Yad (Yad1). When we put this together we see that the root describes “breast” and with the addition of the Yad reflect the breast work or make. We know that the Breast makes milk only when there is a baby that has come forth. This would make perfect since as to why Shaddai shows up in Genesis as the one who promises to make Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob fruitful and multiply them. He is the one who is able to make the breast bring forth milk, to nourish a child unto life. Proper nutrition being an essential component of life for anyone especially a baby it would make sense that the word would mean “breast”. We know that it is Yah alone that makes the breast bring forth milk.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psa 91:1)

So now when we read this scripture it makes perfect since that the picture being represented here in the dwelling place of the Most High is connected to a “secret place”. This connects to any mother who breastfeeds her child, the baby is covered as well as the mother’s breast so that only the child sees that secret place that belongs to the mother. In many cases like a mother hen when those chicks are in the secret place they are hidden from the world. In the New Testament we see that Yahushah uses how a hen would gather her chicks so he would have gathered Jerusalem under his wing as an illustration of the “secret place” that he had for his people, but they of course would not. (Matt 23:37)

We also know from John 1:18 that it is in the bosom of the Father that the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us reside.   We can now see that at the Heart of the Father is the son and it was the word of God that was on tablets of stone in the first Tabernacle made by man’s hand that would later tabernacle with us made by the Spirit of God. Therefore, if the son is in the bosom of the Father and we are in Him as we are told in the book of Ephesians, then we know we reside in a place in Yah that no man can pluck us from out of His presence we just need to make sure we don’t leave. Indeed there is something about that name that brings us into fellowship with the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. Priceless!

In our next episode we will uncover the Hebrew meaning behind the name YHWH Rapha the Lord our Healer.

All Hebrew characters courtesy of Jeff Benner http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/2_alphabet.html

There’s Something About that Name – YHWH Yirah

There’s Something about that Name – YHWH Yirah

YHWH Yirah is a name many of us are familiar with as it relates to Abraham offering up his son Isaac the promised seed as a sacrifice at Yah’s request. This event was profound because in no instance before or after do we encounter YHWH requesting that anyone offer up a human being as a living sacrifice. While this was common place for those who worshipped other gods, it was never until this time a request made by the one true God, YHWH.

You would be amazed to know what it means and how closely related it is to the previous weeks name El Roi.   The Hebrew number (H3070) appears only once in scripture and it is here in Genesis 22:14. A great picture this reveal for the Messiah as this was the term used to describe the deliverance YHWH performed on behalf of Abraham’s seed, and it took place only once in all of history. Does this sound familiar? Do we know of any other Father who sacrificed his son? Yes we do, that Father is YHWH who sacrificed His son Yahushah (Jesus) who fulfilled both the position of Isaac as the only begotten of the Father and also fulfilled the position of the ram that was sacrificed in Isaac’s place as the substitute sacrifice for us. Scripture tells us that this would only happen once. (Heb. 10:10) Is it possible this was what he was showing us all along in this story?

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Now let’s look at the characters that make up the word YHWH Yirah. YHWH is the proper name for our heavenly Father in Hebrew. Many of us are familiar with seeing it written this way, JEHOVAH, however, for many reasons this is not an accurate rendering of his name. One being unlike English Hebrew has only twenty two characters all of which can be viewed in 8 verse stanza’s in your bible in the book of Psalms chapter 119. Another reason why it wouldn’t be Jehovah is because vowel’s in Hebrew work differently than they do in English. There are no separate characters as there are letters in English that stand for vowel markings. In order to accommodate our language the vowels in JEHOVAH were added for phonetics. Finally, the letter “J” is new to our language and was added to give a masculine sound to the letter Y. Therefore in the original bible “J” would not have been there, but, rather “Y”.

So now let’s look at the word again, reading from right to left the four characters spell (YHWH) which is made up of (Yad1) Yad, (hey) Hey, (waw) Vav or Waw, and (hey) Hey again. The first character (Yad1 ) is a closed hand and means to “work”, “make” or “throw”. The second and fourth character (hey ) means to “reveal”, “look” or “behold” and the other character of the first word YHWH is (waw) which means “to establish”, “nail”, “add” or “secure”. So when we put it together we see that the hands reveal the nail revealed. As we said in a previous episode that the Father saw His son from the beginning and yes indeed Yahushah was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the World. He came forth from the bosom of the Father from heaven as a living sacrifice to spare us the Isaac’s of the world who are appointed unto death as all of the first Adam’s children are appointed. He, Yahushah (Jesus), taking the full wages due to us as a penalty for our actions.

Now let’s look at Yirah which starts with the same first character for YHWH (Yad1) the second character (resh) reysh is the picture of a man’s head and since at the crown of creation Yah produced Adam and he was given dominion over the earth and all that was put therein he is considered the “chief” or “authority” along with Eve of course who comes forth from out of him. The next character is (aleph ) Aleph which is the picture of an ox’s head and since an ox is known for its strength and Hebrew also doubles for numeric value and Aleph is the first character of the Aleph bet then it also has the meaning “first”. The ending character is Hey (hey) so when we put this word together we see that “the work of the chief’s strength is revealed”. As we know indeed the hands that reveal the nail revealed is the work of our Lord’s strength revealed and there is no disputing that for any of us who understand that we should be the one on the altar being sacrificed. Our guilty blood was made clean by His innocent blood in our stead.

In our next episode of There’s Something About that Name we will explore El Shaddai, God Almighty. Once again we will see the mighty ways that Yah revealed himself to father Abraham as a living example for us to understand more about who He is also for us. When we know who has all might we can then understand why there is nothing too hard for him and nothing we can’t do with Him in us.

There’s Something About That Name – El Roi

This week we will look at the Ancient scripture concerning the God who sees. The circumstances under which this word is used appears in Genesis 16:13 to someone who is not a natural born descendent of Abram and Sarah but rather a servant under them. This servant’s name is Hagar and YHWH heard her affliction and informed her that she was with child. (Gen. 16:11) God hears the voice of a woman who was not of his fold, but because of the seed that was within her she was able to take part in the blessing that God promised Abraham. However, Yah did instruct her to submit herself unto Sarah which meant there was something God expected of her in order to partake of the blessing he had for her.

In any relationship there is an expectation of both parties in it otherwise it’s not a relationship but a dictatorship. In a dictatorship only one person has a voice and there is no choice. Yah extends an opportunity for us to take part in the blessings he has for us, but it is based on us obeying Him and if we choose not to obey him then he promises to give us exactly what he said we would get for making that choice. The way we as parents do with our children. Our children receive the consequences of not making the correct desired choice. Outside of our home this means the world becomes the Punisher, when this applies to our children within the home then we become the Punisher. This is the same principle we see Yahushah instructing us as his followers as it relates to if a brother sin’s in Matthew 18.

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. (Mat 18:15-17)

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It goes on to say in this context that if two of us touch and agree on earth as touching anything that we shall ask that it shall be done for us by our Father in heaven. Because in the household of faith there is a protocol established based on relationship that if kept produces results, which may be punishment or banishment from continuing in relationship.

Now let’s look at the Hebrew word translated Roi in English.

Now I want us to look at each character separately so that we can see what the Father wants us to understand about who He is. Remember, Yah revealed himself to Hagar in this way. It is important for us to know how Yah reveals himself to us so that we won’t attribute to another attributes that apply only to Him. We also need to know this because we can easily confirm who God is in our lives based on the leading of His Spirit and by the authority of His word. Although we know Yah can do a new thing in the earth, it is important that we know this based on what His word says because everything being labeled a “New Thing” in the earth is not a matter of His doing.

As you can see Reysh is the picture of a head and means chief as at the crown of creation Yah created mankind and gave them dominion over the earth. The second character if you have been keeping up with my series should be very familiar to you it is the character Aleph which is an ox’s head and means strength as well as first since it is the first character of the Aleph Bet. The last character is the picture of a closed hand and means to make, throw, do, or work since these are all things that we do with our hands. So when we put the characters together we see that Roi paints the picture of the chief’s strong hand. Hagar would have recognized that the Creator of heaven and earth would be with her and he is the authority with the strong hand.

It has taken me two weeks to get this because although the character is Aleph it just seems like the character should be Ayin which is the picture of an eye, but it is not. So I have been asking Yah how I can understand how these characters reveal Him as the God who sees. However, what he reminded me of is the Hebrew language is functional and so it is difficult to put my Greek mind aside so that I can see the function in these characters that reveals this truth. Thus, the point is this when Yah sees he moves. When Yah sees our affliction He recognizes our need just as he saw the children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt and He brought them out. When He sees our affliction his strong hand moves to our defense. Sometimes when looking at the ancient Hebrew in understanding the language we have to step back from our culture and see things from an aerial perspective.

The next episode of There’s something about that name we will look at YHWH Yirah in Genesis 22:14. Find out once again how YHWH comes through for the patriarch Abraham in the binding of Isaac.

All Ancient Hebrew Characters provided by Jeff Benner Ancient Hebrew Research Center