The Names of God
In this Bible Study let’s look at the names of God as recorded in the King James Version of the Bible. Throughout the scriptures, we see God revealing Himself through different names and titles that reveal His character and nature.
One of the most well-known names of God is Yahweh or Jehovah, which means “I am who I am.” This name speaks to God’s self-existence and eternality. In Exodus 3:14, God reveals this name to Moses when He appears to him in the burning bush. In the New Testament, Jesus uses the same name to refer to Himself in John 8:58, asserting His divinity and eternal nature.
Another name for God is Elohim, which means “Creator.” This name is used throughout the Old Testament to refer to God’s power and authority as the one who created the heavens and the earth. In Genesis 1:1, we see that “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” This name reminds us that God is the sovereign ruler of all things and that we are His creation.
In addition to these names, we see many other names and titles of God throughout the Bible that reveal His character and nature. For example, El Shaddai means “God Almighty” and speaks to God’s power and strength. In Genesis 17:1, God appears to Abram and introduces Himself as El Shaddai, promising to bless him and make him the father of many nations.
Another name for God is Adonai, which means “Lord” or “Master.” This name speaks to God’s authority and lordship over all things. In Psalm 8:1, the psalmist declares, “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” This name reminds us that God is in control and that we are called to submit to His authority.
One of my personal favorite names for God is Jehovah Jireh, which means “The Lord will provide.” This name comes from the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, where God provides a ram as a substitute sacrifice for Isaac. This name reminds us that God is our provider and that we can trust Him to meet all of our needs.
There are many other names and titles of God throughout the Bible, each revealing a different aspect of His character and nature. Names like Jehovah Rapha (the Lord who heals) in Exodus 15:26, Jehovah Nissi (the Lord is my banner) in Exodus 17:15, and Jehovah Shalom (the Lord is peace) in Judges 6:24 all reveal different facets of who God is and what He does for us.
As we study the names of God, we begin to understand more fully who He is and how He works in our lives. We see that He is a God who is both powerful and personal, a God who cares for us and provides for us, a God who is holy and just, and a God who is merciful and loving.