#FunFactFriday – Because TGIF!
Hey guys! Today’s fun facts are about some names of God that aren’t often used in everyday worship. We explore these names, their hebrew connotation as well as their biblical origins and meaning.
1. ADONAI MEKADDISHKEM
“But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.
— Exodus 31:13 (NASB)
One of the needs of God’s people is sanctification. The people of Israel were commanded to keep the Lord’s sabbaths, a sign that they were different from the nations around them. They were promised that if they did so they would know Him as Jehovah – Mekaddishkem, “The Lord who sanctifies”.
See also: Leviticus 20:8; 21:8; 22:32. Ezekiel 20:12.
2. ADONAI TSURI V’GOALI
The Rock & Redeemer
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
— Psalm 19:14 (NASB)
David while being pursued by King Saul ensured that his heart remained stayed on God and he recognised God as his rock and redeemer. God protected David from King Saul, and David often Hid in rocks and caves to escape the soldiers of King Saul who were pursuing him — as such these events may have been the inspiration for this verse. Adonai Tsuri v’Goali redeems his people from the hands of the enemy and is a rock to which His people can run to for refuge in times of trouble.
3. ADONAI TSEVA’OT
The Lord of Hosts
Now this man would go up from his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests to the LORD there.
— 1 Samuel 1:3 (NASB)
The bible uses this form 281 times. In 1 Samuel 1:3 – Elkanah, husband of Hannah, annually went to Shiloh to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts. This is the first occurrence of this title which appears 281 times and denotes the God of Israel as the Lord of all the hosts of earth and heaven. David, in 1 Samuel 17:45 when confronting Goliath said he came in the name of Jehovah-Zebaoth, the God of the armies of Israel. Therefore, this name is associated with kings and kingdoms.
Jehovah – Zebaoth is the Divine Ruler and Leader and Commander of His people; “The Lord of hosts”.
4. EL – GMULOT
The God of Recompense
For the destroyer is coming against her, against Babylon, And her mighty men will be captured,
Their bows are shattered; For the LORD is a God of recompense,
He will fully repay.
— Jeremiah 51:56
El – Gmulot is a God of recompense. Vengeance is for God and when He comes to avenge, He comes as a mighty destroyer who shatters everything. The God of recompense fully repays and avenges the evil done upon his people without fail.
Thanks for reading, hope you’ve enjoyed today’s fun facts!