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The Importance of Names. Naming of animals by Adam (Gen. 2:19) Bible names (with specific meanings) Ex. Abraham, Sarah, Nabal , Cephas , etc. Parents give names to their children God’s name is holy and reverend Psalm 111:9; Deut. 28:58. Three Major Names of God. Elohim

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the importance of names
The Importance of Names
  • Naming of animals by Adam (Gen. 2:19)
  • Bible names (with specific meanings)
    • Ex. Abraham, Sarah, Nabal, Cephas, etc.
  • Parents give names to their children
  • God’s name is holy and reverend
    • Psalm 111:9; Deut. 28:58
three major names of god
Three Major Names of God
  • Elohim
    • God’s power in creation and preservation
    • Plural word – plurality of persons sharing the essence of deity
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Three Major Names of God

And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, "LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!" (2 Chron 14:11) NKJV

  • Yahweh
    • Originally written as YHWH – original pronunciation unknown
    • Most commonly used name (over 6800 times)
    • Expresses God’s eternal existence
    • Special name for covenant relationship with Israel
    • “Jehovah” is Latinized combination using consonants of Yahweh and vowels of adonay
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Three Major Names of God


Common term for lord, master

Indicates authority, right to act or speak, preeminence

Reminds of our need to submit to God’s authority

Three times in the year all your men shall appear before the Lord, the LORD God of Israel (Ex. 34:23)

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe (Deut. 10:17)

Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, "O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!“ (Judg. 16:28)

jesus is god
Jesus is…

Elohim (Heb. 1:8-9)

Yahweh (Heb. 1:10; Jn. 8:58)

Adonay (Matt. 22:43-44)

Jesus, who showed us the Father (Jn. 14:7-9), is the image [eikon] of the invisible God (Col. 1:15), the express image [charakter] of His person (Heb. 1:3), and is both our Lord and our God (Jn. 20:28)

Jesus is God
other names and descriptions
Other Names and Descriptions

El Shaddai (Almighty God)

El Elyon (God Most High)

El Olam (Everlasting God)

El Roi (God Who Sees)

Yahweh Saboath (Lord of Hosts)

Abir (Mighty One)

Pahad (Fear)

psalm 8 1 nkjv
Psalm 8:1 (NKJV)

“O LORD [Yahweh], our Lord [adonay], how excellent is Your name in all the earth, You who set Your glory above the heavens”

calling on the name of the lord
Calling on the Name of the Lord
  • Acts 2:21, 36-41– calling on the name of the Lord = receiving the word in obedience
  • Acts 22:16– Saul of Tarsus would call on the name of the Lord when he was baptized
  • Romans 10:12-17– to call on name of Lord, one must hear and obey the gospel call of Jesus
  • Acts 9:14; 2 Tim. 2:22– the saved must continue to “call” on Lord – live faithfully!