27th September 2020
Good God! Is he? God almighty! Well, He’s certainly a mighty angel. Oh my God (OMG)! Surprising?
A God of surprises perhaps then. Or Sir prizes. Prizes that Sir gives out at school.
So, a few names we call God, if indeed we call him at all. Some people think He’s just a crutch to lean on for weak humans who haven’t got a brain to think for themselves.
Understandable when the bible seems to be contradictory, and there are a multitude of religions, denominations, sects, you name it, all with varying shades. 50 shades of grey then! All seem to be muddled to be a varying degree and if you really are after truth, who to go to, which one to choose?
This one, that one, bit of all of them, maybe.
Well, I have said elsewhere that truth can be found in unusual places, and certainly in books that are not ‘religious’. Mind you, that depends on what you mean by religious. The letter of James says this:
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Not bad for a start. But I’m not interested in ‘religion’ which is do this, do that, standing on ceremony etc. I’m after truth, and I hope you are too.
Let’s get back to God’s names. They all present a different aspect of Him. I will always go to the Bible in the first instance, to the Hebrew. The jots and tittles are not always shown. Here are a number that are to be found. Oh, and I am looking at them phonetically, as they sound in English.
אלהים. [æl -hai-m]
The first word used of God. It has 5 Hebrew letters, read right to left as with all Hebrew. The first two represent ‘angel’. Strictly, this is not ‘el’ but ‘æl’, with good reason as angels are male and female. Hence God made man in his image both male and female as it says in the first chapter of Genesis.
Languages such as French and Spanish use ‘le’ or ‘el’ and ‘la’ for male and female nouns and this is why.
Read the whole word phonetically. Sounds like ‘æl hi am’. Means ‘angels I am’. Word said to be plural by scholars, so ‘angels we are’ alternative meaning.
In any event, God is both one and more than one. Like a husband and wife can be ‘one’ family unit. Their personalities are not lost in that unit, but strengthened, even amplified.
Each letter of the word represents an aspect of God, the angels, the chief angels, not to be confused with the other, but no less worthy angels who hold different roles.
I will look at the meaning of each letter somewhere else.
יהוה [yah-weh / ji-hoh-veh]
Used in conjunction with אלהים from Genesis 2 verse 4.
In phonetics it is simply this. Yah meaning yes and weh meaning way. Yes way. That is the right way to go, as opposed to the wrong way.
And thus “For all the promises of God are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” He, Jesus Christ, is the ‘way’, the ‘yes way’.
The letters each have a meaning thus:
Means ‘He’ and represents the Father. It is the only Hebrew letter solely on the top line, the line which represents heaven.
N.B. The bottom line represents Earth.
Means ‘The’ and represents the Son. Has two parts, the vertical representing the Son as man, and the Rayesh representing the overshadowing, protective Father.
Means ‘And’ and represents the Holy Spirit. The conjunction, connecting the Father and the Son, and Them to us.
Represents a nail – our sins must be nailed to Christ’s ‘T’ or stake on which He died, and we must be nailed to our own ‘T’ or stake – putting to death our sins by the Spirit.
Means ‘The’ and represents another Son, i.e. someone who has the right to become a child of God, male or female.
The full name reads ‘He the and the’ which in essence means the ‘Father and Son come and dwell with thee (you) by the Holy Spirit.’ See John 14 v23 & 26.
יהוה דבר־ [da-bar-Yah-weh]
This means ‘The word of God’. Bar means ‘son of’, so means ‘The son of God’.
Also sounds like ‘de baa of yah weh’, like baa the sound sheep make. Means ‘The lamb of Yes way’ or ‘The lamb of God’! This is Jesus Christ!
Said to be eloah, but this is not quite right. Eliah better. Means ‘angels higher’. This is as opposed to ‘angels lower’, which are us, human beings. See A is for…..Angels. You will find eloah is used in Hawaii in a slightly different form ‘aloha’. See link.
שַׁדַּ֔י אֵ֤ל [æl shad(or shah)-dah-ee]
As it sounds, shady, as shady angel, e.g. one who gives shade, protection from the sun. And, if you will, also sounds rather like ‘shed of da’, or dad. Dad’s shed, where a man can get away from his wife for a bit of peace and quiet!
Also a shah is a ruler or king in Persia. So ‘king da’ or ‘king father’. He is the Father of all mankind.
יִרְאֶ֑ה יהוה [yah-weh ji-reh or ir-ah]
Said to mean ‘The Lord Will Provide’. Jireh sounds similar to giro, like a giro cheque or transfer. Thus the Lord will transfer something to you.
The final ה represents a son, in this instance God the Father’s Son, Jesus Christ who became the sacrifice for sin upon the ‘T’ of Golgotha.
The Father transfers Christ’s righteousness to those who believe in His name.
And the first three letters are ‘ira’, the anger or ire of the Father was poured out on Him.
And it is not surprising that ‘IRA’ represents the Irish Republican Army who are angry against the U.K.
רֹפְאֶֽךָ יהוה [yah-weh ra-pha-ak]
Said to mean ‘The Lord who heals’. Ra means ‘God and Father’ whilst pha sounds as fey or pay and means ‘fated to die’ (fey) or as it sounds ‘pay’.
Ak sounds as ‘ache’ so the whole is ‘The God and Father who pays or dies for your aches (and pains)’. And again, they were paid for in His Son Jesus Christ who was fated to die from eternity past.
This leads to healing for the soul and body, the body to be fully ‘healed’ as it were at the resurrection when we get new bodies.
Said to mean ‘The Lord our banner’. Sounds like nay-see, written nace. Can be ‘n ace’ as in serving an ace in tennis, which is unbeatable by the opponent. Or as in an ‘Ace’ fighter pilot.
Note that Hebrew letters equivalent to NSI, the shorter abbreviation of Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative – see link for those who are not aware of this.
A banner is something to rally to in a battle. And is the standard where the Lord, the King stands. And to which information is brought, hence the similarity with the link above. Tell Him everything, then He can act appropriately.
מְקַדִּשְׁכֶֽם יהוה [yah-weh meh-kad-esh-kem]
Said to mean ‘The Lord who sanctifies or makes holy’. Sounds like ‘my caddies come’. Like a caddy who knows how to play golf and ‘calls the shots’ as it were.
The Lord knows the best way to do things without landing in the bunker or water!
שָׁל֑וֹםיהוה [yah-weh shah-lohm]
Said to mean ‘The Lord our peace’. Sounds like ‘shall ‘um’. When we are peaceful we may well hum to ourselves. So it is with the Lord.
And like Winnie the Pooh when he is happy!
צִדְקֵֽנוּיהוה [yah-weh -tzid-kan-noo]
Said to mean ‘The Lord our righteousness’. Sounds like ‘Sid ken u’ which is like ‘Sid knows you’, as in ‘d’ ye ken?’ in Scottish, which is ‘do you know?’.
Sid is short for Sidney which apparently means ‘wide meadow’. The Lord knows you, and has a wide meadow for His sheep or followers to safely graze.
צְבָא֔וֹתיהוה [yah-weh -tza-vat]
Said to mean ‘The Lord of hosts’ as in lots of people or armies. In the Hebrew this is similar to Tzar of civitas or chief of the people (civitas means people in Latin) and therefore means the same thing.
Also He is the Lord of hosts as in the best of hosts, i.e. someone who welcomes and entertains you at a party. And what a party He will give!
Said to mean ‘The Lord most high’. This is related to the Welsh, which is very close to Hebrew. In Welsh, Ayl means ‘elf’ or ‘angel’, ‘y’ means ‘of the’ and ‘fan’ seems to mean ‘hill’. So put together, it is ‘Angel of the hill’, implying the one at the top or ‘most high’.
In Zou, a language of parts of Burma and India, van means sky apparently. ‘Angel of the sky’ would still imply height.
Said to mean ‘Immanuel’ or ‘God with us’. It is more perhaps ‘A man nouvelle’, a ‘new man’(nouvelle is French for new).
But it is also ‘E manual’. It speaks of Jesus Christ, both a ‘New Man’ and ‘The manual’, the book of life, to whom I dedicated this establishment at the start of my journey this year.
אביר [A-bir or A-beer]
Usually translated as mighty one. In reality this is ‘Father of’; אב is translated as ‘father’.
Sounds like ‘A beer’. Beer is something strong and fortifying (if you don’t drink too much!). Perhaps ‘tho, if you have so much of God, you may seem to be drunk like the disciples at Pentecost!
Related to Abir is…
Similar to ‘daddy’, God’s a daddy. A daddy to all His children.
Means God. Sounds like ‘the os’. This could be an ‘os, like a horse (think ostler who looks after them). A horse is strong and will carry you.
Or even os as in bone from the Latin, meaning strength.
Or stands for operating system on a computer, enabling the machine to work
Or Ordnance Survey, the definitive mapping for Great Britain.
All these apply to God. You can work it out!
Means Lord. But sounds like curious, something rare or unusual.
Or curious, someone marked by a desire to investigate and learn.
Or curious, something strange, novel or unexpected.
Or even in an archaic form apparently, difficult to comprehend.
All these things Jesus is!
This is just the start of all that can be said of who God is, the Father, the Son.
And regarding the Son, Jesus Christ, John the apostle says:
There are many more things that Jesus did. If all of them were written down, I suppose that not even the world itself would have space for the books that would be written.
Amen to that.