The tremendous power of words is no more evident than what is seen in Scripture.  The revelation of the names of God speak of some aspect of His Deity, His position or function.  In Genesis we read of El Elyon, the most high or highest, speaking of His ultimate authority … “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High(Gen 14:18).  Adonai Jehovah is  a reference to the second member of the Trinity, the pre-incarnate Christ, creator of heaven and earth … “And Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what wilt Thou give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus (Gen 15:2)?  The Almighty God [All-sufficient One] of His people was known as El Shaddai … “Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless (Gen 17:1).  Expressing the eternality of Deity are the words El Olam (Gen 21:33).  Recall the magnificent prophetic words of Abraham, when in obedience to God’s command he was willing to offer Isaac as a sacrificial offering to the Lord, “And Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together” (Gen 22:8). “And he said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the LORD it will be provided" (Gen 22:12-14). These names as well as others:  Jehovah-rapha, “the LORD heals” (Ex 15:26, Jehovah-nissi, “the LORD my banner,” (Ex 17:8-15, Jehovah-shalom, “the LORD our peace” (Judg 6:24), Jehovah-tsidkenu, “the LORD our Justice/Righteousness (Jer 23:6). There are other names given to Deity in Scripture. In both Testaments, the second member of the Trinity revealed Himself to men by the name I AM.  These two words spoke of Deity, the God having no beginning and no end.  It was by this name that God appeared to Moses and commissioned him to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt … “Then Moses said to God, "Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them?" And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you'" (Ex 3:13-14).  It was by this name that the Jews understood the claims of this One called Jesus. In his gospel, John records the reaction of the people at Jesus’ revelation of His Deity … “Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."  Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple” (John 8:58-59).  Undoubtedly Jesus’ last utterance of I AM was a grace invitation to consider once more the One who was God in the flesh and who would bear the sins of the world on the Cross.  “Judas then, having received the Roman cohort, and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth, and said to them, "Whom do you seek?"  They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarene." He said to them, "I AM."  And Judas also who was betraying Him, was standing with them. When therefore He said to them, "I AM," they drew back, and fell to the ground” (John 18:3-6).  John closes the Scriptures concerning the I AM with Jesus’ own words … "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Rev 1:8 NASB).

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