Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Knowing God By Name by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland

"Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine" Isaiah 43:1
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” Psalm 20:7

Covering 40 names of God mentioned in the Bible, the authors hope you will find new insights as to who God is and what He does on your behalf.  As you discover Who God is and His character is revealed in His Names, the more you know Him, the more you'll trust Him. "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you" Psalm 9:10.This book shares how you can know God by name and you can trust Him. His children are eager to know more about and apply the names of God in their daily spiritual life.

The book is set up with  five day devotional entries and a Bible study to serve as a guide for an 8 week study, along with a discussion and journaling page. Includes a pronunciation guide for God’s Hebrew and Greek names as well as the English translation. The authors also provide the Bible verse in which the name is used. It is a friendly book that when read makes you feel like you are hanging out with your girlfriends.

My only hang up with this book is the way יהוה YHVH is translated as yahweh but at least it is not jehovah! This is not a correct or provable rendition of the covenant name of G-d, the tetragrammaton. If you do not mind that, then you will love this book.(this rendition of the "name"came from early English translators who transposed the vowels from Adonai to the Tetragrammaton,) 


"Elohim is the first name for God in the Bible, and it is found in the 
first sentence of God’s Word. “In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). So let’s begin our journey of knowing God by name…in the beginning.
Before the creation of the world, there was nothing. Our human minds can’t even conceive or imagine nothing. But into the nothing God spoke, and what was not became what is......Now let’s take a closer look at the very first name of God found in the Bible: Elohim. The Hebrew word Elohim is the plural form of the Hebrew word El, one of the oldest designations for divinity. It means “mighty one or strong one.”4
The name Elohim encapsulates the truth of God’s creative power, majesty, and might, as well as His sovereign rule over all creation. The fact that it is the plural form of El points to the truth of the Trinity—God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are the collective Us in Genesis 1:26. 
Elohim is used over two thousand times in the Old Testament to  name God, and thirty-two of those occur in Genesis 1:1–2:3"

"In ancient times names carried powerful significance. In addition to distinguishing one person from another and connecting family members, names were thought to reflect a person's character, nature, and destiny. Joseph's two sons were named Manasseh, meaning "God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household," and Ephraim, meaning "God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering" (Genesis 41:50-52). Abraham's name meant a "father of many nations," and the name of his wife, Sarah, meant "princess-the mother of many nations"1 (Genesis 17:5, 15-16). Then there was Jacob, whose name meant "trickster," Esau whose name meant "red," and Jabez whose name meant "pain." If you're familiar with their lives, you can see how these names are intricately connected with each person's story.
God has many names in the Bible, and just like the names of the people to whom He revealed Himself, each one brings to light something about His character and His ways-who He is and what He does. Our finite human minds can barely comprehend even a fraction of the depth of His wisdom, the breadth of His love, the magnitude of His power, or the height of His grace. But like a multifaceted diamond, each name invites us to glory in a different aspect of our amazing God."


"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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