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The Essence of God...Jehovah (13 of 14)
Series: The Names of God
Dr. David Davis
Genesis 2:7-8, 16-17
Genesis 2:7-8; 16-17 - ‘‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. (16) And the Lord God commanded the man saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.’’
The name Jehovah is filled with great meaning. It had great meaning to the devout Jew. There was such a reverence of God. The first of 6,823 usages occurs in Genesis 2:4 where Jehovah is compounded with Elohim. The name of Jehovah is derived from the archaic ‘‘havah’’ which means ‘‘to be...to become.’’ Therefore, Jehovah speaks to God’s being or essence.
Nathan Stone says, ‘‘Thus when we read the name Jehovah, or LORD in capital letters, in our Bible, we think of Jehovah as the Being who is absolutely self-existent, the One who in Himself possesses essential life, permanent existence.’’
Jehovah is the self-existent One...’’I AM WHO I AM.’’ He is the eternal I AM, the Alpha and the Omega...the same yesterday, today, and forever. All of life is contained in Him. If this is true - and it is - why do we look elsewhere? Why do we not rest in His unchangeableness? He has never failed yet! Would He begin to fail with you or me? Of course not! He cannot! He is the self-existent, covenant-keeping God.
Exodus 6:2-4 - ‘‘And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.’’
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