Who is God ~ The Names of God (Jehovah-Shammah)

Sunday Morning, December 4, 2016


Ezekiel 48:35 ~ “It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.”


Ezekiel had two difficult tasks: First, to keep before the generation born in exile the way in which the nation had gotten there. Second, to sustain the faith of the exiles by promises of national restoration, justice, and future glory under the restored line of David. In the process, he uses the name of God – Jehovah-Shammah.


The Meaning of the Term:

  • The translation – “Jehovah is there”
  • The context
    • He was speaking out of Israel’s darkest time
    • He was giving encouragement of future glory
    • He was capping it all off with a promise of God’s presence
  • The implication
    • God always gives hope in the darkest of times to keep His people going
    • God would end the mess and He will yet do so


The Truth in the Term:

  • God was with Israel in the Old Testament, especially in a visible sense from Exodus:
    • At Mt. Sinai
    • In the pillar of fire and cloud
    • In the tabernacle and then the temple
  • God was with man in Christ
  • God is with man in his heart
  • God will be with man in the millennium
  • God will be with man and man will be with God in eternity


The Importance of the Term:

  • His presence is a matter of comfort
    • This is illustrated by the disciples in the storm
    • No matter where you are or how bad the storm, He knows and He is there
  • His presence is a matter of caution
    • This is illustrated in Joshua 1:9 ~ “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
    • No matter what the challenge, His presence will go with you



The Lord is there. That is a comfort in trouble; draw on it. That is a caution when doing wrong; better get turned around. That is a challenge when faced with the unknown. If it is His will, you can do it. He has promised His presence, and you don’t have to wait until the millennium or eternity to know it.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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