The Names of God - Old Testament Israel
Names of God
Throughout the ancient world
God revealed himself to the Israelites through many names. Since God
is not like us He would be a complete mystery if He did not reveal
Himself. Man only knows things of this world but God transcends this
world and the things of this world.
What was God's Name in Ancient Israel?
As Isaiah said:
Isaiah 55:8-9 "My thoughts are
not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways...for as high as the
heavens are above the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my
thoughts than your thoughts."
Prov 18:10 "The
name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are
What name could fully
describe God? Anything that we can think of poses some form of
limitation, he is this and not that, or he is here and not there.
But the God of the Bible is revealed as someone that the heavens
cannot contain. He is beyond limitation, and no man can fully
describe him. The Bible indicates that the prophets only knew in
part. But it is a full word of God, his full revelation from
beginning to end that can give us a faith and an understanding of
God and his purposes. Apart from his word we are in darkness and
there is no knowledge of God, of who God is.
Below are some MP3 audio
files regarding 16 of the names of God revealed to ancient Israel, taken
from an interview with my friend Shahar from Jerusalem.
Adonai, El Elyon,
El Shaddai, El Olam,
El Roi, Jehovah Jireh,
Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Sabaoth,
Jehovah Shammah, Jehovah
Introduction to the
Names of God (MP3
- 5.46 MB)
(MP3 - 4.31 MB)
13 - And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children
of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath
sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what
shall I say unto them?
14 - And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said,
Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me
15 - And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the
children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of
Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto
you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all
(MP3 - 4.32 MB)
1 - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(MP3 - 3.05 MB)
1 - After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a
vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding
2 - And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing
I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of
3 - And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo,
one born in my house is mine heir.
(MP3 - 3.91 MB)
18 - And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and
he [was] the priest of the most high God.
19 - And he blessed him, and said, Blessed [be] Abram of the most
high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 - And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine
enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
(MP3 - 3.31 MB)
1 - And when Abram was ninety
years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I
am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
2 - And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will
multiply thee exceedingly.
3 - And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 - As for me, behold, my covenant [is] with thee, and thou shalt be
a father of many nations.
(MP3 - 3.34 MB)
33 - And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on
the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
(MP3 - 2.44 MB)
13 - And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou
God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him
that seeth me?
14 - Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, [it is]
between Kadesh and Bered.
15 - And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name,
which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
(MP3 - 2.89 MB)
13 - And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind
[him] a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and
took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead
of his son.
14 - And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh:
as it is said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be
(MP3 - 2.44 MB)
15 - And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it
16 - For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn [that] the LORD [will
have] war with Amalek from generation to generation.
(MP3 - 2.82 MB)
26 - And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the
LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt
give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put
none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the
Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
(MP3 - 2.31 MB)
1 Samuel 17
45 - Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a
sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in
the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of
Israel, whom thou hast defied.
(MP3 - 3.75 MB)
23 - And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou
shalt not die.
24 - Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it
Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the
(MP3 - 2.58 MB)
6 - In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely:
and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR
(MP3 - 4.31 MB)
1 - The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 - He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside
the still waters.
3 - He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for his name's sake.
4 - Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they
(MP3 - 2.53 MB)
35 - It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of
the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.
(MP3 - 2.70 MB)
8 - And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD
which sanctify you.
The Old Testament Names of
The Names of God