Distorted Images of God

Many people don’t even think of God. Many don’t know there IS a God. But what about you? If you are reading this then you obviously are aware there is a God. You are aware because you are reading this article. If you are just becoming aware, then this article will maybe help clear up some misconceptions people have about God.

I remember being a little girl and thinking that God was this big person, bigger than the mountains who would punish us if we did something wrong. I could imagine this country-sized hand coming down out of Heaven to hit me when I did something wrong. My image of God was distorted. Fortunately for me, God cleared up my misconceptions.

I have a book called NAMES OF GOD by Moody Press. In it there is a list of names by which we can know God as. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is a start. I would like to share God’s true image with you. I hope and pray that you will learn the true and loving nature of a God who would go to any lengths to see our salvation in Him.

From the book alone God is said to be called:

    Elohim – to express the general idea of greatness and glory (page 12)

    Jehovah – is translated “LORD” in capitals to distinguish it from another Hebrew word, Adonai, also translated Lord. Jehovah is absolutely self-existent, the One who in Himself possesses essential life, permanent existence. (page 19)

    El-shaddai – God Almighty

    Adonai – Lord

    Jehovah-jireh – God Provides

    Jehovah-rophe – God Heals

    Jehovah-nissi – God my Banner

    Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – God my Sanctification

    Jehovah-shalom – God my Peace

    Jehovah-tsidkenu 0 God my Righteousness

    Jehovah-rohi – God my Shepherd

    Jehovah-shammah – God is there – with us

After you see all the wonderful things God is, contained in the following lists, it is hardly going to be possible to go on thinking that God is going to squash us if we do something wrong. He is not like our earthly fathers, mothers, friends and others we have contact with. He is unique in every way. You won’t be sorry for taking the time to read this article. It is uplifting, positive and, in my personal opinion, exciting!

God is a merciful. God who loves us so much that He gave us the greatest gift He had – His Son’s life in place of ours! What greater gift than to be given a chance at eternal life when we don’t even deserve it!!! GOD IS LOVE!!!

God loves us so much that He sent us Someone who will watch over us and guide us. Who is this person? It is the Holy Spirit. He lives within our hearts and is willing to guide us if we let Him.

God is our protector. He will protect us from the evil one of this world and all his servants. He will protect us when we are fighting a spiritual battle. God protects those He loves.

God is peace. When we are troubled, all we need to do is speak His name. In this case, I say “Jesus” because peace follows when I speak it. Whisper Jesus a few times and you will find out the peace that comes from just saying His name.

God is Light. God is the Light in this dark world. The world in which we live is very dark with wars, crimes, revenge, violence, anger, and so many things that go against His very nature. And in the darkness God sends His light – most often through us, His children. You may be in a dark place yourself and all of a sudden somebody will come along and when that person leaves, you feel lighter and released from a burden. That is God sending His light into your life.

God is our Strength. When we are weary, He will carry us on through. When we can’t take one more step, He lifts us and carries us until we are able to once again walk on our own.

God is our Shepherd. Psalm 23 is most well known as being the Shepherd’s Psalm. It is by far my favourite Psalm. In it God is described as leading us beside still waters where it is calm and safe. It tells us that He provides a meal for us while our enemies can only sit by and watch us feast. He also protects us with His rod. And even if we seem to walk in dark valleys of death and sorrow, He is there with us never leaving us alone.

God is merciful. To a creation that doesn’t deserve it, God grants mercy to those who ask for it. The first step to God’s mercy is through His Son’s death and resurrection which provides a way for man to meet with God once again. Adam and Eve broke that path but God’s Son Jesus, put the cross between God and man and by the cross we can commune once again with our Creator.

God is always present. He is everywhere at all times. He is the only creation that can actually do this. He can be here with me as I write this article and He can be where you are when you are reading this article as well as being overseas with anybody who asks for His presence. He is all knowing, all-present and omnipotent. He is always everywhere.

I could go on and on, but I am going to leave the following lists of the names of God for you to ponder yourself. The list is long, but stop and think Who we are talking about! Nobody else could have as many names as God and therefore He deserves a long and exhaustive list. And it is good for us to study it because He wants us to know Him – intimately, better and daily. Enjoy learning about our One True Loving God.

From searching the internet I have even more instances of names we can use to know God as. Some of these include:

    Yahweh – His Majesty

    El-Elyon – The Most High God, the Exalted One

    El Olam – God of eternity, God the everlasting One

    El Berith – God of the covenant

    El Roi – God who sees

    El Hoseem – God who creates

    Light – God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)

    Life – Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life … (Deuteronomy 30:20)

    Love – But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. (Psalms 52:8)

    Spirit – God is spirit � (John 4:24)

    Emmanuel – God with us.

    Alpha and Omega – First and Last, King of Kings.

The above names were found on http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/godsnames.html

I found a very comprehensive list on the following site www.lillyofthevalleyva.com/ jesuslovesyou-godsnames-complist.html

The Names of GOD The FATHER
A Comprehensive List of the Names of GOD in the Old Testament

The Primary Names of GOD

    Elohim-GOD (Genesis 1:1)
    -The strong creator

    Jehovah-LORD (Genesis 2:4)
    -The self-existing One

    Adonai-LORD/Master (Genesis 15:2)
    -The Headship Name

    The Compound Names The LORD GOD
    “Jehovah El and Jehovah Elohim”

    Jehovah El Elohim (Joshua 22:22)
    – The LORD GOD of GODS

    Jehovah Elohim (Genesis 2:4, 3:9-13, 21)
    – The LORD GOD

    Jehovah Elohe Abothekem (Joshua 18:3)
    – The LORD GOD of Your Fathers

    Jehovah El Elyon (Genesis 14:22)
    – The LORD, the Most High GOD

    Jehovah El Emeth (Psalms 31:5)
    – LORD GOD of Truth

    Jehovah El Gemuwal (Jeremiah 51:56)
    – The LORD GOD of Recompenses

    Jehovah Elohim Tsebaoth (Psalms 59:5, Isaiah 28:22)
    – LORD GOD of Hosts

    Jehovah Elohe Yeshuathi (Psalms 88:1)
    – LORD GOD of My Salvation

    Jehovah Elohe Yisrael (Psalms 41:13)
    – The LORD GOD of Israel

    The Compound Names GOD
    “El, Elohim, and Elohe”

    Elohim (Genesis 1:1)
    – GOD

    Elohim Bashamayim (Joshua 2:11)
    – GOD in Heaven

    El Bethel (Genesis 35:7)
    – GOD of the House of GOD

    Elohe Chaseddi (Psalms 59:10)
    – The GOD of My Mercy

    Elohe Yisrael (Genesis 33:20)
    – GOD, the GOD of Israel

    El Elyon (Genesis 14:18, Daniel 3:26, Psalms 78:56)
    – The Most High GOD

    El Emunah (Deuteronomy 7:9)
    – The Faithful GOD

    El Gibbor (Isaiah 9:6)
    – Mighty GOD

    El Hakabodh (Psalms 29:3)
    – The GOD of Glory

    El Hay (Joshua 3:10, Jeremiah 23:36, Daniel 3:26)
    – The Living GOD

    El Hayyay (Psalms 42:8)
    – GOD of My Life

    Elohim Kedoshim (Joshua 24:19)
    – Holy GOD

    El Kanna (Exodus 20:5)
    – Jealous GOD

    El Kanno (Joshua 24:19)
    – Jealous GOD

    Elohe Mauzi (Psalms 43:2)
    – GOD of My Strength

    Elohim Machase Lanu (Psalms 62:8)
    – GOD Our Refuge

    Eli Maelekhi (Psalms 68:24)
    – GOD My King

    El Marom (Micah 6:6)
    – GOD Most High

    El Nekamoth (Psalms 18:47)
    – GOD that Avengeth

    El Nose (Psalms 99:8)
    – GOD that Forgave

    Elohenu Olam (Psalms 48:14)
    – Our Everlasting GOD

    Elohim Ozer Li (Psalms 54:4)
    – GOD My Helper

    El Rai (Genesis 16:13)
    – GOD Seest Me

    Elsali (Psalms 42:9)
    GOD, My Rock

    El Shaddai (Genesis 17:1,2, Ezekiel 10:5)
    – Almighty GOD

    Elohim Shophtim Ba-arets (Psalms 58:11)
    – GOD that Judgeth in the Earth

    El Simchath Gili (Psalms 43:4)
    – GOD My Exceeding Joy

    Elohim Tsebaoth (Psalms 80:7, Jeremiah 35:17&38:17)
    – GOD of Hosts

    Elohe Tishuathi (Psalms 18:46&51:14)
    – GOD of My Salvation

    Elohe Tsadeki (Psalms 4:1)
    – GOD of My Righteousness

    Elohe Yakob (Psalms 20:1)
    – GOD of Israel

    Elohe Yisrael (Psalms 59:5)
    – GOD of Isreal

    The Compound Names Jehovah

    Jehovah (Exodus 6:2,3)
    – The LORD

    Adonai Jehovah (Genesis 15:2)
    – Lord GOD

    Jehovah Adon Kol Ha-arets (Joshua 3:11)
    – The LORD, the Lord of All the Earth

    Jehovah Bore (Isaiah 40:28)
    – The LORD Creator

    Jehovah Chereb (Deuteronomy 33:29)
    – The LORD… the Sword

    Jehovah Eli (Psalms 18:2)
    – The LORD My GOD

    Jehovah Elyon (Genesis 14:18-20)
    – The LORD Most High

    Jehovah Gibbor Milchamah (Psalms 24:8)
    – The LORD Mighty In Battle

    Jehovah Maginnenu (Psalms 89:18)
    – The LORD Our Defense

    Jehovah Goelekh (Isaiah 49:26&60:16)
    – The LORD Thy Redeemer

    Jehovah Hashopet (Judges 11:27)
    – The LORD the Judge

    Jehovah Hoshiah (Psalms 20:9)
    – O LORD Save

    Jehovah Immeka (Judges 6:12)
    – The LORD Is with You

    Jehovah Izuz Wegibbor (Psalms 24:8)
    – The LORD Strong and Mighty

    Jehovah-jireth (Genesis 22:14)
    – The LORD Shall Provide

    Jehovah Kabodhi (Psalms 3:3)
    – The LORD My GOD

    Jehovah Kanna Shemo (Exodus 34:14)
    – The LORD Whose Name Is Jealous

    Jehovah Keren-Yishi (Psalms 18:2)
    – The LORD the Horn of My Salvation

    Jehovah Machsi (Psalms 91:9)
    The LORD My Refuge

    Jehovah Magen (Deuteronomy 33:29)
    – The LORD the Shield

    Jehovah Makkeh (Ezekiel 7:9)
    – The LORD that Smiteth

    Jehovah Mauzzam (Psalms 37:39)
    – The LORD Their Strength

    Jehovah Mauzzi (Jeremiah 16:19)
    – The LORD My Fortress

    Ha-Melech Jehovah (Psalms 98:6)
    – The LORD the King

    Jehovah Melech Olam (Psalms 10:16)
    – The LORD King Forever

    Jehovah Mephalti (Psalms 18:2)
    – The LORD My Deliverer

    Jehovah Mekaddishkem (Exodus 31:13)
    – The LORD that Sanctifies You

    Jehovah Metsudhathi (Psalms 18:2)
    – The LORD My High Tower

    Jehovah Moshiekh (Isaiah 49:26&60:16)
    – The LORD Your Savior

    Jehovah Nissi (Exodus 17:15)
    – The LORD My Banner

    Jehovah Ori (Psalms 27:1)
    – The LORD My Light

    Jehovah Uzzi (Psalms 28:7)
    – The LORD My Strength

    Jehovah Rophe (Exodus 15:26)
    – The LORD (our) Healer

    Jehovah Roi (Psalms 23:1)
    – The LORD My Shepherd

    Jehovah Sabaoth (Tsebaoth) (I Samuel 1:3)
    – The LORD of Hosts

    Jehovah Sali (Psalms 18:2)
    – The LORD My Rock

    Jehovah Shalom (Judges 6:24)
    – The LORD (our) Peace

    Jehovah Shammah (Ezekiel 48:35)
    The LORD Is There

    Jehovah Tsidkenu (Jeremiah 23:6)
    – The LORD Our Righteousness

    Jehovah Tsuri (Psalms 19:14)
    – O LORD My Strength

There are three primary names of GOD in the Old Testement; GOD (Elohim), LORD (Jehovah, or Yahweh), and LORD/Master (Adonai). Beyond these, GOD is called by over eighty other compound names or descriptive titles.

“The many descriptive titles and names of GOD given in Scripture are like lightening flashes in a summer night, revealing His nature and works.”

eExcerpts taken from:
“My Father’s Names”
Written by: Elmer L. Towns
Copyright Elmer L. Towns. All rights reserved
Published by Regal Books
A Division of Gospel Light
Ventura, CA 93006


From http://www.allaboutgod.com/god-names.htm I was able to find this list of the names of God:

God Names – The Names for God the Father

    Father (Matthew 6:9); The God Of Israel (Matthew 15:31); Heaven (Matthew 21:25).

    Power (Mark 14:62).

    Lord God of Israel (Luke 1:68).

    Lord God (Acts 3:22); The God Of Glory (Acts 7:2); The God Of Our Fathers (Acts 7:32); The God Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob (Acts 7:32).

    The Divine Nature (Romans 1:20); The Creator (Romans 1:25); Daddy/abba (Romans 8:15).

    Father of Mercies (2 Corinthians 1:3); God Of All Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3); The Living God (2 Corinthians 3:3); Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18).

    The Father Of Glory (Ephesians 1:17).

    Father Of Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah (Colossians 1:3).

    The Eternal Immortal Invisible King (1 Timothy 1:17); Sovereign (1 Timothy 6:15); God The Father (2 Timothy 1:2).

    The Majesty (Hebrews 1:3); The Most High God (Hebrews 7:1); The Father Of Spirits (Hebrews 12:9); A Consuming Fire (Hebrews 12:29); God Of Peace (Hebrews 13:20).

    The Father Of Lights (James 1:17); The Lawgiver And Judge (James 4:12); Lord Of Armies (James 5:4).

    The Majestic Glory (2 Peter 1:17).

    The Almighty (Revelation 1:8); The King Of The Nations (Revelation 15:3).

So, now I am curious. What is your opinion of God now? Is it different than before you read this? I know my view of God has changed drastically the more I write articles and learn of His true nature. I love God with everything He has given me both in my being and in my world. I know He will never leave me, hurt me, lie to me, abuse me or do any kind of harm to me. He is loving, powerful, protecting and so much more. He is reliable, honest, faithful, and He will never let me go through anything that He and I together cannot handle and make it through.

Dear God, thank You for loving me. Thank You for showing me the many wonderful Names You have. Thank You for teaching me that You are warm, caring, loving, encouraging, protecting and so much more. Bless Your name that is above all other names. May You be glorified in my life in this life and in life hereafter when I will be with You always. In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Amen.

Jesus is my Rock, Music is my Sanity,

Sheri L. Adams