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Compound Name of Jehovah-Shammah
As Ezekiel prophesied the restoration of the temple and described the city not made with hands, he declared Jehovah-Shammah—The Lord is Present, The Lord is There. No longer would they search and fail to find Him. He would be present in His temple, His city, and His people. No longer would there be a separation between their ordinary, everyday lives and their religious or holy times with the Lord. His presence would permeate the whole earth. Until that day of complete restoration comes, every Christian carries a measure of His presence.
The Lord is there. The Lord is present. He is present there. He is present there in the highest adoration of a choir singing on resurrection morning. He is present there in the dirtiest slum of Bangladesh. He is there.
His Spirit hovered over darkness and chaos in the beginning. He was drawn to this darkness. It was offensive to Him and all that He is, goodness and light. He spoke. The darkness scattered. Light and alignment came.
You, Mercy, carry that portion of the Creator in you. You are drawn to brokenness and darkness. It is offensive to you too. You long for alignment and light. And you intuitively know it is His presence that is necessary to shift it.
There is a time to soak in His presence, savor His beauty, and worship in His Holy place. But there is a time to come out of this sanctuary, the four walls of the church and touch the unclean, pray for the broken, and embrace the sick and wounded. The Lord is present in His holy sanctuary and He is just as present in the everyday lives of humanity. Our culture has attempted to remove His presence and we are all called to bring it back. You, Mercy, are charged to reflect Jehovah-Shammah, the Light of His Presence, to a dark and hurting world releasing His essence every where you go.
We can take a deep breath and relax, dad is here and he always has the plan. This is the security that ruler Redemptive Gift brings to the table, male or female. Redeemed RG rulers carry an innate sense of authority that brings peace into situations because they always have a plan, a way to accomplish what is needed for the group, whether it be a building, organization, or a social network. It is in their DNA to plan it, build it and implement it. Just as Nehemiah took broken, ordinary people and attained supernatural results when rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, it is the person with the ruler gift who can build God’s Kingdom or establish a social structure while he synergistically releases life to those under his authority.
The sixth compound name of Jehovah-Tsidkenu is found in Jeremiah 23:4-6. Here is what is says in The Message version of the Bible. “I’ll set shepherd-leaders over them who will take good care of them. They won’t live in fear or panic anymore. All the lost sheep rounded up!” God’s Decree. “Time’s coming”—God’s Decree—“when I’ll establish a truly righteous David-Branch, A ruler who knows how to rule justly. He’ll make sure of justice and keep people united. In his time Judah will be secure again and Israel will live in safety. This is the name they’ll give him: ‘God-Who-Puts-Everything-Right.’”
In this context God was saying, “Yes, I see how my sheep are being mistreated and scattered. The shepherds are wicked and are taking advantage of them. But I am coming to put all things right again and to bring authority, peace, and prosperity. I will release justice and righteousness; I will nurture and feed my people. The shepherds I will bring will restore what has been broken. My sheep will live in peace and security, because My name is Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord is Righteous, God-Who-Puts-Everything-Right!”
What a picture of the Ruler gift! Our Father will fix the injustice, repair the broken, and put everything back in right order. Once again we see the Father’s heart displayed. Sovereign Authority, yes. Righteous Judge, yes. Nurturing Protector, yes. They will not live in panic or fear but will dwell in security because Jehovah-Tsidkenu is on the scene.
Remember the “I’ve got your back” characteristic of the Ruler? The Fathering anointing of the Ruler? The “get it done” mentality of the Ruler? Enough said.
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Jehovah-Rohe is the pastoral word for shepherd.
Psalm 23. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
More than any other gift, the Giver needs much reassurance of his safety and security; therefore, the compound name of Jehovah for this gift is Jehovah-Rohe, our Good Shepherd of Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Knowing God for His faithfulness builds a security for the Giver to give him confidence that this Good Shepherd will supply all his needs according to His riches in glory.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures. Only when he is fully convinced in his spirit that God is in control, and He is big enough to take care of all his needs, will the Giver lie down and rest from his multitude of projects and people.
He leads me beside still waters. Sheep are not very good swimmers. Their wool is thick and will quickly absorb water. This hazard can set up a recipe for drowning. Swiftly moving water would be a dangerous place for sheep to drink. But the Good Shepherd knows this. After all, He created the sheep and knows his fear. So He leads him beside still water for a drink. When the only water available is running water, the Shepherd scoops up the water and gives him a drink from His own hand.
The Good Shepherd knows the dangers and fears the Giver faces. He goes ahead of him to make a place of quiet waters so he can drink deeply of the Living Water of life, even from His own hand. Oh, how He loves the Giver! Oh, how He understands him, his fear and anxiety, his need for control. But oh, how He longs to be his friend! To eat a covenant meal with him like he did with Abraham, to share His heart with him, to have the Giver know Him intimately, face to face.
When his life is out of control, and he cannot provide all he needs, the Giver must quickly run to his Shepherd. Run to Him, spend time with Him, get to know Him face to face. God wants to be the Giver’s BFF (Best Friend Forever). Then this precious Giver can partner with the Creator of the Universe to change nations, birth new ministries, and see His Kingdom advanced in the world around him. In this place of peace and rest his soul will be restored.
There will be no compromise in his life style, because he understands God is the Supplier, not himself. Never breaching any lines of integrity with halfway obedience, the Giver can live in full confidence, trusting the Lord that he will be in the right place at the right time with the right provision, because he is with the right Shepherd.
He can walk through the valley of the shadow of death, because his friend, the Good Shepherd, is with him.
Your rod and staff are a comfort. While visiting with a local shepherd several years ago, he showed me his rod. It was an ominous looking club. He told me sheep are literally hardheaded, and sometimes he had to “bop” them on the head to let them know he is trying to lead them, but they are not following. For some of his sheep, however, he only has to lay this club on their neck, and they respond quickly to the touch of his rod to follow their shepherd.
When he did have to “bop” them, it was not because he was upset or wanted to punish them. It was to make sure they stayed on the path he had chosen for them or to keep them from eating or drinking substances that were not good for them. His rod was a comfort because it was a sign that he was near and was watching out for their good.
When the sheep dog got a little “nippy,” the shepherd could use the rod to protect his sheep. What a Good Shepherd we have. The Giver can also be a little hard-headed at times. He can be relentless, never giving up easily. If this hard-headedness is focused against the will of the Shepherd, He will discipline him so the Giver remembers who is really in charge.
He prepares a table, a communion table. It cost our Good Shepherd a high price to set this table, but He says to the Giver and to all of us, “You are worth it!” As a Giver looks at the cost of this table and the immensity of the Shepherd’s love for him, he has a choice:
He can turn away with the attitude of “I deserve all I get and I can supply all of my needs. I choose not to become vulnerable.”
Or in all humility, he can bow low at the cross, become vulnerable, and with a grateful heart kneel at this table. As the enemies of the Shepherd watch this extravagant display of His boundless love and commitment to this one, they realize once again their powerlessness to harm His sheep.
Then out of His mercy and grace, the Shepherd pours His oil, His anointing, on the Giver and releases so much living water, so much life, that it spills over on all around him. From this place of overflow the Giver releases the blessings of God’s grace everywhere he goes. Life springs up all around him. A trail of mercy and goodness is left for others to follow and discover where our Lover keeps his sheep (Song of Solomon). That is evangelism at its finest for the Giver.
I have asked several Givers what their greatest fear might be, and I have been surprised at their answers. Three of the five interviewed answered the same way, “That I would die needy and poor.” The Great Shepherd knew this, too, because in this psalm He spoke of having no fear of death, that goodness and mercy would follow the Giver all of his days, and that he would dwell in God’s house forever. Such comfort, such peace. Such a Shepherd.
When the Giver finds his security, provision, and safety in Jehovah-Rohe, our Good Shepherd, and responds in holiness from his heart, the payoff is generationally extravagant.
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Jehovah-Shalom, God is Peace! All the definitions of peace in our dictionary begin with “free from….” Free from disturbance, free from war, free from stress and anxiety, and free from trouble.
Shalom, God’s peace, is much more than just being free from chaos. The Hebrew word means full restoration to God’s original intent. It is not simply a lack of disturbance, but it is to be put back in order by being filled to overflowing with His comfort, prosperity, and restitution. Nothing missing. Nothing broken.
The compound name of Jehovah-Shalom was given to Gideon in Judges 6. The pivotal question for Gideon was “Can I trust You when there is no evidence of Your presence?”
At this time in Israel’s history, their disobedience had opened the door for the Midianites, the Amalekites, and the people of the East to traumatize the nation. The Midianites formed a coalition with the Amalekites and other eastern peoples. The Midianites were descendants of Midian, a son of Abraham and Keturah after Sarah’s death. Abraham had given them gifts, but no inheritance. The Amalekites descended from Esau’s grandson, Amalek. These enemies were after more than the grain; they were coming to get what they deemed as their inheritance.
These enemies had established a pattern. Each year for seven years, they had withdrawn their armies so the Israelites could plow and plant their fields. At harvest, they would return with their hordes to steal the ripened grain. The Israelites worked hard throughout the planting season but were never allowed the joy and celebration of harvest. They experienced plowing and planting but not harvesting. After seven years, this was getting a little old. The Israelites were hiding in holes and caves just to survive. It was quite evident to everyone that Jehovah had forsaken them. There was no evidence anywhere that He still heard their prayers.
Our story begins with Gideon being visited by the Angel of the Lord as he hid in a wine press. The Angel showed up and declared, “Hello, mighty man of valor!” Shocked, Gideon looked around to discover a stranger standing there speaking to him.
Suppose the conversation went like this:
Angel: “Hey, big guy, mighty warrior, great man of courage, I’ve got a message for you. You can stop hiding, because the Midianites won’t be getting your grain this year.”
Gideon: “What? Who are you talking to? They come every year. We’ve cried out to our God, but obviously He isn’t listening. So why should this year be any different?”
Angel: “Well, it will be different because you, fierce fighting machine, are going to defeat them and run them off.”
Gideon: “Give me a break! I’m from the smallest tribe and the smallest family in Israel. And if I were such a warrior as you seem to think, why would I be hiding in this wine press hole trying to thresh my wheat?”
Angel: “Well, you see, Gideon, I’m a messenger from Jehovah. He has heard your cry and sent me to tell you that you are the man He has chosen for the job. But you don’t have to do it alone. Actually, He’s going to do the fighting for you, but He’s looking for a partner, and you are the man! You’re the one He has chosen.”
Gideon: “But I didn’t apply for that job. In fact, how do I know you aren’t just some crazy guy trying to trick me? Can you do something supernatural so I’ll know it’s you?”
Angel: “Sure, be glad to. Bring me some meat and unleavened bread and put it on this rock.”
Gideon did it, and the Angel touched it with his staff and boom! It burned up! And the angel disappeared.
Gideon: “Great. Now I’ve done it. Now I’m gonna die.”
Gideon knew the stories about what happens when you see God’s face. You die.
Believing it’s all over, he says, “Man! What was I thinking? And what was that all about anyway?”
Then the voice of the Lord God Jehovah speaks, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.”
So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it Jehovah-Shalom, The Lord Is Peace.
Shalom. Peace. Jehovah, the Self-existent One, the mighty Sovereign Ruler of the Universe has spoken His Shalom, His full restoration, and all things are put back in order. The God of all comfort would comfort Israel.
The name, Jehovah-Shalom, was given before Gideon’s mighty feat of tearing down the Baal altar or leading the army. Representing more than just taking care of Israel’s enemies, this name spoke volumes to Gideon. It gave him courage to become who Jehovah saw him to be and gave him the faith to go to battle with only 300 men, flash lights, and clay jars. When there was no evidence of His presence, Jehovah-Shalom spoke, and everything shifted. There was full restoration. Nothing missing. Nothing broken.
In the life of the Exhorter, there are times when Jehovah-Shalom withdraws His tangible presence, leaving no evidence that He is on the scene. Friends, who the Exhorter has relied on walk away and he finds himself in a desert, prison, wine press, or cave. Just as Moses was pulled away from the adoring crowds of Egypt, so the Exhorter is left with nothing and no one to validate that God is still there. Can you trust God’s character when you cannot see His face?
During this time, as the Exhorter grasps the significance of his circumstance, he has the opportunity to go vertical with the Lord. Delving deep into the aspects of His character, he begins to see who God really is and His faithfulness. When a covenant-keeping God says, “I will never leave you,” He means it. In this place God reveals the blessing of His face to him.
Aaron’s blessing states in Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” Jehovah-Shalom.
When all is devastation around the Exhorter, if he can remember his time in the desert and the character of Jehovah-Shalom, he can make it through the dark times. God’s name brings the assurance that His face will surely shine upon him once again. As a covenant-keeping God, He has given his covenant blessing of Shalom, full restoration and full restitution. He has given His covenant word, “I will never leave nor forsake you.” Therefore, when all is dark, and there is no evidence He is present, the Exhorter can stand on His unchanging character and believe His word. His face will shine upon you.
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The battle with the Amalakites was the first battle the Israelites fought after their exodus from Egypt. (Please see Part I below for more explanation.) This battle took place before the day of cell phones and walkie-talkies. The only reliable communication would have been with banners. Each family unit, each group unit, each tribe, and each group of tribes had a banner. The Tabernacle itself was called the Covenant Banner. By looking at the banners, Israel’s military positions could readily be identified.
The Israelites had seen other nations’ banners and were aware that each banner represented a specific king. But Israel’s banner was not a woven piece of cloth. Their banner was the living fire by night and cloud by day that covered their nation.
Historically, when experienced armies defeated their foe, they would tear the banners of the enemy into shreds and tie these shreds onto their own banners. In the heat of battle, the weary warrior could look to the shreds on his banner, remember past victories, and gain courage to fight until another victory came.
Just before the battle with the Amalekites, Moses went up on the mountain so that this inexperienced ragtag slave army could see him. He lifted his rod up to the heavens, thus reminding the Israelites that their banner was the Living God of heaven.
As the warriors saw his rod lifted high, it was as if God Himself was reminding them of their past victories. Remember the Red Sea. Remember the plagues of Egypt. Remember, I AM your God. I AM the God of the cloud by day and the fire by night. I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I AM Jehovah, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and I AM Nissi, your Banner. I AM!
Yesterday they were a ragtag group of slaves. Yesterday they took no responsibility for themselves. But today they would move from slavery to sonship. Today they would shift from no inheritance to full inheritance. Today they would rise up in maturity and leadership and actively take responsibility for themselves and their nation.
I wonder as they ran to the battle, with fire coursing through their veins, did they feel the shift? The night before, they may have had many doubts and fears, but today they could smell the scent of victory.
As they fought throughout the day, Moses continued to hold up his rod, the reminder of the authority and power of their God, the God of cloud and fire.
However, as the day began to fade and the arms of Moses grew heavy, the battle still raged on. When his arms came down, the Israelites began to lose the fight. Would the assured victory of the morning end in defeat tonight? Suddenly, Hur and Aaron were there by Moses’ side. Taking his arms, they lifted the rod of God high. Leading the troops in the valley below, Joshua began to shout, “Look up! Fight on!” Rallying each other with shouts of “Remember the Red Sea!” and “Remember the plagues!” these passive, unseasoned warriors began to fight as sons. Sons of the God of the cloud and fire. Sons of Jehovah-Nissi. As this fresh wind of encouragement swept across the battlefield, the victory was theirs. Theirs to celebrate, theirs to relish. Theirs to tell their children in the days to come.
Teacher, there is a time to remain quiet, only watching, listening, pondering, and being passive. But there comes a time to fight. There is a time to wait, but there is a time to run into the fray. Is it difficult to shift from passivity to confrontation? Yes. Is it necessary? Yes. But know this, Teacher, when you arise to confront, the results are spectacular!
At this battle and shortly thereafter, a paradigm shift occurred in two arenas. By active participation, the slaves became sons, and the government of the nation shifted.
The Israelites’ perception of their God and themselves changed. Jehovah required them to be proactive, to be confrontational, and to participate in the battle. Because of this, the Israelites could count on His presence for the victory. They “got it!” He was their God, and they were his sons. They saw themselves as He saw them. His people. His nation. His sons.
But more took place than the victory in the valley. Aaron and Hur had stepped up to the plate during the battle and were now ready for more responsibility in the camp. Moses began to recognize maturity, leadership ability, and a new level of trustworthiness in the people. Trusting the people with increased authority, a new governmental system was established by Moses upon the advice of his father-in-law, Jethro.
Exodus 18:20-21. “And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.”
Now these passive slaves had become responsible governmental leaders. Moses appointed judges among the people because he was willing to share the burden of leadership with these reliable, dependable sons of God.
Once again, we see the double blessing of the Teacher gift in this portion. We see the shift from passive slaves to proactive sons and a governmental shift for the nation.
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Exodus 17:8. Jehovah-Nissi. Our standard. Our victory. The battle with the Amalekites was quite the game changer for the nation of Israel. Until this battle, they had functioned as slaves. But on this day they began to see themselves as Jehovah saw them: the sons of Israel, a nation set apart for Himself. No longer passive slaves, on this day they would acknowledge themselves as His sons.
There is a huge difference between a slave and a son. The slave makes no decisions for himself, and his master provides all his needs. If he doesn’t have it, he doesn’t need it. Even if the obedient slave is well-treated and loved, he does not share in the father’s estate. Neither does he own any property, including his own life.
A son, on the other hand, has relationship with his father, gets his identity from his father, and takes responsibility for his father’s property.
Until this battle, the nation of Israel had expected Moses and his rod to meet all of their needs. This was rather like being a slave in Egypt. In Egypt, the rod of Moses turned the water to blood and brought the flies, frogs, and other plagues. When they needed deliverance at the Red Sea, Moses’ rod parted the sea, and they crossed over on dry ground. When they needed anything at all, they looked to Moses’ rod for their provision.
Since they saw themselves as slaves, the predatory Amalekites also saw them this way and attacked to enslave them again. The Israelites’ first inclination was to look to the rod of Moses for deliverance. After all, that is what slaves do. Assuming no responsibility, the people would passively wait for the Lord and Moses to take care of any problem they might encounter.
Ah! But this day was different. Moses called the people together and brought Joshua up front. The Lord had promised to be their God and their Father, but if they were to be his sons, they would need to take responsibility and actually fight in a battle led by Joshua.
What? Where was Moses’ rod? You know—the one with the power, the one that parts the seas and defeats enemies? Can you imagine their questions?
No rod of deliverance today. This day they would strap on a sword and fight. Were they a little anxious? Probably so. They had never actually fought in a battle. But they could see the fire by night and the cloud by day. They had come to recognize this Presence that was alive, powerful, and stayed with them constantly. They referred to His Presence as their Banner.
Did they trust Joshua and Moses? Yes.
Would the Lord go with them? Yes.
Would he show His supernatural presence as at the Red Sea? Yes.
Determined, they rose up that day, ready to fight.