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Names, Titles, and Characters of Jesus Christ

The Blue Letter Bible has published a page with information taken from the whole Bible about the God we worship, Jesus Christ.   Seeing all the names, titles and other attributes with which he is labeled in both the Old and New Testaments and contemplating those titles and their meaning to me personally is a wonderful way to worship Him.  Worshiping Him is what we are made for.  Worshiping Him is what those who know Him will do for all eternity.  These Name, Titles and Attributes allow practice in this life.

Here is the first list of names, titles, and characters.  More are to come.  Please use these to worship your God now.

Thank you Blue Letter Bible for this summary. Read more of this post

What is in a Name?

What is your name?

From Tim Keller:  here are some thoughts on what having a name means in God’s domain.  Names are important to him

‘To get a name’ in the Bible is to get what we call an identity. God, of course, constantly names people in the Bible. When he names Adam, Abraham, Israel, and even Jesus, he refers to what he has already done or what he is going to do in their lives. When God tells someone ‘what I have done/will do is your name,’ he means that his grace in their lives should be the defining factor.

Our security, our priorities, our sense of worth and uniqueness – all the things we call identity – should be based on what God has done for us and in us. This means that if we do not have a name, if we are insecure and have to ‘find who we are,’ we have either no grasp or an inadequate grasp of what God has done.

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God loves us.  He has named us.  He loves His Son.   He gave the Son a Name.  He gave the Son many names.  See the significant Names of the Son, coming up.

 

Be Still and Know

Psalm 46:10 

10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”

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Exodus 15

Three Words:   See, strength, persistence, faithful.

Exodus 15:2:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

The Lord is my strength and song, He is my salvation and is becoming my salvation increasingly., but I must believe it and experience that worked out in the flesh.  As electricity courses through neurons.  “He is my salvation” becomes real in experientially — as I live life with emotions flying every direction.  Desires always there but masked sometimes by wrong thought and negative emotions.  He is becoming my salvation.  He is becoming our salvation.  We are arriving but not yet!

Exodus 15:3  The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name.

LORD is a man.  The LORD invites us to see and experience Him on our terms at the same time we realize He is so other and greater.   “of war”   He fights with us and for us.  He is out there in the Larger Story bringing it all together for His own honor and glory.  At the same time He allows our smaller story to become part of the Larger Story and for me to play a strategic part in the Larger Story.  He is with us in our smaller story.  Helping it to come to be blended perfectly into the Larger Story.

Exodus 15:13

Pure, undefiled worship!  You–all glory to You! You loved us divinely!  Your people whom you redeemed! They saw redemption.   The waters closed. Egypt’s best men were under water, never to hurt, enslave the COI again!  They experienced redemption.   JEHOVAH is bringing them into His Holy Abode or dwelling.   That means the dessert.  But, there they were in His abode.  There is peace, rest, shalom, joy and life–they are home.

 

Let My People Go!

I used this version of Let My People Go because Louie Armstrong sings the song.

The journeys of the Children of Israel: into Egypt, slavery and oppression there, judgement on all of Egyptians for 400 years of oppression, journey out of Egypt, miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, wandering 40 years in the dessert, the physical battles to take back the homeland and finally dwelling @ H O M E, are a perfect model for life and the battles we face between good and evil, between God and the fallen evil.

If you look back to the Old Testament, God was working all along the 400 years of slavery.  He was very engaged.  That’s how it is with our lives, He is very engaged but sometimes we don’t see, we don’t believe, we don’t sense God is doing anything.   Then, down the road we look back and we can piece some of the puzzle together that got us where we went.   We didn’t see it at the time but it was happening just the same.

God brought the children of Israel to the promise.  The promise was grand and glorious.  It was not easy–no, nothing worth seeing is never easy to get to where we behold the site.  Once we get there, the tough journey becomes worth it.

God help us to see what He sees.  God help us to appreciate the journey and the things we behold along the way and at the end.

My Application of Exodus 15

God just reminded me why it was and is so significant to me. I was so faithless–at many points during my life. In fact, though I believed, I didn’t believe. I believed it up to me; that God empowered me and so it was up to me. In some sense, it is up to me. But, I will fail and fail miserably if I don’t look to Him at each step of the way,  casting allCrossing of red sea

my care on Him because He cares–believe it, know it, experience it. That takes a disposition of absolute faith and resolve to lean on Him no matter how tough the road gets ahead. That is hard! It is not easy! BUT, the rewards of being there(having a sense of His presence) IS the journey. It is not getting a job. It is not what I do on the job, i.e., professional accomplishments and recognition, the Christian life is trusting Him at every step. Knowing that He has a plan and that because we are in a battle it can get bloody and messy. However, he is there too, with me. He is with me. If I have Him I have all that I need. He longs for me to trust Him, because He wants relationship with me and He knows that even in the toughest times if I am trusting and looking to Him, I will be acquiring wisdom for our relationship together and for my role in the future. Read more of this post

You Were Chosen

You were created by the God of the universe and you were chosen by Him.

How does that make you feel?

For many years it made me feel special; so special in fact, that I developed pride that I was chosen by God to bear His Name.

That’s not the correct response, but being chosen by the Creator of the Universe is significant and weighty. It becomes a reality to us in many ways as we pursue a relationship with the Creator.

Here is a brief summary which provides some significance to being chosen by the Creator of the Universe for your part in His story.

Looking back before the Universe existed, we learn from John 1 that there was God in community: the Father with the Son and with the Holy Spirit. Our God, the great Three in One.

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Transcendence

Future/Past

I’d love to be in this bar singing with these people…would you?

They seem to enjoy what they are singing.

How Great is our God

Worship with me the Great and the Almighty God who sites on the throne in Heaven right now with the Son of God at the Father’s side interceding for His blessed children.

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My Life is in Your Hands

We have such an opportunity to worship our King and Maker!

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