What’s in a name? A lot when it comes to the name of Jehovah. The Jehovah names of God . . . been years since I studied them. But I think I recognize most of them most of the time when I encounter them.
Jehovah-Jireh – the LORD will Provide (Gen. 22:14)
Jehovah-Rapha – the LORD who heals (Ex. 15:26)
Jehovah-Nissi – the LORD is my banner (Ex. 17:15)
Jehovah-Shalom – the LORD is peace (Ju. 6:24)
Jehovah-Raah – the LORD my shepherd (Ps. 23:1)
Jehovah-Tsidkenu – the LORD is our righteousness (Jer. 23:6)
Jehovah-Shammah – the LORD is there (Ezek. 48:35)
But there’s one (I think) that I encountered this morning in Amos which I don’t think I’ve ever seen included in any list.
Now, I’m no Hebrew scholar, or even a student of the original languages, I just go by what the lexicons in my bible program tell me. So don’t know for sure that linguistically it fits. But sure sounds like it could.
“In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by My name,” declares the LORD who does this.
(Amos 9:11-12 ESV)
The LORD who does this. Jehovah-Asah (pronounced aw-saw). That’s what I’m chewing on this morning.
Amos wraps up with a promise. A promise that after the judgment of Israel there will be the restoration of Israel. That after God tears down, He will raise up. After He has destroyed, He will rebuild. A promise spoken by Jehovah, the LORD. The LORD who does this. Jehovah-Asah.
Reminding me that our God is a God of doing. A God of making. A God of accomplishing.
He creates a world. He chooses a people. He redeems those in bondage. He changes hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. He translates souls from darkness into light. He clothes with robes of righteousness. He restores those who go astray. He even sets a table for those He invites to attend His Son’s marriage supper. He is the LORD who does this.
While He is patient, He is not passive. While He is longsuffering, He is not lifeless. Though seated in heaven, He is not sitting on the sidelines. Our God is not slack concerning His promises (2Pet. 3:9). He is Jehovah-Asah, the LORD who does this.
And knowing that about our God, we can rest knowing the work He has begun in us HE WILL complete in us, for He is Jehovah-Asah. That if He says His power will be manifest in our weakness, then IT WILL. ‘Cause He’s Jehovah-Asah. That if He says He has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again for us, IT’S GONNA HAPPEN. How can we know that with such certainty? It’s who our God is. He is Jehovah-Asah, the LORD who does this.
Add whatever other promise of God comes to mind, and then rejoice. For He will do it! It’s who He is!
How great is our God? Pretty . . . .
Jehovah-Asah. Gonna chew on that for bit.
Because of grace. For His glory.