Hallowed Be Thy Name: Part 1 – El Shaddai

In recent days, seeking to pray more effectively, I have been asking the Lord to teach me His Name

Think of what is attached to the Name. In the 10 Commandments, we are commanded to never take His Name lightly. In Pslam 91:14 we read, “I will protect him for he acknowledges (or has known) My Name.

#1 – El Shaddai

All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Shaddai occurs 7 times. El Shaddai is first used in Gen 17:1.

Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as “God” and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God’s character. Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad meaning “breast” in Hebrew (some other scholars believe that the name is derived from an Akkadian word Šadu, meaning “mountain,” suggesting strength and power). This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this denotes a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer. 

Our Father who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy Name (El Shaddai)

The descriptive covenant names of God in this series:

  1. El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
  2. El Elyon (The Most High God)
  3. Adonai (Lord, Master)
  4. Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
  5. Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
  6. Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
  7. Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
  8. Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
  9. Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
  10. Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
  11. El Olam (The Everlasting God)
  12. Elohim (God)
  13. Qanna (Jealous)
  14. Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
  15. Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
  16. Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

Taken from the Blue Letter Bible:  https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/name_god.cfm

9 responses to “Hallowed Be Thy Name: Part 1 – El Shaddai

  1. Elohim, Adonai, people that don’t know You cannot worship You. traildustfotm, from my heart I say to You Jehovah Shalom. Thanks,

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  2. Hadenoughalready

    Thank you for these definitions/interpretations.

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  4. I just did a study on the names of God, with my daughter, online. This post is so appropriate right now. In one of the most important verses in the Old Testament, God promises to go ahead of us. Deuteronomy 31:6
    6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
    Jehova Nissi, the Lord our Banner, would go in front of the people of Israel, and no matter what they faced, he promised them victory. If it were giants, like Nephelim, or a lack of water, or food, he would always shield them from harm.
    It is sad that the people of Israel were so faithless, but not surprising. And before we can get too high and mighty, can we say that our nation is any better? Can we even say that the church today is any better? Can we say that we ourselves are any more faithful than the Israelites were, when we see the shape our nation is in, and we know the power of our God, through His Holy Spirit, and we don’t call upon that power to raise up Godly people to lead us back to Him?
    I had a friend who I spoke with years ago about Christian schools, and he said that if you send all the Christian children to private schools, then you are taking their influence out of the public schools, and so they will go down hill even faster. 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
    17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    Notice that John does not say to leave the world, nor to abandon those who are still lost. He simply says, don’t love the world, meaning the worldly idols that can hold so many of us back. Then he tells us in verse 17 that we must do the will of God. The will of God is that none should perish, but that all should come to Him through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Traildustfotm, thank you for this post. It helped me today, at a time when I needed to be driven to God’s word.

    If 12 men, and several women as well, could start a fire that could not be stopped no matter how hard the evil one tries, but continues to grow even today, just imagine the power of millions of Christians all moving together with one goal. The goal of both sharing the Gospel, and also living the Gospel. I was taught years ago, that Gospel means ” Good News!” We must start trying to share that good news, and remember ourselves that same thing. I am afraid that for many, often times myself included, the fire has gone out from our inner being. It is little wonder why, after being beaten down with the sin and filth of a sick and dying world. I plan to spend some time tonight in deep talks with the one physician whom I know has the cure for what is killing them.

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    • Thanks pigpen51,

      I try to write as I am led by the Spirit. I don’t always listen as clearly as I should. This series is motivated by my realization that there must be a lot to learn about the Father’s Name. God assigns such importance to His Name that there must be a ton of understanding and obedience to be gained.

      We’ve heard songs about the Old Testament names of God (by Amy Grant and others), but it never dawned on me that there was such a hidden treasure inside the subject. Can’t wait to see what we might find.

      “I will protect them, for they have acknowledged My Name.”

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  5. El Shaddai by Amy Grant With Lyrics

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  6. Hadenoughalready

    Thanks for posting this, dk.

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  7. YHWH, pronounced Yahweh, is the holy name of the almighty. Yahshuah, meaning “salvation of YHWH” or “YHWH is salvation” is the actual name of moshiach, who people call Jesus. Joshua is the anglicised version of Yashuah. Jehovah is the jews effort to never speak or read YHWH by combining consonants and vowel points to let the reader know the holy name is here but to never pronounce it, by the way. The jews viewed and may still view any documant that bears the name of YHWH to be scripture. Also, Hebrew has never had a J sound, when you see a J it’s going to be pronounced as a y. Some feel “Jesus” is a name made from combining Jehovah and Zeus. Just some thoughts.

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  8. Another lesson; Hebrew has no vowels, just vowel points. So, how does one not have vowels in their language?

    Here’s an example;
    Hw ds ‘n n’t h’v vwls ‘n thr l’ng’g? = how does one not have vowels in their language

    Vowel points are placed where the writer feels the reader may be unsure of the context.

    This is why the holy name is spelled as a tetragrammaton, 4 letters, YHWH.

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