Bible Guide

Getting started

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Psalm 119:105

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How to get yourself through that resolution of finally read the world’s most talked-about book. 

We are grateful to Patton Dodd for simplifying an introduction to the Bible – don’t miss his advice on the Faith Street website,
so visit:  http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith and search for ten tips to reading the Bible.

  1. Start with a map of the area

The Bible is about a place — one eventually called Israel, but also its surrounding regions; later, the story spreads into parts of the Roman Empire. For “then” and “now” maps, go to the above website.

  1. Don’t read from start to finish — at least not right away.

You might fail to get through many of the 66 “books” that make up the whole Bible.    Give yourself permission to hop around, and even to start with the highlights.

  1. Read the best stories first.

In just a few minutes, you can read some stories that are among the most famous and influential pieces of writing ever.

Four favorites, each of which takes between one and five minutes to read: Jesus and the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11, which is just beautiful); Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-8, which might blow your mind if you’ve never read it); the first creation story (Genesis 1-2:3, which is best read slowly and out loud); the Binding of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-14, which is not for the faint of heart); and the entire, but very brief, Book of Jonah (which is like a dark comedy).

  1. Read a re-ordered Bible.

When you’re ready for longer stretches, try The Books of the Bible, a version that tries to present the Bible as a more coherent reading experience. 

  1. If you have to read just one book, read Genesis.

You can spend a lifetime thinking about Genesis, raising controversies about science and education, pressing social and political issues, and all sorts of great (or not so great) movies, music, and novels.

  1. But don’t just read one book. At least read the Gospel of Luke, too.

Each of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and teaching is distinct, which is why all four are included. Luke’s gospel also folds neatly into Acts of the Apostles, which was written by the same author.

  1. Don’t go it alone.

The Bible isn’t a novel, and it isn’t an inspirational book or a history book. This collection of writing is meant to be shared, debated, and wrestled over with others.   Find a partner for the journey.

  1. Read out loud.

Hearing it read, even if you’re the one reading it, makes for a different, and better, experience of the Bible.

  1. Compare the Jewish Bible (TaNaKh) to the Christian Bible (Old and New Testaments).

Take a look at a Jewish Bible (aka “Hebrew Bible”) and you’ll see that the books are ordered differently — Christians reset the order to make the overall story point more naturally toward Jesus.   It’s worth comparing one to the other.

  1. Real reading means re-reading.

Whatever you read in the Bible, read it more than once. It’s more fun that way, and more worthwhile.

Dawn Schofield, a lay minister at Good Shepherd-Protea, compiled this guide to reading the Bible.   If you have comments or questions, do not hesitate to email her at dawnscho@gmail.com

Our Walk with God

 “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.”

Leviticus 26:12

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SOME THOUGHTS ON JOURNEYING WITH GOD AS YOU READ THE BIBLE.

John 1: 1-2 (Amplified Version of the Bible) In the beginning (before all time) was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself (Isa 9:6). He was present originally with God.

The Bible is God’s story of His love and plan of redemption for mankind. Yes, He is the God of History, His story!    In the story of our lives, the first page shows us how important we are to Him Ps 139: 13-16.   “For you created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you- for you are to be feared: fearful are your acts and wonderful your works. You knew my soul and my bones were not hidden from you: when I was formed in secret and woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my limbs when they were yet imperfect: and in your book were all my members written; day by day, they were fashioned and not one was late in growing.”

The last page tells us where we go after death. Rev.3: 5 (Amplified Version).   Thus shall he who conquers (is victorious) be clad in white garments, and I will not erase or blot out his name from the Book of Life; I will acknowledge him (as mine), and I will confess his name openly before My Father and before His angels. (Ps. 69:28; Dan. 12:1)

In between these two pages we write our own story. The pages are blank; we fill them with our own journey through life. They can be filled any way we like, either with or without God, the choice is ours.

There is a huge difference between knowing about someone and having a personal relationship with them. This is true of our walk with God. We can know about Him or we can know Him in a personal way, as the One who is ever present with us and walks with us each day of our lives through good times and bad. We get to know someone when we spend time with him or her. In the same way we get to know God as we spend time in His Word and get to know how to live our lives in ways that are pleasing to Him. Rom. 11:33 (Living Bible)   “Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are His wisdom and knowledge and riches!   How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His methods!”

He tells us, instructs us, he reprimands us and he shows us how to live lives that are both pleasing to Him and fruitful.

Eph2: 10 (Amplified Version) for we are God’s (own) handiwork. (His workmanship), created in Christ Jesus, (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, (taking paths which He prepared ahead of time that we should walk in them – living the good life which He pre-arranged and made ready for us to live). We can only get to know His purpose and plan for our lives as we get to know Him through His Word.

We excel in the things that we do because we are disciplined and spend time doing them. In the same way we need to spend time with our Bibles in God’s presence. We start by inviting the Holy Spirit to open His Word to us, to reveal His Truth to us, we set aside time each day to go into His Word. It may help you to underline what you feel God is highlighting for you.

Perhaps you don’t know where to start?    One way to start is to identify what is troubling you. For example, are you battling with unforgiveness or anger or fear? Google scriptures on that subject then look them up and see what God says. (Remember to underline what stands out for you). There are lots of easy Bible studies available on the Internet, or buy a book of daily devotions and read the scriptures for yourself, asking the question …what is God saying to me in these scriptures today?

The Lord yearns to have a deep relationship with each one of us, not only to hear our requests as we pray, but for us to listen to what He says to us on a daily basis. His Wisdom is freely available to each one of us.   In Ps 119:130 the psalmist says “The entrance of your word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

Look up in your bible these scriptures mentioned above, meditate on them and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into the richness of the Word of God as He reveals this living truth to you.

BE BLESSED!

Dawn Schofield, a lay minister at Good Shepherd-Protea, compiled this guide to reading the Bible.   If you have comments or questions, do not hesitate to email her at dawnscho@gmail.com

What the Bible says about worry

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16

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WANT TO ADDRESS THE UNCERTAINTIES IN OUR LIVES?

There are so many unknowns in our world today, so many uncertainties and in our daily lives. These things can fill us with fear and worry.

We worry about keeping our jobs, or even being able to get one; we worry about our children, their safety, their education; we worry about our finances, our health, the list goes on. Does the Bible give us answers to these questions?

We are programmed to take our eyes off the pre-eminence of Jesus and to put them on everything else. However, through the Bible Jesus teaches us how to conduct ourselves and how to live our lives so that we can walk in the fullness He has for us.

Matt 6:25-27 (Amplified Version)

Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, and about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater (in quality) than food, and the body (far above and more excellent) than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth more then they? And which of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?

It’s only when we learn to trust God by faith that we can walk free of the cares of this world.

Matt 6:28-33 (Amplified Version)

And why should you be anxious about clothes?    Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. But God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you men with little faith? Therefore do not worry and be anxious saying, what are we going to have to eat! or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek after these things, and your Heavenly Father well knows that you need them all. But seek for (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom, and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and all these things taken together will be given you besides.

Be encouraged, as God’s Word sinks into our hearts, our faith will grow and we will come into His Peace, for with Him all things are possible!

Dawn Schofield, a lay minister at Good Shepherd-Protea, compiled this guide to reading the Bible.   If you have comments or questions, do not hesitate to email her at dawnscho@gmail.com

What the Bible says about ups and downs

Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

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COPING WITH THE UPS AND DOWNS OF LIFE – WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE BIBLE

The renowned psychologist Scott Peck says “life is difficult and only when you accept that life is difficult, can you start living it”.   It’s our human nature to want things to run smoothly.

There are many examples of life’s ups and downs recorded in scripture.

Let’s start by looking at Daniel and his three friends. They experienced many ups and downs when they were taken captive in Babylon.

Put into prison, ordered by the King to be given special foods. They face death if they refuse, yet Daniel asks the Eunuch to feed them a plain diet for ten days and then to see if they look different to the other prisoners. They had FAITH, they trusted their God to find a way for them. The result?   God blesses them for trusting Him and being obedient. Read Danial 1: 11-20. Life seems wonderful.

A little later they are threatened once again with death threats. The King has a dream. Daniel asks for time, he and his friends pray and God gives him the interpretation of the dream. Result?   Another “up”, they are exalted to a place of honour. Read Dan.2:1-19,48 and 49. King Nebuchadnezzar passes a decree that everyone must bow down and worship the golden image. Again they refuse to compromise and are thrown into the burning furnace. Read Dan.3.

If we read the first six chapters of Daniel, we can see how many times they experienced the ups and downs of life. What is exciting is that these young men had faith, they kept praying and trusting God when they hit rock bottom.

Friends, when things happen that we thought could not happen, do we still trust in the Lord or do we lose trust?

We will look at other examples in Scripture over the coming months.

Dawn Schofield, a lay minister at Good Shepherd-Protea, compiled this guide to reading the Bible.   If you have comments or questions, do not hesitate to email her at dawnscho@gmail.com

Bible Emergency Numbers

 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

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The texts in the Old Testament were written mainly in classical Hebrew, an archaic form of the Hebrew language. (only Daniel and Ezra were written in classical Aramaic). In Old Testament times a name was of utmost importance. Your name not only identified you, but was your identity; names were bestowed upon babies as a hope that they would grow up to display the characteristics that the name encapsulated.

In translation some meaning of the Hebrew names lose the original import of the original meaning, so it is helpful to dissect some of the names used to describe our God.

For instance, in 1 Samuel 26:25 Nabel, whose name means “fool”, is the subject of Abigail’s explanation to David: “for as his name is so is he. Nabel is his name, and folly is with him…”

Another example is Naomi, who named her sons Mahlon (meaning sickly) and Kilion (meaning poorly). They both died young.
God reveals Himself to us through His names throughout scripture. The meaning of God’s names helps us to better understand who He really is.

1. EL SHADDAI (Lord God Almighty)
This means “the all-sufficient one”. In Genesis 17:1 we read: “When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said “I am God the Almighty”, walk before me and be blameless”.

El Shaddai literally means “God of the mountains”. Mountains almost always refer to nations in the Bible. Not only is He the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but of the whole world; ALL the nations.
In Genesis 17 1:7, when Abraham and Sarah were past child bearing age, the Lord said …. “I AM Almighty God” ( el Shaddai), the God of the nations, and through Abraham all the nations would be blessed.
Psalm 91:1: “Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty”( El Shaddai).
El Shaddai is sovereign over all things, over the universe, in heaven which includes Angels, the earth and all that is in it, over things under the earth, over Satan and his demons.

Other scriptures referring to God Almighty are found in Genesis 28:3, 43:14, 48:3.

2. EL ELYON (The God Most High)
Genesis 14:18 says“Then Melchizedek King of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High and he blessed Abram saying: ” Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth”.

3. ADONAI (Lord Master)
In Exodus 6:3 we read: “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD (Almighty) I did not make Myself known to them”.

Adonai describes the Lordship of God over us as individuals.
Jesus said whoever you obey is your Lord. Either Jesus is Lord of all of our lives or He is not Lord at all; we can’t give Him a room, He wants to live in the whole house!
How often do we declare with our lips that God is our Adonai, the boss, the king and the ruler of our lives, yet by our actions we convey something very different!

4. YAHWEH (Lord Jehovah)
Genesis 2:4 tells us, “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens…”.
Yahweh places His name in scripture nearly 7,000 times. It’s interesting that 7,000 bible translators substitute it with a generic title such as “Lord” or “God”. The reality is that Yahweh is the 7th most commonly used word in the Hebrew Scriptures.

5. JEHOVAH NISSI (The Lord my banner) (the Lord my miracle)
Exodus 17:15: “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said ” For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord. The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation”.
Moses erected an Altar after a great battle was won. After the Israelites miraculously crossed the Red Sea, Amalek came up against them at Rephidim. In Exodus 17:8-16 Moses tells Joshua to lead the Israelites into battle. Moses stations himself on top of a hill to pray. As Moses lifted up his hands and prayed the Israelites prevailed, but when he let his hands down Amalek prevailed. Aaron and Hur held up Moses’s hands until the battle was won.
If we look at the Olympic Games at the opening ceremony the athletes come onto the field under the banner of their country and march around the field.
Do we realise that God is our Banner, that we have victory in Him over all our circumstances as we remain under His Banner and walk in believing faith? Indeed His Banner over us is Love!

6. JEHOVAH RAUAH (the Lord my Shepherd)
In Psalms 23 it mentions the Lord as a shepherd. Jesus speaks much about being the good shepherd. In John 10:14-16 Jesus says: “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep”.
We can trust our Shepherd to keep us safe, to walk with us each day of our lives, to guide us and lead us.

7. JEHOVAH RAPHA (The Lord that heals)
Exodus 15:26 quotes, He said ” if you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you”.
Jahovah Rapha, the God who heals us, longs to heal us not only of our physical ailments, but of our resentment and bitterness, of our emotional pain, of our disappointments and regrets.
Will we give Him the time to reveal to us those things that are hindering us from receiving full healing, repent of them and allow the wonderful work of restorative healing to take place in our lives?
Jesus healed all who came to Him, demonstrating clearly that it is the Father’s will for us to live full and effective lives for His Kingdom.

8. JEHOVAH SHAMMAH (The Lord is there)
Ezekiel.48:35: “And the name of the city (Jerusalem) from that time on will be THE LORD IS THERE”.
We so often live our lives looking ahead to some event, some looming event or disaster: a doctor’s appointment, a court date, divorce, moving house, losing a job and many other concerns. This leaves us feeling anxious and stressed.
Jehovah Shammah THE LORD IS THERE. Our God is already in our tomorrows. He already knows what our future looks like, and He has complete control over it. In Jeremiah 29:11 Jehovah Shammah said: “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, they are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a hope and a future”.
God is there in our tomorrows. He asks only that we trust Him.

9. JEHOVAH TSIDKENU (The Lord our Righteousness)
Jeremiah 23:6: “In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called The Lord our Righteousness”.
Jesus Christ is our righteousness. 1.Corinthians: 1:30: “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption…”.
2 Corinthians 5:21: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.
Romans 5:21: “so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
Philippians 3:8b-9: “I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith”.
Knowing God as our Righteousness is not only good news for the unbeliever who turns to God through faith in Christ Jesus, but also for us as believers, for we too like the Israelites, can find ourselves wandering from the One who loves us. Jehovah Tsidkenu remains our righteousness even when we behave badly and sin. He changes the desires of our hearts to be righteous, reminding us that our righteousness came at huge cost and stems from His love for us.

10. JEHOVAH JIREH (The Lord will provide)
Genesis 22:14: “So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide, as to this day it is said: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided”.
God provides the perfect sacrifice. In Genesis 22:10 we read that an angel stopped the knife in Abraham’s hand and provided the ram in the thicket. On the same mountain that Abraham sacrificed Isaac, God sacrificed His only begotten son as the lamb that was slain for us. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ opens the way for us to be in right relationship with God.
Genesis 22:4-8 points to the crucifixion of Jesus on our behalf. This is why this is one of the most powerful names of God that He gives us, revealing not only his redemptive plan for us but His incredible provision and love for us.

11. JEHOVAH SHALOM (the Lord is Peace)
Judges 6:24: “So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it ” The Lord is Peace”. The Shalom of God is an important aspect of our relationship with Him. In the King James translation of the bible the word “peace” is found 369 times. It appears 282 times in the Old Testament alone. God’s peace can be described as peace in the midst – in the midst of whatever situations we find ourselves. Peace comes because He is there, not because of the circumstances.
Jeremiah.29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. If we believe this promise we can be at peace, knowing he knows all things and holds our future in his hands.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
John 14:27: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.
John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world”.

These are some of the names of God; there are many more. I invite you to ponder on each name. Spend time with Him and allow Him to draw you closer, to reveal Himself to you through His names.

Can you think of another name where God has met with you?

I have been meditating on the God who plans ahead, looking back (remembering) and seeing how He planned ahead, looking at the present and seeing how His plans are unfolding, exercising believing faith in His plans that lie ahead.

BE BLESSED on your journey of faith.

Dawn Schofield, a lay minister at Good Shepherd-Protea, compiled this guide to reading the Bible.   If you have comments or questions, do not hesitate to email her at dawnscho@gmail.com

Discover the Names of God

By studying the different names of God we gain a deeper insight not only into his nature and attributes, but we discover how God provides for all our needs. Our faith grows and we come to trust Him in all our situations, even though sometimes they seem hopeless and more than we can bear. His names are given to reveal the many facets of His perfect nature and characteristics. They are in fact an extension of himself, to help us understand who He is and what He can do through us.

Lay Minister Dawn Schofield guides us through this exploration of the names of God.

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The texts in the Old Testament were written mainly in classical Hebrew, an archaic form of the Hebrew language. (only Daniel and Ezra were written in classical Aramaic). In Old Testament times a name was of utmost importance. Your name not only identified you, but was your identity; names were bestowed upon babies as a hope that they would grow up to display the characteristics that the name encapsulated.

In translation some meaning of the Hebrew names lose the original import of the original meaning, so it is helpful to dissect some of the names used to describe our God.

For instance, in 1 Samuel 26:25 Nabel, whose name means “fool”, is the subject of Abigail’s explanation to David: “for as his name is so is he. Nabel is his name, and folly is with him…”

Another example is Naomi, who named her sons Mahlon (meaning sickly) and Kilion (meaning poorly). They both died young.
God reveals Himself to us through His names throughout scripture. The meaning of God’s names helps us to better understand who He really is.

1. EL SHADDAI (Lord God Almighty), the all-sufficient one. In Genesis 17:1 we read: “When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said “I am God the Almighty”, walk before me and be blameless”.

El Shaddai literally means “God of the mountains”. Mountains almost always refer to nations in the Bible. Not only is He the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but of the whole world; ALL the nations.
In Genesis 17 1:7, when Abraham and Sarah were past child bearing age, the Lord said …. “I AM Almighty God” ( el Shaddai), the God of the nations, and through Abraham all the nations would be blessed.
Psalm 91:1: “Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty”( El Shaddai).
El Shaddai is sovereign over all things, over the universe, in heaven which includes Angels, the earth and all that is in it, over things under the earth, over Satan and his demons.

Other scriptures referring to God Almighty are found in Genesis 28:3, 43:14, 48:3.

2. EL ELYON (The God Most High). Genesis 14:18:
“Then Melchizedek King of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High and he blessed Abram saying: ” Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth”.

3. ADONAI (Lord Master). In Exodus 6:3 we read: “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD (Almighty) I did not make Myself known to them”.

Adonai describes the Lordship of God over us as individuals.
Jesus said whoever you obey is your Lord. Either Jesus is Lord of all of our lives or He is not Lord at all; we can’t give Him a room, He wants to live in the whole house!
How often do we declare with our lips that God is our Adonai, the boss, the king and the ruler of our lives, yet by our actions we convey something very different!

4. YAHWEH (Lord Jehovah). Gen.2:4: “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens…”.
Yahweh places His name in scripture nearly 7,000 times. It’s interesting that 7,000 bible translators substitute it with a generic title such as “Lord” or “God”. The reality is that Yahweh is the 7th most commonly used word in the Hebrew Scriptures.

5. JEHOVAH NISSI (The Lord my banner) (the Lord my miracle). Exodus 17:15: “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said ” For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord. The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation”.
Moses erected an Altar after a great battle was won. After the Israelites miraculously crossed the Red Sea, Amalek came up against them at Rephidim. In Exodus 17:8-16 Moses tells Joshua to lead the Israelites into battle. Moses stations himself on top of a hill to pray. As Moses lifted up his hands and prayed the Israelites prevailed, but when he let his hands down Amalek prevailed. Aaron and Hur held up Moses’s hands until the battle was won.
If we look at the Olympic Games at the opening ceremony the athletes come onto the field under the banner of their country and march around the field.
Do we realise that God is our Banner, that we have victory in Him over all our circumstances as we remain under His Banner and walk in believing faith? Indeed His Banner over us is Love!

6. JEHOVAH RAUAH (the Lord my Shepherd) Ps.23
Jesus speaks much about being the good shepherd. In John 10:14-16 Jesus says: “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep”.
We can trust our Shepherd to keep us safe, to walk with us each day of our lives, to guide us and lead us.

7. JEHOVAH RAPHA (The Lord that heals).
Ex.15:26: He said ” if you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you”.
Jahovah Rapha, the God who heals us, longs to heal us not only of our physical ailments, but of our resentment and bitterness, of our emotional pain, of our disappointments and regrets.
Will we give Him the time to reveal to us those things that are hindering us from receiving full healing, repent of them and allow the wonderful work of restorative healing to take place in our lives?
Jesus healed all who came to Him, demonstrating clearly that it is the Father’s will for us to live full and effective lives for His Kingdom.

8. JEHOVAH SHAMMAH (The Lord is there). Ezekiel.48:35: “And the name of the city (Jerusalem) from that time on will be THE LORD IS THERE”.
We so often live our lives looking ahead to some event, some looming event or disaster: a doctor’s appointment, a court date, divorce, moving house, losing a job and many other concerns. This leaves us feeling anxious and stressed.
Jehovah Shammah THE LORD IS THERE. Our God is already in our tomorrows. He already knows what our future looks like, and He has complete control over it. In Jeremiah 29:11 Jehovah Shammah said: “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, they are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a hope and a future”.
God is there in our tomorrows. He asks only that we trust Him.

9. JEHOVAH TSIDKENU (The Lord our Righteousness ). Jer.23:6: “In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called The Lord our Righteousness”.
Jesus Christ is our righteousness. 1.Corinthians: 1:30: “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption…”.
2 Corinthians 5:21: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.
Romans 5:21: “so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
Philippians 3:8b-9: “I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith”.
Knowing God as our Righteousness is not only good news for the unbeliever who turns to God through faith in Christ Jesus, but also for us as believers, for we too like the Israelites, can find ourselves wandering from the One who loves us. Jehovah Tsidkenu remains our righteousness even when we behave badly and sin. He changes the desires of our hearts to be righteous, reminding us that our righteousness came at huge cost and stems from His love for us.

10. JEHOVAH JIREH (The Lord will provide).
Gen.22:14: “So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide, as to this day it is said: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided”.
God provides the perfect sacrifice. In Gen. 22:10 we read that an angel stopped the knife in Abraham’s hand and provided the ram in the thicket. On the same mountain that Abraham sacrificed Isaac, God sacrificed His only begotten son as the lamb that was slain for us. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ opens the way for us to be in right relationship with God.
Gen 22:4-8 points to the crucifixion of Jesus on our behalf. This is why this is one of the most powerful names of God that He gives us, revealing not only his redemptive plan for us but His incredible provision and love for us.

JEHOVAH SHALOM (the Lord is Peace).
Judges 6:24: “So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it ” The Lord is Peace”.
The Shalom of God is an important aspect of our relationship with Him. In the King James translation of the bible the word “peace” is found 369 times. It appears 282 times in the Old Testament alone. God’s peace can be described as peace in the midst – in the midst of whatever situations we find ourselves. Peace comes because He is there, not because of the circumstances.
Jer.29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. If we believe this promise we can be at peace, knowing he knows all things and holds our future in his hands.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
John 14:27: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.
John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world”.

These are some of the names of God; there are many more. I invite you to ponder on each name. Spend time with Him and allow Him to draw you closer, to reveal Himself to you through His names.

Can you think of another name where God has met with you?

I have been meditating on the God who plans ahead, looking back (remembering) and seeing how He planned ahead, looking at the present and seeing how His plans are unfolding, exercising believing faith in His plans that lie ahead.

BE BLESSED on your journey of faith.

Dawn Schofield, a lay minister at Good Shepherd-Protea, compiled this guide to reading the Bible.   If you have comments or questions, do not hesitate to email her at dawnscho@gmail.com