This is the seventh post in the series “Who Is God”.
1 Samuel 1:3 (NKJV) This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
1 Samuel 1:3 (NLT) Each year Elkanah would travel to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the LORD of Heaven’s Armies at the Tabernacle. The priests of the LORD at that time were the two sons of Eli—Hophni and Phinehas.
My proper name is Donald, but I’m also called dad, father, grandpa, son, uncle, brother, nephew, and pastor along with others. Each of these is a name for me which describes certain attributes. God’s proper name is Jehovah, but as with you and me His is known by other names that describe Him.
Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Sabaoth(se bâ'ôt) means "armies" or "hosts." Jehovah Sabaoth can be translated as "The Lord of Armies". This name denotes His universal sovereignty over every army, both spiritual and earthly. The Lord of Hosts is the king of all heaven and earth. - Blue Letter Bible
Jehovah Sabaoth is mentioned over 270 times making it the most frequently used compound name of God in Scripture.
Jehovah-Sabaoth is my favorite name for Jehovah. No, on second thought my favorite name for Jehovah is Jesus, but that’s another blog series (Who Is Jesus).
Have you ever wished you could just call on someone who would not only fight your battles but calm your fears too? Have you ever wanted the just give up and let the experts take over? That’s Jehovah-Sabaoth.
Jehovah-Sabaoth is our ever present help in time of trouble.
Psalm 46:1-3 (NLT)1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.3 Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude
Jehovah-Sabaoth fights our battles for us.
Exodus 14:13-14 (NLT)13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.14 The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Jehovah-Sabaoth will prepare the way for us
Isaiah 40:3-4 (NLT)3 Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!4 Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.
We can run to Jehovah-Sabaoth and we will be safe.
Proverbs 18:10 (NLT) The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
There is nothing Jehovah-Sabaoth can’t do, nothing He doesn’t know, nothing He can’t control, no enemy He can’t defeat, no heart He can’t heal, no miracle He can’t perform.
Jeremiah 32:17 (NLT) “O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!
With all His power Jehovah-Sabaoth still hears our prayers.
Psalm 80:19 (NLT) Turn us again to yourself, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
Jesus is Jehovah-Sabaoth
Jehovah-Sabaoth is always there for those who come to Him through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jehovah-Sabaoth the one who commands the armies of heaven is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lord of hosts, He is Jehovah-Sabaoth
Joshua 5:13-15 (NLT)13 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”14 “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the LORD’s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”15 The commander of the LORD’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told.
Revelation 19:11-16 (NLT)11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war.12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself.13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress.16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
Jesus works in our lives and on our behalf He is Jehovah-Sabaoth, the LORD of Hosts!
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.