This is the sixth post in the series "Who Is God?
Ezekiel 48:35 (NKJV)35 All the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE."
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. Shammah is derived from the Hebrew word sham, which can be translated as "there." Jehovah Shammah is a symbolic name for the earthly Jerusalem. The name indicates that God has not abandoned Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins, but that there will be a restoration. - Blue Letter Bible
These are the final words of the Book of Ezekiel, in which the Prophet was giving a prophecy of some time after the exile of to Babylon. In chapter 48, of the book, Ezekiel listed each of the returning tribes and their territory, and then gives the dimensions of a city, the name of which, was to be Jehovah-Shammah.
Ezekiel 48:30-35 (ASV)30 And these are the egresses of the city: On the north side four thousand and five hundred reeds by measure;31 and the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel, three gates northward: the gate of Reuben, one; the gate of Judah, one; the gate of Levi, one.32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred reeds, and three gates: even the gate of Joseph, one; the gate of Benjamin, one; the gate of Dan, one.33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred reeds by measure, and three gates: the gate of Simeon, one; the gate of Issachar, one; the gate of Zebulun, one.34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred reeds, with their three gates: the gate of Gad, one; the gate of Asher, one; the gate of Naphtali, one.35 It shall be eighteen thousand reeds round about: and the name of the city from that day shall be, Jehovah is there.
That city is Jerusalem, the place where Jehovah would dwell, and in it was the temple where He met and interfaced with the people through the priest who served as the mediator..
1 Chronicles 23:25 (ASV)25 For David said, Jehovah, the God of Israel, hath given rest unto his people; and he dwelleth in Jerusalem for ever:
Psalm 132:13-18 (ASV)13 For Jehovah hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for his habitation.14 This is my resting-place for ever: Here will I dwell; For I have desired it.15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.16 Her priests also will I clothe with salvation; And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.17 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.18 His enemies will I clothe with shame; But upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Today Jehovah-Shammah Is There In The Believer
When Jehovah's Son, Jesus was crucified the curtain, in the temple that separated Jehovah from the people was torn and there was no longer a barrier between man and God.
Matthew 27:50-51 (ASV)50 And Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit.
51 And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent;
After Jesus’ return to heaven He sent the Holy Spirit who now dwells in each believer.
John 14:15-17 (ASV)15 If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever,17 even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you.
Acts 1:4-5 (ASV)4 and, being assembled together with them, he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, said he, ye heard from me:5 For John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days hence.
Acts 2:1-4 (ASV)1 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place.2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (ASV)16 Know ye not that ye are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?17 If any man destroyeth the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and such are ye.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV)19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
Ephesians 2:19-22 (ASV)19 So then ye are no more strangers and sojourners, but ye are fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,20 being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone;21 in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord;22 in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.
He was present in the past, leading the Israelites through generations of slavery, wandering, and growth. He was present in the specific plans His people carried out as they rebuilt Jerusalem. He is present now, as He guides us through living out His love. He offers His presence through us, acting through our hearts and delivering eternal hope.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary says:
“…it is true of every good Christian; he dwells in God, and God in him; whatever soul has in it a living principle of grace, it may be truly said, The Lord is There.”
Revelation 21:3 (ASV)3 And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God:
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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.