After thumbing around in some old pictures, I came across some tapestries that bore some of the many names of God. and it got me thinking. How many names of God dose the Bible hold? well, I knew that there were many. perhaps too many to count. So, I narrowed my search. The Jehovah names. In my studies, I have found there are 42 of them.
The name Jehovah literally translates as “I am”.
Did you even notice that the name of God is an open ended statement?
“I am…What?” Fill in the blank. He is whatever his children need him to be.
Doing a study on all 42 names of God would take quite some time. And that is not to mention all the hassle. but here is the thing…I have always been a glutton for punishment. I’m going to start a weekly installment of the names of God. Every Monday for the next 42 weeks I will be bringing my dear readers a lesson on one of the names of God as well as a personal story in relation to it. Let’s get started.
When I heard the 23rd Psalm as a child. That first line really threw me for a loop. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
7 year old me: “Dad, Why does David not want his Shepheard?”
What I came to realize, is that the passage can be interpreted as, “The Lord is my shepherd, I don’t want anything else.” And it was in that moment when I began to grapple with the idea that all I need is Jesus. And since we are starting a new installment on the names of Jehovah, I find it fitting that we begin with this one.
Jehovah Rohi – “I am Shepherd”
And as we get into this, I want to point something out. When the book of psalms was being compiled, I think it is no accident that Psalm 22, 23, and 24 all revolve around the same central thought. The Shepherd. That is why these three psalms are called “the Shepherd Psalms.”
Psalm 22 is the Psalm of the Good Shepherd, laying down His life for His sheep.
Psalm 23 is the Psalm of the Great Shepherd Who cares so intensely for His sheep.
Psalm 24 is the Psalm of the Chief Shepherd, Who is coming again.
In my study of the passages, I came across a site that really hits the nail on the head
“In Psalm 22 we see a picture of the Good Shepherd, giving His life for the flock. Psalm 22 is the clearest description of what it’s like to be crucified anywhere in Scripture and is the most often quoted Psalm in the New Testament. Written by David 1000 years before the fact, it reads like a first person account of the pain and humiliation that form of punishment inflicted upon its victim. Surprisingly, it opens with the first words our Lord spoke from the cross and closes with His final ones. You have to read the Psalm in Greek to get this last tidbit, because in English the last phrase of verse 31 reads “He has done it.” But in Greek it’s is the same word John used in documenting our Lord’s last statement from the cross, translated “It is finished” in John 19:30. The Greek word in both cases is tetelestai. A legal term in Jesus’ day that usually meant paid in full and was written across a paid invoice, for example. Upon his release, it was also written across the bill of charges for which a criminal had served time. The ex-convict carried this document with him as proof that he had paid his debt to society so he wouldn’t be charged with the same crime again.”*
Isaiah 53:6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
1 Peter 2:25 “For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls”
Numbers 27:16 – 17 Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.”
Psalm 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.
Matthew 9:35 – 38 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Jehovah-Rohi—becomes the perfect Shepherd of the sheep in this following verse.
John 10: 25-27 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
Romans 8:38 & 39For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
These two verse hold a great Biblical truth. He is the good shepherd, and there is nothing that can take us away from him.
John 10:16 teaches us about His shepherding. As well as the unity of His flock.
“And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”
Jehovah Rohi indeed. Next week we will be delving into Jehovah Shalom “I am Peace”.
Keep it in Jesus