I expected to end my series on Fathoming God with my last article, El Roi. (I still love that name! So personal!) But I happened upon an extensive list of new names. Most of them, I’d never heard before, but each so expressive of God’s characters.
What a treasure trove!
So I’m starting with something I already know about God, but this name and the story behind it brings home the truth of this aspect of his character. He is a promise keeper. The ultimate promise keeper. He never wavers, nor will He ever go back on His word.
El HaNe’eman means just that – God who is Faithful. The name emerged from a discussion that Moses had with the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 7.
6 “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set His love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,8 but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that He swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations”
As the people stood poised to take the land the Lord gave them, the coach rallied them with a pep talk. God will give you this land as He has promised, and you can believe it because He’s kept extraordinary promises to you so far.
You might get the impression that this is a one-shot deal. That it applies only to the Jews, God’s Chosen People. But check out verse 9 again. That’s the verse where we get El HaNe’eman, the faithful God. That verse ends with His commitment to keep covenant (promises) and love faithfully those how love Him and keep His commandments.
That’s me. I bet it’s you, too.
So this name confirms to me that He will do for me as He says and love me without wavering. Wow. That right there is awesome. But then think of all that’s He’s said He’ll do. He extends comfort, provision, leading, hope, and a future, among many other promises. Jesus commented on how if we, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more with the Father give good gifts to those who love Him (Matt 7:11). And He, being God in the flesh, promised to go prepare a place for me. Like a groom setting up the house for his bride. And He will come and get me that I might always be where He is (John 14:3).
Those are some amazing promises for which to look forward.
Your turn: I’ve missed hearing from you through my freedom series. I hope you’ll chime in here. What promise (okay, besides eternity with God) are you most looking forward to receiving?