Did you know that God reveals Himself to us through His names? Each name is like a window into His character and nature. Let's dive deep into these 16 names of God in this beautiful new book "16 Names of God: a Strong Tower to Run to." From Creator God—Elohim, found in Genesis, to The Lord Is There—Jehovah Shammah in Ezekiel, we see His awesome character and nature. Let's explore the meaning and significance behind each of these names as we find safety in the Strong Tower.
Reflect These 16 Names of God and Discover His Character.
As Christians, we are called to reflect God's name. His name is great and worthy of our praise (Psalm 8:1; 48:10). His names are like a mighty fortress providing protection for His children. In this new book, "16 Names of God: a Strong Tower to Run to," you will see how you can reflect God's character through your daily life. You'll also discover how His names depict His unmerited love for you.
Embrace These 16 Names of God and Honor His Character.
Are you thirsty to know God better, deeper, and with more passion? Soak up these 16 names of God, and unlock a richer and more in-depth understanding of His character and nature. There is only One true God, but many names describe His attributes. With this inspirational book, you will explore the depth of His love, provision, and healing. You'll also discover that knowing Him by His names is the pathway to trusting Him more.
God knows us by our name (Isaiah 43:1). Shouldn’t we also know Him by His?
Qanna: Jealous God
In the vast tapestry of the Old Testament, the name of God, Qanna, emerges six times, with its first appearance within the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:5a: "You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God [Qanna] am a jealous God." The name Qanna carries the profound meaning of jealousy or zeal, but not in a sinful sense. Instead, it reflects a divine longing for a special, intimate relationship with His children—much like the healthy jealousy we find in a loving marriage. In this blog post, we explore the implications of God's jealousy, drawing parallels to human relationships and emphasizing the importance of prioritizing our connection with Qanna.
The Nature of Healthy Jealousy
To understand the concept of Qanna's jealousy, consider the healthy jealousy that can exist in a marriage. In the midst of our busy lives, we often find ourselves racing through days filled with responsibilities, chores, and obligations. It's a constant cycle of work, meal preparations, and preparations for the next day. Time slips away, and we spend more moments apart than together. However, when we take a vacation with our spouse, we cherish the alone time spent in an unfamiliar place, just the two of us. We treasure the opportunity for deep conversations and meaningful connection, and it's in these moments that our relationship takes center stage. We become jealous for this one-on-one time because we recognize its value.
Qanna's Jealousy for His Children
Likewise, God, represented by the name Qanna, desires a similar level of intimacy with us. He yearns for our conversations through prayer and the opportunity to draw closer to us. Qanna is jealous for a more profound relationship with His children, one that occupies a central place in our lives. However, the pace of life often leaves us spending more time apart from God than with Him. To nurture this relationship, we must be intentional in making time with Qanna a priority.
The Full Measure of Worship
Qanna's jealousy extends not only to our time together but also to our worship. In the Gospels, we are reminded of the commandment to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. This command, reiterated from the Old Testament, signifies the depth of love God desires from us. We should love Him above all else, clinging to Him with every fiber of our being, just as we would if we truly loved something.
Qanna's Relentless Love
The beauty of Qanna's jealousy lies in His relentless love for us. Before our existence, He loved us, seeking us out with His love. The Bible tells us, "We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). Even before we turned to Him, Qanna delighted in us and rescued us. His love is a force that makes Him jealous for our attention and devotion, desiring an intimate relationship that takes center stage in our lives.
Qanna and the Ten Commandments
It is no coincidence that Qanna's name is mentioned first in the Ten Commandments. These commandments serve as God's standard of conduct, guiding not only the Israelites but also us today. The first three commandments are centered around our relationship with Qanna: acknowledging Him as the only God, refraining from creating idols, and honoring His name. Qanna is both jealous for us and His own name.
A Jealous God in Pursuit of Restoration
In the end, Qanna is a God who seeks restoration. Just as He restored the children of Israel, He continues to restore us today. He wants us to worship no other gods, make no graven images, and give Him our undivided devotion. He longs for all of our worship, our hearts, and our praise.
In the story of Jonah and Nineveh, we witness the consequences of turning away from God's desires. When God's jealousy turns, it leads to judgment and destruction. Similarly, Nahum prophesied judgment over Nineveh due to its wickedness, highlighting Qanna's role as an avenging God when His people forsake Him.
Ultimately, Qanna's jealousy is a reflection of His love—a love that our souls were created to crave. In a world where people seek soul satisfaction through various avenues, the ultimate fulfillment can only be found in a personal relationship with the one true God, Qanna. We are called to prioritize this relationship, embracing His jealousy as a testament to His unfailing love and desire for intimacy with His children.
How has the study of this name of God been impactful to your life?
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