In this article, we will look at and do a quick study on one of God’s names Jehovah Shammah. So, grab your Bible, and let’s dig in…
Studying the names of God is such a rich way of seeing the Lord in a deeper way. Throughout scripture, God is called by many names, each representing a specific characteristic, attribute, or trait of who the Lord is.
These names are representations of who the Lord is and who He is to us. And today, we are exploring His name, Jehovah Shammah.
Jehovah Shammah means “The Lord Is There.” This is the name given to the City in Ezekiel 48:35 and is a representation of the heart of God toward His people. The City represents believers. The Lord has made His dwelling place with us. This name teaches us to rely on the Presence of God with us.
Jehovah Shammah may be one of the names we don’t hear as often, but it is an important name of the Lord. It can be somewhat challenging to understand due to the context in which it is used in the Bible. But let’s explore the name Jehovah Shammah, what it means, where it is found in the Bible, and what Christians can learn about who God is through this specific name.
What Does Jehovah Shammah Mean?
There are numerous names for the Lord in scripture from the Hebrew language. This language uses names to describe specific attributes of who God is and to memorialize certain events and works of God.
Jehovah Shammah is one of the Hebrew names of God in the Bible, and it is only in a particular context to demonstrate who God is.
The name Jehovah Shammah is translated as “The Lord Is There.” Here is what the Strong’s Concordance says:
This name is only used in one place in the Bible, in Ezekiel 48:35. This passage in Ezekiel is the ending of the description of the Holy City that was revealed to Ezekiel in a vision from the Lord.
The distance around the city shall be 18,000 (4 x 4,500) cubits; and the name of the city from that day [and ever after] shall be, ‘The Lord is There.’” – Ezekiel 48:35 AMP
It was all around eighteen elef in circumference; and the shem of the Ir from that day shall be, Hashem Shammah (Hashem is there) – Ezekiel 48:35 OJB
The City that Ezekiel describes represents the Kingdom of God, the New Jerusalem, and the people of the Lord. By calling God by the name Jehovah Shammah, Ezekiel describes God as being with his people, and the name means He will be found in this city, which is His people.
“The Lord Is There” demonstrates that God is found with His people. It is a declaration of the presence of the Lord among His people and how He dwells with us in the place He has created for us in His presence.
and then I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “See! The tabernacle of God is among men, and He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them [as their God,] – Revelation 21:3 AMP
The name Jehovah Shammah used in this context demonstrates the in-dwelling of God among His people, and there is much that believers can learn from this name. Let’s explore the name a little deeper in a Biblical context and then explore the applications of this name of the Lord for Christians in the New Testament.
How Is The Name Jehovah Shammah Used In The Bible?
The name Jehovah Shammah is only used in Ezekiel 48:35. This specific name of the Lord is not used in any other place in the Bible nor in any other context. This gives us clues as to what the name represents and how this name is used in the Bible to represent who God is.
In the last chapters of Ezekiel, the prophet describes a vision given to him by the Lord, which depicts the Heavenly City and Temple of the Lord, which is a prophetic picture of the New Jerusalem. At the end of the description of these places, Ezekiel speaks the name of the City, calling it Jehovah Shammah.
In this context, the scripture calls the City and the Temple “The Lord Is There,” which describes the actualization of God’s presence among His people.
The Temple and the City described in these chapters of Ezekiel are a vision of the same City spoken of by John in Revelation 21. We know that the City is the same because it is described with the same dimensions, gates, and foundations. All of the gates in both City descriptions give the gates of the City the names of the 12 tribes of Israel.
In Revelation 21:9-27, an angel of the Lord shows John the New Jerusalem and calls it “the Bride, the Lamb’s Wife.” This shows us that the City is a description of the people of the Lord, His dwelling place, as written in Revelation 22:3, and shows us that He Himself calls the City “The Lord Is There.”
Jehovah Shammah is only mentioned in the Bible once in Ezekiel, but the context of the scripture reveals much more about the intentions of the name as it is contextualized by other scriptures as well.
What Does Jehovah Shammah Mean For Believers?
Now that we have learned what Jehovah Shammah means and explored the scriptural context of the name, it is important to explore what Jehovah Shammah means for believers and how this descriptive name of the Lord can be applied to our lives in the here and now.
The name given to the New Jerusalem in Ezekiel, which represents the people of God, is “The Lord Is There.” By this, we can state that this name means that God is with us, those who believe in Him.
The name Jehovah Shammah is given to the people of God as a promise to us that He is with us. God dwells with us, He chose to make us His dwelling place, and this name of God demonstrates that. Where there is the Lord, we will be, and where we will be the Lord will be there! How beautiful is that?
The application of this name in our daily lives as believers is that we can always know and trust that the Lord is here with us. He dwells with us; He walks with us and has made us His dwelling place by the blood of Jesus and the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
May the name Jehovah Shammah bring you comfort and peace in your heart. The Lord is there for you and He will never leave you, nor forsake you!
Bible Study Series On The Names of God
I am so excited to be embarking on this journey of exploring the beautiful and powerful names of God! Growing in our understanding of these names can increase our faith and intimacy with Him like nothing else can.
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The name Jehovah Shammah teaches us that God is with us. This name represents the ever-present presence of God with his people and the indwelling of His Spirit in every believer.
Take this name as a Biblical promise that the Lord is with you always and that He has made His dwelling place with you. You can rely on Him; He is with you and always found where you are. If you would like to leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you and what the Lord is teaching you in this season.
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
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