Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jehovah-Sabaoth, the Lord of host, the Lord of Powers (1 Samuel 1:3)

Today we meet Jehovah Sabaoth - The Lord of Hosts: Mightiest warrior and all powerful King. He is first introduced as the Lord of host in 1 Samuel 1:3. “This man (Elkanah) went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh…”

Elkanah’s wife desperately wanted a baby and prayed to the Lord of host, Jehovah-Sabaoth. He hears her and gives her a boy child, Samuel who becomes a major Hebrew prophet and priest.

Jehovah - Sabaoth is used as God’s name over 285 times., and is the most frequently used in Jeremiah and Isaiah, but we can see His hand through out the Old Testament as He delivers His people from their enemies.

He is the Almighty God over the "armies" or " angelic hosts.” 

Jesus said He could have called ten thousand angels to rescue Him.  

In Revelation 5:11 John says, “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,”

Perhaps the most often told story in Old Testament scriptures giving God the name of Jehovah-Saboath is in 1 Samuel 17:45 when David, a young shepherd boy, confronts Goliath with, “…You come to me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of  Jehovah-Sabaoth, the Elohim (creator) of the army of Israel, whom you have insulted.”

David knew he was in covenant with Jehovah-Saboath. He knew His God by name. (Psalm 91)

In Daniel 3:28 we see where Jehovah-Sabaoth sent an angelic messenger to deliver Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego from the fiery furnace.

To me the most interesting scripture  regarding the heavenly host is found in Luke 2:13-14 at the birth of Jesus. “Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.” God sent His angelic warriors to protect the birth of His Son.

The Lord of Hosts is the King of all heaven and earth. (Psalm 24:9-10; Psalm 84:3; Isaiah 6:5). He is all powerful and has at His command myriads of warrior-angels. 

What are your problems today? Give them to Jehovah-Sabaoth. He can handle them. He is all powerful and has all power at His disposal.

As we come to the communion table today celebrate, and honor the name of God as Jehovah-Sabaoth who has delivered us from evil through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. It is on the cross Jesus defeated the enemy of our God, and the enemy of our soul. 

Instead of praying “deliver us from evil” we can now declare we have been delivered from the evil one by Jehovah-Sabaoth through Jesus the Christ. Amen!

Blessings on your day!


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