God Is Yahweh Shammah: The LORD Is There (Names Of God Series)

Hebrew-Names12For the last several weeks we have studied the various Names of God in the Scripture. Why does God give us so many Names related to Him? His Names reflect His unchanging character. C.H. Spurgeon stated:

Let us meditate upon the Lord’s holy name, that we may trust Him the better and rejoice the more readily. He is in character holy, just, true, gracious, faithful and unchanging. Is not such a God to be trusted? He is all-wise, almighty, and everywhere present; can we not cheerfully rely upon Him? Yes, we will do so at once, and do so without reserve.”

The name of God we are examining tonight is Yahweh Shammah which means “The Lord is There”. It is found in the last verse of the last chapter of Ezekiel. Let’s read it together.

Ezekiel 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.

What is the context of this Name of God? Yahweh Shammah (יְהֹוָה שָׁמָה) is the last word of promise written to a broken nation called Israel. The nation was founded by God. The nation was blessed by God. Yet Israel rejected the Lord.

Israel loved the land more than the Lord Who gave them the land.
Israel loved the Temple more than the Lord Who gave them the Temple.
Israel loved their own pleasure than they did the Lord Who made them.
Israel like America loved stuff but not the Sovereign God.

When Israel became like the lost world around it the Lord promised to pour out wrath on this nation. God saved Israel for His Name’s Sake:

Ezekiel 20:9-11 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt. [10] Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. [11] And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.

God is holy, and calls to Himself a people Who will love and respect Him. God punishes sin among His Children. God called Israel out of Egypt and established them in the Promised Land for His Name’s Sake, but Israel continued to rebel again Him. So God promises to destroy His people. His people have rejected Him, so He will destroy. But God said:

Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

God does not wish to destroy Israel, but He will if she will not return to Him. God is There – but He will not be where sin and rebellion is. God tells Israel:

Ezekiel 36:22-23 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but FOR MINE HOLY NAME’S SAKE, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. [23] And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

God expects His Name to be honored by His people, particularly in the midst of the unbelieving world. People need to see in Israel and in the Church that God is There. This is the emphasis. When we come to the last chapter of Ezekiel we see that God promises His people that once He restores them that He will build a Holy City, a New Jerusalem. The name of that city will be God is There, Yahweh Shammah.

1 We Cease To Be The People Of God When God Is NOT There. God from the very beginning of creation put Himself in the lives of His people. God created Eden perfect and holy, without thorns or thistles. There was no rain in Eden, but a mist came up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground (Genesis 2:6). There were no tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms nor floods. Everything was clockwork perfect. Eden was perfect. It was only after Eden was complete did the Lord form Adam of the dust of the ground.

Genesis 2:7-8 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. [8] And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

What made Eden perfect? What made it Paradise? It is Paradise because God is There. God came into the Garden daily to walk with Adam. God told Adam he could have any fruit of the Garden but the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:17). Why was this Tree forbidden? Because God is There. If you want to know right from wrong it does not need to come from YOUR heart, O man, but from God’s Heart. God knows. He knows. God is There. He is in the Garden. He made it perfect, and whole, and pure, and holy. God is There. We do not need to be gods – little “g” creatures making up our own rules. We were made by God to follow God. God is There. When Adam did what he was not supposed to do God did not change. God is STILL There. But the Bible tells us that:

Genesis 3:7-8 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. [8] And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Several things happened in the Garden of Eden when Man brought sin into that which was perfect.

  • Man Thought That He Was Self Sufficient. The “eyes of them both were opened”. We no longer relied on Yahweh Shammah, the God Who is There. We relied on OURSELVES. We became little g “gods”.
  • Man Thought That He Was Sin Sufficient. Adam and Eve saw their own nakedness, and created religion that day. Man made religion says “I don’t need God to fix me – I can fix myself”. So they sewed aprons of fig leaves to cover themselves. But in their hearts they knew this wasn’t enough.
  • Man Thought That He Didn’t Need The God Who Is There. Sin caused a gulf between us and Yahweh Shammah. “Adam and his wife hid themselves from the Presence of God”.

What made Eden an Eden was not that it was perfect, without thorns and thistles, without death and killing. What made Eden an Eden was that prior to the Fall of Adam
God is There.

God walked with man, and man with God. God talked to man, and man to God. God and Man were in perfect union, loving one another. God was not an absentee Landlord. God was in Man’s midst until man turned from God.

When God came to Abram and called him out of ancient Babylon He told him:

Genesis 12:1 (NASB) Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you;

God did not tell Abram to go by himself. He said “I will go with you. I will be the God Who is there”.

Many years later when Joseph (you remember Joseph, Jacob’s son who had the coat of many colors) was betrayed by his brothers and sold into Egyptian slavery Joseph kept the faith. Imprisoned unjustly Joseph relied not on his circumstances but on Yahweh Shammah, the God Who is There. When Joseph’s brother’s stood in front of him and he – as co-regent of the King could have killed them – what directed Joseph to have mercy and not avenge? Yahweh Shammah, the God Who Is There. Joseph said:

Genesis 50:19-21 (KJV) …. Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

God is there, He is with His people.

When God raised up Moses and brought His people out of Egypt 400 years later God p;romised to lead His people to the land of Canaan.

Moses spoke to the God Who is There, Jehovah Shammah.

Exodus 33:13-17 (KJV) Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. [14] And {God} said, My Presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. [15] And {Moses} said unto {God}, If Thy Presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. [16] For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. [17] And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

God is in the midst of His people. It is not the music that makes the Church, but that Yahweh Shammah, God is There. It is not the Programs that makes the Church, but that Yahweh Shammah, God is There.

The distinctive characteristic of the Children of God is that:

Psalms 46:5-7 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. [6] The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. [7] The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Our REST is in God.
Our POWER is in God.
Israel saw the Temple and thought “this is magnificent”.
The Temple was NOT magnificent unless the Shekinah Glory of God was there.
The Temple is just a building.
The Church building is just a building.
The Church building is just a building.
The Church building is just a building.

When Solomon built the Temple he declared:

1 Kings 8:27-30 (KJV) But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? 28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day: 29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place. 30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.

The Temple was just a fancy building if there was no Yahweh Shammah. If God’s Glory did not shine from it it was no different than a Publican’s House or a Honkey Tonk.

When Ezekiel wrote these prophecies Israel was in ruins, captured and carried off into captivity. Why? Why were they desolate? Because Israel began to worship without God. The Pharisees had taken over the faith that Abraham and Moses established.

Moses was called to Divine Services through a burning bush. Take off your shoes, for you stand on Holy Ground. Why was the ground Holy? Because of Yahweh Shammah. God is there. He was there in the burning bush. He was there in the pillar of fire by night, and the pillar of cloud by day. He was there in the Tabernacle, and He was there in the Temple. People went to where God was not to see a show but to be with God.

The Church in America has turned into a traveling side show.
We need God in our midst.
We need Yahweh Shammah.
We need His Presence in all that we do.
We don’t need another Program, another Person, another Prop.
We need God in our midst, Yahweh Shammah.

2 When We Come To The New Testament Yahweh Shammah Does A New Thing. God is There. He was with His People in the Old Testament. Israel was broken in Ezekiel’s Day, and was broken when the Gospels are written. Herod has rebuilt the Temple. It is glorious! The Pharisees and Sadducees have taken over the Temple. They are glorious! But the Glory has departed the Temple. The Shekinah Glory is no longer there, for Yahweh Shammah is not there. But God promised that He would be with His Temple.

A young carpenter named Joseph of Nazareth is told that the Mary he is engaged to is with child.

Matthew 1:21-23 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

The name “Jesus” means “God Our Savior”. The name “Emmanuel” means “God is with us”. God came to man in a burning bush, a pillar, in many different ways in the Old Testament. God came to walk with man as God. But in the New Testament God became man so that He could walk with us and talk with us.

Jesus Christ both reveals and fulfills Yahweh Shammah.
God is with us in Christ.

We are told in …

Colossians 1:19-22 (KJV) For it pleased the Father that in {Christ} should all fulness dwell; [20] And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. [21] And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled [22] In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

God is there. God is there in Christ. God reconciled us to Himself through Christ. Adam brought sin into the world and put a wall between us and our God. But now Christ reconciles us to God by His Cross. Dying on the Cross as Perfect Man He paid for the sins of all. Rising from the grave as Incarnate God He ever lives to make intercession for us.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

God’s glory – His Shekinah Glory – was returned to the Temple in Christ. The Pharisees hated Jesus because He disturbed their religion. Jesus is a religion disturber. He did not come to put a stamp of approval on ritual. Jesus came as God to be Yahweh Shammah, the God Who Is There. A woman taken in adultery is brought and cast down in front of Jesus. Jesus says:

John 8:7 …. He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

The religious accusers depart. Jesus was left alone with the woman. God is there. God says,

John 8:10 … Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

The woman replies, “No man, Lord”. Then God Who is There says:

John 8:11-12 …. Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. [12] Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

When God is There – Yahweh Shammah – Grace and Truth are there.
Neither do I condemn you is all of God’s Grace.
Go and sin no more is all of God’s Truth.

Where God is There then there is Grace. But where God is there there is also truth. You cannot have Grace without truth. God is Holy, and demands that sin be repented of. But God is gracious, and forgives the repentant sinner.

I am so glad that God is There – Yahweh Shammah – in my life. I am so glad that God is with us, whosoever believeth in Him. Christ the Light of the World – the manifest Yahweh Shammah – draws us out of darkness and into His Light. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

3 God Fulfilled The Promise He Made Through Christ And His Spirit. After Jesus rose from the dead He …

Acts 1:4-5 …. commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. [5] For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Jesus spoke of the “Promise of the Father”. What promise was this? It was the Promise that God made in our focal text:

Ezekiel 48:35 …. the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.

God would dwell with His people. God dwelt with His people at times in the Old Testament, but He did not dwell with His people. Before Jesus was crucified He told His people that He was going away, but that He would send the Comforter to His people. Jesus said:

John 14:15-17 If ye love me, keep my commandments. [16] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

In the Old Testament God’s people had a Temple. In the New Testament God’s people ARE a Temple. God is There. He is in every believer in Christ. God abides with us FOREVER. God is there. He is there in the good times, and He is there in the bad times. When we gather together He is in our midst. But when we depart this place, He is still in us and with us.

Yahweh Shammah is there to comfort us in our sorrows. He is the God Who is There Who teaches us the things of God. Jesus said:

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

 John 16:7-14 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. [8] And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: [9] Of sin, because they believe not on me; [10] Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; [11] Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. [12] I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. [13] Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. [14] He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Jesus is Yahweh Shammah, the Incarnate God Who is There. The Holy Spirit is Yahweh Shammah, the Indwelling God Who Is There. God is There. He is with us. He will abide with us if we love Him.

May God touch your hearts with His Word.

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