Upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives and as we grow as Christians, we become aware of the many names of God. Today, we will focus on the name: “Jehovah Chereb”
Knowing Jehovah Chereb: The Lord…the Sword
In Deuteronomy, chapter 33, Moses spoke blessings to the Israelites prior to his death. God spoke to Moses prior to this address and informed him that he was going to die. Moses addressed the people of Israel before his final climb up Mount Nebo, his death place.
29How happy you are, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is the shield that protects you, the sword you boast in. Your enemies will cringe before you, and you will tread on their backs.Deuteronomy 33:29
Sword \ ˈsȯrd \
1: a weapon (such as a cutlass or rapier) with a long blade for cutting or thrusting that is often used as a symbol of Honor or Authority
2: an agency or instrument of Destruction or Combat
3: coercive Power
Moses reassured the Israelites in his words of blessings, placing emphasis on the victory that they possessed by being the chosen people and nation of God. There was no enemy that could come against or defeat the Israelites because of God’s covering and protection, as well as His authority and power to bring destruction to those who came against His chosen nation.
We can see an example of this very truth in Psalm 18, when David cried out to the Lord to deliver him from the hand of his powerful enemy. The Lord was faithful in delivering him from his enemy, as David had an intimate relationship with God. David knew that as long as God was on his side, he could defeat any enemy or opposition he may face. We too, should have this same mindset.
In Ephesians chapter 6, Paul wrote to the church of Ephesus, encouraging and equipping them to stand against the attacks of spiritual warfare. In verse 17, Paul tells the people to, “take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit — which is the word of God.” Our spiritual weapon against the enemy and his attacks during spiritual warfare, is our bible, the inspired word of God. In order to deploy this weapon against the enemy, we must know the word, and speak the word, just as Jesus Christ did when He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness (Matt 4:1-11).
John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We know that the word of God is our sword and weapon against the enemy we face daily. Therefore, since He is the word, He is our Jehovah Chereb (Our Sword).