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November 6, 2013

JEHOVAH EZER (Part 1) – This majestic NAME of God is one with which you may not be familiar, but one which is symbolic of a truth repeatedly affirmed in Scripture that JEHOVAH, the Great I Am, is our HELPER now and forever. Amen. And so it is fitting for David to declare “Our HELP (Heb = Ezer) is in the NAME of JEHOVAH, Who made heaven and earth.” (Ps 124:8note) Indeed Spurgeon affirms that “In all times of danger from men our wisest course is to fly to the LORD our HELPER. He has ways and means for delivering us which we know not of. He can either turn our enemies into friends (cf Pr 16:7) or else so check all their efforts that they shall do us no real injury (Read Ps 27:1notePs 56:4notePs 118:6noteMt 10:28). Blessed are those men whose trust in the (NAME of) Jehovah never wavers (Ps 40:4notePs 84:12note).” David is declaring that our HELP is in God’s NAME, a truth even echoed in his prayer “May JEHOVAH answer you in the day of trouble! May the NAME of the God of Jacob SET YOU SECURELY ON HIGH.” (Ps 20:1note) “Set you securely on high” is one Hebrew word (sagab), which depicts the individual who is in need of HELP choosing to run into the “Strong Tower” of His NAME (Pr 18:10note), and being lifted up above the waves of affliction. The trials may still be present (they probably are), but the one who is hidden in Christ, hidden safely in the NAME of JEHOVAH EZER, our HELPER, is lifted up above the trials and enabled to view them “supernaturally” (e.g., with a “Ro 8:28noteJas 1:2note Perspective”). As Warren Wiersbe says “The safest place in all the world is in the will of God and the safest protection in all the world is the NAME of God. When you know His NAME, you know His nature. His NAMES and titles reveal His nature. They tell us who He is and what He can do. Each name He bears is a blessing He bestows on us.” And so the better we know His name JEHOVAH EZER, the more we will  trust Him when overwhelming trials create in us a sense of our great need for His gracious help. To paraphrase a wise saying, “Look at circumstances and you’ll be distressed. Look at yourself and you’ll be depressed. But look in faith at JEHOVAH EZER and you’ll be blessed.” Indeed, “How blessed is the one whose HELPER (Ezer) is the God of Jacob, whose hope (absolute assurance of future good) is in Jehovah his God.” (Ps 146:5NETnote).

David affirms that “Our soul waits for the LORD our HELP (JEHOVAH EZER) and our Defender. For our heart rejoices in HIM, because we trust in His holy NAME.” (Ps 33:20-21note) By being willing to WAIT “the godly avow their reliance upon Him (Jehovah Ezer) Whom the Psalm extols. To WAIT is a great lesson (Is 40:31note). To be quiet in expectation, patient in hope, single in confidence, is one of the bright attainments of a Christian. Our soul, our life, must hang upon God. We are not to trust Him with a few gewgaws (useless things), but with ALL we have and are. He is our HELP and our Shield. Our HELP in labor, our Shield in danger. The Lord answers all things to His people. He is our ALL IN ALL. Note also the three “ours” in Ps 33:20 — these hold-fast words are precious. Personal possession makes the Christian man or woman. All else is mere talk.” (Spurgeon) 

And how can we be so confident? Because “He Himself has said, “’NO, NEVER, I will NOT leave, NO, NEVER forsake you’ (Note the FIVE Greek negatives, immutable truth you can trust!),” so that we may confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER (boethos), I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT SHALL MAN DO TO ME?” (Heb 13:5-6note, cf Mt 28:20bnote) “As I look at the past, I see that God has cared for me every step of the way. As I look at the present, I know He is with me. As I look to the future, I know He is ahead of me. He surrounds me….No matter how difficult my experiences are, the Lord is on my side. I need not fear the past, present or future or what anybody can do to me, because I fear God (with a sense of reverential awe) God.” (Wiersbe) Indeed, “All you who fear the LORD, trust in JEHOVAH! He is your HELPER (Ezer) and your Shield.” (Ps 115:11NLTnote) Under girded by the truth of our personal possession of the Name JEHOVAH EZER, may His Spirit enable us to “Be strong and courageous, to not fear or be discouraged because of _______(Fill in the name of your adversary &/or affliction), for the One with us is greater than the one with him. He has with him mere human strength, but JEHOVAH our God, Who is our HELPER fights our battles for us!” (2Chr 32:7-8note) As Adrian Rogers prayed may “the Holy Spirit emblazon upon our heart the truth that “The battle is not ours, but God’s.” (cf 2Chr 20:15,32:81Sa 17:47). Jeremy Taylor adds that “It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his HELPER is omnipotent.”

In Hebrews 2:18, the writer uses the Greek noun “boethos” translated HELPER, which is the same word used above in the Greek translation (Lxx) of HELP (Ezer) in Ps 33:20note. The writer of Hebrews encourages the tried, suffering saints with the truth that “since (Jesus) Himself was tempted (tested by trials) in that which He has suffered, He is continuously able to COME TO THE AID of those who are continually being tempted (tested).” (Heb 2:18note). “Come to the aid” is a single Greek verb boetheia (related to boethos), and is derived from boe = to cry out and théo = to run. Can you envision the picture? While Jesus, JEHOVAH EZER, is always with us, when does He come to our HELP according to Heb 2:18? When we CRY OUT! Recall Peter’s “walking on and sinking in water episode,” prompting him to cry out “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him.” (Mt 14:30-31note) Indeed, JEHOVAH EZER is always near, ever ready as our “Refuge and strength, a very PRESENT HELPER (Lxx = boethos) in trouble (“tight places)” (Ps 46:1note). And so we can confidently sing “A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; Our HELPER He amid the flood, Of mortal ills prevailing.” (Martin Luther’s Mighty Fortress)

“The LORD is my strength and my shield. My heart trusted in Him, and I am HELPED; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.” (Ps 28:7NKJVnote) Notice the growth “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2Pe 3:18note), proceeding from “trusted” (past tense), to “am helped…rejoices” (present tense), culminating in “praise” to Him (future tense). Indeed, the pattern is “Supplicating, seeing, singing.” (Phillips) Notice that based on past experiences with God, David resolved to trust in JEHOVAH EZER, his “Hiding Place,” and was filled with “songs of deliverance.” (Ps 32:7note) John Phillips reminds us that none of us “live our Christian lives in a vacuum. Where we are today is the result of where we were yesterday; where we will be tomorrow is being determined by where we are today.” Samuel modeled this timeless truth when he “took a large stone (Heb = ‘eben) and set it between the towns of Mizpah and Shen, and named it EBENEZER  (literally “Stone of Help”)” testifying “Up to this point JEHOVAH has HELPED us (Lxx = verb boetheia ~ “run to our aid upon hearing our cry”).(1Sa 7:12note) Beloved, may the Spirit enable all of us to ever sing these triumphant words “Here I raise my EBENEZER. Hither by Thy great HELP I’ve come. And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at Home.” (Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Robert Robinson)

Beloved, given our natural propensity to forgetfulness, I would encourage you to keep a journal of Jehovah’s “Ebenezer memorials” in your life, so that when the fiery trial “comes upon you for your testing” (1Pe 4:12note), you might be able to quickly recall JEHOVAH EZER’S past deliverances “in times of trouble.” (Ps 41:1NIVnote), and be enabled by the Spirit to “stand firm in the faith; be men (and women) of courage; be strong.” (1Cor 16:13NIV), fully confident that “after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace (cf JEHOVAH EZER), Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” (1Pe 5:10note). Indeed, JEHOVAH EZER is trustworthy, for “His lovingkindness (unfailing love) is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations.” (Ps 100:5note)

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Jehovah Ezer – Part 2 Post to follow 

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my EBENEZER;
Here by Thy great HELP I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

From → The Names of God

  1. “JEHOVAH EZER – Part 1 | preceptaustin” really causes myself contemplate a small bit further.
    I adored each and every single portion of this blog post.
    Thank you -Bonnie

  2. Isidro permalink

    I’m grateful …HalleluJah !!!!!!!!!!

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