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(The Lord Is There)
This NAME occurs only once in Ezekiel 48:35. Jehovah Samma
"The Existing One" TRUE FRIEND , or "to be" My Friend, or "to exist" with me always? It also suggests "to become" My Friend, or specifically "to become known" as My Friend Who Is Always With me! - denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly and is "always" with me - even when I fail to acknowledge Him, or "recognize" Him , or even "accept Him" as my Friend - Shammah is derived from the Hebrew word sham, which can be translated as "there."
Jehovah Shammah is a symbolic name for the earthly Jerusalem that indicates that God has not, and will never abandon Jerusalem and His People.
Through the "blood" of Jesus Christ we have the "eternal friendship" of God , Our Father. Through the WORDS of Jesus, we have a relationship with "Our Father" as we learn to "pray" , as only Jesus taught us.
Ezekiel, God’s prophet during the Babylonian captivity, experienced some dire circumstances. The Temple would be destroyed, and Jerusalem would fall to the pagan Babylonians. Many of the Hebrews would be displaced; Ezekiel’s task was to minister to the captives that remained in Jerusalem. The Psalmist expresses their low state of emotions in Psalm 137:1 - 4 which read, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’ How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a foreign land.” The times were trying; enthusiasm for Zion was beginning to wane.
Ezekiel (48:35) introduces his readers to another of God’s names. In the last verse of the final chapter he writes, “It was, round about, eighteen thousand measures; and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there (Jehovah shammah).” The prophet was inviting Israel to look at the Millennial Reign of Messiah. The land of true Israel, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers shall be the extent of the kingdom.
Our God manifested His presence to Israel after crossing the Red Sea in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21). Later after the Tabernacle was built He came down in His Shekinah glory (Exodus 40;34). During Solomon’s time after the building of the Temple He shows His presence (I Kings 8:1). In the New Testament on the Day of Pentecost He came down in the miracle of cloven tongues and a rushing mighty wind (Acts 2:1). Of course, in the Gospel Age His Holy Spirit comes upon His people individually as they are saved by God’s grace (John 16:7 - 15; 17:26). The LORD is there; He dwells with His people! As God’s children, we need to “practice the presence of the LORD.” One day our Savior, the Messiah, will sit upon the throne of His father, Acts 15:16 reads, “After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again its ruins, and I will set it up; that the residue of men might seek after the LORD, and all the nations, upon whom my name is called, saith the LORD, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the age.” While the Scriptures speak of God’s presence, it must be remembered that King Solomon said upon the completion of the Temple (I Kings 8:27), “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 built!” There is no fleeing from the presence of Jehovah God. The Psalmist caught the spirit when he wrote (Psalm 139:7), “Whether shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in sheol, behold, thou are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand led me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say,’ Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.’”
The atheist may challenge Christianity by stating, “God is no where.” But the Christian can change the letters separating the last word and declare his faith in Jehovah Shammah by stating his confession of faith, “God is now here.” One great comfort that our missionaries must feel, even though far away from home, God is near them wherever they may go. Furthermore, because He is present everywhere, we can pray and our prayers will be answered thousands of miles away. Our Savior has promised to be with us as we carry out His Great Commission (Matthew 28:20) which reads, “...and, lo, I am (Jesus is) with you alway(s), even unto the end of the age. Amen.” God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are with us even in death (Psalm 23), “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou are with me;...”
The true fulfillment of God’s presence came when God came down in the form of a man, taking upon Himself humanity. Colossians 1:19, 20 read, “For it pleased the Father that in him (Christ Jesus the Lord) should dwell; 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.” John wrote (Joh 1:14), “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we behold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.” Truly Jesus was the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel...For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”