LORD Of Hosts “Creator Of All Things”
Lord of Hosts is used over 200 times in the Old Testament examples:
“Then David said to the Philistine (Goliath), “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” – 1 Sam 17:45
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” – Isa. 9:6-7
There are hundreds more references. These two events take place about 250 years apart, but Isaiah’s refers back to David (1 Sam verse) and points ahead to Christ in his prophecy.
The title “Lord of hosts” says several things about the nature of God and about His creation. It emphasized God’s ultimate power over the whole universe and every living creature. The phrase “host of heaven” refers to every living thing, even angelic, celestial beings. In other words, God is not just creator of the earth and everyone on it, but Creator of every living thing; all creatures and all of creation are subject to the power of God. We, in turn, as His creation exist to love and to serve His purpose(s).
The title is a statement not only of God’s ultimate power but also of our subjection to that power. No one stands before God, except by His power, mercy and grace. We can only approach Him out of His love for us, out of Christ’s sacrifice for us and out of the boldness and advocacy of the Spirit in us (Heb. 4:16)
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
The Names of God in the Old Testament
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of the names of God in the Old Testament.
- Adonai (Lord, Master)
- El Elyon (The Most High God)
- Elohim (God)
- El Olam (The Everlasting God)
- El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
- Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
- Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
- Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
- Qanna (Jealous)
- Jehovah-Raah(The Lord My Shepherd)
- Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
- Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
- Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
- Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
- Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
- Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
Revealed to the Porphets by the LORD Of Hosts.
8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. 9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. 10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.