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Try this: Read the book of Daniel. It’s only twelve chapters. But this time, read it with a red pencil in your hand. As you read, underline the names and descriptions of God.

He is “the Lord” (Daniel 1:2). Here, Daniel doesn’t call him Jehovah or Yahweh, usually written “Lord” in English, but Adonai, meaning Master.

He is also called “God” (Daniel 1:9), Elohim, which in the Hebrew language is plural. (Think about that... when the Bible uses the name Elohim, it refers to the three persons of the Holy Trinity!)

He is “the God of the heavens” (Daniel 2:19, 20)

He is the “revealer of mysteries” (Daniel 2:29).

He is the “great God” (Daniel 2:45), the “God of gods, Lord of kings” (Daniel 2:47).

He is the “Most High God” (Daniel 3:26) and “the Most High ... ruler over human kingdoms” (Daniel 4:25).

In Daniel 4:26, “Heaven” is used in reference to God, and in Daniel 5:23 He is called “the Lord of the heavens.”

He is “the God who holds your life-breath in his hand” (Daniel 5:23).

He is “the God of Daniel” and “the living God” (Daniel 6:26).

Three times in chapter seven, Daniel uses the name, “Ancient of Days” (Daniel 7:9, 13, 22), speaking of the gloriously Ever-Existing One.

In Daniel’s lengthy prayer recorded in the nineth chapter, Daniel addresses “the Lord my God” (here Lord translates Jehovah or Yahweh) and “the great and awe-inspiring God”(Daniel 9:4). David sang of the Lord, my Shepherd... Not someone else’s Shepherd, but my Shepherd. Here Daniel prays to “the Lord my God.” He also speaks to “the Lord our God” (Daniel 9:10, 13).

Oh, what a glorious name!

“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“At the name of Jesus every knee will bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10–11).

“Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy” (Matthew 6:9).

“Hallelujah! Give praise, servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord” (Psalm 113:1).

“Daniel praised the God of the heavens and declared: May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to him. May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to him” (Daniel 2:19-20).

All Scripture quotations, except as otherwise noted, are from

Holman Bible Publishers’ Christian Standard Bible.


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