"And the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE." Ezekiel 48:35 (NKJV)
The Prophet Ezekiel was given a glorious vision of the city God would one day inhabit here on earth. It's a vision that spans a total of eight chapters, and it includes the exact measurements of the Temple that will serve as the city's centerpiece, a river that flows from the city, and even the gates in the city walls.
As the vision continues to mount and ramp up, we're brought to the grand finale—that climactic moment where the most important feature of all is revealed—the physical presence of God…or as He's spoken of in this context, Jehovah-shamma.
By now we know Jehovah is the sacred covenant name of God. And when joined with the Hebrew word for "there," shamma, it forms the name Jehovah-shamma…the LORD is THERE.
To the Israelite reading or hearing this, the name Jehovah-shamma was a powerful trigger. All of the past promises that the Lord had given to them—the promises of peace, promises of healing, promises of joy—all of the promises they were holding onto and hoping in would be fully and finally fulfilled in God's presence.
For that reason, the name Jehovah-shamma is the appropriate closing to Ezekiel's vision, as well as to our study on the names of God. It's more than just another name; it stresses the Lord's actual presence. It's a sigh of relief, a crossing of the finish line, a conclusion to a long hard journey. Once in the glorious presence of Jehovah-shamma, the "God who is with you," what else is there? There is nothing else.
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)
Consistency breeds security. If you're an employer, you take comfort in knowing that you have consistent employees working for you. If your car needs to be fixed, you're going to take it to a mechanic who has consistently performed well. And if you're a coach, you'll probably draw up a play at the end of a tight game that puts the ball in the hands of your best and most consistent player.