YHWH Is There
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Pronounced Yä-wá' (or Yod-Há-Väv-Há') shäm'-mä, the compound name appears in the Old Testament only once in Ezekiel 48:35 to portray YHWH's presence in the coming millennial kingdom: "It shall be eighteen thousand reeds round about; and the name of the city from that day shall be, Yahweh Is There [YHWH-Shammah]." (WEB)
The name "YHWH-Shammah" may very well be the most exciting and comforting name God has given us. Why? Because in "YHWH-Shammah" is the promise and pledge of God completing the work He began in us at creation, to bring us to our final rest and glory; for as the Catechism says: "The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."
The word "shammah" is derived from the Hebrew word "sham", which means "there" or "at that place". YHWH-Shammah is the last name God revealed through His Old Testament prophets. In the historic setting in which it's given, this name reassured Israel that God had not abandoned them during their 70-year period of Babylonian captivity, and that there would eventually be a restoration of Jerusalem and the Temple.
As Ezekiel had prophesied 25 years earlier that Jerusalem and the Temple would be utterly destroyed and the people's hopes of one day returning were declining this prophesy was a promise to them that God was indeed in Jerusalem: YHWH-Shammah! There are several beliefs concerning the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy:
"It has been seen that the fulfillment of this name was limited in the Old Testament both in its manifestation and scope. Every manifestation of God's presence in the midst of His people, though real, could only be but a shadow of a glorious reality to come. As to its scope, it was limited to the nation Israel.
What an excellent name is this YHWH-Shammah! YHWH is there . . . YHWH is here . . . YHWH is in me . . . YHWH is in you....! As you meditate on that, remember what we learned in the third study in this series: YHWH is very serious about where and in whom His name abides!
Oh, praise His holy name! YHWH, the Covenant-Keeping God of the Universe, has chosen for His name His very essence, His fundamental nature, His inherent characteristics, and His authority to abide in me and in you! Knowing that He is always with us should bring immediate comfort, an infusion of courage, and a sense of confidence to endure. Hallelu YAH!