Jehovah Sabaoth

1 Samuel 1:3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there.

Jehovah Sabaoth; the Lord of hosts.

Sabaoth is the transliteration of a Hebrew word which denotes “hosts” or “armies”. While the word “hosts” probably had special reference to angels, the title “the Lord of hosts” became used to designate Him as the One who is supreme over all the innumerable hosts of spiritual agencies, or of what are described as “the armies of heaven.” Eventually it was used as equivalent to “the Lord all-sovereign.” In the prophetical books of the OT the Sept. sometimes has Kurios Sabaoth as the equivalent of “the LORD of hosts,” sometimes Kurios Pantokrator, in Job, it uses Pantokrator to render the Hebrew Divine title Shadday. (Source Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)

In the Old Testament the word tsaba’ was used to mean anything from war to all creation. This included armies, angels and service. While I tend to agree with the use of the sovereignty of God as an explanation of behavior, this draws us into another realm I have not yet addressed. That is God’s Divine Titles, what they are and why they exist.

In keeping with this work, to explain how this Jehovah name is used in relationship allow me to draw on these scripture.

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

That which was lost to Him has been returned in all things. What He does with it falls into the category of sovereignty.

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