Yahweh of Hosts

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on November 15, 2009
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Joshua 5:1-9 - Genesis 17:11-14 Failure to circumcise their children reflected their unbelief and broke the covenant. The covenant was reestablished with a new generation.

Joshua 5:10 The Passover foreshadowed the new covenant that would come with Christ.

Joshua 5:15 After reconfirming the covenant and participating in the Passover, the captain (ruler or prince) of Yahweh's host appeared to Joshua. "Host" means army or multitude. The same Hebrew word is also translated army, war, and battle.

"Yahweh of hosts" is used about 230 times in the Old Testament, revealing yet another aspect of the God we worship. Genesis 1:1 ELOHIM - the Creator is the supreme or ultimate reality, the one true God. Genesis 14:18-23 ELYON - the Most High God is the possessor of heaven and earth.

Genesis 17:1-9 EL SHADDAI - Almighty God is the covenant keeping one.

Joshua 6:1-5 They took the city because Yahweh of hosts battled for them. He is in charge of the armies of heaven and earth.

1 Samuel 17:45-47 David knew the battle was Yahweh's. In order for Yahweh of hosts to be victorious, someone must step up and fight on His behalf. The Israel army was frozen in fear because they did not relinquish the battle to Yahweh. They tried to do it themselves.

2 Samuel 7:1-8:8 Yahweh of hosts caused David His servant to be successful in conquering the nations around him.

1 Chronciles 11:9 "David became greater and greater, for the LORD of hosts was with him."

1 Kings 22:15-40 No matter what man does, Yahweh accomplishes His purposes because He is Yahweh of hosts.

2 Kings 3:13-ff By the mouth of Elijah, we are again told that Yahweh of hosts wins the battle.

Psalm 24 "Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah."

Psalm 46

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