Seven Active Names: 4.7 Yahweh Hoseenu (יהוה עשׂנו) The LORD Our Maker

We have looked at El Elohim, a name that conveys a sense of God the Creator. Now we turn to Yahweh Hoseenu – the LORD our Maker. The Creator has a sense of the Hebrew word ‘bara’ – of creating something out of nothing. An architect dreams of how a structure will look, and out of that comes a created building. The Maker, however, echoes the Hebrew word ‘Asah’ – fashioning a created object out of something. This could be both creating a model out of wood and also the builder who takes those the bricks, nails together the beams and builds the house out of his resources. God our Father is both Creator and Maker.

God created the world:

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light …  And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water”…  And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear” … Then God said, “Let the land provide vegetation …” (Genesis 1: 3, 5, 9, 11)

God made humankind:

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath if life and the man became a living being … So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a dep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took on of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” (Genesis 2: 7, 21-22)

Isaiah recognised this and knew God for who He is. He recognised that God both created and made us, breathed life into us, and that this was done at and by God’s hand – that we are just clay in the hands of the Master Potter:

But now, O LORD, You are our Father. We are the clay, and You our potter;

And all of us are the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

The potter can destroy what he has made and start afresh. God loves us for who we are. We don’t have to get ‘right’ in order to be accepted. In and through the sacrifice of Jesus He saves us from destruction. And then He starts to make us new. We are re-moulded, re-shaped, ready to fulfil His calling for us, not the calling of the world. We are to worship and adore God. Not because He needs it, but because that is why and how we were designed, created … and made new. Our confirmatory verse requires the context of a few verses immediately before it:

“For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.”
(Psalm 95:3-5)

And it is that worship and adoration of the LORD Almighty, who made everything, which leads us to a recognition of God in our own life, and thus to our reaction:

“Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before Yahweh Hoseenu;
for he is our God…”
(Psalm 95:6-7)

[from Timothy Pitt]

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