I’m excited to welcome Patricia back for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday as she looks into what it means for us to call God the Lord of Sabaoth.
What Does This Mean?
It comes from the Hebrew word tsabaoth meaning hosts or armies and is used in the phrase “Lord of Sabaoth.”It is an appellation for God as ruler of all things. This also designates God as the One who is supreme over all the innumerable host of spiritual agencies and referred to as the armies of heaven. He is the “LORD all-sovereign.”
We can find this title in several places in the Old Testament but only two references in the New Testament. In Romans 9:29 Paul refers back to the prophet Isaiah, “If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring, we would have been like Sodom and become like Gomorrah.” In James 5, the rich are warned that the cries of their laborers whom they have cheated will reach the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
However, it is in the King James Version that we find Sabaoth. In the NIV and ESV, it reads hosts. There are several references to the LORD of Hosts in 1 Samuel through 1 Chronicles and the Psalms. This seems to be King David’s personal appellation for our God. Psalm 46 is a beautiful example of David’s love of the Lord of Hosts. Here it is put to music Lord of Hosts.
What does this mean for us? God is the supreme, preeminent, and indisputable authority of Sabaoth – armies of heaven or hosts. Great and mighty is He. There is none like Him in all the earth.What does it mean for us to call God the Lord of Sabaoth? #sabaoth #wordnerdwednesday @silverminer4god Click To Tweet
Patricia lives in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband Brian and their two sons. She is active in her church assisting with a Bible class for individuals with disabilities. She enjoys attending Bible studies and has written a couple of short Bible studies for