This week we’re going to begin our series on the various names of God from the Hebraic standpoint. In most Biblical translations, we miss out on some great truths behind the meanings as the English language is quite different from the original Hebrew text. Moreover, we also need to understand that our New Testament derived from the first-century Greek language and uses Greek translations. So instead of Elohim, translations were derived from the Greek language where Elohim was replaced by the Greek word “Theos”, meaning God.
To have an understanding of Our Lord and Savior, it is important to know who He truly is and why we should be excited to follow Him. There are many in today’s society who believe God is a myth. There are some who believe in many gods with many ways to heaven. Political correctness has diminished the very foundation of the Biblical truth and what we “Christians” believe and stand for. There are many pastors who are teaching “feel good” messages to the masses but missing the very vibrant and real truth. People are hungry for the truth. They are hungry for God’s presence. They are hungry to feel God in their daily lives. So as we go through His various names and their meanings, it is important to realize what it means for you and why you can rest assured that God is real and with you this very moment.
Today, let’s take an inside look at God’s name of Elohim. Elohim is found 2602 in the Hebrew Bible. It stands for the One True God. It denotes majesty, honor, fullness…that He is God in the fullest sense of the word. He is God of gods who created everything from the beginning.
Genesis: 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Deuteronomy 10:17 For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty…
The oldest Semitic word is EL. El means God. Its base meaning is strength or power. “El” is the Strong one…the Deity (God), the Honorable Master of all.
By being told that God is Elohim, it lets us know that He is the one true creator that through the power of His words and strength; His fullness came upon us and is with us every day. He was there in the beginning, He is with us now in all our daily tasks and He will be with us in the future. He knows everything from the beginning and knows exactly what you need, when you need and how to get it to you.
Psalm 91: 2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Jeremiah 32: 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: 39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
Psalm 45:6 Your throne, O God (O Elohim), is forever and forever.
So throughout this week, remember God is ALL-POWERFUL and has you in the palm of His hands. Praise His Name above all others and know you are in the most powerful hands alive. He is looking over you and protecting you with His Mighty Strength and there is absolutely nothing that can happen to you without God being right there delivering you from it all.
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