Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Proverbs 18:10 What is in a name? Part 2

Last week we looked at the name of God that He called Himself: I AM or Jehovah. There are many other names given to God which describe who He is and What He does on our behalf. Today we’ll look at several names that speak to whom God is. Two names have to do with His mighty power and strength:

Elohim is the name which tells of the Creator God (Genesis 1:1), who is “mighty” and “strong.” This is the plural form of El, so it also speaks to the Trinity, the three in One.

El Shaddai is “God Almighty” or “the Mighty One of Jacob” (Genesis 132:2,5)

El-Gibhor means “Mighty God.” This is the name given to Jesus in the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6. 

Our God is the all-powerful God.  God is “mighty to save” (Isaiah 63:1), the One who works on our behalf. All things are possible with our God. We need to remember when we pray to Him that He is omnipotent, so He is able to handle everything we bring to Him. He is greater than anything we face and He is the one who fights on our behalf.

El Elyon is the “Most High.” He is exalted above all others. There is no god like our God! He tells us, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me.” (Isaiah 46:9)

El-Olam is the “Everlasting God.” He has no beginning and no end, because He is self-existent. He is outside of time, even as He works within it.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place

    in all generations.   

Before the mountains were brought forth,

    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,

    from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:1-2) 

He is unchanging, always the same: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

All of these names speak the to bigness of our God. He is above all and all-powerful. This is the Creator of the universe, who spoke all creation into being by just the Word of His mouth! “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” This is what He said to Abraham when Sarah laughed at the idea of giving birth to a son in her old age. (Genesis 18:14)

God is the One who gives sons to the infertile; He is the One who brings life from death; He is the One who restores the years the locust has eaten. (Joel 2:25) He can handle anything we face: broken relationships, failing health, financial ruin, destroyed reputations, shattered dreams. These are nothing in the hands of our Mighty God. This is the God we can trust! As you bring your needs before Him, remember these names.

Tomorrow we will look at some precious names that tell of His work on our behalf. He is surely worthy of our praise!  

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