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“Names of God #1: ELOHIM”

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Jeremiah 9:23-24 NKJVThus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the Lord.

General Info:

  • The root word "El" was used to describe other "gods" in ancient times.
  • Elohim is the first name God ascribes to Himself. (Genesis 1:1)
  • It is found over 30 times in the first chapter of Genesis.
  • It is found over 2,500 times in the Old Testament.

1. God (ELOHIM) is the Creator.

The first name God uses for Himself in scripture addresses His might or power.

Two reasons God used Elohim first:

  • To establish that His power is unlimited.
  • To establish that our power is delegated.

Note three unique times ELOHIM is used in Genesis:

  • Creation of Mankind

Genesis 1:26 NKJVThen God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

Colossians 1:16-17 NKJVFor by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

  • Creation of Mankind
  • Fall of Mankind

Genesis 3:22 NKJVThen the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"—

  • Creation of Mankind
  • Fall of Mankind
  • Scattering of Mankind

Genesis 11:1-9 NKJVNow the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly." 4 They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 5 And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." 6 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 7 And the Lord said, "Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 8 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech." 9 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 10 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

2. God (Elohim) is the Covenant maker and keeper.

Two important points regarding covenants:

  • God has the right to make them.
  • God has the might to keep them.

Three important Biblical Covenants:

  • Noahic Covenant
  • Abrahamic Covenant
  • New Covenant

Mark 14:22-26 NKJVAnd as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." 23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. 25 Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." 26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJVFor I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.

The Covenant maker will keep His promises regarding our…

1. Kinship

John 10:28-29 NKJVAnd I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.

2. Fellowship

1 John 1:7-9 NKJVBut if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

3. Companionship

Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJVLet your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. 6 So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper;I will not fear. What can man do to me?"

ELOHIM is the name God chose to use to describe both His creative power and His ability to keep the promises He makes!