Getting to Know Our God :: Pt. 2

Posted: October 21, 2008 by Rich Landosky in The Journey
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As a continuation of Elevation on Sunday, today I want to remind us or introduce us to some more of the names of God.  Yesterday we looked at I Am, Ancient of Days, the Rock.  Through those names we are reminded that God has always been, is and always will be and that He is unchangeable.  let’s take a look at a few more names today.

Deuteronomy 10:17 
The Hebrew name for “God” here is Elohim.  This name is derived from 2 Hebrews words: “El” meaning “the strong one” and “Ohim” which is from the root word “alah” which means to swear or to pledge oneself. When combined, we get the name Elohim which means the Strong and Faithful One.  The Strong One swears and pledges Himself and is able to keep His word.  God is a god who is strong enough to take care of all of our problems and faithful to uphold us.  He is Elohim – the strong and faithful one.

El Roi
We encounter this name of God used throughout Genesis 16.  El Roi means the God who sees.  Our God is the God who sees all things.  There is no place that we can run and hide.  The Psalmist was correct when he asked the question: “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If  I go up to Heaven you’re there, if I make my bed in the depths you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the side.  Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. (Psalm 139:7-10).  On the one hand, knowing the God who sees is a sobering thought because we recognize that nothing we do is hidden from His gaze.  He sees us wherever we are and doing whatever we’re doing.  On the other hand, knowing the God who sees all should bring us a peace that is beyond all human understanding.  Nothing that happens to us goes unseen by our God because He is El Roi.

El Shaddai
This name of God is usually translated in our Bibles as the Almighty God.  It means our all-sufficient one, or the Almighty God.  In Genesis 17:1-3, Abraham encounters El Shaddai and falls on his face.  Hebrew scholars believe that the name Shaddai comes from the Hebrew word “shad” which always refers to a woman’s breast, implying that God is to His people all that a mother is to the baby. He is the comforter, satisfier, nourisher, just as a mother’s breast is to the child she is breast-feeding. He is the Almighty God, the all-sufficient one who takes complete care of us, comforting, satisfying and nourishing us.

El Olam
Isaiah 40:28 we come across another name for God, El Olam.  El Olam means the everlasting God.  The word Olam meant something hidden, secret or concealed – also used as a time element indicating indefinite time.  Again, as with some of the other names we’ve already looked at, we recognize that God is everlasting – no beginning and no end.

Through these four Hebrew names of God we are reminded of His strength; that He is always watching out for us and nothing escapes His eye; that He is the all-sufficient one who takes complete care of us, comforting, satisfying and nourishing us; and that He is everlasting, indefinite.

May you find strength, comfort and peace in knowing this God and find yourself drawn closer to Him as He loves on you.


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