In the beginning ... Elohim ...


Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote:

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; there's just something about that name. Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain; Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all Heaven and earth proclaim Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, But there's something about that name.

The Psalmists wrote, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1, ESV) and “praise the name of the LORD! Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!” (Psalm 113:1-3, ESV).

The crucially important third commandment is, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain ...” (Exodus 20:7, KJV). A newer translation is helpful. “Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses his name” (Exodus 20:7, CSB).

The early church believed and taught, “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, ESV) and that “God has highly exalted (Jesus) and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10, ESV). They also taught that “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17, ESV).

Jesus demonstrated right praying with, “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name’ ” (Matthew 6:9, ESV).

Because these things are true, doesn’t it figure that we should study the names of our God and King? Let’s do it, starting with ... “In the beginning, God ...” (Genesis 1:1, ESV).

In Hebrew, the language that Moses used to write the first five books of the Old Testament, “El” is the singular noun translated God. “El” is singular, and “Elohim” is plural.

The opening line of Holy Scripture reads, “In the beginning, Elohim ...” (Genesis 1:1, ESV). In this name, Elohim (the plural form of El), we get our first hint of a Triune God ... Father, Son and Spirit. “On the sixth day Elohim said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness’ ” (Genesis 1:26, ESV). Here again is a suggestion of the Holy Trinity.

In the context of the creation story, Elohim indicates an All-Powerful, Eternal and Creative God. He simply spoke, and the universe came into being. From nothing, Elohim made everything. Our God is the one-and-only Creator! He is unlimited by time or space and has existed from before the beginning. (That’ll blow your mind!)

The powerful name of Elohim is worthy of all honor and endless praise.

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