October 6, 2013 Sermon Recap: Names of God Series "Elohim"

Q) What is the chief end of man?  “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”  How well do you know God?  The goal of this series is to help you know about the person of God as revealed in His names

      and then experience Him more fully.

 

We can get to know a person through their name, roles and character: e.g. “Bob” is a father, engineer, husband, cook, musician & demonstrates humor, generosity, patience, etc.

 

“Elohim” pronounced “el-lo-heem”

Root word “El” means “Powerful” (strong, mighty, prominent)

  • God brought them out of Egypt (great power of God)

                                                (Numbers 23:22)

  • The word occurs 2,570 times in the Bible

 

1. Elohim – “Supreme Power”, creative, governing,                           omnipotent, sovereign

 

“In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.”                                          (Gen. 1:1)

  • God’s (Elohim) actions: said, saw, called, made, created
  • Elohim used 35 times (Gen. 1:1-2:4)
  • By His mighty power creates the vast universe
  • Who creates “ex-nihilo” (Latin) = “creates out of nothing”
  • Who speaks and it is done – immediately

                   (no delay, no trial and error)

  • Who’s presence cannot be confined by space
  • Who’s power doesn’t need man’s aid
  • God is omnipotent – All Powerful!

Vastness of the universe:

 

 

2. Elohim - Covenant – Keeping God

  1. Abraham – Gen. 17:1-8

“I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God (Elohim) and the God (Elohim) of your descendants after you.”       (Gen 17:7)

  • Abraham’s responsibility: Be obedient
  • God’s responsibility: Give land, heirs, wealth, power

 

  1. Noah

“Noah walked with God (Elohim)”           (Gen 6:18)

The waters flooded the earth for 150 days. “And God (Elohim) remembered Noah and all the animals in the ark.”  (Gen. 8:1)

“God (Elohim) blessed Noah and his sons...fruitful” (Gen 9:1)

 

If God is a covenant - keeping God then I can trust Him

“I will be to you a God (Elohim) and we may say, My God (Elohim); in Him will I trust              (Psalm 91:2)

 

3. Elohim speaks of a plurality in the Godhead

  • Is used in the plural form
  • Concept of the Trinity: God Father, Son and Holy Spirit

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, in Our likeness….’”                              (Gen 1:26)

  • Our being reflects the character of God
  • We demonstrate God by displaying the fruit of the Spirit of God: by our love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control
  • We are fashioned in God’s image and thus have intrinsic worth.
  • Man and woman were created at the pinnacle of God’s creation

  Be grateful this week that we can call upon our God (Elohim) who is Supreme in Power, Covenant-Keeping and trustworthy.