The Names of God – Elohim

Have you ever thought about names and the importance of a name; or why parents spend months thinking up names for their unborn child.  During Biblical days, a person’s name spoke of their character.  The sons of Jacob were given names according to the joy or disappointment of their mothers. For instance, when Leah gave birth to her first born she named him Reuben, which means “the Lord has looked upon my affliction.” Quite often once we get to know a person, we give them a nickname which is a characteristic of that persons character or personality.  Throughout the Bible it has been noted that names can denote power, responsibility, purpose or authority.

Well the same holds true about God!  The Bible records many names associated with God that reveal to the Believer more about God’s character.  Knowing God’s various names gives the Believer knowledge of God’s power and of the mighty God we serve. It is also important to understand the strength and victories we receive by trusting God and the attributes of His name when we find ourselves in need.

Over the next few weeks, I will be writing on the Names of God which will give us a personal understanding of the power, authority, responsibility and purpose found in the names of God; and we will learn that names do matter, especially names that are associated with God.  Proverbs 18:10 states that the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.”

Elohim

In Genesis 1:1 we discover God introducing Himself as Elohim.  Elohim is God’s name for “the Strong Creator.”  Elohim is plural for El.  El is God’s name meaning “the Strong God.”  God is identifying Himself as the Creator of the universe, everything made on earth and in heaven was created by Elohim.  We come to understand the plural of Elohim in Genesis 1:26 when God said, “let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”  God is revealing two things here:  1) He is not created and that He is distinct from His creation, He is strong and powerful. 2) He introduces Himself as plural also because He is the “Godhead.” God as a plural being:  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, existing as one God.  A concept which is hard for many to understand.

Elohim says in Genesis 1:1 in the beginning, this means He existed before time, he always was.  There is no beginning for God, He created time and space.  Many like to dispute this knowledge because they can’t understand the concept of “in the beginning!”  God is not limited to time and space so that’s precisely why doubters can’t figure Him out, God dwells within another realm which is separate from earth. 

God identifies Himself 35 time in Genesis Chapters 1, 2 and 3 demonstrating His power as the strong Creator God.  Elohim is the only God able to create something out of nothing.  Elohim spoke and whatever He spoke came into existence.  Elohim’s Words bring life to anything dead.  Genesis 1:2 reads the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  Notice what happens next:  “and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters and said, let there be…”   Elohim moved and spoke and within 6 days heaven and earth were filled with beauty and living moving creatures, including man and woman.

Elohim still moves and speaks today!  What type of void or darkness has found its way into your life?  What do you need restored in your life?  Call upon Elohim, the Strong Creator God, to intervene in your dead situations.  Elohim can bring life to dead dreams, wounded souls, health to a sickly body, restore your finances, restore your marriage, etc.  Put your words into action by praying to “the Strong Creator God” and by your faith, He will hear and restore your dead situations.

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