The Names of God – El Shaddai

The LORD God Almighty

All of the Books of the Bible are my favorite, but the Book of Genesis stands out the most to me because it reveals our beginnings of: family life, God’s love, man’s struggles, God’s plan to redeem lost man, the character of the LORD, etc.  What I find the most appealing in the Book of Genesis is that God makes Himself known to us by the many attributes of His character ascribed to His name.  Remember now, we serve one God with many names associated to Him that describes His power, protection, strength, and promises in the lives of His people.   This is similar to us giving our children “nicknames” because we see a strength, ability or skill in our children that we believe reminds us of that child’s character.  In theology terminology, we don’t reference God as having a nickname, instead we use the term that God has a compound name or a suffix added to His name.  Today we will study God’s Name “El Shaddai.”  El means “God” and Shaddai means “almighty sufficient.”  Also, Shaddai in Greek is from the root word “shad” and means breast.  Breast in the Bible is symbolic for “the supply of nourishment” (Isaiah 66:10-11).  With the combination of these definitions, we now come to know God as “LORD God Almighty.”

God’s compound name El Shaddai is introduced to us in Genesis 17:1-2 which reads: “I Am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.  I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly.”  In these two verses we have God establishing a covenant with Abram.  A covenant is an official legal binding agreement that God makes with us.  (Today anyone who has placed their trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior has entered into a covenant with God.) 

Twenty-five years earlier God had already promised to Abram that if He left his country and family to travel to a land that He would show Abram, that He (God) would make Abram a great nation and He would bless Abram and through Abram all families of the earth would be blessed.  So why was it necessary in chapter 17 to remind Abram of this blessing and covenant?  We read in this chapter that Abram asked the LORD “what will You give me since I am childless, will my heir be Eliezer a man of my household?”  Abram was saying, “Sara’s womb is still closed, we are childless, how will I be a blessing to a nation of people?”

Have you ever questioned God’s ability to bring to life something that you thought was dead or hopeless?  Do your finances look hopeless?  Do you feel you are in a dead-end job?  Do you have an empty bank account – no available resources?  Or are you like Abram believing the LORD God for something you believe is an impossibility?

As we revisit Genesis 17:1-2 God is introducing Himself to Abram as El Shaddai.  God Almighty who is the “sufficient sustainer of life.”  These are two powerful verses of scriptures for every Believer: “I Am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.  I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly.”  The LORD is announcing to Abram and to us that He has the power to bring to life anything we consider dead and that His covenant is binding.  However, we must do our part to experience the promises of God in our lives!  We are to commit our lives to the LORD and walk before Him in obedience.  The entire chapter of Genesis is a must read for all Believers.  Here we read the LORD explaining His covenant and reaffirming it with Abram and all nations, which include today’s Believer.  Friends, the LORD never reneges on His covenant. 

What are you believing God for?  Don’t lose hope!  The LORD El Shaddai will manifest it in your life at the “appointed time.” Just as the LORD told Abraham that Sarah would give birth to a son at the appointed time, He will do the same for you!  So, stop looking at your dead-like situation and look to El Shaddai, Almighty God, who has the power to resurrect anything dead back to life.

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