The Revelation of God through His Names
One way God has revealed Himself to us is through His names The names of God used in the scriptures hold an important key to understanding the attributes and relationship of who is otherwise unapproachable and mysterious God shows His desire to make Himself known and bridge the gap to mankind by revealing Himself through His word God’s name is His promise to dwell with His people through His Word – John 1:1-18 In the Old Testament: The prophets spoke with authority when they uttered the names of God In the New Testament: God’s name is manifested through Jesus Christ John 17:6
His Majestic Names
Elohim – Plural for deity (Godhead) The plural of majesty.
The revelation of the infinite nature of God
“Eloi, Eloi – Psalms 22, Mark 15:34”
Genesis 1:1-31-(Eliohim is plural for majesty-created is singular)
Romans 1:18-20 – God is revealed through His creation. We have no excuse to leave Him out of our understanding.
He is the One who created everything but when man is faced with such a concept as God, man then starts asking questions:
Does God really have any interest in man?
Does God have any interest in me personally?
Can we truly find God? Job 11
Can we go to where He is? Job 23:3
We long for not only an intellectual ability to know God but also an experiential knowledge of Him.
The argument can be made that we are made in His image. We are the direct reflection of God on this planet so then we should know how he is, this argument would be completely 100% true if it were not for 1 word. SIN!!!
Our problem is that sin has seperated man from God to the point where we have no way of knowing Him on our own through our own knowledge. But God has revealed Himself to us through His Word and especially through His names
The importance of His name – Psalms 23
He does things for His names sake
1 John 2:12
Isaiah 28:2, 47:4, 51:15
El – Berith – God of the covenant Judges 8:46
El – Elyon – The Exalted One – The One who owns everything
God had made Abraham rich! Not man
2 Samuel 22:14
We as Christians have come into a relationship with the One who owns everything (Romans 8:17) and we come to and through His Son (Hebrews 1:2)
El – Olam – The Everlasting God Genesis 21:33
El – Roi – The God Who sees The God of Vision Genesis 16:13
El – Shaddai – The Almighty God Genesis 17:1
This name answers the question; “Is God big enough?”
All through time, man has made himself God. Opposition to God has and still runs rampant. Man tells himself “I don’t need God, I will do what I want!”
Man wants to go his own way. He wants to have his own way and take God out of the picture.
Yet this is the very reason we see the world in the situation that it is now. Man wonders why there is death, corruption, and total ungodliness that seems to be growing towards a point where it seems that things could not get any worse than they really are now. The truth is that all the evil going on in the world today is man simply reaping the corruption that he has sown. One day God will deal with all the nations. One day He will judge them all. One day everything will all be brought full circle. (Isaiah 29:90)
He is mighty! He can do anything.
“Almighty God” (Hebrew, El Shaddai)
(1) The etymological signification of Almighty God (El Shaddai) is both interesting and touching. God (El) signifies the “Strong One” (See Scofield) – (Gen_1:1). The qualifying word Shaddai is formed from the Hebrew word “shad,” the breast, invariably used in Scripture for a woman’s breast; for example (Gen_49:25); (Job_3:12); (Psa_22:9); Song of (Son_1:13); (Son_4:5); Song of (Son_7:3); (Son_7:7); (Son_7:8); (Son_8:1); (Son_8:8); (Son_8:10); (Isa_28:9); (Eze_16:7). Shaddai therefore means primarily “the breasted.” God is “Shaddai,” because He is the Nourisher, the Strength-giver, and so, in a secondary sense, the Satisfier, who pours himself into believing lives. As a fretful, unsatisfied babe is not only strengthened and nourished from the mother’s breast, but also is quieted, rested, satisfied, so El Shaddai is that name of God which sets Him forth as the Strength-giver and Satisfier of His people. It is on every account to be regretted that “Shaddai” was translated “Almighty.” The primary name El or Elohim sufficiently signifies almightiness. “All-sufficient” would far better express both the Hebrew meaning and the characteristic use of the name in Scripture.
(2) Almighty God (El Shaddai) not only enriches, but makes fruitful. This is nowhere better illustrated than in the first occurrence of the name (Gen_17:1-8). To a man ninety-nine years of age, and “as good as dead” (Heb_11:12). He said: “I am the Almighty God El Shaddai . . . I will . . . multiply thee exceedingly.” To the same purport is the use of the name in (Gen_28:3); (Gen_28:4).
(3) As Giver of fruitfulness, Almighty God (El Shaddai) chastens His people. For the moral connection of chastening with fruit bearing, see (Joh_15:2); (Heb_12:10); (Rth_1:20). Hence, Almighty is the characteristic name of God in Job, occurring thirty-one times in that book. The hand of El Shaddai falls upon Job, the best man of his time, not in judgment, but in purifying unto greater fruitfulness (Job_5:17-25).
It takes an Almighty omnipotent God to love His own
He is big enough for us
He is big enough to sustain us
He is the fruitful One – He makes man fruitful
He is the chastening One to His people – Job 5:17, Hebrews 12:6-11