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Jehovah Jireh - God is a Provider - Genesis 22:1-18 - Alfondia Reese, III

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The first name of God we find in the Bible in found of course in the first book of the Bible Genesis 1:1 is the name Elohim.  It is used over 2700 times in the Bible.  The prefix “EL” signifies “one who is great and mighty”.  It is also a plural word that suggests the fact that God is a Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Some say that the word is related to the Hebrew word meaning “to swear” and implies the covenant nature of God.  So the word Elohim might have meant to the Hebrews, “The great might three-in-one God who established and keeps covenant or promised forever.”


El Shaddai is another name for God.  You will find this name 48 times in the Bible.  It is always translated “The Almighty.”  The first time this name is used is in Genesis 17:1 and when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.  This was when God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and promised that he would be the father of many nations.  We’ll come back to that in just a moment.


A third name that God used for Himself is Adonai.  It occurs about 300 times in the Old Testament.  This name suggests Lordship and ownership.  When God calls Himself by this name, Adonai, God is saying, “I am the One who owns and rules over everything that exists.”  This is the name that Isaiah used in the 6th chapter and 1st verse when he wrote in the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up and His train filled the temple.  Isaiah’s focus was on the truth that God owns and rules over all that exists.


Just as a side note, if God owns all and I’m a child of God I have access to all that my father has.  Tell your neighbor daddy’s got something for you.


The most frequently used name for God is not Elohim, El Shaddai or Adonai.  The most used name for God is Jehovah.  You will find it more than 6800 times in the Bible.  One of the greatest Jewish Biblical commentators on the Old Testament of the Middle Ages said this about the name Jehovah (and it is a true statement today), “All the names for God that occur in the Bible are derived from His works, except one, and that is Jehovah.  And this is called the plain name because it teaches plainly and unequivocally of the substance of God.”


The Word literally means “I Am.”  It comes from the verb with means “to be” or “to exist.”

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