Names of God – ELohim

MONDAY

This week we will embark on a study of the names of God. In many cultures, a name reveals the characteristics of a person. This is true of the names God chooses to reveal to us. They reveal who He is, what He is like and what He does. This could take a while to get through because there are 15 different names in the Old Testament referring to God and seven in the New Testament. We will begin with the most common term – Elohim.

Word: Elohim

Translated: God

Statistics: Used 2,570 times in the OT (2,310 in reference to the true God of the universe)

Meaning: Some say it is derived from a word meaning ‘fear’ and denoting th Divine One is to be feared. More commonly it is associated with the meaning of ‘mighty’ or ‘strong One’. Either way it expresses the power and pre-eminence of God.

NAU Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

NIV Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

KJV Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

NAU Psalm 68:1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song. Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Him flee before Him.

NIV Psalm 68:1 For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song. May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.

KJV Psalm 68:1 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.> Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

Interesting footnote: In the Hebrew language Elohim is the plural form of EL…God is referring to Himself in the plural rather than the singular (even though He very clearly tells us in the Decalogue that HE is the ONLY God in the universe). Some would say that it indicates the plurality in the Godhead (i.e. Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

In contrast, the Muslim God (Allah) is in the singular form in the Arabic language. This initially shows the difference between the revelation of God in the Judeo-Christian traditions, and the concept of God in Islamic thinking.

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