I have been sharing for several weeks thoughts on the names of God. We have been using Kay Arthur’s book, Lord, I Want to Know You, in our ladies Sunday School class. I have been making handouts for our Sunday School studies, so I thought some of you might be interested in using the sheets for your own personal Bible study.
The handouts are made up from studying several books. You can see which books I used for my personal study in the post below called Names of God. You can get handouts for any of the previous lessons by clicking on the links below.
- Names of God (List of books I used to study for this series)
- Elohim, The Creator God (free printables)
- El Elyon, The God Most High (free printables)
- El-Roi, The God Who Sees (free printables)
- El Shaddai, The All-Sufficient One(free printables)
The next name of God in the book is Adonai which means “Lord” or “Master.”
Master indicates RELATIONSHIP:
complete submission of those who call Him Lord.
Lord indicates OWNERSHIP:
complete possession by God. God is our total authority.
The key verse where we first see the name of Adonai is Genesis 15:2.
And Abram said, Lord (Adonai) GOD (Jehovah), what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
Here we see Abraham who had already been in the Promised Land for 10 years. God had previously promised Abraham the land and a son. Now Sarah is past the age to bear children. As Abraham had a slave/master relationship to God, it was only natural that he came to God using the name Adonai (Master) and then Jehovah, which we will discuss in a couple of weeks.
Slavery was very common in Abraham’s day. In Abraham’s days, a bondservant or a slave was far better off than a hired servant because his master provided for him totally. It was the master’s duty to protect and care for his slave according to his need. The master even provided direction in his day-by-day living.
Abraham was trusting God to fulfill His promise and to bring him the heir that God had promised.
The wonderful truth about this master-servant relationship that Abraham understood was that this relationship between the master and the servant did not begin with the servant but with the master. The master was to do two things for his slaves.
- First, he must provide for the needs of his slaves—a place to sleep, food, clothing, and the basic necessities.
- Second, the master must give direction, training, and accountability for the work of the slave.
Therefore, Abraham calling God Adonai put the responsibility on God to fulfill His responsiblities. Yet it also showed that Abraham knew his place. He knew that he was to be submissive to the task God put before him. He knew God would supply everything he needed to do his Master’s will.
It is the Master’s job to provide what His servants need, and it is the servants’ job to obey.
Here are three truths that the name Adonai assures for us as believers:
- It implies that our God and Master has the resources and ability to take care of us.
- It implies that help is available to us to carry out our Christian duty as a servant.
- It gives us the confidence that we, as servants of Adonai, have the privilege of calling upon our relationship with the Master to get the help that we need.
As bondservants, we have responsibilities to our Lord.
- Our Adonai expects our support, loyalty to your Master above all other commitments. (Matthew 10:37-38, Genesis 15:2, Philippians 1:20-21)
- Our Adonai expects our submission, becoming a voluntary slave of Jesus Christ. (James 4:7a, Exodus 4:10-14, Luke 6:46, Isaiah 6:1-8)
- Our Adonai expects our service. (Isaiah 6:8; I Cor. 12:4-6)
- Our Adonai expects us to be good stewards. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Romans 12:1-2)
You can print out the handout HERE for the lesson and the graphic HERE if you wish!
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