We have been studying the names of God in our Sunday School class.
So far, I have shared with you the list of books I used in my preparation and a couple of handouts that I prepared for Elohim. In our Sunday School class, each lady would read the book, Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur as well. These handouts can be used in conjunction with that book as we went in the same order as the book went; but the handouts could be used separately as well. I included notes from the other books in the handout.
This week, we are going to look at the name El Elyon.
The first time El Elyon is seen in the Bible is in Genesis 14:18-23:
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoe latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
In this passage, we see that both Abraham and Melchizedek worshipped and served the same God—the Most High God—the One in whose name Melchizedek blessed Abraham.
El means “god” — it was used for false gods too. Elyon means “most high.” Put together the two words, and we get the Most High God. Therefore, El Elyon is the name for the one true God. Melchizedek and Abraham recognized that He was superior to all the false gods that were worshipped by the pagan peoples of their time. He was the supreme God of creation (Elohim), who stood above all these “lesser gods” in power and authority. He is El Elyon.
Most of us don’t recognize the sun, and the Nile River, frogs and rain as gods like the peoples of that day did. But our world still has lesser gods that people of our day worship. Materialism, priorities, money, fame, and power are just a few of the lesser gods that people in today’s world may have.
Event those of us who have recognized El Elyon as our Savior struggle with keeping Him number one in our lives above all else. This name still applies to us. Is He your El Elyon? Is He the Most High God in your life?
When I taught these names of God, I liked to apply the name of God to our lives.
Here are some questions I gave to the ladies:
- Do we believe that God is still in the defeating business?
- Genesis 14:18-20, Romans 8:37
- To whom do we give the credit when things are going well in our lives?
- Genesis 14:22-23
- Do we believe and act as though God is sovereign and supreme over every detail of our lives?
- Genesis 45:7-8a, Romans 8:28
Here are a few references and applications we can make from those references to the Most High God:
- Run to the Most High God when you are discouraged.
- Psalms 57:2–“I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.”
- Run to the Most High God when others around you question the works and ways of God.
- Daniel 4:34 — And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
- Run to the Most High God when you are doubting the sovereignty and rule of God in your life.
- 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 — Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
- Delight in the power and protection of El Elyon.
- Psalm 91:1-2 — He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
I loved this quote I found. I will have to look up who said it.
“There is nothing in this world greater than the Most High. He deserves our deepest loyalty and most fervent praise.”
You can print out the handout HERE for the lesson and the graphic HERE if you wish!
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