I am wondering if eventually I will have to close down this post. My life has changed in the six years since I started this blog. This coming school year, I have to teach at our little school. It has 9 children, but 8 different grade levels. Some of the classes I can keep kids together, but some I cannot. As the only teacher — although I have parents helping — I have a huge time commitment.
Over the next few weeks, I will continue to do this post and see how it goes. I might not write a lot, but I will share the sheets I have prepared for my ladies’ Sunday School class. We have been studying the names of God using the book, Lord I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur.
Even though we are using that book, I look through several other books for my preparation, and I use some of the information from those books as well as from our main book to prepare a weekly handout.
The first name of God that is studied in Lord, I Want to Know You is Elohim.
Did you know that the name commonly used for God in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word Elohim and that Elohim appears some 2,750 times in the Old Testament?
It’s the very first name by which God chooses to reveal Himself to us. That’s significant! It means “supreme one” or “mighty one.”
El means “mighty” or “strong” and is used for any reference to gods, including Almighty God. It displays God’s sovereignty and power.
Him in Hebrew has plural ending indicating more than one. It is a plural form of a word paired with singular verbs and adjectives. Elohim is the one true God who is also the three persons of the Trinity.
When I study the Bible, I like to see what I can learn and how I can apply it to my life. Here are some applications we can make from the study of the name of God Elohim:
- Why did He create us? We were created by Him for His glory.
“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:7
Here the word glory means “to give the correct opinion or estimate of.” We are to live in such a way as to give all creation a correct opinion or estimate of who God is.
“Your life is meant to show the greatness and glory and, in fact, the very presence and existence of God.” Catherine Martin
- Why did He create us? We were created for His pleasure. We were created to have a personal relationship with God.
- Every person is created by design and has a purpose in life.
- When you feel like God is not real or you doubt His nearness, go look at God’s creation. He created it and He made us in His image!
- When you find yourself in an impossible situation, call out to Elohim:
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 (Elohim); in him will I trust. Psalm 91:1-2
You can print out the handout I made here:
You can also print out these little cards HERE.
I printed them on cardstock every week and handed them out to the ladies in my class so they could put them in their Bibles or on their refrigerator.
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