Elohim Chapter One Part One


Elohim

Chapter One Part One

Creator, Triune God, Covenant Maker

Elohim(e-lo- heem’)-Creator –the one who creates nature and supports it so it continues…Eternal, Creator, Powerful, Majesty, Triune God, Sovereign, Glory, Covenant Maker     Elohim, the power and glory of His Being http://www.myredeemerlives.com/namesofgod/adonai-elohim.html Names of God by Nathan Stone

Many of the names of God are prefaced with El and I want to share the meaning of the word and why it is used with other forms of God’s name.  The Canaanites spoke the same language as the Israelites.  El was the name for god with a little g.  The root word means might, strength, or power.  When El is used with the true God of Israel, it is usually combined with additional words to distinguish Him from the false gods of the Canaanites.  The word El is used 250 times in the Bible to indicate the strength and might of God.  For example it is used in Numbers 23:22 as the God who had the power necessary to bring the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt. How the Hebrew Language Grew, by Edward Horowitz.

Elohim as Creator

Genesis 1:1…”In the beginning God( Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.”  El, Elah, Elohim  printed in the Bible as God is found in the Old Testament 2570 times.  It is the second most used name of God.   Elohim is the Creator of the universe, of people, and things.  He brought all into perfect and beautiful symmetry from the chaos of nothing.  He created it, loves it, preserves it, and stands above it.

Genesis 1:1-2:3  1” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Geneses 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

Hebrews 11:3   3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

1. Why do you think the first thing God wanted you to know about Him is that He is the Creator?

 

As our Creator, we owe Him homage, honor, respect, adoration and reverence.  All fundamental faith begins with the fact that God created us.  Everything we need to continue existence was called out of nothingness by God.  When we truly comprehend this, we are left with no visage of personal power, or glory, and can only kneel in silence and awe to worship Him

Read: Isaiah45:18

 The sun, moon and stars, the universe, were not the primary reason for creation.  The trees, plants, animals, the principle of gravity and photosynthesis, all scientific principles were prepared for the benefit of the creature who was to inhabit the earth.

Read: Revelations 4:11

He wanted to create the universe for his own pleasure.  He decided it was a good thing to do and He took great delight in doing it.  He did not need a model kit from Hobby Lobby to do it.  He made it out of nothing.

Read: Isaiah 43:7

God is talking about Israel in these verses Isaiah 43:1-15. He promises to be with them in the flood, in the fire, when nations come against them.  We, who are called by His name, (that is us) can claim the same promise because it is the same Elohim that we worship and lay claim to.

 2. Why did God create the world?

 We do not need to be afraid of what is happening in the world.  In tender words of love He tells us He is the one who created us, formed us, called us, redeemed us and He will be with us and will restore us

Acts 17:24-28  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”

Man has a desire for a god of some kind.  He gropes his way through life, searching for meaning, for something to feed his spirit.  God created us with a desire to know Him.  God gave us a soul.  He made us in hopes that we would seek Him and reach out to Him and eventually to find Him. He is near to all of us as we are His sons and daughters. We depend on Him for the continued function of the Universe.  It is in Him that we live, move, comprehend the spiritual, and have our being.

Psalm 139:13-16For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

God is there when we are conceived in the womb.  He is with us in every aspect of our lives.  God considers us a marvelous work and He constantly gives man His attention.

These verses should answer man’s sin of abortion.  David says He was a person when he was conceived in the womb.  He was a person even before his limbs were formed.  God has the blueprints of every human being in His heart and mind before they were thought of by the parents.  We must agree with God and declare loudly that abortion is murder! 

Elohim as the Trinity

Elohim is plural and refers to the Trinity.

Read:  Genesis 1:26,  Genesis 3:22, Genesis11:7

http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/430/Elohim.htm#ixzz1FH771lam

 {One Lord accomplished all of creation through the Father’s will, the Son’s Word, and the Spirit’s way.  The Father willed it, the Son spoke it, and the Holy Spirit energized it into being.} Beth Moore)

3.  In what forms was the Holy Spirit present during the Creation process?

Elohim the Covenant Maker

The name Elohim indicates that God is the Creator and has the power, authority, and right to make covenants with whoever he chooses.  The first covenant recorded was with Noah and Elohim. Noah did not seek him out.  God came to him because he was a righteous man.  Noah did not waver in his trust in God or in his obedience. He tells Noah He intends to cleanse the world.  He would destroy all flesh, but He cannot bring himself to completely destroy the work of His hands. He makes a covenant with Noah. 

4.   What two qualities of Elohim are evident in the covenant with Noah?

 Read Genesis 9:13, Genesis 9:16  

 

 

 Elohim loves the creation and mourns for its loss. It is as Elohim that he creates the bow in the sky and it is as Elohim that He promises never to destroy earth’s creatures with water again. Elohim demonstrates His covenant faithfulness by saying that He will remember His promise when He looks at the rainbow he placed in the sky. 

There were actually two covenants with Abraham.

 Read Genesis 15:18,  Genesis chapter 17:3-4

5. What were the subjects of the covenants? 

 His surety was Himself because there is none greater.  The covenant was to be everlasting as He is. The possession of the land was to be everlasting, and the blessing God wanted to bestow on all humankind was to be everlasting.

 6. What was God’s role in this covenant?

Read Genesis 17:7

God’s role in the covenant was His

_____________________________________________Only Elohim, eternal God, could make a covenant such as this. Only Elohim, sovereign God, had the authority to make the covenant. We see the faithfulness of Elohim when He spares Lot because of his covenant with Abraham. 

 

 Read Exodus 6:7  

 

7. What will God do for Israel?

 

 

 Read  Exodus 19:5                                                             

8. What part did God play in this covenant?  What part were the Israelites to play?

 

 

 

 

It was His right to make a covenant such as this because the earth belongs to Him as creator and sustainer of the universe.   The Israelites responded by saying, “Bring it on!  We will obey you.”  In doing so they signed on to law over grace.  The law was meant to reveal to them that they were not capable of keeping covenant with almighty Elohim.  They are walking in the flesh.  They are totally unable to control their sin nature.  And Elohim the covenant maker knows it.  He has already made provision for their sins.

9. On what occasion was the following statement made?

 Read 1 Kings 8:1-2

 After Solomon’s prayer, God’s presence filled the templeGod’s answer to Solomon’s prayer was that He would accept the temple as His house and would put His name their forever.  This covenant still exist though the temple does not.  God will dwell in the temple when Jesus returns to set up His earthly kingdom.

Breathe His Name in praise for who He has always been, who He is now as He works daily in your life, and for who He always will be.

Breathe in Yah…Praise you Elohim

Breathe out Weh…my Creator

Breathe in Yah…Praise you Elohim

Breathe out Weh…Eternal, Majestic, Sovereign

Breathe in Yah…Praise you Elohim

Breathe out Weh…Lover of Creation

Breathe in Yah…Praise you Elohim

Breathe out Weh…Covenate Maker

Breathe in Yah…Praise you Elohim

Breathe out Weh…The one who covenated with yourself to save my soul

Praise you eternal God

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