Suggest Reading: Genesis 11:10-23
Convenant with Abraham
Two Sons: Ishmael and Isaac
Call of Abram (Land, Seed, Blessing)
Covenant of Circumcision
Sodom & Gomorrah
Sarah and Abraham have Isaac
As we read thru the Old Testament we are going to encounter many different names of God. This week we are going to discover a couple, I encourage you have a place where you record the names of God as you find them in your reading. Please know that we will not be doing an extensive study on the names of God. You will come across names that we won’t mention in this study. Because we have only eight weeks to get thru this study, we won’t have the time do go into much depth on this subject, but my goal is to make you aware. On the Resources page of the study I list a great study on the names of God, that if you are interested, you may want to check out. For my Monday night girls, here are the names we discussed and the verses we referenced with them.
The names below are listed the order that they first appear in Genesis.
Genesis 1&2: God as Creator, Elohim
In week one of our study together we looked at the creation story. In Kay Arthur’s Lord, I Want to Know You, she explains this first name of God in the following way:
El in the Hebrew means “mighty” or “strong” and is used for any reference to gods, including the Almighty God. Elohim is the primary Hebrew word translated “god” in the Old Testament…The him ending of Elohim is very sigmificant. In the Hebrew language it is a plural ending indicating more than one. Elohim is the name for God as Creator. It is used in Genesis 1:1 and could be translated, ‘In the beginning Gods created the heavens and the earth.’ (p9)
Arthur goes on to explain that this plurality does not indicate more than one god, but instead it is referencing the Trinity…the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. Let’s look at a few verses that describe this God who is our Creator. Spend some time slowing walking thru these Scriptures:
Deuteronomy 10:17 (when you see “God” that is Elohim)
Isaiah 43:1-7 (list the things you learn about the Creator and yourself)
Spend some time reflecting on these passages and praising God for being your creator.
Genesis 14: God Most High, El Elyon
El Elyon is first mentioned in Genesis 14:20. As we look at God Most High, ask God to reveal Himself thru the Scriptures as God Most High, “sovereign ruler of all the universe.” (Lord, I Want to Know You, Arthur, pg 15) Let’s look together at some verses describing what God exactly has authority over. Journal your response to His sovereignty.
I Samuel 2:6-10
Genesis 16: The God Who Sees, El Roi
Read this entire chapter, and this reflect on how Hagar’s attitude can change knowing that God sees. Is there a situation in your life that you can be comforted in by knowing God sees? Spend time reflecting on this.
Genesis 17: God Almighty (the all-sufficient one) El Shaddai
Reflect on Genesis 17:1-8 and II Corinthians 12:9-10. How does knowing God is the God Almighty, the All-Sufficient One affect your heart and your mindset as your apply that knowledge to these Scriptures? How do you think it affected Abraham as he listened to God Almighty’s word to him? How does knowing God is God Almighty allow you live out II Corinthians 12:9-10?
Genesis 22: The Lord Will Provide, Jehovah-Jireh
An overview of Abraham would not be complete without looking at Genesis 22. Here we are introduced to God as “The Lord Will Provide.” Read Genesis 22:1-19, and reflect on God’s ability to provide. Do you trust His provision enough that you are willing to lay everything down at His feet? Is your heart at a place where you can trust Him with your future? With today? Abraham learned by doing things right and wrong, that he could fully trust God to be faithful. And I would suggest that this belief allowed him to be obedient to the point of sacrificing his own son. And God was faithful, and the Lord provided. What do you need to lay down at His feet today, trusting He will provide?
**Please note all names a definitions were taken from Lord, I Want to Know you, Arthur, Water Brook Publishing, (c) 2000