Who is ADONAI?

“The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.” – Charles Spurgeon

THE LORD… Our Captain, Our Master

As I was searching through quotes that mention our Lord as Adonai Jehovah, I came across this great quote by the famous preacher Charles Spurgeon. When we refer to the Lord God as “Adonai” we are speaking in great respect of Him and of Him as our Master. The Lord Adonai is our Captain, He is our Master.


“Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse.” Rev 19:21


One of the definitions of Adonai in the Strong’s [H136] says that Adonai = Lord, spoken in place of Yahweh in Jewish display of reverence. This is a great honor to the Lord as Adonai is a parallel name to the name of God Yahweh. Yahweh was the highest spoken name of God and very seldom used due to its holiness. For the Jewish people to refer to the Lord as Adonai would have been for them to refer to Him audibly in as much reverence as lifting up the unmentionable name Yahweh.

One of the more famous addresses of Adonai was spoken by Father Abraham in Genesis 15:2:

“And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless”

In this passage Abram is not addressing God Almighty, Abram needs something, Abram needs a child and he needed a legacy.* Instead of addressing Elohiym, Abram addressed Adonai, the Master Commander. Abram is saying, “Adonai, MASTER, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless”? By addressing the Lord as his Master, it indicates that Abram is ready to take a command! When we address the Lord our Master by shouting out, “Lord! What may I do for you? How do I get somewhere? Show me!” We are addressing God as Adonai our Master!




For as long as man has written about God when man has referred to God Almighty, the one true God man has capitalized the G. Even men who do not believe in God obey this rule of grammar. When writing of other ‘gods’ man uses a small ‘g’. So what are other ‘gods’? Can there be other ‘gods’?

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

The Lord is very specific in Exodus when He commands us that we should have no other ‘gods’ before Him. How can that be, especially when we Christians believe that there are no other ‘G’ods! Yet here God is informing us that others gods are very real!

While there are no other ‘gods’ that can call themselves “God Almighty” in this passage of scripture, God is commanding us that we shall put NOTHING; no ruler, no judge, no job, no family member before God Almighty. That we should NEVER put our faith in, take direction from, or rely on any ‘thing’ other than Him! He is reminding us in this passage that ONLY God Almighty, ONLY Elohiym can be our Adonai.

If you ask your money what you can do, your money will remain silent. If you ask your car what you can do, your car will remain silent. If you ask your friend what you can do, your friend can only give you their advice. ONLY Adonai, your Master is worthy of referring to in regards of direction, because only Adonai is the one true GOD.

  • Adonai appears in the Old Testament 434 times.
  • You can find Adonai referred to as Lord (431), lord (2), God (1)
  • Adonai is mentioned from Genesis 15:2- Mal 1:14

* Yesterday we learned that the name of God Elohiym refers to God as ‘Almighty, All in One’.

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Jessica Heilman is the Founder of Wholehearted Ministries, wife to Jeff Heilman and is the mother of five beautiful children. Her ministry work involves the encouragement and edification of traditional family values as they relate to the Word of God. When Jessica isn’t walking around downtown, or writing in her backyard, she can be found sharing with others on her website wholeheartedministries.com, on twitter, or on Facebook. You can subscribe to Jessica’s messages via email here: http://wholeheartedministries.com/subscribe

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