“I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” – C.S. Lewis
Who is This GOD You Speak Of?
“The English word for “God” has become a source of confusion for Christians since at least the Anglo-Saxon era. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary says that the origin of the word ‘god’ comes from a Germanic word ‘gad,’ pronounced as ‘gohdt.’
The following information on the origin of the word ‘god’ will help to understand why we use it in our vernacular GOD. GOD: The English word God is identical with the Anglo-Saxon word for “good,” and therefore it is believed that the name God refers to the divine goodness.” (From New Unger’s Bible Dictionary) Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (C) 1988.+
“God” is a most general term and can in many cases limit our view on God our Father and His Supreme Deity. The Israelites never called God ‘Gad’, they when referring to Him would always refer to Him in regard to what He had done for them, or what He was about to do.
For example, if you needed your father to feed you dinner and called on him like the Israelites did, you would call to your dad from the living room and say, “Daddy, My Chef, I’m hungry!” After having eaten you would say, “Daddy, My Chef, THANK YOU!”
An Atheist Causes Me to Think
Over the last few days I have been having a rather serious but abridged (140 characters or less) conversation over twitter with an atheist. After three days of rather witty banter and solidly faithful prose (we both are full of faith- I that God exists, he that God does not) I came to the conclusion that not many people (Christian or non) know exactly WHO God is.
So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. – Luke 23:3
In the next few posts, I would like to begin going over the NAMES OF GOD with you, and what they mean. It is my desire that in these next few days/weeks you will begin to gain a greater understanding of “GOD” beyond just His “goodness”.
ELOHIYM “god, godlike one”
Did you know that Jesus ‘the Savior, the Messiah’ is regularly mentioned in the Old Testament? Isaiah and other books speak of Him regularly, and some Theologians even believe that fellows like Job, Jacob, Abraham, and Moses had chance encounters with Him. In Hebrews 13:8 scripture tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” And in Jude 1:25 it says, “to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”
Christ certainly has been with God since the beginning of time, John 1:2 says: “He was with God in the beginning.” We Christians believe that Jesus is God as in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” As Christians who practice walking by faith, we should know when we are talking with unbelievers that this revelation of ‘Christ and God being one’ is Holy Spirit revealed, and not easy for just anybody to grab hold of. Believing that God and Jesus are ONE takes faith, and the Lord knows that it is not an easy thing for everyone to understand, in Philippians 2: 5-8 it says:
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C. S. Lewis
Why study ‘The Names of God’? Why is it so important, so critical? It is critical to your walk as a Christian to know the various names of God because knowing WHO God is reveals to us HOW God loves us, cares for us and desires to take care of us. For example, after studying Elohiym in the Old Testament, and upon reading the Strong’s Definition of Elohiym, I was able to conclude that whenever the Bible refers to Elohiym in the Hebrew, it is talking in detail about ‘God’ as a WHOLE; Almighty, All Powerful, King of Kings & Lord of All creation (this includes Christ!).
The very definition of Elohiym includes within it “god & godlike one”. Praise Jesus! Not only did our Savior come in the flesh, He has been with us since the dawn of time creating and innovating the past, the future, and the present! We can look to Jesus to have ALL our needs met! Elohiym is mighty in deed!
“The heavens declare the glory of Elohiym; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1
- Elohiym appears in the King James Version of the Bible 2606 times.
- Here are all the times in which Elohiym is referred: God (2346), god (244), judge (5), GOD (1), goddess (2), great (2), mighty (2), angels (1), exceeding (1), God-ward + 04136 (1), godly (1)
- Elohiym is mentioned from Genesis 1:1-Malachi 3:18
+This excerpt taken from the article The Origin of the English Word God by Craig Bluemel
Please join us again tomorrow as we study the name of God: ‘Adonai’. We are going to cover at least 17 different names of God – don’t miss out! Subscribe via email HERE
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