This is going to be an awesome series that will last approximately13 days, we will be exploring 13 names of God and we will be meditating on them! I hope that through this 2 week study we will both gain a knowledge of Gods character that will entice to dig deeper into the truths that He has in store for us!
So without further to do
Oddly enough this name is one of the more unknown one to the average church goer. However ironically enough it is the first recorded name for God in the entire Bible.
In the beginning Elohim created heaven and earth.
Elohim = אֱלֹהִים (Hebrew)
The Hebrew word for God, Elohim is the plural form of Eloah and it is used in the Old Testament more than any other word for God. The plural ending has caused many to conclude that God is a plurality of persons. Which we would understand as the Trinity!
So to further understand the word we need to examine how Hebrew uses plural words, I am no Hebrew expert, but I have a found a source that explains it in an understandable way.
In the Hebrew language, there are many words that are plural but have a singular connotation. Here are a few examples (Graves, p. 28).
- Mayim – water
- Shamayim – heaven
- Panim – face
- Sarim – court official
- Milium – consecration
- Megurim – dwelling place
- Bethulim – virginity
- Tamim – honest, perfect
- Rachamim – compassion
- Tzaharaim – noon
- Orim – light, brightness
- Urim – enlightenment
- Mitsrayim – Egypt
- Yerushalayim – Jerusalem
- Bechurim – the age of youth
- Biuthim – terror, anguish
- Hathulim – mockery, derision
- Chanutim – the act of embalming
- Machelluyim – sickness
- Merukim – anointing, cleansing
- Tsammim – snare, perdition
- Shekulim – childlessness
- Shimurim – observance, celebration
- Teunim – toil, labor
- Shenhabim – ivory
- Geulim – release, redemption
- Chaim – life, refreshment
- Kippurim – expiation, atonement
All of these words have a singular meaning even though the word itself is plural. This is what is known as an intensive plural noun (Graves, p. 29). They have the plural ending even though they are singular.
So the Word is both singular and plural at the same time, which is pretty awesome if you ask me, such an intricate language for a time that we see as barbaric and uncivilized. God is so mighty that He can be both be singular and plural at the same time, He can be everywhere and at one spot at the same time. God is powerful and mighty. This is a name that reflects God being EVERYTHING, OVER ALL THINGS, IN ALL THINGS, AT ALL TIMES
We can trust in Elohim, he can handle ALL, and even though it seems impossible to us, it is not for ELOHIM.
Pray with me
Dear God we come to you today in reverend prayer. Lord we fall on our faces in front of Elohim. Lord let us through this series just gain more of an understanding of You and your nature. Lord we love you!