El Shaddai אֵל שַׁדַּי
Welcome back guys, I apologize for missing yesterday, work ran a little bit longer than expected however, all that matters is that we are back, and ready to dive in!
Lord, thank you so much for this day, Lord I pray that you captivate the readers, Lord take over my words and allow none of them to be my own. Lord speak to people today and let them KNOW in their heart that you provide.
El Shaddai (אֵל שַׁדַּי) is translated as “God Almighty” or “Almighty God”
The term may mean “God of the mountains,” referring to the Mesopotamian divine mountain.
*According to Exodus 6:2, 3, Shaddai is the name by which God was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
*The root word “shadad” (שדד) means “to overpower” or “to destroy”. This would give Shaddai the meaning of “destroyer”, representing one of the aspects of God, and in this context it is essentially an epithet.
*The name Shaddai is connected to shadayim, the Hebrew word for “breasts”. It may thus be connected to the notion of God’s gifts of fertility
The sages of Israel interpreted the name as “The god who is sufficient” (she-day).
As you can tell there are many meanings of the name El Shaddai, and this excites me I mean the same God that is named “Destroyer” is also named “The God who is sufficient” like amazing. I think we can points to tons of examples in Scripture where we see this is evident. From all the times that God saved the Israelites, to God sending Jesus to die once and for all, to cover all sins past and present.
Knowing the Bible says this;
Mountains in the ancient cultures were seen as the dwelling places of the gods and represented their thrones and their sovereignty and kingship upon sitting on them. In Hebrew literature Mount Zion was seen as the mountain from which El Shaddai rules.
“Certainly the Lord has chosen Zion; He decided to make it his home.” (Ps. 132:13)
“Sing praises to the Lord, who rules in Zion! Tell the nations what He has done!” (Ps. 9:11)
“May the Lord bless you from Zion, that you might see Jerusalem prosper all the days of your life, and that you might see your grandchildren. May Israel experience peace!” (Ps. 128:5-6)
When God reveals Himself as El Shaddai in Genesis, it is in connection with blessings of fertility and multiple descendants.
In Gen. 17 when God reveals Himself as El Shaddai, He exhorts Abram to go the extra mile in obedience and then He will confirm His covenant with Abram of multiple descendants. “Then I will confirm my covenant between me and you, and I will give you a multitude of descendants” (Gen. 17:2). God goes on and elaborates on how He will bless Abram with fertility and multiple descendants, saying, “…because I will make you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you extremely fruitful” (Gen. 17:5).
In Jacob’s farewell address in Gen. 49:25 Jacob makes a connection between the title of El Shaddai and the promises of blessings of the breast and womb, which is a word play between Shaddai and shad (breast). “…because of the Sovereign God, who will bless you with blessings from the sky above, blessings from the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and womb.”
Throughout the rest of the Bible, the title El Shaddai is used in the context of the sovereign God of blessing, and it will bring with it all of the concepts of the God of the covenant of multiple descendants as developed in Genesis.
When we begin to change our perspective from looking at this far away God who once and a while interacts with humans, to a mindset that looks at God for what He truly is(although we cannot fully understand Him) a God who is sufficient for us, a God who is all powerful, yet wants to bless us, we begin to see how much God truly loves us. The fact that He sent His son to die for us and the fact that he wants to have an intimate relationship with us, should utterly astound us.
I want to leave you with Psalm 139
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.[b]
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Dear God thank you for this time, and Lord I pray that peoples eyes were opened to you and your word! Lord we love you, we praise you, and we thank you.