Before we begin I just want to thank Noah for writing this one! Welcome him to the team! Without further to do, Adonai!
Adonai- generally denotes the authority and exalted position of God. In English Adonai means master, owner, or sovereign ruler. But it is transliterated as The Lord, The LORD of lords, The LORD YHVH.
In a previous sermon we talked about Elohim, so let’s talk about what that means, as that is very similar. So as we discussed Elohim is the first name ever used for God. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the Earth.” So Elohim is commonly used to reference God as a creator and Judge. Its all about God’s absolute sovereignty and control over all creation, it emphasizes his might and power. Now Adonai is very similar to Elohim, in how its all about his absolute power and authority as Creator of the Universe. Adonai specifically differs because it is about how his power and authority relates to man. So this relationship is of the Creator and the created/creation, potter and his clay, master and his servants. Now lets look where its first used, in Genesis 15:1-2 “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: ‘Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’ But Abram said, ‘O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’” Now what we are looking at in this passage is his use of Adonai is verse 2, which was transliterated into Lord GOD. So why is it important that Abram references God as his master, and sovereign ruler here. Well by saying this he shows that he still maintains God as his ultimate ruler and trusts that God is for him and not against him. Like Jeremiah would write, “For I know the plans I have for you, declare the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and hope.” Now this is where were told that we need to trust God with every aspect of our lives, like Abram and Jeremiah here! But at least for me I’m not that humble. I constantly want to do things on my own, even if I don’t admit it. This all goes back to how sinful I am and to honest we all are. By doing this we are telling God that our way is better. Basically telling him how to be God. Lets see what God says in Job 38 when Job says something similar to that.
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action[a] like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Now do you see? We make horrible gods. We can never be Adonai no matter how hard we try. But lucky for us we don’t have to be. God already gave us our Adonai in himself. So now what I would like to ask is, is God Adonai for you? Have you honestly given every aspect of YOU to him? If you haven’t I just want to tell you that he is so amazingly good, and in every situation and circumstance God is better as Adonai in Christ Jesus.
Lord Jesus thank you so much for being so good to us. I pray that you will move in whoever is reading this to truly see you as Adonai. You are so amazing Jesus, thank you for saving us.