Knowing God by His Names ~ Creater God 2

                                           Elohim  (e-lo-HEEM)
* Genesis 1:1-31 (Read this portion of scripture)
* Key Verse: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1)
Today’s Focus:
This ancient name for God in the Hebrew is ‘Elohim’, containing the idea of God’s creative power, His omnipotent power as well as His authority and sovereignty, referring to the Lord’s absolute dominion over the whole universe, ‘all things have been created through Him and for Him‘ (Col. 1:16).  Before there was anything there was God.  It is used over 3,000 times from Genesis to Malachi, occurring 32 times in the first chapter alone, following that, Yahweh (some translations use Jehovah) appears and is often paired with Elohim, ‘the LORD God’.   Elohim is the plural form of ‘El’ which means mighty or strong, (El can be found in the following verses for God, Ps. 18:32, 68:35, 77:14, Deut. 3:24).  Though plural, does not indicate a belief in many gods but emphasizing the majesty of the one true God.  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Deut. 6:4 ‘ Hear, O Israel: The LORD [Jehovah] our God [Elohim] is one LORD’.  We see this in Gen. 1:26 ‘then God [Elohim] said, let Us make man in our image’
Study Questions:
1.  Study the creation events.  Describe what God created on each day of creation.
2.  For what purpose did God create man?
3.  Why do you think it is important to know Him as Creator?
4.  Because God is the Creator of the universe and all that it contains… He is my maker,
    I am grateful to Him for:
Extended study question:
Genesis 28:13,15 the Lord appears to Jacob and says…’I am the LORD God (Jehovah Elohim) of Abraham thy father’….vs. 15   ‘I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”  What attributes does God reflect in this passage, and what are His promises?   Personalize it, and replace your name  every time a statement is made of ‘you’….
Resources used in this study:  Praying the Names of God – by Anne Spangler;  Knowing God by His names – by Dick Purnell;  Names of God – by Nathan Stone; Lord I Want to Know You – by Kay Arthur;  He Shall be Called – by Robert J. Morgan;  The Names of God – by Ken Hemphill;  The Trinity – By Jack Hayford; The Strong’s Concordance; The Complete Word Study Dictionary of the Old Testament; The Vines Expository Dictionary.

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