Day 2

God

from the Names of God reading plan


Genesis 1:1-5, Job 37:5-13, Psalm 42:1-11, Isaiah 43:10-13

BY She Reads Truth

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of the name(s), a brief explanation of the character of God emphasized by the name(s), and a reflection question to help you dig deeper into the text.

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God
Elohim, El  (Hebrew)

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:1-5, Job 37:5-13, Psalm 42:1-11, Isaiah 43:10-13

Description
Elohim is the first name used for God in the Bible. It appears in the opening verse of Scripture: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gn 1:1). The Israelites adapted the name Elohim from El, an ancient word for “god,” to refer to the one true God. This name emphasizes His greatness and majesty over all creation and all other gods. Throughout Scripture this name is paired with descriptive words to distinguish God and His character from pagan gods (e.g., El Olam, “everlasting God,” El Roi, “God who sees,” and El Rahum, “merciful God”). Elohim is a reminder that the one true God is distinctly powerful.

Emphasis
God’s unmatched power and majesty

Reflection
What does this name teach me about God?

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  1. Mallory Rush says:

    I love that they use descriptive words with the ancient “El” to specifically contrast from pagan gods. He is the only God – the true God. Everlasting and infinitely present.

  2. Rene' Bancroft says:

    The phrase, “distinctly powerful” reminds me that God has unique characteristics and power that ONLY He has. The facts are all around us ~ the depth of the sea, the boundaries of the oceans, the weather, and His ability to give each of His children individual & undivided attention…it’s all incredible & dome days hard to comprehend, but always blesses me!

  3. Ingrid Coutinho says:

    Elohim, the one true God. Such a great reminder especially in a world that has many gods put in the place of the one true God May he always be our center and focus.

  4. Lori Wat says:

    Listening to the mighty, torrential rains outside my home this morning – glorying in God who gives this as a sign so that all men may know his work (Job 37:6-7) Thank you for your grace and mercy God. May all recognize you EL / ELOHIM

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