Day 3


from the Names of God reading plan

Genesis 15:1-6, Exodus 4:10-16, Deuteronomy 10:17-21, Matthew 14:22-32, John 20:24-29, 1 Corinthians 8:5-6, Revelation 17:14

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.



Adonay (Hebrew), Kurios (Greek)

Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1-6, Exodus 4:10-16, Deuteronomy 10:17-21, Matthew 14:22-32, John 20:24-29, 1 Corinthians 8:5-6, Revelation 17:14

In the Old Testament, adonay, or “lord,” was a common way to refer to God. It comes from the word used to describe human masters who ruled over servants. The Israelites used it verbally instead of pronouncing the name Yahweh, and it communicated their reverence for the Holy God of Israel as their ruler and ultimate authority. Adonay is a reminder that we serve a holy, sovereign God who is Lord over all.

Kurios, or “lord” in the New Testament, was used to show respect to people with authority like emperors or masters. It is used to describe both God the Father and Jesus the Son in the New Testament. When followers of Jesus called Him “lord,” they showed Him honor. In Paul’s letters, he used the word as a title for the risen Jesus. “Lord Jesus Christ” became a primary way to refer to Him, implying He shared the authority of the God of Israel. Kurios is a powerful name of honor for Jesus.

A title of honor, respecting the authority and ruling power of God

What does this name teach me about God?


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92 thoughts on "Lord"

  1. Kim Anstaett says:

    A passage that was brought to light in a different way this time was when Peter stepped out of the boat at first but then he doubted….30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” …. He was right there with Jesus in the water and the wind scared him into doubt. How often do we think we made the right decision on our journey but then something as little as the wind comes and throws us off.

  2. Christina Leal says:

    This world is full of things and people that draw us to worship and adore them. The names Kurios and Adonay draw me back to the Lord, compelling me to lay aside all other distractions and give my heart and attention fully to Him.

  3. Ingrid Coutinho says:

    To know that he is a master above it all is so comforting.

  4. Andrea Abi-Saab says:

    There is none higher. None greater. Even though my heart wants to pay tribute and serve so many things as “lord” at times, there is only One worthy of it. There is only one who workth

  5. Mia Rice says:

    I love that the God we serve has many names that attempt to describe how dynamic His character is. Adonay and Kurios are new names to me. They remind me of the authority He has over the universe and even to my small existence. Though He is mighty, he is also merciful and full of love. In his response to Moses and Peter, He demonstrates love to them in their doubt and fear. We are so undeserving of this kind of relationship with such a beautiful being. Thank you, Lord, for your presence and hand in our lives.

  6. Stacey Ivicic says:

    It reminds me that God and Jesus are the King of kings and Lord of lords who are worthy of all honor and praise. That I am to honor, revere and serve them, but also as demonstrated throughout the Bible that God/Jesus is loving, gracious, patient and merciful in that authority even when angry, truly wanting what is best for me and each person.

  7. Kayleen Rausseo says:

    I love the Lord’s response to Moses in Exodus 4:10-16 – though He was angered, He responded with patience and mercy.

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