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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110 thoughts on "Lord"

  1. Desiree Medari says:

    yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. – 1 Corinthians 8:6

    There is only one true God, one Lord. I love that Lord is a title of honor, a reminder that He alone is God.

  2. Diana Goodwin says:

    Lord reminds me that He is my master. If I am going to delight myself in Him my hearts desire will be His will and for His kingdom. The name of God and Yahweh have already showed me that He is powerful enough to control and create all things, the name Lord reminds me to submit my will and decisions to Him. To trust Him with all of it.

  3. Amanda King says:

    The names reminds me to be respectful of the power of God and to always Honor Him.

  4. Andie Battles says:

    So thankful that the Lord over all and from who I exist is continually stretching out his hand as I sink in the waters of the world. In those times where I loose focus and doubt him a d fear that he will provide, he is there waiting to be my comfort and my shield. Humbled this afternoon as I soak in his goodness and faithfulness.

  5. Alexis Galang says:

    He is Lord over all. He is powerful! He is worthy! He is in control! He has the authority and power that He says He has! And wow! All we have to do is believe and have faith. Increase my faith Lord, I pray.

  6. Eryn Murray says:

    This name is in respect and reverence of honoring God. This is new to me and very powerful because God wants us to fear him, but like a dictator. The same way He respects our free will but it’s up to us to respect Him.

  7. Stephanie L.Yttrup says:

    I think I struggle with these names or rather the meaning of these names the most. I struggle with authority and like to be the one in control. God is always showing me that he is worthy and can be trusted with the power he yields because he is looking out for my best interest.

  8. Bridgette Alvarez says:

    I agree KAYLEEN RAUSSEO. His patience and mercy is also shown in His response to Peter and Thomas. Helping and teaching through patience and mercy are a constant in God’s character as we see throughout the Bible and throughout our lives. I know that this is true for me. ❤️

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