Elohim, The First Name of God
by Jenny Smith
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How many names do you have? All of us have a legal name and then we have names that are called ‘familiar’ names. Only certain people call us by them. To most people my name is Jenny, but close friends and family call me Jen. And to my three daughters I’m ‘mom’. Let’s not even mention what my family nickname growing up was! Take a minute and think on all the names you are called by and what they mean to you.
God also has different names. Some are names that anyone on earth can call Him. Others are names that belong to His family. Others still belong to people who are family and close friends. This summer we are going to look at some of the different names He is called. We’ll be applying them to our lives today as well as learning what they meant at the time they were revealed.
The very first mention of God is in Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created…”
This God in the original Hebrew was Elohim. The word just means “gods”. Yes, you read that correctly, gods. The word is just the most commonly used word for any god. In our Bible alone it is used more than 2000 times. El in the word means god, and the ohim is the plural form of it. The amazing part for us is that our God is the one true God, made up of three distinct parts. God, the Father; Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Even from the beginning our Bible is accurate. In the beginning God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit worked together to create the world.
The important part of this name is that it is plural. God in the three part trinity created from the very beginning. No other god can make the same claim, our God created everything.
Have you ever thought about how God didn’t just create a flower? But millions of different types of flowers. Millions of different types of fish. All kinds of dogs. At the zoo recently, we learned that even each Zebra has a different stripe pattern. The point of this is not only did God create, He is creative!
This part of God is a benefit to all mankind whether we accept Him as God or not. Since we are made in the image of God, we are blessed with creativity.
As Christians, we not only have the benefit of being made in the image of a creative God, we also have the Holy Spirit living inside us. And He has the full creativity of God within Him.
‘How can this benefit me today?’ you may be asking. Are you and I taking full advantage of the creativity we have in us? Many times our Christian life gets…well boring. When it does you can know the problem is with us and not God! He is much too creative to ever become boring. We just have to not approach Him in the same way over and over again.
Do you pray the same prayer over and over? Be creative in your thinking. Meghan, my daughter, is going to middle school next year. I could pray that she will make good choices every day. Before long you know what would happen, I would get tired of praying it. But how about if I use my God-given creativity and imagine different choices she may be faced with, and I pray that God would work in each situation? A different one each day, and as her life progresses I’ll see my prayers at work. Takes the boring right out.
Get creative with God. He created everything you can see and even what you can’t see. A God that creative will be thrilled when we start being creative too!
Father, thank you that you set the example in being creative. Give us a fresh vision of how we can be creative in approaching you in prayer, and in reaching out to people! We love you! Amen
Next week we will learn about the second name for God in the Bible: El Elyon, the God Most High. Until then, be creative in your prayers!
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