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Number 1 in a mini-series on the names of Christ
“’I am Alpha and Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’” —Revelation 1:8
THINK ABOUT IT
What comes to mind when you think of the word “mighty”?
Hockey fans may (or may not!) consider the “Mighty Ducks”.
Cartoon fans might remember “Mighty Mouse”.
Several generations of 99 lb. weaklings have paid big bucks to work out enough to become like the mighty Atlas, (forgetting of course, that the mythical greek god Atlas supposedly got stuck spending eternity holding up the sky for his sins).
But even if any of these (or any others) could legitimately claim to being mighty, they wouldn’t stand a chance lined up beside the “All-mighty”.
But in fact, the word “almighty” is not simply a reflection of physical strength, though it does involve that as well. According to the dictionary definition, “almighty” means to have unlimited authority . In a Biblical context, this meaning is equal to the expression, “ruler of all”, and is only used of God. The word “almighty” is actually used very seldom, only 57 times in all of Scripture, and is often implied from the context.
Read 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 Over what does the Lord have unlimited authority in this context?
Sometimes, as in the Old Testament pasages of Jeremiah 5:14 and Amos 54:13, “almighty” is implied in phrases such as “Lord of hosts” or “God of hosts”. To what aspect of God’s “all-mightiness” do these scriptures refer?
Genesis 17:1 “I am God Almighty, walk before me and be blameless”
The context here is the covenant that God made with Abraham and his descendents to make of them a great nation. Why was Abraham’s response in verse 3 appropriate?
Why does the first part of the verse: “I am God Almighty”, demand obedience to the second part of the verse: “walk before me and be blameless”?
Ezekiel 10:5 “The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks”.
Elijah (1 Kings 19:10-13) learned that God doesn’t always speak in what we would consider to be an “almighty” voice as described in Ezekiel. Compare Ezekiel 10 with the illustration from 1 Kings. Why might the same Almighty God speak with a “big” voice in one context and a “whisper” in the other?
Revelation 4:8 says: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come”. Over what is the Lord Almighty having unlimited power or rule in this verse?
Not surprisingly, the word “Almighty” is used nine times in Revelation alone.
Let’s look at those references. For what aspects of His “All-mightiness” is God praised?
Revelation 11:17, 18
Revelation 19:15, 16
PRAY ABOUT IT
Given what you know about God and His ‘All-mightiness’ what would you include in a prayer of praise to Almighty God?
ACT ON IT
We like to call on the “Almighty” when we need some evidence of His power in operation on our behalf. But “almighty” doesn’t simply refer to what God can do for us, but rather the claim He has ON us as the Almighty God. What needs to change in your life in order for God to be the holder of unlimited authority, the ruler of all that is you?
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