Who Is God, Really?
Could The Amount Of Your Faith Be Related To Your Knowledge Of God?
2 Pet 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge..
The name of God holds an important key to understanding the
doctrine of God and the doctrine of revelation. The name of God is a
personal disclosure and reveals His relationship with His people. His name
is known only because He chooses to make it known. To the Hebrew mind, God
was both hidden and revealed, transcendent and immanent. Even though He
was mysterious, lofty, and unapproachable, He bridged the gap with
humankind by revealing His name.
The truth of God's character is focused in His name. The divine name reveals God's power, authority, and holiness. This accounts for Israel's great reverence for God's name. The Ten Commandments prohibited the violation of God's name (Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy 5:11). Prophets spoke with authority when they uttered God's name. Oaths taken in God's name were considered binding, and battles fought in the name of God were victorious.
Other nations would fear Israel, not because it was a mighty nation,
but because it rallied under the Lord's name. In the New Testament, name
is manifested most clearly in Jesus Christ. He is called "the Word" (John
1:1), and Jesus himself makes the claim that He has revealed the name of
God (John 17:6). God's name is His promise to dwell with His people.
God of the Fathers
El is a generic term for God or deity. It appears in ancient
languages other than Hebrew. One can see the similarities to the modern
Arabic word for God, Al or Allah. The word El refers to an awesome power
that instills within humankind a mysterious dread or reverence.
Even though El was a term for God in pagan or polytheistic religions, it is not a designation for an impersonal force like one would find in animism. Pagans worshipped El as a high and lofty God. He was the chief God in the Canaanite pantheon.
The word El in the Bible is often a reference to deity as opposed to
the particular historical revelation associated with the name "Yahweh" .
More often than not, however, it is used interchangeably as a synonym for
Yahweh, the God of Israel, and translated God. One of the most interesting
uses of El is its alliance with other terms to reveal the character of
God. Some of these combinations are:
This term is more closely associated with the patriarchal period and can be found most frequently in the Books of Genesis and Job. Exodus 6:3 underlines El-Shaddai as the name revealed to the patriarchs.God used it to make His Covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:1-2).
(Numbers 24:16; 2 Samuel 22:14; Psalms 18:13). Melchizadek was a priest of El-Elyon and blessed Abraham in this name (Gen. 14:19-20), refering to El-Elyon as "Maker of heaven and earth." Canaanites at Ugarit also worshiped god as El-Elyon. El-Elyon seems to have had close ties to Jerusalem.
(Genesis 21:33; Isaiah 26:4; Psalms 90:2). God's sovereignty extends through the passing of time and beyond our ability to see or understand.
El Hoseem "God of Creation"
Elohim A plural form for deity-
"Creator Of The Universe"
Other Uses The name El is frequently combined with other nouns or adjectives. Some examples are:
Beth-el (House of God)
Peni-el (Face of God)
In the crucifixion narrative (Mark 15:34), Jesus employed a form of
El when he cried from the cross, "Eloi, Eloi," "my God, my God," quoting
The Covenant Name
The covenant name for God was "Yahweh." Israel's faith was a new
response to God based on His disclosure. This name was so unique and
powerful that God formed a covenant with His people based upon his
The Lord of Miracles, The Supernatural God
Yahweh Jireh "The Lord will Provide"
Yahweh Nissi "The Lord is my Banner"
Yahweh Sabaoth "The Lord of Hosts"
Yahweh Tsidkenu "The Lord is Our Righteousness"
(Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:16)
Adon (or Adonai)
Yeshua-"The Lord Of Salvation" --Jesus - Phillipians 2:9-11
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
John W. Eddins, Jr. and J. Terry Young Holman's Bible Dictionary, Parson's Quickverse ibid Matthew Henry Commentary, Parson's Quickverse ibid, Holman's,Rev. Rick Patterson