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Elohim: God Creator

With Lent behind us, I’ve developed a new idea for devotional inputs…The Names of God. Studying the names of God and the meanings behind them gives us historical and current perspective on the God we love. These will not be daily devotions, but I will try to post at least weekly! Each devotional will provide a short review of the name, followed by related scripture to contemplate.

I’ll start today with Elohim: God Creator.

Elohim (EL-OH-HEEM) is the most frequently used name for God in the Old Testament.  Elohim is the God Creator in Genesis, as well as the sustainer and the redeemer in Exodus, Isaiah and the Psalms.  In Hebrew, Elohim is a plural form in Hebrew that begins to reveal God’s triune nature of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Elohim is infinite and all powerful.  Elohim is righteous and knows our minds and hearts. We worship a mighty and strong Lord — Elohim who displays supreme power, sovereignty and faithfulness of covenant in His relationship with us.  Let us praise and worship our Lord God…our Creator and Redeemer.  Elohim.

Our scripture meditation for today is from Colossians 1:15-23 (The Living Bible translation):

 Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God. He existed before God made anything at all, and, in fact, Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can’t; the spirit world with its kings and kingdoms, its rulers and authorities; all were made by Christ for his own use and glory. He was before all else began and it is his power that holds everything together.  He is the Head of the body made up of his people—that is, his Church—which he began; and he is the Leader of all those who arise from the dead, so that he is first in everything; for God wanted all of himself to be in his Son.

 It was through what his Son did that God cleared a path for everything to come to him—all things in heaven and on earth—for Christ’s death on the cross has made peace with God for all by his blood. This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies and hated him and were separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through the death on the cross of his own human body, and now as a result Christ has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are standing there before him with nothing left against you—nothing left that he could even chide you for; the only condition is that you fully believe the Truth, standing in it steadfast and firm, strong in the Lord, convinced of the Good News that Jesus died for you, and never shifting from trusting him to save you. This is the wonderful news that came to each of you and is now spreading all over the world. And I, Paul, have the joy of telling it to others.

COL 1 16-17

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