Praying the Names of God – Elohim   9 comments

My sister Vera just purchased the book – Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler.  I was thumbing through it and started to read some of the names of God.  I looked up at her with that look she has seen all too often that asks, “Can I take this and read it?” and she said with wisdom and love, “Get your own, that’s mine!”

Oh, she knows me so well and I love her dearly!  The following is an excerpt from the book:

Elohim is the Hebrew word for God that appears in the very first sentence of the Bible. When we pray to Elohim, we remember that He is the one who began it all, creating the heavens and the earth and separating light from darkness, water from dry land, night from day.  This ancient name of God contains the idea of God’s creative power as well as his authority and sovereignty.  Jesus used a form of the name in his agonized prayer from the cross. “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Elohim (e-lo-HEEM) is the plural form of El or Eloah, one of the oldest designations for divinity in the world… Elohim is used more than 2500 times.  Its plural form is used not to indicate a belief in many gods, but to emphasize the majesty of the One True God.  He is the God of gods, the highest of all.  Christians may recognize in this plural form a hint of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

Elohim occurs thirty-two times in the first chapter of Genesis.  After that, the name Yahweh appears as well and is often paired with Elohim.  In the NIV, the two together are translated “the Lord God”.

When I read this it reminds me that God is in control.  That “He is the one who began it all”.  I keep going back to that phrase.  He is the one who began it all.  He has it all planned out.  He knows the story from beginning to end.  “He is the one who began it all”.  God started it and He will finish it!

I don’t know about you, but that is a relief.  It reminds me to LIG- Let It Go.  I am not in control, although I find myself fighting for control more often than not! 

Listen to these words by Twilla Paris in her song God is in Control

This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don’t lose the vision here
Carried away by emotion

Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control, oh God is in control

Amen? Amen!!

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9 responses to “Praying the Names of God – Elohim

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  1. Beautiful. I love that Vera told you to get your own book, especially since you were leaving for Washington the next day…
    We’re at Deuteronomy 6 in a sermon series and just heard about Elohim in this series. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God, the Lord is one.” Yahweh is our God. Yahweh is our Elohim. One God…plural.
    AMEN!

  2. She’s a smart cookie that sister of ours!

    Praise Elohim our Yahweh!

    I ordered the book!

  3. A blessings, as always. Interestingly, our pastor’s sermon this last Sunday was on the topic of God being in control. I think it’s a concept that is slipping away among many Christians. And you’re right, it is a huge relief to remember that God is in control. Letting go of the results, the outcomes, is something I have to keep doing daily.

  4. Hi Cynthia. I know what you mean about the daily letting go! Amazing how often I have to loosen my grip!

  5. I will have to check out the book. Another good one (although a bit dated) is called Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur. Have you read it? It walks through all the name of God in the bible.

    Amen that God is in control!
    Blessings,
    Scotti

  6. Scotti, I really like Kay Arthur! She gave me the courage to actually write in my Bible! Not just underline but write my thoughts right there on the pages.

    I will have to look that book up. I have others by her but not that one! Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy your poems so much. You have an awesome gift! Blessings back at ya!

  7. Pingback: Praying the Names of Jesus - Word (Logos) « Above the Clouds

  8. I’m chiming in a bit late, but I wanted to say that this is a neat post. And the book you mention sounds very interesting. I’ve been doing a study of the names of God in the Bible and have been very encouraged by what I’ve learned. I just posted an overview on my blog of what I learned.

    Blessings in the Name of the Most High!
    J
    http://www.morefire.wordpress.com

  9. do you know of a specific verse that talks about how God is in control ?
    if anyone does, please e-mail me!

    pinktux2prom@yahoo.com

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