The Names of God: Elohim

God
Elohim, El  (Hebrew)

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:1-5Job 37:5-13Psalm 42:1-11Isaiah 43:10-13


Description
Elohim is the first name used for God in the Bible. It appears in the opening verse of Scripture: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gn 1:1). The Israelites adapted the name Elohim from El, an ancient word for “god,” to refer to the one true God. This name emphasizes His greatness and majesty over all creation and all other gods. Throughout Scripture this name is paired with descriptive words to distinguish God and His character from pagan gods (e.g., El Olam, “everlasting God,” El Roi, “God who sees,” and El Rahum, “merciful God”). Elohim is a reminder that the one true God is distinctly powerful.


Emphasis
God’s unmatched power and majesty


Reflection
What does this name teach me about God?


Blessings.

*This devotional was taken from the He Reads Truth website