The Names of God Study-Elohim-The Creator

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Welcome to The Names of God Bible study! Each Wednesday, I will post a name with the scripture reference and we can begin this study together. Each week as you study through the Scripture answer the questions and share your insight here on the blog.

I am looking forward to learning and discussing this study together.

The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes, and His nature.
To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him.
(Last weeks lesson, “Why Study the Names of God?” is in the archives.)

The name of God we will look at this week is Elohim.
This is the Hebrew word for God that appears in the first verse of the Bible.
Elohim is used more than 2,500 times in Scripture and we see it 35 times in the first 35 verses!

Read Genesis 1:1 through 2:4 and notice what you see Elohim doing.

El means mighty one, strong or strength.
The Hebrew ending “im” added to “El” indicates plurality.

What does Deuteronomy 6:4 and 10:17 tell us about only one true God?

The plural ending gives us a picture of the strength and power of the one triune God as seen in Genesis 1:1, 2 and 26.

Read John 1:1-5 and verse 14.

Who is the Word?

What did He do?

It is no mistake that John begins his gospel with the first verse in Genesis. He wants us to see and understand that Jesus, The Word was accomplishing Elohim’s creation.

Also read Colossians 1:15-17 and Hebrews 1:1-3 to see more references to Jesus in creation.

Read and list what you learn about Elohim and what you can apply to your life from Psalm 139.
(It is helpful to ask who, what, where, when, why and how and look for key words)

Verses 1-6 (example: God knows everything about me)

Verses 7-12

Verses 13-18

Verses 23-24

How should you view God and yourself in light of these verses?

Think about what you have just seen, praise Elohim-your Creator who created you, loves you and knows everything about you!

Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”
See the progression in the words created, formed, and made. This leaves little doubt that we were created by a personal God with a clearly defined purpose, God’s glory.

Kay Arthur’s definition of glory is very helpful. She says that “glory” or “glorify” means to give a correct estimate or a proper opinion of. So, we as Elohim’s creatures are to live in such a way that we give a correct opinion to all the world of the character and excellency of Elohim.

John Piper says that the believer’s call to glorify God is not an admonition to do God a favor. It is a command to align our lives with His eternal goal. He created us for His glory. God’s great aim in creating and governing the world is that He be glorified.

What else do you learn in the following verses?
Ephesians 2:8-10

2 Corinthians 5:17

Final thought: Before God made the world God loved us and chose us in Jesus to be holy and blameless. He adopted us into a relationship with Him. He knew before He created us we would sin and need a Savior. Jesus has been the center of God’s plan from before creation and into the future. So, we see Jesus in the names of God. (Ephesians 1)

Reflection and Application

Has this study of Elohim helped you to understand how He has created us for a relationship with Him?

Am I fulfilling the purpose for which Elohim created me?

Since God is my Creator and does not make mistakes it should make a difference in how I view myself and those around me.

What one thing can you apply from this lesson to help you to live Inside Out?

Write out a prayer of confession, thankfulness and praise to Elohim.

Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created. Revelation 4:11

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About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 39 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

2 Responses to The Names of God Study-Elohim-The Creator

  1. amber@mercyrising says:

    Good reminder that he is the Mighty One/Strong One. HE is enough.

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