The Names of God Study-Adonai- Lord and Master

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Welcome to the Names of God Bible study.
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.
Each week I will list a name with the scripture reference and we can begin this study together.
These studies are just a taste on the names of God. Hopefully it will give you some help and a desire to dig deeper into His attributes you want to learn more about. I am looking forward to learning and discussing together!

Please share your insights on the blog and also connect with me on Facebook; I would love to hear from you!

We have looked at five names so far which are in the archives.
Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.

El Elyon- God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.

El Roi- the God who sees. When you are going through trials He sees and knows what you are going through.

El Shaddai- God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient- He is mighty to save!

Jehovah –jireh: The Lord will provide- He is the self-existent and keeps His covenant. He sees, foresees and knows all and is able to provide what is needed.

Today we will look at Adonai- Lord and Master.
This name indicates a relationship. The lordship of God means that He is in total possession of me and I am to be in total submission to Him. Knowing this and understanding will transform your relationship with God. He has to be our Lord and not just Savior.

The first time this is used is in Genesis 15. Read the chapter noting any reference to Lord GOD.

When you read Lord it is Adonai and when it is GOD or LORD it is YHWH or Jehovah

What was Abraham’s situation?

What did God tell and show him?

What was Abraham’s response?

In verse 8 what did he ask God and what name did he use?

How did God answer him in verses 9-21?

Abraham acknowledged God as his Lord and Master. He assured him by making a covenant with him that an heir would come from his own body, bringing salvation- Jesus Christ! (Galatians 3:16)

Read the following passages, noting the use of LORD and Lord.
How did these men respond to God and what was God’s response?
Exodus 4:10-17
Isaiah 6:1-8
Jeremiah 1:1

Like Moses have you ever been reluctant to do God’s will at the same time calling him Lord?
Like Isaiah and Jeremiah have you not only called Him Lord but were also willing to obey Him?

Look at the following verses about our Lord and reflect on who He is.
(In a couple of these verses take note of His lovingkindness- this is His covenant love.)
Psalm 8:1, 6-8
Psalm 16:2
Psalm 54:4
Psalm 62:11-12
Psalm 73:25-28
Psalm 86:15
Psalm 97:5
Psalm 135:5
Psalm 136:3

Adoni is Jesus and He is Lord. (The Greek word for Lord in the New Testament is kyrios.)
In Matthew 22:41-46, Jesus is quoting Psalm 110:1, a prophetic psalm of David to prove that he is the Son of God, telling them He is Adoni.

Read the following verses and list what you learn.
Romans 10:8-10
Acts 16:31
Philippians 2:8-11

Matthew 7:21-28

“he who does” is in the present tense-meaning habitually, direction not perfection. This means obedience like a servant who would obey their master or adonai.

Many, not just a few will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?”

Did Jesus dispute their claims?

What did He say to them?

Depart (present imperative, a command)
From Me, You who practice (present tense) lawlessness

The Name Adonai challenges everyone who calls God “Lord” to be willing live in a way that demonstrates His Lordship! When we say “He is Lord” it must be not be with just our lips but also with our life!

Can you be saved without Him being your Lord?
It is wrong to assume you can call Him “Lord” but then to refuse to submit to him in loving obedience.

Adonai is a Name of God which shows relationship. Jehovah’s Lordship means He is in total possession of me and I gladly submit to Him as my Lord and my Master. This truth of Adonai is opposed to the self- centered mindset that is so deceiving. We may like to think that we are the lord of our own life. When we think that, we are on a dangerous slope. God becomes all about meeting our needs and fulfilling our desires.

We have to willing submit to Him as Lord and Savior. Not only for our salvation but in every area of our lives.

Are there areas of your life you are holding onto and are unwilling to relinquish to Adoni?
Your job, your spouse, your children, your possessions, your secret sin, or habits, etc…?

Let’s pray as David “search me O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me and lead me in the everlasting way” (Psalm 139:23-24)

He will answer, show and enable you to call Him Lord and Master.

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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-Adonai- Lord and Master

  1. denabob says:

    This might be my most favorite one yet. Reminded in scripture after scripture that serving my Lord is like no other service to anyone or anything else. So often I treat his mastery over my life as if he’s a bad boss….. by keeping things from him, rebeling against tasks he gives me or discipline he delivers….. He is Lord like no other. Rich in love and slow to anger….. He is an amazing God to serve. Thank you, Kim….. I’m grateful for how you serve Him and us.

    • kimlenon says:

      Hi Dena,
      Thank you so much for you enouragement and honesty! We all struggle but praise God for His covenant love for us. We can rest in who we are in Christ and what He has done!

      Love, Kim

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