Thursday, February 23, 2012

What’s In A Name – The Names of God – ELOHIM

The name Elohim means God-Mighty, Strong, Prominent One
“Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and it’s rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song and He has become my salvation; He is my God and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.’” Exodus 15:1-2

“Who is like You O Lord (ELOHIM), among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” Exodus 15:11
What an awesome tribute to the Lord. After all, He had just parted the Red Sea, led the children of Israel through on DRY ground, coaxed the entire Egyptian army in after them and if that wasn’t enough, He caused the waters to crash down killing most of Pharaoh’s army!

That’s my God, mighty, strong, the Prominent One! It makes my heart feel good that the children of Israel saw that great and mighty wonder and followed God, unquestioning for the rest of their journey into the Promised Land. Oh…wait…what does this say here in verse 23 and 24 of the same chapter?
            “Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefor the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses saying ‘What shall we drink?’”

And the people complained… Isn’t that the way it goes sometimes. We see the Lord work in our lives in some amazing way. We praise Him and give Him the glory for the great thing He’s done and in the next breath we’re complaining about some small thing that didn’t go our way.

“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God.” Deuteronomy 10:17

Lord, God Elohim, it is my prayer that I would always keep your great and mighty works in mind especially whenever I start to complain about the little things. Amen
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Monday, February 13, 2012

What’s In A Name – The Names of God – RAV-CHESED

The name, Rav-Chesed, means Abounding in Love. The Hebrew word chesed means kindness or loving-kindness.
“And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.’” Exodus 34:6
Way back in 1964 the Righteous Brothers sang about bringing back that loving feeling. I’m relatively sure they weren’t talking about the ‘chesed’ type love that comes from God Almighty. Chesed is love that suggests loyalty, faithfulness, a pledge or promise. Our God is abounding in love. He loves us with a greater purpose. And here’s the most amazing part…His love doesn’t require our love in return.

            “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1
A songwriter by the name of Billy James Foote penned the song, Amazing love, You Are My King. This song reminds me of the boundless love of God when it says:

Amazing love
How can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love,
I know it’s true.
It’s my joy to honor You,
In all I do, I honor You.
“How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 36:7
Thank you Father, Rav-Chesed for Your unfailing love. The undeserving of this world continue to flourish and prosper, but You are unchanging in your constant, steadfast love for Your children. All praise and glory I give to You. Amen

Picture Courtesy of: Paul McRae