Summary: A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, "I’m Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter." Her mother told her "don’t tell people that say" "I’m Jane Sugarbrown." The pastor spoke to her in Sunday School, and said, "Aren’t you Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter?"
A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, "I’m Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter." Her mother told her "don’t tell people that say" "I’m Jane Sugarbrown."
The pastor spoke to her in Sunday School, and said, "Aren’t you Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter?" She replied, "I thought I was, but mother told me not to tell any body."
The little girl needed to learn we can be called by several names.
Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High (EL ELYON), shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (EL SHADDAI); (2) I will say of the LORD (JEHOVAH), He is my refuge and my fortress; my God (ELOHIM); in Him will I trust.
ELOHIM is the aspect of God where we all began and Elohim’s love for His creation is a love that is shown through unconditional covenant with the whole of creation.
EL SHADDAI shows forth the Love of God through caring, nurturing, feeding, protecting the offspring of Himself.
JEHOVAH (or Jahweh) ... the I AM THAT I AM was the name God revealed Himself to His chosen people, the Israelites. Jehovah has the father-image and loves His creation and brings them to Himself through discipline, obedience, correction and holiness for He desires that they be a holy nation, a royal priesthood and a special people ... which three titles Christ later brings forth in God’s overcomers.
El Elyon is the Father who art in heaven. (Col. 2:9-10) For in Him (Christ ... from v.8) dwells ALL THE FULLNESS of the GODHEAD (Gk. says divinity .. the divine nature) bodily, (10) And we are complete in Him ... In Christ including Jesus the Head and His saints the body, have the fullness of Father-God within them. Christ was fully revealed and demonstrated in Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. Why did God add in the word ‘ALL’ in front of the word ‘FULLNESS’? ‘Fullness’ is an all-inclusive word. ‘Fullness’ on its own would refer to any of the individual aspects of His Divine Nature revealed in any one name. The word ‘ALL’ added in includes all the aspects in their fullness together like a whole lineup of pails filled with water. All the fullness equals all the water in all the pails. Thus in Christ the whole expression of the Divine Nature is placed and we, being in Him, are included under such an endowment. No wonder the Word tells that we are heirs of God for we have certainly inherited all of His Essence, Nature and ability.
I. EL ELYON, THE GOD TO TRUST.
ABRAHAM AND THE MOST HIGH GOD. GENESIS 14:18 – 23.
The first time we read of this title is in the Book of Genesis. Lot, the nephew of Abraham, had settled at Sodom. However there was a war between the kings of the whole area. Four kings against five. The king of Sodom and his allies were defeated and lost everything. All their possessions taken and along with these possessions many slaves were taken among them Lot and possibly his family. Someone escaped from the battle to go to Abraham to tell him of the situation. Abraham must have been a very powerful and wealthy man because he had a private army of 318 trained men. God gives Abraham the victory and all is brought back safely.
It is here that we meet that most mysterious character Melchizedek. And we discover that He is a Priest of God Most High. He blesses Abraham of God Most High, in other words Abraham is a servant of the Most High God, and tells us that victory was his because of God Most High, who is the possessor of Heaven and Earth. But the title occurs again in the passage. The king of Sodom is naturally pleased that Abraham has returned all the possessions of Sodom and all the people. And he suggests that Abraham takes the goods, all the possessions of Sodom for his trouble. Then see verse 22. ’I have lifted up my hand to the Lord, God Most high, the Possessor of Heaven and earth, that I will take nothing....
It would seem that Abraham had vowed to God that he would have nothing with the people of Sodom or of their possessions. He had separated himself from all ungodliness. He had vowed that he would not become rich with the world’s goods.
God is the One who meets our daily needs. We can depend on Him. He is the God of Absolute Power and the God of Absolute Faithfulness, the God who Sees our need and the One who is Possessor of Heaven and Earth. Abraham was willing to give God His place in his life and to give God His Tithe also, He would depend on God. Paul says, ’My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’ He is the Most High God, the Possessor of Heaven and Earth.