Summary: A message on Elohim - the Eternal Creator.
Hello I Love You Let Me Tell You My Name
Elohim – Genesis 1
Intro: Last week we began a series on the names of God entitled, Hello I Love You… To understand who God is and what He has done for us. To understand His name is to understand His person, purpose, and plan.
Review: We looked at why we need to know God’s name and the significance of it. We need to know His name b/c He commands us to know it, b/c we’re compelled to praise it, and b/c we’re challenged to trust in it.
Verse: O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth. Ps. 8:1
Verses: I will praise you forever for what you have done: in your name I will hope for your name is good. Ps. 52:9
Verse: The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Note: Incredible verses commanding, compelling, and challenging us to trust in the name and person of our God.
Review: The reason God gave us His name is to REVEAL His person, to RELATE to His creation, and to RELEASE His promises.
Point: God wants us to know Him, to be known by Him, and to make Him known.
Trans: This AM we want to turn our attention to the first name of God found in Scripture. Interestingly enough, it’s found in the first verse of the Bible.
Text: Genesis 1:1-4
Insert: The name used in this text is the name – Elohim – meaning eternal creator.
The most frequently used name for God in the O.T. used more than 2500x in the Bible and 32x in the 1st chapter of Genesis.
Note: Scholars believe Elohim is the plural form of El. The peculiar thing about this name is that it is the only name used for God that is plural. I agree w/ most theologians that the plurality points to the triune nature of God – from the beginning God was 3 in 1 and eternal in nature. Scripture supports:
Verse: In the beginning was the Word, the Word was w/ God and the Word was God. Jn 1:1
Verse: For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. Col. 1:16
Trans: It’s interesting to me that from the start, God wants to declare His name and make it clear that He is the creator and sustainer of life.
I Elohim and ETERNITY In the beginning God…
Note: What is the significance of this statement? Simple! God has always been, and always will be and He is true to His nature and personhood. God IS!
Note: What is He? He is holy, all-powerful, all knowing, all-seeing.
Insert: When getting into a discussion w/ others about creation, I often hear, “Well, where did God come from? The Bible clearly says, “He’s always been.”
Idea: Unlike the evolutionist, who has to come up w/ where the first atom came from, I don’t have to make up a opinion, I simply have to believe what God said – “In the beginning I was already present and accounted for.”
Note: Genesis 1:1 is a simple declaration that Elohim has always existed – He IS!
Story: Several years ago at a PK event, E.V. Hill got to throwing down on this idea. His sermon was based on two words, “God is!” B/c God is… (this) He repeated the phrase over and over – soft and loud – almost daring anyone to deny it. He kept on until 25,000 men were chanting – God is!