The Names of God 1


“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1

 

George Garratt is thought to have thelongest name in the world. He changed his name to “Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined”.

 

I am not sure what he hoped to achieve with such a name, but we can say with certainty that it does not carry any significant meaning.

 

In contrast to this, most of the names in the Bible do have real meaning. They are often an indication of a persons character or some particular quality. For example, God’s names tell us a lot about his nature and character. Because God is so great, there is more than one name for Him in the Bible. We will be looking at some of them in the next few articles.

 

One of these names in the Old Testament is Elohim,. In our English Bibles this is simply translated as ‘God’. One of the interesting things about this word is that it is in the plural, which some scholars think shows a basic indication about the truth of the Trinity.

 

This name reveals to us something about the divine powers of God who created all that there is. In his book “The Names of God” Nathan Stone wrote “The name Elohim contains the idea of creative and governing power, of omnipotence and sovereignty.”  Another author says it means “Creator, mighty and strong.”

 

Why not take some time out and read both Genesis chapter 1 and Genesis chapter 17 verses 1 – 22?  Read carefully and note how many times ‘God’ is mentioned. Do you see how strong and powerful He is and what He is able to do?

 

He’s quite amazing isn’t He?

 

Graham Kissack

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