The Names of God 4

“For the LORD (YHWH) your God (Elohim) is God of gods, and Lord (Adonai) of lords, the great God mighty and awesome who shows no partiality and takes no bribe.” Deuteronomy 10:17.



We have considered two names of God and will now consider a third one. As we do so it is very important to remember that these are not the names of different gods, but names of the one and only God. Deut 6:4. The Bible reveals that there are three persons ‘in the Godhead’, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are distinct, but they are nonetheless one God.

(The word ‘Godhead’ does not occur in the Bible. It’s a kind of theological shorthand to represent what we believe about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.)


For this next name we will need to become sharp-eyed as we read the Old Testament in our Bibles. You will remember that ‘YHWH’ the name of God is printed as LORD, the next name – ‘Adonai’ is printed as Lord. Do you see the difference? The first one is all capital letters, even though some of them are smaller in size. In the second one the letters ‘ord’ are all in lower case. Actually this is very convenient. It means that you do not have to be able to read Hebrew to know which name of God is being used in a particular passage of Scripture. I hope this encourages you to read and study the Bible for yourself.


Selwyn Hughes says “The literal meaning of Adonai (Lord) is ‘Lord and Master’, and the word contains the thought of ownership, lordship and divine authority.” The word occurs over 300 times in the Old Testament and Nathan Stone wrote “It is almost always in the plural and possessive, meaning ‘my Lords’. “ This may be another indication of the Trinity.


What this name means to us is that God is owner and master of every human being, and he consequently claims the unrestricted obedience of all.


Let me ask you this. Through faith in Jesus Christ, have you acknowledged this great God as your Lord and master? He is good, kind and gracious to those who trust and obey Him.