Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Names of God (Shaddai)


“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” (Gen. 17:1)

A closer look:
The Almighty God – (El Shaddai or God Almighty) – meaning all sufficient, and Almighty

The name of God “Shaddai” is that which was revealed to and prominently used by the patriarchs Abraham (Gen. 17:1), Isaac (Gen. 28:3), and Jacob (Gen. 43:14).  God is able to grant Abraham the promise of seed despite his age, because He is Almighty.  The book of Job teaches us several divine works and character attributed to God Almighty:  He chastens men (Job 5:17), He hears prayers (Job 8:5), He is ineffable (Job 11:7), He is unconquerable (Job 15:25), He punishes the wicked (Job 21:20), He restores the repentant (Job 22:23), He grants understanding (Job 32:8) and life (Job 33:4).  His name “Shaddai” suggests two things:

1.  His power (to punish or destroy).  What a fearful thing it is to fall under the wrath of Almighty God! (see Is. 13:6)

2.  His providence (to nourish and establish).  What a wonderful thing it is to find grace in the eyes of God Almighty! (see Rev. 1:8)

6 comments:

Mot Juste said...

God has many names? These names seem to point out different attributes. What would it be like to hold all the attributes of God in your head at the same time? Seems like its hard to see grace if you think about justice. Our minds are too small. :(

bhardecker said...

Yes, God has many names (see for example Ex.6:3). The beauty of His names is that they tell us somethings about His attributes and essence, which of course is beyond us. Now the thing of it is, that God revealed them to us through His Word. Christianity is a revealed religion. God spoke and we must take heed to His Word. I agree with you it is a feeble attempt for a finite being like us to comprehend the infinite. Our minds are insufficient, which is why His Word is sufficient. Have a great Easter weekend!

JTR said...

This is a cool study! Thanks for posting it.

bhardecker said...

Thank you JTR. I am trying to figure out which blog is yours?

JTR said...

btw - I'm interested in reposting the names of God info on KJVDevos - email me at water05201@hotmail.com if thats possible. I would link back to you and give you full credit.

JTR said...

I have a number of them. The best springboard is http://ifbkjv.blogspot.com/