Knowledge of God
A right conception of God is basic not only to
systematic theology but to practical Christian
living as well. It is to worship what the
foundation is to the temple; where it is
inadequate or out of plumb the whole structure
must sooner or later collapse.
I believe there is scarcely an error in doctrine or
a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot
be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble
thoughts about God....A.W. Tozer Knowledge of
the Holy
• El – Strong, Power
• El Elohim – Creator, and Covenant Maker
Genesis 17:1
When Abram was ninety-nine years old the
LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am
God Almighty; walk before me, and be
blameless, 2 that I may make my covenant
between me and you, and may multiply you
Genesis 17:3-5
Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to
him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and
you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.
5 No longer shall your name be called Abram,
but your name shall be Abraham, for I have
made you the father of a multitude of nations.
Genesis 17:6-8
I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will
make you into nations, and kings shall come
from you. 7 And I will establish my covenant
between me and you and your offspring after
you throughout their generations for an
everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to
your offspring after you. 8 And I will give to you
and to your offspring after you the land of your
sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an
everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”
God Almighty / El Shaddai
• Pourer of Blessings,
– Able to keep and fulfill the covenants made
• Used 48 times, 31 of them in the book of Job
Excerpts from Job
• Job 38:4-5 (ESV)
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of
the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely
you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
• Job 38:12 (ESV)
12 “Have you commanded the morning since
your days began, and caused the dawn to know
its place,
Excerpts from Job
• Job 39:9 (ESV)
9 “Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will he
spend the night at your manger?
• Job 39:19 (ESV)
19 “Do you give the horse his might? Do you
clothe his neck with a mane?
• Job 39:27 (ESV)
27 Is it at your command that the eagle mounts
up and makes his nest on high?
Excerpts from Job
• Job 40:2 (ESV)
2 “Shall a faultfinder contend with the
Almighty? He who argues with God, let him
answer it.”
God Almighty / El Shaddai
• Pourer of Blessings
– Able to keep and fulfill the covenants made
– Able to control and override nature
– Able to fulfill His will
• Many Breasted One
God Almighty / El Shaddai
Pouring Himself out for others
God Most High / El Elyon
• First used - Genesis 14:18-20
• Elyon used in other places:
– 2 Kings 15:35
– 2 Kings 18:17
– Ezekiel 42:5
• What others could compare?
• Hebrews
God Most High / El Elyon
• He is Lord of Lords
• He is King of Kings
• Daniel 4:17 (ESV)
17 … that the living may know that the Most
High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to
whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of
Everlasting God / El Olam
• Genesis 21:32-33 (ESV)
32 So they made a covenant at Beersheba.
Then Abimelech and Phicol the commander of
his army rose up and returned to the land of
the Philistines.
33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in
Beersheba and called there on the name of
the LORD, the Everlasting God.
God is…
• El Shaddai, our Almighty
– Pourer of blessings and bounty
– Caregiver of our lives
• El Elyon, the Most High
• El Olam from everlasting to everlasting
• Jesus is our El Shaddai, El Elyon, and El Olam
For Next Week…
• Read the Verses for
– Jehovah/YWH

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