Name of God

EL SHADDAI

We read of God Almighty numerous times in Genesis, Job and Revelation but there is one other reference in Exodus and in Numbers. The verse in Exodus 6 I find fascinating because it says, “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD (YHWH) I did not make myself known to them.” We may read the name YHWH from Genesis 2 onward but God did not reveal that name until He spoke with Moses and yet these three men would be, and are, most revered among Jewish scholars. Why would God withhold His personal name from the Father of His covenant people? Hence – fascinating.

The verse in Numbers 24 comes from Balaam’s final oracle and embraces the different aspects of God – “the oracle of him who hears the words of God (Elohim), and knows the knowledge of the Most High (El Elyon), who sees the vision of the Almighty (El Shaddai).” Wow! I will leave you to unpack the depth of that verse in your own time.

El Shaddai can literally be translated as ‘God, the Mountain One’. Think about that in the context of Psalm 125:2, ‘As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore’. God surrounds us by His Might; He is our Shield and Defender, protecting us today and always.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty… and…” I will protect him because he knows my name.” (Psalm 91)

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