ADONAI: The Owner and CEO of All
by Dr Gregory Magruder | June 24, 2018
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 06/24/18
Adonai: The Owner and CEO of All"
INTRODUCTION: Names identify us and reveal who we are. In the Bible, God has names that reflect his nature, character, and power. God’s names describe God and draw us to worship him. We continue our series today on “The Names of God in Genesis.” Elohim is the name of the God of Creation and used in a general sense by people of all nations. Yahweh is the self-existent one who reveals himself to his people. Adonai is the third most used name for God in the Old Testament and is plural like Elohim. Adonai was used as a substitute name for Yahweh. Adonai is translated Lord, Master or Sovereign ruler and advocates the might and authority of God. Adonai is in control and expects our humble cooperation. In modern terms, Adonai is the owner and CEO of all things.
ADONAI OWNS ALL THINGS.
*Abram had won a major battle with God’s help (Genesis 14). God assures Abram of his care and concern. Abram acknowledges his trust in Adonai as his provider, but he does not see how God will provide an heir. After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir” (Genesis 15:1-3).
*Adonai gives Abram a visible reminder that he is the owner of all things and can do as he pleases. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be” (Genesis 15:4-5).
*Abram believed God’s word and God accepted Abram’s faith. And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness (Gen. 15:6).
The Owner wants us to be in a trusting relationship with him.
ADONAI IS OUR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER.
*Adonai is the boss. He runs this world. We are his workers or servants. The boss knows what he wants done to make his world run smoothly. The
worker does what the boss orders. Adonai revealed to Abram that his offspring would possess the land where Abram was wandering. The boss had big plans for Abram’s people. And he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” (Genesis 15:7-8).
*God had Abram set up a covenant sacrifice. In a vision, God showed Abram the future of the people of Israel and then made a binding treaty with Abram that the promise would be fulfilled. When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land…” (Genesis 15:17-18).
The Boss knows what is best and we need to trust and obey.
ADONAI IS LORD AND GOD.
*Abram trusted God to provide him an heir and God credited his faith as righteousness. God promised Abram his offspring would possess the land and made a covenant of faith with him to confirm it. Abram knew Adonai as his Master and Lord. But Abram said, “O Lord God…” (Genesis 15:2).
*The Greek translation of Adonai (Lord) is kurios (sovereign power, supreme authority, absolute ownership). In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as Savior twenty times but is called Lord over 700 times. If he is Lord, then we owe him our absolute obedience and devotion. Jesus said, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” Luke (6:46).
*Jesus is Lord. We either bow before him now or we bow before him when it is too late. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).
*No one can truly say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor.12:3). Like Abram you must trust in Adonai and believe his promise of salvation. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved (Romans 10:9-10).
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13)