EL SHADDAI: Almighty God

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      07/15/18
“El Shaddai: Almighty God"
Genesis 17
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.”  Today we are looking at El Shaddai: Almighty God. Literally it means “the full breasted one” from El = God and Shad = breast. The idea is that God is the All-Sufficient One who satisfies, nourishes, and supplies his people’s needs as a mother does for her child. God is our Sustainer freely giving us nourishment and blessing. Nothing is impossible with God. He can do all things. God revealed himself to Abraham as El Shaddai in Genesis 17 because he was about to do the impossible for Abraham and the world.
*God has big plans for his world. His plans always succeed. God invites us to join him in those plans. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations (Psalm 33:11 NIV).
*God planned to bless the world through Abraham. This would be possible because God is El Shaddai, Almighty God. 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, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly” (Genesis 17:1-2).
*Abraham received a new name and a new purpose. Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 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. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you” (Gen. 17:3-6).
*Jesus gave Peter a new name and a new purpose. Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:16-18).
*God gave Sarah a new name and the promise of a new son. And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her” (Genesis 17:15-16).
*El Shaddai did the impossible by bringing Isaac into the world through a woman too old to give birth. Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac…I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year” (Genesis 17:17-21).
*El Shaddai brought the promised Savior into the world through a virgin. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High…And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:30-34).
*God gave Abraham a new covenant, a new sign, a new son and a new people. And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised…and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you” (Genesis 17:9-10).
*God gave us a new covenant, a new sign, a new family, and the promised Savior. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise (Galatians 3:26-29).
*El Shaddai does the impossible for his people. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
                                                                      (Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT)


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