ELOHIM: The Strong Creator God
by Dr Gregory Magruder | June 11, 2018
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 06/10/18
"Elohim: The Strong Creator God"
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 a new series today on “The Names of God in Genesis.” Elohim is the second most used name for God in the Old Testament. It is the general name for God who controls human affairs and gives blessings to mankind. The root is “EL” (God) which means strength and power and ALLAH which means to keep a promise. Elohim is used 32 times in Genesis chapter one and 2570 times in the Old Testament. Elohim is the “Strong One,” the “Mighty One," the Judge. Elohim is the transcendent, all-powerful Creator.
OUR STRONG GOD IS THE ETERNAL GOD.
*God existed before creation. God has existed from eternity. Elohim is, always has been, and will be forever. In the beginning, God (Genesis1:1).
*Moses described the Eternal God this way: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God (Psalm 90:1-2).
OUR STRONG GOD IS THE CREATOR GOD.
*Elohim created the universe. The verb “created” is “bara” in Hebrew and is used three times in Genesis 1:1, 21, and 27. It refers to divine activity. Only God can create out of nothing and bring it into being. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis1:1-3).
*The universe was either made by chance plus time plus energy or by a Designer with intelligence and power. By faith, we understand that God alone is the Creator of the universe. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible (Hebrews 11:3).
OUR STRONG GOD IS THE TRIUNE GOD.
*Elohim is a majestic plural noun used with singular verbs for God. This suggests that there is plurality in the Godhead. Then God (Elohim) said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Gen. 1:26).
*The Hebrew prayer the Shema includes Elohim for God and confirms the oneness of God. God is triune, three in one and one in three. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might (Deuteronomy 6:4).
*The Trinity was present at Creation. Elohim created together in unity of purpose and completion of plan.
- Father: Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist (1 Corinthians 8:6).
- Son: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:1-3).
- Holy Spirit: And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2).
OUR STRONG GOD MADE US FOR FELLOWSHIP.
*God made us in his image and let us join him in his creativity and work. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26).
*God has communion and intimacy in the Godhead as the Triune God. He formed us with the capacity for the same unity and companionship – male and female, God and man. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them (Genesis 1:27-28).
Elohim, the Strong Creator God, made us in his likeness so we could have a family relationship with him. Are you part of God’s family?