Elohim: God the Creator

As we have seen, the Names of God are a description of the character of God. Each Name in the Old Testament is explained in the context by the way that God acts in certain situations intervening in the lives of ordinary people. Do you know how God has acted throughout human history? Have you studied God’s characteristics in the Bible? Have you taken a look at human history from God’s perspective? I want to challenge you to view history through the lens of God’s perspective. In order to do this, we must know His perspective and therefore we need to open the Word of God, the Bible. Each Name will open your eyes to how God works and what He is able and willing to do in your life. We have seen that His character is a strong tower and place of refuge for mankind and that we have to know Him and run to Him for protection. I would like to look at God as the Creator that He is. He reveals Himself for the first time in Genesis 1 as the Creator God, Elohim. We need to understand what this means and its implications in our lives.

I. The original Name for Creator God sheds much light on the subject of the Holy Trinity, One God composed of three distinct persons

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
3 Then God said, . . .
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; . . . (Genesis 1)

Elohim is a Hebrew word and breaks down like so, “El” can be translated as the Mighty, all powerful One (singular) while the rest of the word demonstrates a paradox in grammar. The Hebrew language has 2 plural forms (English has only one represented by “s”). When a word in English is pluralized, the reader does not know the number unless there is a modifying adjective. For example, the word “shoe” is singular and the word “shoes” is plural. Do you know how many shoes are represented? No. The only way that you would know is if I added the adjective two or three or one-hundred. The Hebrew language is a little bit different because they have one plural form to describe two objects and another plural form to describe more than two objects. Grammatically speaking, the reader or hearer will know if you are talking about objects just by the ending of the word (there is no need for the modifier adjective “two”). The same is true for more than two objects. You do not know the exact number, but you do know that it is not one and it is not two, it can be three or more. The grammar of the word “Elohim” is “the One, All powerful singular Gods (more than 2). If you were an English teacher, then this formation would drive you nuts. A singular object cannot be plural, yet that is how God describes Himself in the opening pages of the Bible. Please realize that this is not a mistake in the Bible, this is the way God has revealed Himself. He is the Mighty, All powerful singular Creator Gods (more than 2). The very first pages of the Bible begin to explain the Holy Trinity, 3 as 1. God the Father (seen here in the creation), God the Holy Spirit (seen in verse 2) and God the Son (not seen here but explained in Colossians 1:16). That is why in verse 26, God uses the 1st person plural pronoun “Us” when describing Himself. Those who deny the Holy Trinity, teach directly against the clear teachings of the Bible. I also want to point out that the mode of creation was none other than the Word of God. It is amazing that the same Word that was the mode of creation was recorded on pages for all humans to know and understand who this God is.

II. All things were created by God including the apex of His creation, mankind

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; . . .  (Genesis 1)

13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139)

You are not here by “chance” as some would have you believe. You are here because God created you with a purpose, His purpose. He formed your inward parts just the way that they are while you were still in your mother’s womb. He wove you together to look the way that you do while you were still in the safety of your mother’s womb. You are wonderfully made, just the way that you are. In order to be satisfied in this life, we must accomplish God’s purpose for our lives. He created us the way that we are so that we can know Him, serve Him, and be a blessing to the people around us. God does not make mistakes. The way that you are is the way that God wanted you to be, so that you can accomplish His purposes.

2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”
3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. (John 9)

If you have a deformity or there is something about yourself that you do not like, you must realize that God created you that way so that you can display the mighty works of God. One of the best and most efficient missionaries that I know, is physically handicapped. He has a speech impediment yet when he preaches and teaches the Bible, he is easily understood. When having a conversation with him, it is very difficult to understand him yet God displays His mighty work when this man preaches the Gospel. It is an amazing sight to see. Are you accomplishing God’s purpose with your life? Are you satisfied with the way that God made you?

You have no excuses for not serving the Lord. People have tried all of the “holy” excuses to excuse themselves for not serving the Lord. In fact, Moses was one of those people.

10 Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
11 The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? (Exodus 4)

God called Moses to go to the world’s superpower and deliver the Hebrews out of slavery. Moses starts with his “holy” excuses right away. I am not eloquent of speech (as if anyone would have had the power to deceive Pharaoh to release 2 million slaves for nothing) and in fact, I stutter. God’s response says it all. Who made your mouth and speech pattern the way that it is? I am the One. Go, you have no excuse because I am with you and I am all that you need. What is your “holy” excuse for not answering God’s call? Do you use your looks, your intelligence, your speech, etc.? Are these excuses valid?

III. God tells us exactly why He created us. In other words, He let’s us know in His Word, what our responsibilities are and how we can accomplish them

1. Know Him (Deuteronomy 10:17)
2. Trust and Obey Him (Isaiah 50:10)
3. Worship and Praise Him (Psalm 7:17)
4. Acknowledge Him (Romans 11:36)
5. Honor Him (Genesis 1:26) the word “image” means “to give a correct opinion of” In order to honor God, I must live my life in such a way as to give others a correct opinion of who God is.
6. Serve Him (Revelation 4:11) Everything exists for the will of God (your life and my life included).

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