What do you call a God when He doesn’t tell you His name? Well according to God, they just called Him God Almighty.
Exodus 6:2-3 (KJV)
2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord: 3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.
I’m still having difficulty getting over the fact that Abraham did not really know God’s name. He left his family, walked for years without knowing quite where to go, chased an impossible promise for a child, and then almost sacrificed that child to a God without a name. Incredible!
When you look closely at the Bible, you will find that whenever you see the English word “God” prior to Exodus chapter 3, it is never the name that was spoken to Moses from the burning bush. The name Yahweh wasn’t known until Moses asked God what to say when His people asked what His name was.
So, what did they call God? They primarily used El, Elohim, or El Shaddai. El just means “God”. It is a generic title for a deity. Similar to calling me “Man” instead of by my given name. Elohim also means “God”, and it is actually a plural form of the word “El”. It is not plural because there were more than one Gods. In Hebrew, the plural form of a word is also used to imply greatness, strength, or might. Basically saying… This isn’t just “a god”, this is “The Mighty God”. El Shaddai means “God Almighty”. So, just as God told Moses, they called Him “God Almighty” since they didn’t know His real name.
Now that you know all that, perhaps Isaiah 9:6 will have a new meaning for you.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
We will talk more about why the Son is called “The everlasting Father” in a later post. If that didn’t already confuse you, then ask yourself why Jesus would also be called “The Mighty God”. Isn’t that the name they called Yahweh before they knew what God’s name was?
Perhaps that is why Jesus said:
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”[b] 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
Jesus basically said, “I was Yahweh before Abraham was born.”, and that is why they picked up stones to kill him. He used the words “I AM” which is “Yahweh”. In their language, Jesus was understood better than in ours. He didn’t stutter. He said that He was the same God from the Old Testament, and they tried to stone him for it.
Now read these last two verses, and understand that Jesus wasn’t just a second person in a triune Godhead… Jesus is the same God that spoke to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Noah, Adam, Seth, and you. Jesus is the El Shaddai, God Almighty. Jesus is Yahweh manifested in the flesh.
1 Tim 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
It is pretty clear to me that Jesus was “God Almighty” manifested in human form. He isn’t beside Yahweh, Jesus IS Yahweh.
Now you see why I started this blog. I want Truth over tradition. Paul prophesied that a day would come when people would follow 3 things:
- Philosophy and vain deceit. (Greek/Roman)
- Traditions of men. (Creeds, Statements of Faith, etc)
- Rudiments of the world (paganism)
Did your belief about Jesus come from the Bible, or did it come from philosophy, tradition, or paganism? The answer might trouble you if you are willing to seek it out. However, it won’t trouble anyone that is seeking truth over tradition.
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