Bible Reading: Genesis 1-2, Psalm 139
Names of God – Elohim: Creator
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
When you first meet someone generally you would say your first name. As you continue to talk, you would find out their last name and maybe more facts about them. When I was born, I was given the name David Gray Fulp II. Which is an honor to be named after my dad! Sometimes it did get confusing which David someone maybe was calling for. Over time your name, or even nicknames, describe who you are. Wherever I am at if I hear “Mr. David!” I immediately know it is a kid from our children’s Ministry. Certain names describe what we do and what we mean to different people. A name, or nickname, can describe that I am a son, brother, grandson, husband, friend, leader, and soon dad.
Much more than that. We have a caring, loving God who has many names. We may read God, Lord, Etc. but throughout the scriptures of His Word, God describes Himself to us through His name. Through the names of God, we see God’s character, righteousness, sovereignty, love, and more.
Today in our passages, we see the first name of God mentioned in the beginning of scripture, Elohim! This is translated and described as the “Creator.” The first part El means “mighty” or “strong.” The last part of the word is a plural ending in the Hebrew. This name is not referring to many gods, but the Godhead: God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Spirit). The different parts that are one, or as we call it the Trinity. This is referring that all the Godhead were there at the very beginning. Obviously, the Father (Gen.1) The Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:2), and the Son (John 1:1) were all there for the creation of the universe. Throughout the first chapter of Genesis, it is evident of the power God. Just like that, God spoke all things into existence in six days! He is the only One to ever create anything out nothing!
What is even more special about Elohim is the way He created. I cannot get over the fact in chapter one, that God took His time to create man from the dust of earth and breathed in Adam the breath of life. David proclaims in Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” This is a reminder for us today, that we can be thankful for a powerful and loving Creator! The same God that created us loves and wants to work in our lives. Let us be sure to thank and praise our “Creator” for what He has done for us today!
David Fulp II