Bible Reading: Genesis 14
Names of God – El Elyon: The Most High
“And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” Genesis 14:19-20
One of my favorite songs that the choir sings is “Behold Our God.” It is a wonderful description of God’s power, sovereignty, mercy, and grace. The point of the song is to reflect the praise to our God who is on His throne! Every time I hear this song I get chills thinking of how mighty and sovereign He is.
While songs like that cause us our spirits to be lifted up to worship our Lord, the scriptures gives us a surety in our hearts from God Himself. Today, we see another name of God that gets a little bit deeper of who He is. El Elyon is first used in Genesis 14. This name is translated the Most High God. Not only is God the Creator, but this reveals there is no one else that has the power and rule of this universe!
In this passage, Abram learns of God’s power and might. God works a miracle in battle, causing Abram and their private army to defeat a large four kingdom united force. King Melchizedek, a priest of El Elyon, came to celebrate the mighty victory. Abram learns of God’s power and how He gave them the victory with His might. At the end of the day Abram gave honor to God and not giving in to the request of Sodom. Abram wanted to show those around him that the God he served was the Most High God.
Having the title El Elyon: the Most High God, describes Him as a king on His throne. A king on his throne, symbolizes they are in control. They govern what has, what is, and what will happen under their reign. This title puts Him as the supreme leader. Which means He answers to no one. What He does and will do will happen because He is sovereign. Isaiah 14:24, 27 says, “The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” No matter what is happening, we can be assured that He is the ultimate authority in control. What it is even better about Genesis 14, is the picture shown of the future Salvation through Christ. Melchizedek was supposed to represent Jesus’ priesthood for the believers. Throughout scripture it is called the Order of Melchizedek. Because of what Christ did for us, we have access to the Most High God. Before Salvation, we were the enemy of the King, but through Christ we are His children. We can trust that God has our best interest in mind as His children. As King His plan will be done here on earth. Though it may not make sense to us, we trust it is done in His timing and His way. Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” So, as a child of God, we can have peace and assurance that the Most High God is control!
David Fulp II