El Shaddai is this week’s name for God in our Word Nerd Wednesday series. Patricia Willoughby helps us understand what it means that God is our Lord Almighty!
The Lord God Almighty
God appeared to Abram in Genesis 17 and said to Abram, “I am God Almighty,” which in Hebrew is El Shaddai. Then God told Abram to walk before Him and be perfect. It is in this chapter of Genesis that God changes Abram’s name to Abraham and establishes a new covenant with Abraham. God wanted Abraham to know that He is the omnipotent God and therefore the ultimate authority and Abraham need not question who He is.
God also appeared to Jacob in Genesis 35saying to Him, “I am God Almighty.” God then told Jacob to be fruitful and multiply. He also gave to Jacob the land that He promised to Abraham and Isaac. When God makes a promise He keeps it thus He is El Shaddai.
In Exodus 6:1-3, God reminds Moses that He made Himself known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai. He is the omnipotent God who spoke the world into existence, put all the stars in the heavens and knows them all by name. He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147)
The Lord God Almighty
In Revelation, God is worshiped and praised as the Lord God Almighty.
God announces, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”Revelation 1:8
The four living creatures never ceased saying, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”Revelation 4:8
The multitude cried out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God theAlmighty reigns!” Revelation 19:6
There is nothing the Lord Almighty cannot do! He alone is mighty to save. He brought this world into existence and He maintains it in its place. There is no other name greater than the Lord Almighty. He saved us through His one and only Son, Jesus! Through Jesus we have salvation and eternal life. To God, be the glory forever!What does it mean to you that God is your El Shaddai - your Lord God Almighty? #namesofgod #elshaddai #godalmighty @patrmwill651 Click To Tweet
Patricia lives in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband Brian and their two sons. She is active in her church assisting with a Bible class for individuals with disabilities. She enjoys attending Bible studies and has written a couple of short Bible studies for Lutheran Women Missionary League.