I’m thrilled to have my dear friend (and super talented web designer) Kate joining us for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday as we explore what it means for us to call God, Eli. As we approach Easter, this one is particularly poignant.
The Nuances of God’s Names
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of names there are for God in the Bible. Then…I considered the English language. We don’t just say someone is ‘fast’. We say they’re quick, speedy, rapid, swift or nimble.
It’s not just about what the word means – it’s the nuance of the word that makes the difference.
Eli Denotes God’s Strength
Psalm 18:2 gives us Eli. A description of God denoting strength.
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”Psalm 12:2
But this isn’t just any strength. Clarke describes Eli as “not only the object of my adoration, but he who puts strength in my soul.”
It should come as no surprise, then, that the most famous reference to Eli came as Jesus hung on the cross in Matthew 27.
“Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani.”
He wasn’t crying out to God for strength, He was acknowledging God as the One who gave Him the strength to fulfill His destiny on the cross in the first place.
In what ways do you need God to put strength in your soul? Will you cry out to Him for it now?
Katherine DiZio is an Artist & Designer based in Philadelphia, PA. She’s currently documenting her mental health journey on Instagram (@resurrectingshe) and wishes, above all else, that people come to know the love of God, personally.
You can find here at www.katherinedizio.com.