Last week, I started examining the name of Elohim. What an amazing name! So much to unpack!
Like I mentioned last week, the name means “Mighty One.” I find it telling that God revealed this name as the first in scripture. This name that speaks of His power begs us to humble ourselves before Him.
And isn’t that where the best of His blessings begin? When we find our way to our knees in submission to Him, His authority and might? Furthermore, it is His great strength that will deal with all of our needs.
Elohim also declares that He is “One Who Keeps Covenants.” 1 Kings 8:23 bears this out:
“O LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart …”
God made covenants throughout the Old Testament; with Noah, Abraham, and Israel. All of them, from Genesis and Exodus were mentioned hundreds of years later when God, through his prophets, Samuel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah. He expounded on how His people broke their covenant with Him, but that He would not forget His promises. And He hasn’t. I’m blown away how the Lord has continued to restore the nation of Israel after centuries of its broken state.
Even when we are faithless, He is the Faithful One and will always keep the promises He makes. And Jesus made a special covenant with us in the Gospels during the last supper. His blood represents a new covenant. Christ’s death in our stead.
Elohim, “One Who Keeps Covenants” is “the foundation of our hope in everything.” (Rev. Don Robinson) That includes salvation (John 10:28), prayer (John 16:23), forgiveness (1 John 1:9), etc. In fact, all of the other names of God – the attributes we’ve gone through before – only have clout because He does keep His promises.
The Mighty One, Who keeps Covenants is the Elohim praised in one of my favorite Psalms (91:2)
I will say to the LORD (Elohim) “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
I told you this name packed an enormity of attributes for God!
Your Turn: What promises have you seen God keep for you?