Daily Truth: “In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
from the Names of God Bible
Did you know that there are many Hebrew names for God in the Old Testament?
Each Hebrew name of God teaches us about a character quality of God. Elohim (e-lo-HEEM) is found in the very first verse of the Bible. Elohim means “Living God, Creator of All”. This name of God is found over 2,000 times in the Old Testament. The next time you and your child go on a nature walk thank Elohim for the beautiful scenery, animals, and how all of nature works together in such harmony.
El Shadday (El shad-DAI) is another name of God. This Hebrew name means “God Almighty”. When things are happening in our lives it is good to know that God knows all. He is powerful and mighty to take care of us. When Abraham was 99 years old God came to him to tell him that he would finally have a son with his wife Sarah, who was well over childbearing age, that would provide him with many descendants. God told Abraham, “I am El Shadday.” (God Almighty) This promise was fulfilled with the birth of their son Isaac. It is good to know that with God nothing is impossible.
Yahweh Shalom (Yah-WEH sha-LOME) is another Hebrew name of God which means “The LORD of Peace”. It means much more than just our English word for peace. It “usually refers to to the absence of outward conflict or a state of inner calm” according to Ann Spangler in Names of God Bible. It comes when living in harmony with God. Gideon built an altar and called it Yahweh Shalom as read in Judges 6:24. What a wonderful name of God particularly as we see and read about things happening in our world today. “With perfect peace you will protect those whose minds, cannot be changed, because they trust you.” Isaiah 26:3 Names of God Bible. No wonder that God’s Son, Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace.
What’s in a Name? is a children’s book for ages 4-8. This colorfully illustrated book will help your child learn some of the special names of God. Before family time or family devotions find out the meaning of the name belonging to each member of your family. Read What’s in a Name? to show that children throughout the world have names that have special meanings. The book concludes by teaching four special names of God.
When you get to know someone you learn their name and things about them. Help your child know God better by learning His special names.
Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,
Cathy Jo Johnson