Genesis 2, Matthew 2, Ezra 2, Acts 2

Genesis 2:1-25

The God of creation in Genesis 1 reveals something about Himself in Genesis 2.  For the first time in scripture God describes Himself as the LORD God (Gen 2:4).  In Genesis 2, the name LORD is used 11 times.  In Exodus 3 God tells Moses He is going to use him to deliver the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt.  When Moses asks what name he should use to describe God if the people of Israel ask, God tells him "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM' has sent you."  This name I AM is translated LORD in the rest of the Old Testament. This Hebrew word is translated Yahweh (YHWH) and Jehovah.  Interesting note:  Jesus declares himself to be "I AM" seven times in the Gospel of John.  Jesus, thank you for humbling Yourself as the great "I AM" to become a man so You might become the perfect sacrifice for my sin and rebellion against You, the great "I AM".

At the bottom of today's comments, I have an article titled "God's Names as Revealed in Genesis".  As we come to a new revelation of God based on the HIs name, I will point it out and reference this article. 

Matthew 2:1-23

Matthew is the perfect connection between the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT).  Matthew continually points to Jesus as the fulfillment of the OT prophecies.  We are to consider these prophecies as promises God made.  2 Corinthians 1:20 says "For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him.  That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory". 

LORD God Almighty, may I truly know the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the fulfillment of all Your promises.

Acts 2:42-47

What an amazing description of the church this passage gives.  What the people did; "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer".  The result of their action; "Awe came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles".  How they treated each other; "All who believed were together and had all things in common....selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need".  Their faithful practice; "Day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people".  What God did; "And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved".

Lord Jesus may Your church of the 21st century be more like these 1st century believers.  Their love for You and for each other is obvious by their actions.  May our  lives reflect the same love.  Please use us in the same way as You add those who are being saved.

 

I know my view of God is limited.  A great way to change that is by examining who God says He is.  In Scripture, God reveals Himself in many ways.  One of the primary methods is through the names He gives Himself.  Each name is descriptive of God's character, who He is and what He does.

Below are the names God uses to reveal Himself in Genesis listed in chronological order with the verse where the name is first used.  There are additional names of God in the Bible.  I will reference them in the blog and add them to this list.  All the references are from the English Standard Version:

Elohim - (Genesis 1:1)  This is the only name used in Genesis 1.  Elohim is used over 2,600 times in Scripture.  Elohim is plural and the root word means strong and mighty.  Elohim also expresses God's faithfulness in regard to the covenant and the promises and blessings involved in Genesis 17:1-8.  In Genesis 30:8 this word is translated as "mighty". 

Yahweh -.  (Genesis 2:4)  Yahweh (YHWH) is used over 6,800 times in Scripture.  Yahweh is translated in to Greek as Kurios, which means Lord.  Many translations render Yahweh as LORD or GOD (with all capitals).  The root word from which Yahweh is derived is "to be". In Exodus 3:14, God reveals Himself to Moses with this name.  Revelation 1:8 and 4:8 add insight to the name.

El - Genesis 14:18-22.  El is used over 230 times in Scripture.  El is the One who exercises such power that whatever is made, done, kept or destroyed is His doing.  Exodus 15 is a good example. In this passage, El is combined with Elyon, which is translated as the God Most High.  In Genesis 35:1, the name God is used twice.  The first use is Elohim and the second is El.  Also, in Joshua 22:22,  El is translated as The Mighty One twice.  The specific name is "The Mighty One, God, the LORD" which is "El Elohim YHWH". 

Elyon - Genesis 14:18-22.  Elyon is used 29 times in Scripture.  Elyon is frequently used as an adjective and is translated as high, highest, upper or uppermost.  This name declares God to be the One who is above all things as the maker, possessor and ruler.  Yahweh is called Elyon in Psalm 83:18.

Adonai - Genesis 15:2.  Adonai is used over 770 times in Scripture.  Adonai refers primarily to God's omnipotence and authority.  Adonai means master, ruler, owner and lord.  In Genesis 18, as Abraham and Sarah speak to God they refer to Him as Adonai throughout the chapter while when He speaks the words are attributed to YHWH.  The name Adonai is often used in expressions of praise as in Psalm 57:9-10.

El-Shaddai - Genesis 17:1.  El-Shaddai is used 7 times in Scripture.  Shaddai (the Almighty) is used 41 times, primarily in Job.  God as El Shaddai is presented as the all powerful One, totally sufficient, absolute ruler, the One who can and will make the final determination.

Judge of all the earth - Genesis 18:25.  I know this is not a name but it sure is a great description of God.

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