The Names Of God: Elohim

Day 3 of 3 • This day’s reading


The name Elohim reveals God’s power. 

Throughout the first chapter of Genesis, we observe Elohim simply speaking all creation into existence. With just a word, mountains are formed, and galaxies of stars come into existence. 

Even more astounding is the revelation in Hebrews 11:3 that says 

“The worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” 

In other words, unlike the creative genius of man who shapes and forms artistic works from already existing materials, God made the worlds from nothing. Christian theology has traditionally called this creation ex nihilo, the Latin for “creation out of nothing.” This awesome display of power takes the formless void of Genesis 1:2 and creates a fully formed, self-perpetuating universe as a testament to His creative might. 

Just like Mary responded when she was told that she would bear the Messiah as a virgin, whenever we are tempted to ask, “How can this be?”, we must recall this awesome, creative power of Elohim, reminding us, as the angel told Mary, that “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). 

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