Topic: El Elyon

El Elyon
(The Most High God)

First time used in the Bible: Genesis 14, verse 18.
“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he [was] the priest of the most high God.”
Another example: Psalms 57, Verse 2.
“I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth [all things] for me.”

Elyon literally means “Most High” and is found throughout the Old Testament. In Old Testament times, there were many gods being worshipped by various nations and peoples. God, by using the term “El Elyon” is establishing himself as higher than all of them. In particular, we can consider God’s use of this name within its context, when we read about Melchizedek. The Bible clarifies with whom Melchizedek is a priest for. There were many priests in that time, but this one was different. (Melchizedek is a study in itself, but we will leave that for another day.) When David was writing the Psalms, he left no uncertainty as to whom he was speaking. Heathen nations couldn’t escape the truth that David worshipped the Most High God.

When we measure all of the things in our lives that matter to us, whether that is a thing we enjoy, a person we love or something we aspire to do, we must always remember that God is above all of these things. He is to be the Most High in our lives. We are not to put anything above Him. Remember, always, that when we are in need, the God Most High is more than able to meet these needs. When we make lists of the things that are important to us, our top priority should be God.


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