Topic: El Shaddai

El Shaddai
(All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty)

First time used in the Bible: Genesis 17, verse 1.
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.”
Other uses: Genesis 35, verses 11 and 12
“And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.”

“El” simply means God, and in the Bible it is often combined with other words, such as Shaddai to highlight specific characteristics of God. God chose to introduce himself to Abram as El Shaddai; the all sufficient one, the Lord God Almighty. Why might this be? Consider what God is telling Abram to do; walk before him and be perfect. What a challenge! If only we could walk before God and be perfect. God is telling Abram that his instruction to be perfect is backed up by the All Sufficient, Almighty God. (The exchanges between God and Abram are an interesting read in and of itself and something that everyone should study at some point.) God was considerate of Abram’s circumstances, considerate of his humanity, and considerate of his fallen nature; while, at the same time, not condoning of it. God’s conversational tone with Abram/Abraham is consistently friendly and approachable. In this case, he presents a challenge and provides the means of meeting this challenge.

We believe in, follow, worship and pray to the one and only God; he is not like other gods for He is the Lord God Almighty. Almighty means that He is All-Powerful. There is nothing that is too great for our God. We have nothing to fear when we trust in Him. We can also take solace in knowing that he is the All Sufficient One. Without Him, the challenge of living as a Christian is too great; however, with His help, there is no challenge that is insurmountable.


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