First time used in the Bible: Genesis 15, verse 2:
“And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house [is] this Eliezer of Damascus?”
Adonai is a Hebrew word that we do not see directly in the King James Bible. It is translated as “Lord”, or “my Lord”. The word itself is used over 400 times in the Bible. The name Adonai tells us that God is not just an idea we are to think about, but is the one and only Master of the universe. As such, he is supposed to be the Master of our lives. It is interesting that the first time, Adonai, is seen in the Bible, it shows that even though God is Master, he is approachable. God is not like other men who we think of as “masters”. The term master can have a very negative connotation to us today, but with God it is a supremely positive thought.
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
We are servants to “The Master” our God, but we are not slaves to him. God is not our master in the same way that American slave owners were masters to their slaves. While God does have a status much greater than us, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be with us, to save us, to redeem us, and to make us his children. Adonai is a term of great endearment, great love and affection, and one that we can always feel safe using to show our reverence for Him. Look at Adonai, and remember that God is the master of everything and beyond.
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