September 26, 2023
Knowing God Through His Names Part 2
Last week’s sermon was part 2 of a new series titled “Knowing God through His Names.” The central theme was understanding God through His numerous names in the Bible, each shedding light on different aspects of His character and personality. The sermon emphasized that there are nearly 1000 names for God in the Bible, revealing His multi-faceted nature and helping us to know God more intimately.
The sermon began with an illustration of a child drawing a picture of God, emphasizing the importance of studying God’s names to avoid creating an inaccurate image of Him. It highlighted the tendency of people to shape God according to their limited understanding, whereas the goal should be to align our understanding with God’s nature as revealed through His names in the Scriptures.
The week before, the sermon delved into the exploration of three significant names of God: Elohim, El Shaddai, and Emmanuel. Elohim signifies God as the Creator, specializing in creating originals. El Shaddai emphasizes God’s omnipotence and ability to accomplish anything, while Emmanuel assures us of God’s closeness and comfort.
This week we explored two new names of God. The focus of the sermon shifted to the name “Adonai” (Sovereign Lord), exploring its significance in Genesis 15 when God made profound promises to Abraham. Despite his doubts and questions, Abraham invoked the name Adonai, acknowledging God’s supreme authority over his life. Adonai represents God’s mastery, lordship, and ownership over all, emphasizing His role as provider, protector, and guide.
The sermon also touched on the sacredness of the name Adonai, often used as a substitute for the unpronounceable Tetragrammaton (YHWH), signifying its reverence. Understanding Adonai clarifies God’s role towards us as our Owner and helps us recognize our role as belonging to Christ, purchased by His precious blood.
The sermon concluded with a call to surrender control to Jesus as Lord and an exploration of the name “Jehovah” (I AM). Jehovah signifies God’s self-sufficiency, eternal existence, and unchanging nature. It assures us of His eternal presence and faithfulness, emphasizing that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The congregation was encouraged to embrace Jesus as their Lord, surrendering complete control and trusting in the unchanging Jehovah in a rapidly changing world.