El Elyon

We are studying the names of God and it’s a great way to get to know Him better because His names reveal to us attributes that we can utilize and depend on. Knowing God is who He said he was. And this is huge for us today in a world that has created personas. We see it in the way we snapchat, post and tweet. We share the ideal of who we desire to be before the world. Yet, when we study the names of God, we are looking, learning, leaning, and leveraging God in our lives. Just as He has has done and is doing in the life of others. The God of the bible reveals Himself to each generation. Isaiah 41:4~Who has done such mighty deeds, summoning each new generation from the beginning of time? It is I, the LORD (יְהֹוָה Yĕhovah), the First and the Last. I alone am He. (NLT) 

This week, El Elyon is translated God Most High. The Most High God. Again, El is the abbreviation for Elohim the God who created, and  Elyon in Hebrew means supreme or high, Thus, this name means The Supreme God, God Most High, or Most High God. When I was at UGA my biology professor was discussing evolution, at one point a student asked about God, to which the professor replied with the theory of probability. He explained that if you flip a quarter landing on heads that the 20,000th flip has to be tails. That after 19,999 times with certainty it will be tails on the next flip. So no he said, there is no God. Evolution is probability theory at work. To which the math major replied what do you do with the one? What one the professor asked. The one in your theory of probability or the one true God, Because in probability theory a one can never be made a 0. Pffft! was all he said, before moving on. Eyebrows raised. He’s the same one in our evolving world. The one true God, the Supreme One, the Most High God, and His name is El Elyon.

You can trust God Most High – El Elyon

Our Takeaway from this week’s blog is that you can trust the Owner, God! He is El Elyon God Most High. I don’t know where you are today. You could be hot from your standing with the Lord, could be a situation like Paul, with a tormenting problem that won’t go away; perhaps you have a thorn in your flesh. 2 Corinthians 12:7 Paul prayed three times for God to remove the thorn, but each time God refused. Instead, He offers Grace and saying trust in Him. 2 Corinthians 12:9~Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (NLT) Whether it’s in our Giving, when we find ourselves in Temptation, or just going through one of life’s many Tests of life, God is El Elyon. Is there a place in your life where you need El Elyon. Then why not cry out to the God who created you and bought your life with the precious blood of His son Jesus Christ. As you call on the Lord know that His strength can carry you, and that His grace is sufficient.

This means God’s power is best experienced through our weaknesses. In the Bible, we discover four different kinds of grace: saving grace found in Ephesians 2:8~For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– (NIV), equipping grace found in Romans 12:6~In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. (NLT) There is empowering grace found in Acts 4:33~With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all,  (NIV) and finally there is the refining grace of Colossians 4:6~Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (NIV). When we consider all that is going on in 2 Corinthians 12:9~Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (NLT) We discover that this refers to God’s empowering grace. Providing us the strength to carryon in the face of great adversity and difficulty. It means that God won’t always take away our burdens, but He will give us the strength that is empowered by His grace and that is all we truly need to bear life’s burdens. After all He is El Elyon—God Most High, The Most High God, our Supreme God.

Keep walking God’s path

It’s about 14 years later, when Abraham is 100, that God fulfills His promise and Abe has a son by Sarah. They name him Isaac. Genesis 16:16 & 21:5). Ishmael’s descendants are called Arabs and Isaac’s are Jews. Arab countries are those whose primary language is Arabic, including present day countries such as Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Yet, we cannot say these are Ishmael’s sons, because we have no direct linage, however it stands to reason, they just might be. Their oil supplies, make them among the wealthiest countries in the world. Iraq has the fourth largest oil reserve in the world, behind Saudi Arabia, Canada and Iran. Jews and Arabs are both descendants of Abraham. The promise of Genesis 15:18~So the Lord made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River—(NLT) The western border, the river of Egypt, which many scholars believe is the Nile, would include a portion of Egypt. The eastern border, the Euphrates River, would include Jordan, about half of Syria, and a third of Iraq. The Arabs believe this land is God’s promise to them through Ishmael, while the Jews believe it’s promised to them through Isaac. The conflict between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East today dates back to two brothers, Ishmael and Isaac, fighting over what God told their dad Abe.

Although what Abraham did with Hagar was an accepted practice in his culture, it was not acceptable to God and He would not bless his sin. Like all plans contrary to God’s will, Sarah and Abe’s scheme turns sour. Abe didn’t have a good book to go look it up. Most of the bible hadn’t been lived, much less written. So Abraham had on the job training. Learning from his own experiences how God was guiding and directing his path. Psalm 127:1~A psalm of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. (NLT)

Genesis 16:9~ says return and submit. When life is tough and unfair, we sometimes have to face the situation and deal with it, not run from it as Hagar tried to do. But work through it. God takes us through the middle God said Go. Exodus 14:22~So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side! (NLT) Again God said Go. Matthew 14:24~By this time the boat was in the middle of the sea and was being battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. (ISV) Life comes against us all. Even starting this journey in Genesis 12:1~The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (NIV)

I don’t know where you are today. but you are probably in the middle and have heard, like Hagar, the disciples, and God’s children. Go. Just as He told Abraham, go, He’s telling us to Go get on the path of righteousness and trust Him, because He is El Roi, the God who sees. Deuteronomy 32:10~ In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, (NIV) The phrase apple of his eye means extremely dear, after Joseph died Israel didn’t feel like the apple of God’s eye, but they were. In our scripture reading this morning from Deuteronomy 32, Moses says God is hovering over us  like an eagle over its young. Stirring the nest, telling them to go, catching them on His wings/pinions when we aren’t able to fly. El Roi, sees us and sometimes exercises His loving care, like an eagle. Saying Go, walk in what I have for you. Dave Ramsey modernized the adage—People don’t change until the pain of continuing exceeds the pain of change. Don’t let this pain rule your life, instead keep walking. Our Takeaway: Keep walking God’s path. Go, Submit, and He will see you through the middle. Maybe God’s allowed something bad to happen in your life, to get you into community. Perhaps right now you are having it tough, and it seems like God doesn’t care. If so, pray Psalm 17:8~  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings, (KJV) Because God is El Roi.