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The Permanence of God - El Olam (7 of 14)
Series: The Names of God
Dr. David Davis
Genesis 21:33 -’’And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.’’
Abraham was constantly on the move. His life was insecure...here today and gone tomorrow. Think about his travels. From Urto Haran (Gen. 11:31 ); From Haran to Shechem (Gen. 12:5); From Shechem to Bethel (Gen. 12:8); From Bethel to Egypt (Gen. 12:1 0); From Egypt to Bethel (Gen. 13:3); From Bethel to Hebron (Gen 13:18); and From Hebron to Gerar (Gen. 20:11).
Abraham was at a time in his life that he needed security. He needed to know that something in life was immovable. Throughout all of these wanderings -he had come to a place in his life that he could find a point of stability and discover someone he could totally depend on.
It is at Beersheba that Abraham discovers God as El Olam...the everlasting God. The God without beginning; the God who will never grow old; the God to whom eternity is what present time is.
Psalm 90:2 -’’Before the mountains were brought forth, forever thou hast formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.’’
The phrase ‘‘from everlasting to everlasting’’ actually should read - ‘‘from vanishing point to vanishing point.’’ In other words, you can go back into history - all the way to Adam. When you reach the point that the world was created...you have reached God in His existence. He was there before the existence of time known to man. If you look at the future as far as you can see - God is there.
God introduces, at this point in time, Himself to Abraham as El Olam...the everlasting God. Why? Because this is the time, in Abraham’s life, that he needs to have the assurance that there is Someone who has everything under control in his life. We need to discover three things for ourselves that God - El Olam - is truly the everlasting God.
THE EVERLASTING NATURE OF ...
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