The Name of God: El Shaddai
INTRODUCTION: In recent weeks we have seen that God is our Elohim (Our Creator), our El Elyon (Sovereign; Most High God), El Roi (The God who sees, and knows our circumstances), now we turn our thoughts to El Shaddai (the All-Sufficient One).
It is in knowing Him that we grasp His sufficiency. In Psalms 9:9-10 we read, ''The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they who know thy name will put their trust in thee; for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.''
In Psalm 33:16-22, we read ''There is no king saved by the multitude of an host; a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety; neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him, upon those who hope in his mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.''
Do you trust in the name of the Lord? We should, because He is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do.
Remember, He has magnified His Word together with His name. You can trust in the name of the Lord and in the Word of the Lord. Neither will ever fail.
In Psalm 124, we are reminded that the Lord is on our side (Note especially verse 8).
Let's turn our attention to the ''Almighty God'' of Abraham.
I. ABRAHAM AND SARAH'S SCHEME. 16:1-16
When Abraham was 85 and Sarah was 75, God told him that He was going to give them a son. When Sarah did not conceive, Sarah felt they needed to help matters along. Therefore, Hagar, their Egyptian handmaid, came into the picture. You know the story. Ishmael is born. After thirteen years of silence, God speaks to Abraham.
In Genesis 17:1, God refers to ...
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