by David Cawston

Adonai: The Lord
David Cawston
Philippians 1:21; Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21-23


Before you can ever really know God as the El Shadai, the All-Sufficient One, you must come to know Him as Adonai, your Lord and Master.

Do you realize how many people are disappointed with their Christianity? It does not seem to satisfy so they give themselves temporal things. Look at those who claim to be children of God. How many individuals do you see who live by Philippians 1:21?

''For me to live as Christ and to die is gain.''

Why are there so few? Commitment to the will of God ought to be the norm for every one of His children.

The study of His name, Adonai, and the scriptures that relate to Him as Lord talk to you about the fact that He must be more than Lord in word, He must be Lord indeed.

Look what Jesus said in His sermon on the mount in Luke 6:46,
''And why do you call Me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?''

Or in Matthew 7:21-23,
''Not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is heaven. Many will say to Me that day, `Lord did we not prophesy in your name? And your name cast out demons, and your name perform many miracles.' Than I will declare to them, I never you depart from Me you who practice lawlessness.''

When we quote Lord, it has to be more than a word; it has to be a relationship.

The lordship of God means His total possession of me and my total submissions to Him as Lord and Master.

I. The Call to a Master/Servant Relationship

The first time Adonai, Lord is used is in Genesis 15:2. Remember that El Shadai was not used until Genesis 17. We studied the meaning of El Shadai before Adonai because it is easier to call Him El Shadai than Adonai.

It is easier for Him to be the supplier of your need than it is to allow Him to become the Master of your life.

Only a servant can be totally dependent on his master to meet all of his needs. ...

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