If you skipped the Introduction, you’ll be missing some vital context for the first day of study. Go back and read it and then meet me back here in just a couple of minutes.
Word of the Day: Elohim
Copy the word at the top of your page (remember, Hebrew is copied from right to left – the opposite of English). Say it aloud three times.
Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?
Read Genesis One. Mark every time you see God referenced in the text. Note what He is doing, who He is, and what we learn about His character. NOTE: In Genesis one, every time you see the word “God,” the Hebrew word Elohim is being used.
Summarize in a few words: who is Elohim?
Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)?
Our journey through the pages of Scripture starts in the very beginning, and it starts with Elohim. When we crack open our Bibles and turn to Genesis 1, we find ourselves sitting at the very beginning of the story of redemption. If this were a fairy tale, we would be reading the classic “once upon a time.” But, because this is gloriously NOT a fairy tale, instead we read, “In the beginning, Elohim …” Elohim needed nothing and no one to exist, but existed happily in communion and fellowship with Himself.* Though most good stories don’t begin with a hero who is perfectly content and needs nothing and no one, this one does. It begins with a Self-Reliant, Self-Existent God who is perfectly complete and content in Himself.
And yet … Elohim created the entire universe – including you and me – in His creative power and love.
Throughout our time in the Old Testament, we’ll circle back to this word. Not only is it the most common word for God used in the Old Testament, but it’s also the name for God that resounds with His all-encompassing, ruling power. We’ll stumble upon it time and time again, and when we do, our minds need to swing back to the dawn of creation and remember – this is who Elohim is.
*Theological fun fact: Though the word Trinity isn’t in the Bible, it’s a core doctrine of the Christian faith. We believe that God is three in one – Father, Son, and Spirit. One of the texts that we draw this understanding from is the Genesis creation account as we see God say, “Let US make man in OUR image.”
Pray & Reflect: Thank God for the beauty of His Word and character. Praise Him for being Elohim! Worship Him for the character that this word study has revealed. Ask Him to remind you throughout this study of His creative and all-encompassing power.