"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness
was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."
God Who? (Part 2)
A name holds great importance as it reveals much about a person. In many eastern cultures still today, as in Bible times, a name was given to reveal the character of its bearer. Even today in our own society, a person's name automatically brings to our mind the character traits that person has acquired through their life and lifestyle. It is no wonder God commands that we must not take His name in vain. His name reveals His character. His name reveals who He is and His desire for His beloved creation.
In all actuality, God is referred to by many names. The modern translations of the Bible omits these names in the translation process, but they can be found in the original manuscripts and early religious writings. All the same, the omission of these names does not minimize the revelation of His character as revealed in the messages of these same passages of Scripture.
As we read Genesis 1:1 and 2, God is revealed by the name Elohim. The name Elohim reveals God's divine power. It describes Him as the Strong and Mighty One; the God of creation. To know God as Elohim, is to discover that the Genesis account of creation is true, for it was Elohim that created the heaven and earth. It was He who created everything out of nothing. Verses 3 to 25 tell us that He spoke and all things were created at the very sound of His voice. To know God as Elohim, is to recognize that creation did not take millions of years; it was not by an evolutionary process, but by the intelligent design of a wonderful Creator. God said it, and it came into being.
All things were created by His voice, but when it came to the creation of humanity, as we read in verses 26 and 27, He took a more intimate approach. Unlike all other things, humanity was created in the very image of God, after His own likeliness. To recognize God as Elohim, is to realize that your being is not an accident. You did not evolve from a monkey, you did not crawl out of some swamp, you were not the result of some huge accidental explosion, nor were you the accident of your parents. Knowing God as Elohim is to know that He bent down on His knees, formed you with His own hands, and kissed dirt as He breathed the breath of life into your soul.
HIS NAME IS ELOHIM! He is God strong and mighty. He is God of creation. To know God as Elohim is to know that you were created with a purpose. It is to know that your purpose lies in Him and can only be fulfilled through His divine power and strength.