El Shaddai ~ The All Sufficient God

Biblical bread, a symbol of nourishment and satisfaction
Biblical bread, a symbol of nourishment and satisfaction | Source

Introduction

God reveals Himself by many names throughout the scriptures that express a quality of His character that is vital for us to know. One in particular stands out to me lately in reference to the miracle of the five loaves and two fish as told in all four of the Gospels (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-16, and John 6:5-14) - signifying a lesson that applies to every sphere of our life.

"El Shaddai" the "All Sufficient One" is the name that reminds me of the Lord at this event.

In reading of this miracle I get the sense that the disciples felt a bit overwhelmed about the expectation of...

“You give them something to eat.” (Mark and Luke)

That is...you feed 5000 men, and this number did not include the women and children. Could it be suggested that there were over 10,000 people to feed altogether.

Let us also keep in mind the disciples were already tired and hungry and looking to get away from the needs and expectations of the crowd.

"And He (Jesus) said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat" ~ Mark 6:31

Jesus feeding the multitude
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Bring What Little You Have To Jesus

The disciples response hints of the inadequacy they might have felt concerning the command and I think is reflective of our own perceptions of the needs of those around us at times and what our role and responsibility is in fulfilling them.

“We have here only five loaves and two fish.” (Matthew)

“Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?” (Mark)

“We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” (Luke)

“Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little. One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”(John)

The disciples attempt to make it clear to Jesus that His request was a bit ridiculous considering the phenomenal cost of feeding a crowd that size or trying to make five loaves and two fish stretch for 10,000 people.

I must admit it is the same ridiculousness I feel concerning the world around me. When I look around at the problems and needs whether they are global or within my own church or family I feel largely inadequate and the needs that come about seem to be insurmountable and overwhelming causing me to ask... "What could I possibly do to make a difference" or "What do I have to offer of any significance to any of these situations"? Humanly speaking it is just never enough. "it is not sufficient" I come up short every time.

The four statements in the four Gospels reveals, as was studied in Part one of the "Monarch Butterfly" series that there perceptions of the problem were focused only on the natural created world and realm of possibilities.The disciples suggested a solution...

"Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food"(Matthew)

I must also admit this may have been my suggestion as well. In fact it is the very thing I do suggest during overwhelming crisis or need. "Just send them away - I am tired, hungry, and have needs myself"

Jesus second instruction to them is go and find out how much they do have:

He (Jesus) said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see. (Mark)

The disciples do as instructed and John records that they found five loaves of barley and two fish from a boy's lunch. What they had to offer wasn't even theirs. Again I recognize this parallel from my own life. After careful examination (Go and see) I discover I don't really have anything substantial or significant to offer either.

Jesus third instruction is the answer to this whole dilemma and lays the foundation for the all sufficient one "El Shaddai"

"He (Jesus) said, “Bring them (loaves and fishes) here to Me.” (Matthew)

Bringing what we have to Him is what we must do.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16

Alexander Maclaren wisely explains...

Christ's preparation for making our poor resources adequate for anything is to drive home into our hearts the consciousness of their insufficiency. We need, first of all, to be brought to this, 'All that I have is this wretched little stock; and what is that measured against the work that I have to do, and the claims upon me?' Only when we are brought to that can His great power pour itself into us and fill us with rejoicing and overcoming strength. The old mystics used to say, and they said truly: 'You must be emptied of yourself before you can be filled by God.' And the first thing for any man to learn, in preparation for receiving a mightier power than his own into his opening heart, is to know that all his own strength is utter and absolute weakness.

Five -Grace-Sufficiency

One title given to this story is the feeding of the five thousand based upon the Biblical accounts of how many people were fed. It is noteworthy that there were five loaves. Numbers in scripture are many times telling of the central theme of text and can add depth and insight to the scriptural lesson. The number five in scripture is representative of grace.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ II Corinthians 12:9

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work ~ II Corinthians 9:8

It is so interesting and confirming that these two verses pair up grace and sufficiency just as the number five and Gods provision do with this story. Grace can be seen here being in concert with God's strength, sufficiency, and goodness.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God ~ II Corinthians 3:5

It is obvious from my experience that I have no sufficiency of my own and this above verse states that I can quit trying to conjure it up on my own. Whatever I have to offer comes from God's grace.

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge ~ I Corinthians 1:4-5

Grace is something that requires total dependence on God's goodness and confidence that He sees us favorably and that it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom.

And says John in the true translation: 'So the men sat down, therefore Jesus took the loaves.' Sit you down where He bids you, and your mouths will not be long empty. Do the things He tells you, and you will get the food that you need. Our business is to obey and to wait, and His business is, when we are seated, to open His hand and let the mercy drop. So much for the preparations for this great miracle. ~ Alexander Maclaren

"El Shaddai" occurs 48 times in the Old Testament predominantly in Genesis and Job. It seems odd that Job who lost everything and was in such desperate need would identify God as "All Sufficient" Why might this be?

"To realize God's sufficiency we must realize our own insufficiency" ~ myredeemerlives.com

Although Job was a pretty good guy his sufficiency rested in God's provision and not his own righteousness. I find it useful to remember that God owes me nothing. That is what makes His grace so deeply precious.

I really like the break down look at the Hebrew name El Shaddai as it relates to His power and provision.

"There is never a time you're not in His thoughts, never a time without grace, never a time when He turns away from any need you face.

There is never a time you're not in His heart, never a time without love, never a time when you're not blessed with good things from above! ~ Roy Lessin "Always Loved"

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"the divine Spirit can give you, in your want, a greater plenty than the rich have in their abundance" ~ Spurgeon

"You know not what joys may be stored up for you in the cottage around which grace will plant the roses of content" ~ Spurgeon

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"True strength is found in understanding our weakness and Christ's sufficiency" ~ Nelson Study Bible notes

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“Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup, uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better, I'd have come running with a bucket.” ~ Nancy Spiegelberg

El Shaddai - The God Who Is Enough

The first part of this name "El" in Hebrew means mighty strong and prominent and powerful. "Elohim" is the plural version of the word "El" We can think of a powerful prominent God who created all things. This comforts us that.

‘Ah, Lord GOD (El)! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. ~ Jeremiah 32:17

Feeding 10,000 people with five loaves and two fish is not too difficult for Him. Whatever trial and circumstance, whatever personality or problem confronts us it is not too difficult for Him. He created all things and by Him all things are sustained.

The pictographs for "El Shaddai" are especially helpful and confirming.

The first letter or "El" is an Aleph being a picture of on ox and expresses the idea of something strong and leading. It is also the first letter of the Aleph-Bet indicating what is first and supreme.

The second letter is a Lamed and is a picture of a shepherds staff giving the idea of authority.

Therefore El (God) is the supremely strong and powerful and has all authority over every situation and circumstance.

"Shaddai" is an interesting word as well

This is somewhat of a compound word. Shad meaning breasts and

dai according to Gesenius meaning sufficient, large enough quantity, abundance, plenty.

the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus ~I Timothy 1:14

The symbolism of breasts in this context has to do with feeding and nourishing. Breast milk is an entirely sufficient means to provide everything a baby needs nutritionally. Breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein as well as antibodies that help the babies immune system fight off illness causing agents.

Formula cannot duplicate these precious qualities. Just like there is no other substitute than to be satisfied by God himself.

Most references to El Shaddai in the Old Testament are reference to God make a provision and blessing just as depicted by a baby's perfect food.

An interesting thing about breast feeding is that whatever the baby needs the breasts will make. There is always enough. which communicates the idea of abundance and plenty. In every situation that we are not enough or do not have enough we are called to depend on Him. That is what grace is. Dependence on His sufficiency.

In viewing the all powerful all authoritative father like sufficiency of God we can also see a maternal type of love, nurture, and provision.

Conclusion

Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. ~ isaiah 49:15

For thus says the LORD:

“ Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. Then you shall feed; On her sides shall you be carried, And be dandled on her knees. ~ isaiah 66:12

This conclusion from Matthew 11 sums up well God's grace and what that looks like practically speaking.

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

This brings great comfort to my soul. As I write this lesson it is as much for myself to learn as anyone as I sit in the middle of great conflicts swirling all about me and find myself insufficient for even the simplest of tasks concerning any one of them. I take great comfort at His invitation to bring what I have, which is much of nothing, and trust that He is the God who is enough and that His grace is sufficient for me and for every one of these situations.

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God. ~ Psalm 42:11

He is our Father and our Mother, He is our Lord, and our God, He is our faithful friend and our brother, He is our refuge and our fortress, our high tower and deliverer,.....He is everything we need and He is the God who is enough.

http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/why-breastfeeding-is-important/

http://www.myredeemerlives.com/namesofgod/el-shaddai.html

© 2011 Tamarajo

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ithabise 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

Alas! You're back! (Why so long?) Tamarajo, your words always arrive just when I need them...such a blessing to my life. Thank you for this study and re-presenting to me the words of faith I already know but need to hear again.


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Jachda 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

Awesome!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Ithabise, I have been distracted from hubpages temporarily due to life events and circumstances which was the inspiration for the hub. Lessons I'm still learning. I miss the time I was able to give to the study and writing and I miss gleaning in the fields of other writers and lovers of God. The storm is not yet over but I will get here when I can.

I am happy to know that the revelation of God being All Sufficient has blessed you too and I thank you for reading and for your encouraging comment. Blessed as always to have you stop by.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Jachda, Amen...the All sufficient one is totally awesome. What would we do or to whom would we go without Him?

Thank you for your visit and comment


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

TJ,

Thank you for this hub. It was worth waiting for. He certainly is the all sufficient One, but like the disciples, all too quickly I forget. Thanks for the reminder. Have a happy new year as you continue to serve the King of kings.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Lifegate. I too forget to lean on Him and sometimes find myself getting sucked into the vortex of lifes dramas forgetting that El Shaddai has everything I need.

Blessed as always to have you stop by and comment.


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no body 4 years ago from Rochester, New York

I loved you article sister. I knew of a pastor that had more than a few children. He started with the first and gave names like Nissi and Jirah as middle names to his boys. Then there finally was a girl and you know what her middle name was: Shaddai. Jesus is our all sufficient God. Amen. Love ya and happy new year.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi no body, A neat story about he pastor naming his children with His names.

I am glad you enjoyed the article and although El Shaddai is a familiar name to most it is so relevant to me today.

Thank you for reading and you're always encouraging comments.


VOICE CIW 4 years ago

God bless you Tamarajo, it is good to have you back. And you came back with an inspiring hub. This hub is so beautifully done and also Spirit lead. It is a reminder to us that we should realize that God will provide whatever we need. I am about to write a hub about how society turns their back on their obligations to the poor, the sick, and the elderly. I am not going to go into it any further, I want to let you know that your hub is so encouraging, and such a comfort to me. Great writing, great spiritual insight, stay blessed my Sister in Christ, I love you in the Lord.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

What a lovely hub it is. It is a very timely message for me who is undergoing a slight depression due to a broken heart. Yes our God is more than enough, we are indeed complete in Him and His grace is sufficient for each day.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub here at Hubpages. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I LOVE YOU Tamarajo! Missed YOU! Happy NEW YEAR! Voted-Up on this Hub!!!!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Voice, Thank you for the welcome back. Still might not be on as frequently as before as we move through some of these trials.

I like your hub idea on the needy and it might be a reason why we avoid the needy because we feel like the disciples in this story that it is too big of a problem an not considering Gods provisionary grace to do as He asked is to do and feed, clothe, and shelter them.

look forward to reading it. Blessed by your visit and comment.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Cristina, I am so sorry to hear about your broken heart. How incredible that we are not alone in these trials of life. I feel sorry for a world that doesn't know Him and have no hope other than to bear their misery alone. He is so very near those whose hearts are broken. I am so glad that you know Him and that He is very near you.

I am glad that you find encouragement in remembering the All sufficient One who has exactly what you are needing right now.

I pray that He would visit you today with His comfort and consolation that only He can give.

Bless you for reading and commenting. Your always a blessing and an encouragement.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Love you too Drpastorcarlotta!! Thank you for your vote and comment. Always blessed by your visit.


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FriendofTruth 4 years ago from Michigan

Blessings Tamarajo - it is great encouragement that our Lord is all sufficient, because without Him we could do nothing...I know so many times I see my inadequacies and failures and it gets me down, but He is always so faithful to come and show me how great He is, and how He can do all things and that through Him, we too can do all things. He is so amazing! Thanks be to our El Shaddai!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

FriendofTruth...Amen! I know what you mean. It seems like no matter what I face it reveals how insufficient I am. Like you I many times get tripped up on all my inadequacies and failures which was the inspiration for this hub. Life has been a bit overwhelming lately and I forget at times that I'm not supposed to try to be God I am just supposed to learn to trust and obey Him and let Him be everyone's sufficiency and let Him multiply what little I do have to offer. I am also learning that it is ok to be weak which I am amongst all the difficulty because then He is strong.

Blessed to have you stop by and comment.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

OK I lost the first comment. Here I go again. I love what you have written. The Spirit of God is flowing in you sister. May God Bless you for this enlightening works. I could only read half because I need to absorb. I will return in a night or two to finish. God moves and He knows what we need precisly at the right time. He is awesome amazing love. I Love you sister.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Skye...take your time. I will be heading over your place too soon. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I am grateful I came back this am. I am much more alert in the early morning hours!! Oh wow I have been touched by your annointed words Tamarajo. A beautiful devotion to start out the beautiful day. God has so Blessed us by your presence and gift of writing. I love how you spelled out ElShaddi for us in the hebrew language. Our God is so large. I love you sista. Beautiful works for our Saviour. Hugs always, your sista.

Not to worry come over for a visit when you have a few minitues. (-;


His daughter 4 years ago

Great job, Tamarajo! I love the names of God and awhile back did a series for our website on these names (as well as the names of Jesus). There is SO MUCH to learn of their character in just these names. Blessings to you for sharing this one!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Skye, Yes indeed the Hebrew meaning of Biblical words many times gives us depth and clarity. I am glad that you enjoyed the article. Also Amen "our God is so large"

‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You." ~ Jeremiah 32:17

Blessed to have you stop by and thank you so much for your complimentary comment.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello His daughter, what is your website. I would love to take a look at more of the names as I love to learn more of God's attributes as well. I would imagine it will take eternity to comprehend all of them.

Bless you for your visit and your encouraging comment.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

back at you sista.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this wonderfully made message.

"Just send them away - I am tired, hungry, and have needs myself"

Yes, indeed. How many of us feel this way in these days?

As you said so well, "Formula cannot duplicate these precious qualities. Just like there is no other substitute than to be satisfied by God himself."

AMEN!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi James,

Agreed the challenges these days are a bit overwhelming. I am so grateful to have a God who is sufficient for all the needs and challenges as I lean on Him heavily through them all.

Blessed to have you stop by and thank you for your gracious and supportive comment.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Such a fantastic Truth presented here, in a way that I had never heard before. Your comparisons of the 'feeding' and our 'needs met' in life were just wonderful, and to be remembered. Thank you for sharing your work so eloquently!


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ShalahChayilJOY 4 years ago from Billings, Montana

Such rich nourishment for a hungry soul to be fed. What a feast!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello ShalahChayilJoy, I am glad the revelation of El Shaddai as our all sufficient God was nourishment to you.

I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

frogyfish, I am so sorry I have not responded to your comment.

Happy to hear that you liked the article and that you learned something new about our all sufficient God.

I appreciate your complimentary feedback.


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KellyRivers 4 years ago

Tamarajo...I really enjoyed your inspiring post! When our faith gets low, all we have to do is read His Word..."so faith cometh by hearing and hearing through the Word of God"...You have plenty of the Word in there. God is so faithful to come through at just the right time, finding that willing vessel to do His will. Thank you for being that willing vessel. From the looks of everyone's comments, you wrote this 5 months ago and it is still useful today...I have conflict all around me, but His Word is steady and forever true. Thank you for the reminder. Nothing is too big for our God!!! I voted up, useful, interesting, awesome, and beautiful! God bless and I will follow!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello KellyRivers, Yes and amen to the reading His Word when faith gets low. I am truly being tested on these lessons He has given me. I am getting ample opportunity to practice these things as a second round of conflict has arrived but as you say His Word is steady!! I thrive on it and cling to Him amidst all the turmoil. I found myself singing yesterday "ah Lord God thou hast made the heavens and the earth by thy great power...nothing is too difficult for thee"

I certainly have not played this out perfectly but I am learning my own lessons along the way in trusting Him as El Shaddai.

I am grateful that you were able to glean from the lesson as well and I pray that you continue to grow and be blessed through your trials and circumstances as you trust in Him too.

Truly blessed by your visit and feedback.


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Little Grandmommy 3 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

What a Blessing this was for me. I have learned so much reading this. Thank you so much!


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Little Grandmommy I appreciate your visit and glad you are able to glean from the revelation.


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Deborah L Vasquez 2 years ago from Palmdale, California

Add your Comment... God knows when I type in the Hebrew definition of trust that I found hub pages: and then found you!what a blesseing you are to me,I have prayed for the Lord to open the eyes of my understanding and having found you on Hub pages He has done just that, my devotions and study began in the morning by coming to your page!thank you thank you for commitment to what God has call you to do..


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Tamarajo 2 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Deborah, Apologies for the late reply. I am so glad you were able to glean from this revelation. The commitment to study His Word and understand it as deeply as I am capable is pure joy! : ) The lessons are as much for me as anyone. So eternally grateful that He would reveal His truth to us and explain it in ways that we understand. He does not disappoint those who seek Him.

I so appreciate your visit. Your reply is a blessing.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Cute song, Tamarajo.

Nice name and great scriptures. Much peace.


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Tamarajo 2 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Manatita44 I appreciate you stopping by to read and and commenting. Peace to you too! God Bless


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Deborah L Vasquez 8 months ago from Palmdale, California

Oh my goodness as I started to read this beautiful lesson I just had to stop to worship my Father Abba remenbering all the times He step in to meet all my needs,how you have blessed me thank you so much for your faithfulness to our Father I have been filled to the overflow.


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Tamarajo 8 months ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you for your visit and comment Deborah. God bless!


KingdomCome 8 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

Tamarajo- I believe you have missed the whole point behind the story of Jesus Feeding the 5,000 that you discribe in this article. Although I believe what you have mention is good there is more important aspect that is left out of the story of the "Feeded of the 5,000. The point Jesus was trying to make is the disciple could have feed the 5,000 in the same manner in which Jesus himself had done but they (disciples) failed to realize they had the power and authority to uses the mighty works given to them through Jesus to feed the 5,000 (10,000). This was something that Jesus was trying to demostrate His Kingdom authority. Jesus had expected them to demostrate the same Kingdom power that Jesus had given to the disciples earlier. As it is noted in Luke 9: 1-6 and then Verses 10-17. But the disciple did not understand or realize why Jesus had expected the Disciples to accomplish such a large task as feeding over 5,000 people. I believe the following with explain what I am talking about.

In Luck 9:1-6 (NKJV) it states: 1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave "they" POWER and AUTHORITY over all the demons, and the cure diseases. 2 He sent them to PREACH the KINGDOM of GOD and to "HEAL the SICK. 3 And He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither staff nor bag nor bread nor money, and do not have two tunics apieces. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5And however will not recieve yo, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them." 6 So they depart and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and "healing" everywhere.

Then we drop down to Luke 9: 10-17 which states: 10 And the "apostles", when they hadRETURNED, told HIM all they had done. He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belongingto the city of Bethsaida. 11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the KINGDOM of God, and "healed those who were in need of healing. 12 When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, " Send the multitude aways that they may go into the surrounding towns and countr, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here." 13 But He said to them, " "YOU" give them something to eat." And they said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and BUY food for all these people." 14 For there are about five thousand men. Then He said to HIs disciples, " Make them sit down in groups of fifty." 15 And they did so, and made them all sit down. 16 Then He took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven. He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. 17 So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the left over fragments were taken up by them.

Here's the point of what Jesus had expected of them. Remember, Jesus had earlier given them power and authority ( in 9:1) to preach the Kingdom message and healing the sick. Which they had gone out and accomplished what Jesus had told them to do. In verse 10 It reveals the aposltes turned and told Jesus what they had done including healing the sick. This event of what the disciples had done is best discribed in Matthew 10:5-16 about this story. What is evident is Jesus knew the twelve disciples (apostles) had just returned from doing what Jesus had commanded them to do. They had done mighty works of Healing and spreading the Kingdom message. Now notice what Jesus did in verse 11 (same chapter) He received them ( the multitudes) spoke to them of the Kingdom and healed those who were in need of healing. Noted that Jesus just done what the disciple had done ealier that day and told Jesus. Then in verse 13 Jesus tell the twelve disciple to feed the multitude of 5,000. What the disciple failed to realize is Jesus, by telling the disciple to feed them, had just given the disciples Kingdom power and authority through Jesus to feed them in the same manner that Jesus ended up doing Himself. The disciple failed to understand the authority they still had through Jesus.

This is the point of the story of Feeding the 5,000. Jesus had given the disciples the Kingdom of God power and authority to do the mighty works. But they failed to see or realize it.

God bless.


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Tamarajo 8 months ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you KingdomCome for this additional point, insight, and lesson. The layers and lessons of His truth are infinite as well as relevant.

God bless and thank you for your visit and comment.


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Rich kelley 8 months ago from The Ekklesia

El Shaddi means God Almighty


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Tamarajo 8 months ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Rich Kelley, Shaddai, the word used in the Biblical text, as the Shaddai in El Shaddai, is spelled sheen, dalet, yod. The Hebrew word shadad meaning to overpower or destroy is spelled, sheen, dalet, dalet, from which the thought of the interpretation of "Almighty" is being pulled from. The base root letters of both of these Hebrew words is sheen, dalet which does mean breast a yod on the end of the word pluralizes it. Brown-Driver-Briggs offers this consideration as well.

I think both applications are useful and maybe we can learn something from the revelation of one about the other. This would be a case of bio-agri-linguistics whereby God uses one word to interpret and describe another where it concerns biology agriculture and language.

It is interesting that in context it's first usage is with Abraham when God is confirming the covenant promise He made to him. The second is similar when Isaac blesses Jacob asking God to make him fruitful and for him to multiply, same theme again in its third usage concerning the blessing of the Angel of the Lord Himself blessing Jacob to be fruitful and multiply. And check out this fourth usage

Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty/All Sufficient One (Shaddai), who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb

Sufficiency and provision and God's ability are all over these examples of usage. I certainly don't think this discounts that He is Almighty in any way and in fact is complimentary to it. One doesn't really cancel out or disagree with the other.

God bless and thank you for your read and visit.


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Tamarajo 8 months ago from Southern Minnesota Author

That fourth usage is from Genesis 49:25


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Rich kelley 8 months ago from The Ekklesia

So does El Shaddai not mean God Almighty?


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Tamarajo 8 months ago from Southern Minnesota Author

I believe it can be both He is the Almighty Sufficient God. As stated before I don't believe one cancels out the other. Strongs numbers 7706 (Shaddai -Almighty/Sufficient) Strongs number 7703 (Shadad overpower destoy) Strongs number 7701 (Shad - breast) These words are all related. Reading the context of its usages helps much in seeing the sufficiency aspect.


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Rich kelley 8 months ago from The Ekklesia

OK thanks


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Tamarajo 8 months ago from Southern Minnesota Author

"Milk (breast milk that is) is powerful as a preventer of disease and an enhancer of 
performance". ~ Bruce German food chemist. Again we see the milk exhibiting both qualities of power and nourishment.


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Tamarajo 8 months ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Here is another interesting verse that calls God "Mighty" but uses an entirely different Hebrew word.

You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles,

And milk the breast (shad -sheen, dalet) of kings;

You shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior

And your Redeemer, the Mighty (avir - aleph, bet, yod, resh) One of Jacob. ~ Isaiah 60:16

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This word "mighty" in its Hebrew form is also used to describe God in Genesis 49:24 the "Mighty (avir) God of Jacob" and is used similarly in 4 other verses besides the two I mentioned above.

This once again connects the nourishing sufficiency with God's mightiness


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Rich kelley 8 months ago from The Ekklesia

The scribes and translators have butchered the scriptures for a long time. We don't always know what we think we do.

Again thank you

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