- Religion and Philosophy
The many names of God and their Meaning (Part 1)
In the book of Genesis the book of beginnings Gods name Elohim means creator.In the beginning God or Elohim created the heaven and the earth and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said let there be light and there was light (Genesis 1:1-3)KJV.
When we think about creators today and their craft, what they create must be copyrighted in order to protect their project from being stolen. The consistency that is found with every creator is that they must take materials that have already been created for them to create. God or Elohim created the heaven and earth from nothing except his spoken word. Hebrews 11:3 declares through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
So what does God's name Elohim mean for the world today? That God can take nothing and make something out of it. Lets begin with mankind and how God formed him from the dust of the ground and breathed into him and he became a living soul. Dust is considered nothing and in fact it is dusted off of furniture and if it gets into the eyes it is irritating and wiped out, but God took nothing (dust) and created something out of it (mankind).
Every creator looks at their creation and critiques it, and God (Elohim) did the same thing when he voiced that his creation was good and that his creation of man was very good. It should then be understood that when God takes the circumstances of our life that are nothing for him to handle because the bible says is there anything too hard for God? And he always works all things together for good to them that love the Lord and to them who are the called according to his purpose (Roman 8:28).
We have all experienced situations in life where there was no way out and nothing could be done practically speaking, but these are the exact cases that Elohim specializes in because he makes a way out of no way. An example of this can be seen at the Red sea where the children of Israel had no way out. They were at the Red sea and could not go forward and Pharaoh and his army were fast approaching behind them and the mountains were on both sides of them. Elohim became creative with his creation and made a way out of no way by forming a walk way on dry ground as the water became walls standing up on both sides. Only Elohim could create walls out of water and drown the enemy from the same water that Israel walked through.
Values create reality
As a creative artist one of the laws of painting are properly placed values. Values are different shades created from the same color. For instance with the right amount of the color white in a color there will be lighter and darker shades of that color. Properly placed it can make a painting look 3d and real while one color without values make a painting look flat and uninteresting. Elohim places values in our life from his word to create genuine and real people. People can spot phonies and if the body of Christ is going to impact the world then Christians must be real. By real I mean to live the life they preach about because Matthew 5 says to let your light so shine that men may see your good works and glorify the Father which is in heaven. By real I mean living the life of holiness even if nothing is said but only observed.