Names are important because they often do more than just identify an individual; they can reveal who a person is, and what he or she is like. God goes by many different names in the Bible. One commentator has counted over 63 names for God in Scripture.
To know God is to know His names. Today, most only use the name GOD, which without investigation tells us nothing of His character. The many names for God help us to know Him and the one true God, and Who He wants to be in each of our lives.
As we begin a new series, “He Is,” we will begin with the first name that we are given in the Bible. Elohim.
Elohim is used thirty-five times from Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 2:3, and it is used 2,570 times in the Old Testament. His name Elohim means “strong one,” and it speaks of God’s sovereignty, authority, and power. Elohim is directly speaks of God as the Creator God, the strong One that created all things “from nothing”—ex nihilo (Hebrews 11:3). So whatever you are dealing with today, God needs nothing outside of Himself, the strong One, to achieve His purpose in your life. He only needs for you to have faith in His name.