And when Abram was ninety years
old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I
the Almighty God [El Shaddai];
walk before me, and be thou perfect.
will make my covenant between me and thee,
will multiply thee exceedingly.
And Abram fell on his face: and
God talked with him, saying.
As for me, behold, my covenant
with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
Neither shall thy name any more
be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations
I made thee.
will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I
will make nations of thee, and kings shall
come out of thee.
will establish my covenant between me and
thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant,
to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
will give unto thee, and to thy seed after
thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for
an everlasting possession; and I will be their
El Shaddai emphasizes what GOD DOES for man.
It is God the All-bountiful one making the believer fruitful as he walks
with Him. In the Bible, Abraham is called the father of all who believe.
Abraham put his trust in God's abundance and not in his own strength.
When God said go - Abraham went; and God supplied all of his needs and
provided direction and abundance. God is Almighty to care and provide
for us. The promise of God's abundant supply made to Abraham and
his children was repeated as his son, Isaac, sent his grandson, Jacob,
to find a believing wife:
thee, and make
thee fruitful, and multiply
thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee,
and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou
art a stranger, which God gave unto
God Almighty is the source of supply. It is He
that will bless, make fruitful, multiply, and give. The promise,
the path, the direction comes from God - not man. Isaac had reminded
Jacob of the promise God Almighty made to Abraham. Later God Himself
confirmed the promise to Jacob:
And God said unto him, Thy name
Jacob [Supplanter or Contender (a name that
emphasizes what man does)]: thy name shall
not be called any more Jacob, but Israel [God
Rules] shall be thy name: and he called his
And God said unto him, I am
Almighty [El Shaddai]:
fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company
of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
And the land which I
gave to Abraham and Isaac, to thee I
will give it, and to thy seed after thee will
I give the land.
God changed Jacob's name from one that emphasized Jacob's
actions to one that focused on God as the source of supply. Israel
means God Rules! God is the all-bountiful one who would make
Israel fruitful and would be the Giver in the lives of his seed after him.
And God spake unto Moses, and
said unto him, I am the Lord [Jehovah]:
And I appeared unto Abraham,
unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty [El
Shaddai], but by my name JEHOVAH was I not
known to them.
have also established my covenant with them,
give them the land of Canaan, the land of
their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew God as the all-bountiful
source of supply. Moses knew God as Jehovah - a name which
emphasizes a personal, covenant, and fellowship relationship with God.
God Almighty was about to give even more to the children of Israel - a
Wherefore say unto the children
of Israel, I am the Lord [Jehovah],
and I will bring
you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I
will rid you out of their bondage, and I
will redeem you with a stretched out arm,
and with great judgments:
will take you to me for a people, and I
will be to you a God: and ye shall know that
I am the Lord [Jehovah] your
God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
will bring you in unto the land, concerning
the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and
will give it you for an heritage: I am
the Lord [Jehovah].
Even more than God the "All-Bountiful" source
of supply, the Lord God [Jehovah] is the one who WILL DO in the
fellowship relationship. We walk with God in a true fellowship relationship
when God is the one who leads. He is the source of supply and He
will do for us as we walk with Him.
God is called Almighty ten times in the New Testament.
Nine of these are in the book of Revelations. This term is only used
once in the Church Epistles in II Corinthians 6:18:
II Corinthians 6:18
And will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the
Lord Almighty [pantokrator].
The Greek word for Almighty is pantokrator
which comes from pas meaning All; and kratos meaning
power, force, or impact. Just as it is used in the Old Testament,
God is emphasized as the Giver of grace and abundance. He is all-powerful
as our Father supplying all of our needs because we are His sons and daughters.
"Jehovah" - Names of God