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ELOHIM--LESSON TWO

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ELOHIM-Part Two

 

Hello Ladybugs,

 

I trust you have been doing your homework and ELOHIM is opening up your mind to understanding and grasping the power of His character in your life as you begin to establish an intimate relationship with Him.

 

Did you know, Elohim is the very first name for God recorded in Genesis?   It means God, Mighty Creator. 

 

 

Today, let’s read Genesis 28:10-22 and 35:1-8.

 

The story is about Jacob.  The very name Jacob means—‘supplanter" or ‘to trip up, overthrow, liar.  Jacob was not a very trustworthy person in the beginning of his life was he? 

 

He stole Esau’s blessing and then had to run for his life to Haran. (Genesis 27:41)  On the way, Elohim reveals Himself to Jacob in a dream (remember the ladder?); the next morning Jacob sets up a temple of sorts and proceeds to make a deal with God.  Don’t you just love it? Have you ever tried to do make a deal with Elohim?  I confess.  I am guilty of trying to make deals with God.  I have prayed things like, “God is you will just do this one thing for me, I promise I will (insert verbiage here).”  More often than not, they do not work. 

 

Yet, it is important for us to understand, this is the beginning of Jacob’s growing trust in the presence and protection of God. The next fourteen years are growing pains for Jacob.  Laban deceived Jacob many times.  First by switching daughters under the disguise of marriage.  Then Laban used Jacob to multiply his own wealth. 

 

In Genesis 31:5 Jacob tells Rachel and Leah, “... the GOD (ELOHIM) of my father has been with me.”  He goes on to tell them how GOD (ELOHIM) protected him from Laban and how Elohim has blessed him.  (Take notice of the spelling of “GOD” here.  In the Hebrew Scriptures this is important and will be to us as well.) 

 

As we read, we can see how Elohim was establishing a relationship with Jacob.  Jacob was taken from everything he knew (yes because of his own deception but don’t forget, ELOHIM was in complete control).  God placed Jacob in a place where he had to learn to trust in HIM.  Some of us may be in that place right now.  We have created a mess in our own lives and just started running.  Perhaps we don’t even know where we are running too?  All we know is things have begun to spiral out of control and all we want is to escape and start over somewhere new.    

 

Let me encourage you right now, ELOHIM loves us and He wants to assure us HE is in total control of whatever situation we are in.  He created the universe simply be speaking the words, “let there be…”   He is powerful.  No matter what the circumstances, He can, and desires, to help you get through them.  All you have to do is allow Him to do so.    

 

OK, fast forward to chapter 35.  After fourteen years of deceiving, and being deceived by Laban, Jacob—who now has two wives and two concubines, which between them have born him 12 sons—has to again run for his life.  This time though, he is going home and he is a very wealthy man in more ways than one.  All those years spent in Haran was a training ground for Jacob.  He learned to trust in the power of Elohim.  Jacob learned of God’s character.  Nothing is too difficult for Elohim. 

 

God gave His blessing to Jacob even though he lied, was deceptive and manipulative.  In the end, Jacob learned to depend totally on Elohim.  He established a relationship—a bond with God—and God saw this transformation and changed his name (Genesis 35).  Jacob the deceiver became ‘Israel’ which means God contender. 

 

We too can learn Elohim is powerful enough to get us through even the toughest of times we may be experiencing right now.  Perhaps, like Jacob, we too have created our own set of circumstances.  Spiritual maturity is a long journey but rest assured Elohim is able and willing to walk with us.  He wants us to learn to rely totally on Him instead of worldly wisdom.  As you pray to Elohim today, ask Him to help you move from self-reliant life to a God-reliant life.

 

Please continue the homework of praying every day for 3 minutes and to write a few sentences in your daily prayer journals.  This will be become an important part of your learning experience. 

 

PRAYER TIME:

(Taken directly from Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler)

Reflect On—Genesis 28:10-22; 35:1-8

Praise God—Because he not only created the world and everyone in it but continues to sustain it through his creative power

Confess—Any tendency to take God’s earthly blessing for granted

Ask God—To increase your desire to bless others with the gifts he has given you.

Offer Thanks—For the way God has blessed you with the good things of the earth.

 

Always loving the Lord and all of you,

Lori Robbins

 

PS-- 

Ladybugs are pretty, graceful, and harmless to humans; they are also valuable to farmers because they eat aphids and other plant-eating pests. Sort of a duel personality wouldn’t you say?  Ladybugs are happy in many different habitats, including grasslands, forests, cities, suburbs, and along rivers. A female ladybug will lay as many as 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.

I find Ladybugs fascinating as I connect them to my walk with Elohim.  I want to be pretty (on the inside), graceful, harmless and loving to humans; however, I will take a defensive stand for Christ when prompted by the Holy Spirit.  I find I am at home any place Elohim chooses to plant me and I want to touch as many lives as I can with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  I hope you all do too.

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