“And said ‘Elohim’ let sprout the earth young sprouts, herb seedlings, seed in the fruit tree producing fruit after its own kind, which seed is in him on the earth and it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:11-12
From silence is breathed and birthed, the Word of God.
One of the greatest tangibles we find in Scripture is the name of God that is used when He is speaking. The texture within each name tells not only who is addressing us, but who is inviting us. Our God who names, makes Himself vulnerable to us, each time one of His names is shared. Through it, He opens Himself to us and invites us into His character and cadence.
Elohim means ‘God, power, creator and sustainer.’ This is the plural name of God. The one that reveals the multiplication of majesty. This is the name of the Trinity. Elohim is the plural of El and is the first name given to express who God is.
In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
At Jesus’ baptism, the name Elohim was used, because the Father, Son and Spirit were all present.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” Matthew 3:16 -17
Upon the cross, Jesus said “My God, My God” using the word Eloi which is a form of Elohim. The use of this name, as it spilled from Jesus’ lips to the world, translates His expression to “Fullness has come.”
Whenever this name is used for God, it means fullness is coming from the multiplication of what Elohim (the Trinity) did from the beginning.
The Talmud (written text of oral traditions) shares that when Elohim created the earth, there was a certain letter of the aleph-bet He used, which is hei. With this letter they (the Trinity) created the world. Hei means “to create with breath or sigh.” It is the letter of things to come from the fruitfulness of God.
Hei also means, “a thread or a window.” Keep that in your pocket for a bit. You’ll need it for Friday’s blog.
Elohim expresses multiplication by bringing the things that are not visible into view. Multiplication does not just mean to make more. It means to make available what already is. The multiplied majesty of our God is Elohim.
From the beginning, Elohim hid something, a seed, from which everything else would come. Something meant to multiply. A tiny treasure that would and will manifest as more.
Creation began with the unseen seed of God, yet we see it now. It isn’t our surroundings, as much as what surrounds us and identifies Elohim as Creator, each and every day.
Creation’s beauty and harmony is meant to reveal a God that loves generously and gives fully.
All that encompasses us, that we see so clearly, sprung from that which couldn’t be seen. Natural things are given to us, so we might comprehend spiritual things. That we would be comprehended by the concept and call of bringing to earth, what waits in Heaven. These things don’t come through command, but relationship. Only our God, our Elohim, would begin relationship by tilling a treasured terrain, by awakening an atmosphere that would reveal who He wants to be to us, with us at each day’s dawn and darken.
From the beginning, He intended our natural life to be a revelation of the spirit. Yet we walk in a limited ability to represent objects before they actually exist. God is without limits. So is His seed. His first action of creation was to speak, to represent what He held linguistically. Concepts would become fact. His words were true because of His ability. They were only as dependable as His ability.
A seed is only as good as the plant it is of. As full as the integrity of the promise.
Seeds are most important part of plant. The roots, leaves, flowers and fruit all exist so there can be seed. If seeds fall straight to ground beneath the plant that bore them, it is too crowded to thrive. The seeds must be scattered and dispersed. Most are scattered by wind. Multiply according to their kind.
In Genesis 2:4 this name of God is revealed as the Sacred Name, YHVH, which means “to be” and defines the idea of relationship. His closeness to that which He created.
Elohim reveals the relationship of all things. All of us. This trinity of terms is made one by the breathed-upon, seeded scriptures themselves.
God’s grammar fills seed that finds soil. The Word of God was planted in the soil of Christ. Breath, seed and body.
We are seeded too. Our spirits are like a blueprints for the seed planted deep and help us understand salvation, wholeness and fulness. We tend to treat the things of the Kingdom so externally. As fullness comes to us, the limbs grow and stretch into our daily life. Our spirits are born into the world through response to the Spirit. Our spirits long to be actualized, like Him. It begins with nudge, then God breathes life and defines Himself as Source. So all will know. He does this so gently and calls us to participate and be part of the growth.
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