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Friday, October 30, 2015

Inspired by . . . Day 30, His Name, El Olam

 

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El Olam

The Everlasting God

From the Hebrew ‛ôlâm  ‛ôlâm {o-lawm', o-lawm'} eternal, ancient, of old and, my personal favorite, time out of mind.  From the Greek αἰώνιος aiōnios {ahee-o'-nee-os} perpetual, eternal.

El Olam emphasizes God’s unchangeableness and is connected with His inexhaustibleness.

Why is time out of mind a personal favorite? Besides the term’s poetic nature, it points to both the past and the future. It comforts me to remember that God has always been. God is immutable.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Psa 90:2

And it comforts me to remember that He always will be. God is infinite. The enemy may like to deceive himself, but no one is going to be knocking God off His throne. Ever.

The LORD reigns; He is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; He has put on strength as His belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty! Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits Your house, O LORD, forevermore. Psa 93:1-5

Our lives are not in the hands of some wet-behind-the-ears shipman here. God is Yahweh Sabbaoth, the Lord of Hosts, the commander of the armies of heaven. The Ancient of days. Who has always been and always will be.

Wrapped up in this nature of God we can’t be assured of three things:

His everlasting covenant.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Heb 13:20-21

His everlasting kingdom.

For in this way1 there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2Pe 1:11

Everlasting life.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. Joh 3:16

We are all everlasting {eternal} beings. We are going to spend eternity somewhere. Either with God, or apart from Him.

It’s a sobering thought.

If you’re waiting to make a decision, Beloved, thinking perhaps that when the really bad stuff starts happening that then you will begin living for Christ, I would encourage you to take heed of this warning:

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2Th 2:9-12

 

I pray that you will not harden your hearts when you hear His voice. He stands waiting, with open arms.


 

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Lord, El Olam, we take comfort in knowing that Your

promises to us don’t have an expiration date.

We can trust in the covenant You have made, the kingdom and

the life You have promised us in Jesus Christ.

Lord, draw us into relationship with You.

May we open the door when You knock.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen,

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1 Want to know what “in this way” refers to? Read 2 Peter

 


 

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