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What Is In A Name: Strong Creator

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 15, 2015

RELIGION – I get called by a lot of different names. Most are nice, but some can be a little hurtful. I know how someone knows me by what they call me really. If someone says to me Reverend Howle, I usually don’t know them very well. That is a formal title, not used much around Antioch. I hear Pastor Phillip from most folks around the church and that is what all the little kids call me. Some folks at church will yell “Preacher” these are folks I cut up with a good bit.

I get the popular “What’s up Rev.” a good bit as well. My wife calls me honey, my boys call me daddy. These names that I am called all show largely how the person understands or sees me and the kind of relationship that we have.

We are going to spend the next few weeks looking at some of the names of God.  The one true God of the Bible has more than 200 names. If you were to count all the names, titles, and nicknames of God in the Bible, there are more than 700 names! Why in the world do you think God has so many names? Biblical names almost always tell something about the person. God is so big, so great, so vast, and so awesome that it takes more than 700 names to tell what He is like! All His names have meanings—wonderful meanings that show how big and great and wonderful God is. The Bible says, “And those who know your name put their trust in you” (Psalm 9:10).

Where is the first name of God found in the Bible? If you said Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” then you are right. The very first verse in the Bible tells us one of God’s names: Elohim (ĕl ō hēm). “Elohim” is the name the Bible uses when it tells us about God creating the heavens and the earth and everything in them. In English, we say “God,” but the Old Testament was written in the Hebrew language, and the Hebrew word for God is “Elohim.”  When you see God in the OT you are reading Elohim, the Strong Creator.

How do we see the power of our Strong Creator, Elohim? Just take for example the The Anthropic Principle.  “Anthropic” comes from a Greek word that means “human” or “man.” It is just a fancy title for all the mounting evidence that has scientists believing that the universe is extremely fine-tuned (designed) to support human life here on earth. I find all of these constants amazing!

1. If the centrifugal force of planetary movements did not precisely balance the gravitational forces, nothing could be held in orbit around the sun.
2. If the universe had expanded at a rate one millionth more slowly than it did, expansion would have stopped, and the universe would have collapsed on itself before any stars had formed. If it had expanded faster, then no galaxies would have formed.
4. If water vapor levels in the atmosphere were greater than they are now, a runaway greenhouse effect would cause temperatures to rise too high for human life; if they were less, an insufficient greenhouse effect would make the earth too cold to support human life.
5. If Jupiter were not in its current orbit, the earth would be bombarded with space material. Jupiter’s gravitational field acts as a cosmic vacuum cleaner, attracting asteroids and comets that might otherwise strike earth.
6. If the thickness of the earth’s crust were greater, too much oxygen would be transferred to the crust to support life. If it were thinner, volcanic and tectonic activity would make life impossible.
7. If the rotation of the earth took longer than twenty-four hours, temperature differences would be too great between night and day. If the rotation period were shorter, atmospheric wind velocities would be too great.
8. The 23-degree axil tilt of the earth is just right. If the tilt were altered slightly, surface temperatures would be too extreme on earth.
9. If the atmospheric discharge (lightning) rate were greater, there would be too much fire destruction; if it were less, there would be too little nitrogen fixing in the soil.
10. If there were more seismic activity, much more life would be lost; if there was less, nutrients on the ocean floors and in river runoff would not be cycled back to the continents through tectonic uplift. (Yes, even earthquakes are necessary to sustain life as we know it!)
11. The list could go on, there are 112 more of these constants!
What do all of these show? The power of our God! I am very inept when it comes to jobs requiring tools. So I frequently call my buddies (who oddly are not returning my calls as much as they used to these days) to help me out. But God needed no help at all!  “I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.” (Isaiah 44:24)

If God can create the entire universe effortlessly then He is strong enough to handle anything that you will ever face!” Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

God’s creation reflects the beauty of God. God made the seasons, the colors, the smells, the tastes and sounds of our world! He chose not to make it bland, but beautiful to show His beauty!

So no matter what you are facing, think about your Strong Creator (Elohim), think about God’s power, stop to smell the roses or listen to coos of a baby, and know that God is in control and there is no problem too great for Him!

Pastor Phillip

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