The Most High God! The Exalted God!
We are starting our Names of God Bible Challenge today! I’m excited to learn more about the God we serve. I will post twice a week and I hope you will read and study the scriptures and pray to ask God to give you more revelation on every word! Today we look at the name El Elyon, first lets take a look at the definition..
El- Strong in Power
Elohim- Plural form , used particularly of Israel’s God. Plural of majesty, plural of deliberation, perhaps plural of fullness or duality within the Godhead.
The Most High God (El Elyon)
The earliest specific name by which Abraham worshipped the true God was as the “Most High God” (’El ‘Elyon). If you remember in Genesis, Abraham’s ancestors were idolaters and polytheists , they worshipped many gods. Joshua reminds the people, “Long ago your forefathers, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the River and worshiped other gods” (Joshua 24:2).
Remember when Jacob’s wife Rachel, who probably grew up with Terah’s religion, stole her father’s “household gods” in Genesis 31:32-35; 35:2-4?
By the time we see Abraham in Genesis 12, he is a monotheist, a worshipper of one God. He believed God to be :
the Lord of the earth (Genesis 14:22; 24:3),
supreme judge of mankind (Genesis 15:14;18:25),
controller of nature (Genesis 18:14; 19:24; 20:17),
highly exalted (Genesis 14:22),
and eternal (Genesis 21:33).
Whenever God spoke to him, he obeyed immediately in faith! Because HE knew the God He served!
Abraham’s relationship with God was personal rather than formal. However, Abraham and the other patriarchs practiced various forms of worship, including building altars, offering sacrifices, calling on the name of the Lord, circumcision, prayer, making vows, and tithing — as well as planting trees and setting up monuments.
Look at Genesis 14:17-24:
Abraham’s nephew and other residents of Sodom have been kidnapped as slaves, a prize of war, by a coalition of Macedonian kings that has conducted raids in the region. Abraham gathers his men, stages a night-time raid, and rescues both the kidnapped Sodomites as well as all the booty which had been plundered from the city. On the road back to his home in Hebron, Abraham comes to Salem (now Jerusalem), to the Valley of Shaveh, just south of present-day Jerusalem.10
“17After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19and he blessed Abram, saying,
‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20And blessed be God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.’
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
21The king of Sodom said to Abram, ‘Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.’
22But Abram said to the king of Sodom, ‘I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath 23that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, “I made Abram rich.” 24I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me–to Aner, Eshcol and Mamre. Let them have their share.'” (Genesis 14:17-24
Just who is this “God Most High”? Melchizedek’s name for God is a pair of words, Hebrew ’el ‘elyôn (found also in Psalm 78:35). ’ēl, as we have seen, is the generic term for God.
The Hebrew word ‘elyôn, means “most high,” (from the root ‘ālā, “go up, climb, ascend). It expresses, “the exaltedness and overwhelming majesty of God. ‘elyôn, as a divine name signifying the supremacy of the deity!
Although we may not know the religion of Melchizedek, we do know that he sees ’El ‘Elyon as being “Creator of heaven and earth” in the same way as Abraham does — in other words, both Melchizedek and Abraham see ’El ‘Elyon as totally supreme over everything in earth and heaven,11— total supremacy. This is trumpeted by the Psalmist:
“Let them know that thou alone,
whose name is the LORD,
art the Most High over all the earth.” (Psalm 83:18)
Abraham clearly identifies ’El ‘Elyon with Yahweh in Genesis 14:22 and seems to welcome Melchizedek’s blessing. Melchizedek is a priest serving the same God that Abraham himself serves.
God revealed himself to Abraham as that Supreme King, God Most High. Thus Abraham no longer worshipped other gods but the Most High God only. The Ten Commandments require: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Later God reveals that these other so-called gods are not gods at all and have no power and that the Lord is the one and only God: Take a look at the following scriptures…
- “You were shown these things so that you might know that the LORD is God; besides him there is no other.” (Deuteronomy 4:35, cf. verse 39)
- “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)
- “See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me.” (Deuteronomy 32:39)
- “Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD —
that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” (Psalm 83:18)
- “This is what the LORD says–
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)
“So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.” (1 Corinthians 8:4)
The term “Most High” is found a number of places in both the Old and New Testaments, especially in the poetic books. Most often the phrase “Most High” stands alone as the title of God. Here are a few well-known passages where the title occurs:
“You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty….” (Psalm 91:1)
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14, RSV) The NRSV interprets this “in the highest heaven.”
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David … The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God'” (Luke 1:32, 35).
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways….” (Zechariah’s prophecy in Luke 1:76)
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. (KJV “Highest”) (Luke 6:35)
God is supreme over all other gods and HE should be EXAULTED above all other gods! Exaltation is being lifted up above all others, living on high!
“For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.” (Psalm 97:9)
As you worship God, never forget his supremacy and his exaltation! No demon in hell can compare to the Lord Most High. His glory spills over onto us as we behold him (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Allow his glory to fill you! God’s overwhelmingly bright glory appears in a cloud (Exodus 16:10), fills the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34), and Ezekiel’s temple (Ezekiel 9:3). His glory fills the earth (Isaiah 6:3).
In your prayers, acknowledge God for who he is, Above any and everything else…nothing is higher than HE. God should be lifted up, and praised for who HE IS! You see when you know that you serve the Lord on High…you can truly believe that anything else that happens daily is irrevelent. The signs of the time wont deter or scare you because you know that the God you serve made it all.
So what does the “Most High God” truly mean to you?
Prayer: Most High God, King of kings and Lord of Lords! To realize that you in your exaltation are my God and seek to bless me boggles my mind. Teach me to worship and exalt you as you deserve. Help me to exult in you, O Most High. In Jesus’ name, I call upon you. Amen
Be Blessed today!
Some information is transcribed from “The Names and Titles of God” by Ralph Wilson