B90 – Day 5

Exodus 6:2-3God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them.

From NetBible Ex 6:2-3

This is an important truth. The proper name of the Lord was revealed first to Moses many centuries after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses is the writer of the first five books of the Bible (the Torah), so the proper name of the Lord is often inserted throughout Genesis, even tho it had not yet been revealed.  It’s interesting that Genesis 2:4 reveals the Lord(proper name) as creator.

Why did God reveal Himself as El Shaddai to Abraham?
From Hebrew Names of God – El

Most english translations translate El Shaddai as ‘God Almighty’. God is so overpowering He is considered ‘Almighty’.

It’s interesting however that Jacob’s blessing in Gen 49:25 indicates that Shaddai might be related to breasts, indicating sufficiency and nourishment(the blessings of the breasts and womb). These meanings fit perfectly together in Gen 17:1-2 where God uses the name when refering to multiplying Abraham’s offspring. God is all powerful to perform His promise to Abraham, to nuture a multitude of Abraham’s descendants into a fruitful nation.

El Shaddai is used almost exclusively for the 3 patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and was the primary name known to the founders of Israel. Shaddai is also thought to be an acronym for “Guardian of the doors of Israel”.

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