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Friday, September 4, 2015

100 Bible Lessons - Alban Douglas - Lesson # 5 - NAMES, FATHERHOOD AND SILENCE OF GOD

                                   100 BIBLE LESSONS - ALBAN DOUGLAS                            

                                    I - THE NAMES OF GOD

     The Names of God are found in three forms: 1) Primary, 2) Compound with EL 3) Compound with Jehovah.

1. PRIMARY - One word only: El, Elah, Elohim, Jehovah, Adon, Adonai, God, Lord.
2. COMPOUND with El - Almighty God, Most High God; Everlasting God.
3. COMPOUND with JEHOVAH - Lord God; Jehovah, the Everlasting God, etc.

ELOHIM  -  Genesis 2:4  -   The One Who is Mighty        -         The Lord Who Creates
EL ELYON   -   Genesis 14:22 -  The One Who is Supreme  -     The Lord Who Owns
ADONAI   - Genesis 15:2  - The One Who is Ruling   -               The Lord Our Master
EL OLAM  - Genesis 21:33 - The One Who is Mysterious -        The Lord Who Reveals
JIREH  -       Genesis 22:14 - The One Who Redeems  -              The Lord Who Provides
ROPHI  -     Exodus 15:26 - The One Who Heals    -                   The Lord Who Heals
NISSI  -     Exodus 17:15  - The One Who Fights for us   -           The Lord Our Banner
YEKADDIA - Exodus 31:13- The One Who is Sanctification-      The Lord Who Sanctify
SHALOM - Judges 6:24 - The One Who Gives Peace   -             The Lord Our Banner Who is
SABAOTH - 1 Samuel 1:3 - The One Who is Possessing  -          The Lord of Hosts
ZIDKENU - Jeremiah 23:6 - The One Who is Justifying   -           The Lord Our Righteousness
SHAMMAH - Ezekiel 48:35- The One Who is Present    -           The Lord at Hand
ELYON  - Psalm 7:17  -      The One Who is Blessing  -               The Lord Who Blesses
ROI  -       Psalm 23:1  -   The One Who is Caring     -                  The Lord is Our Shepherd

                                  II - THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD

     God is revealed as Father in two ways:
1) As the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, John 5:17, John 1:14
2) As the Father of those who believe on the Lord Jesus, John 1:12, "But as many as received Him,
to them gave He power to become the sons of God."
It is as a Father that He hears and answers our prayers, sifting the requests as a true Father.

                                III - THE SILENCE OF GOD

     Why is God silent?
1. COMMON SENSE VIEW - Many difficulties are a result of deliberate sin due entirely to man's
carelessness, neglect and folly, such as accidents. Galatians 6:7, "For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall  he also reap."
2. REVERENT VIEW - Is it right that my puny mind should question the workings of the Almighty God?
(Isaiah 55:8,9). Doubtless God's master plan for my life will include sorrow, suffering and pain.
3. THE PHILOSOPHICAL VIEW - Human free will involves the consequences of those actions. Human
freedom means moral responsibilities.
4. LOVER'S VIEW - God is a jealous Lover. Exodus 20:5, "I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God."
He seeks to divorce us from everything and cause us to cling closely to Him.
5. DISPENSATIONAL VIEW - This is the day of man, the day of sin, the day of grace, when God beckons, "Come Home," but a day of judgment is coming and the silence of God will be broken with
audible condemnation. God will yet reckon accounts with men and their relationships with God and
6. FAITH VIEW - John 13:7 "Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter." Lord teach me to wait patiently.
7. THE TESTING OF MY FAITH - 1 Peter 1:7, "That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
8. THE MYSTERIOUS WORKS OF GOD - John 9:3, "Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but the works of God should be made manifest in him." This is the story of the man that was born blind. Perhaps I may suffer, not for my sin but to be made a blessing to someone else. Those who have passed suffering and sorrow are uniquely able to comfort others.


     Live in a conscious sense of His presence even though He seems to be silent. The Quiet Hour is our opportunity to deepen our acquaintance with the Lord God.


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