The Names of God - El-Shaddai

Exodus 6:2-3

(Exodus 6:2-3) And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty [El-Shaddai], but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

The Patriarchs did not know God by His name Jehovah (the Ever Becoming One, or Revealing One) but by His name El-Shaddai - God Almighty. El-Shaddai is first used in Genesis 17:1-5.

Remember that Abraham, as far as producing a son, was "as good as dead." God had promised Abraham a son in Genesis 12 but his faith was faltering. So El-Shaddai comes and reveals Himself to Abraham as the El-Shaddai - the Almighty God.

I. The Meaning of the Name - Almighty God

II. The Use of the Name El-Shaddai

III. El-Shaddai is the One who Blesses Us and Makes Us Fruitful

So we see that the name El-Shaddai speaks to us of God's power and sufficiency. It also speaks to us of the inexhaustible supply of God's riches and strength. And it reminds us that His strength is made perfect in our weakness and His fullness in our emptiness. Do we long to be filled with His power?

Do we have needs that must be supplied? We must empty ourselves of our own pride and self-sufficiency and let El-Shaddai fill us and make us fruitful.