Name of God - El Gibbhor: Mighty God

El Gibbhor: Mighty God

Daily Verse: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 NLT

Let's Talk About It: Mighty God. God is surely mighty. He is filled with strength, a strength that is unmatched by today’s standards; a strength that is unmatched in all of Creation. The Hebrew word for mighty is gibbhor (ghib-bore). It is an intensive form of the geber which means valiant man. Gibbhor has several meanings to include powerful, warrior, champion, chief, excel, giant, mighty, and strong according to the Hebrew Strong’s Dictionary. The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament defines the meaning as omnipotent God, a military hero, champion, and chief gatekeeper. It is clear to see, God is all of those and more!

The verse for today contains a Messianic prophecy concerning Christ. As Kevin explained yesterday, Christ is one of the three persons of the triune God we worship. He is our Savior. He is our Champion. He is the Chief Gatekeeper, as no one can come to the Father but through Him. While the world and new age philosophies will tell you there are many paths to God, the truth is there is only one way, Jesus. He is our Mighty Hero and Warrior who overcame death and the grave and provides each of us a way to do the same…through faith and dependence on Him and obedience to His Word.

It all starts with repentance. First and foremost, we must understand we are sinners. Without realizing this, we don’t understand our need for a Savior. Most people walk around thinking they are good, but the Bible says that all have fallen short. It only takes one look at the Mosaic Law for us to see how short we have each come from fulfilling it. We can quickly glimpse at the ten commandments to see which ones we have not kept in our own lives. There is not one person, if they are being honest with themselves, that can say they have kept, for the entirety of their life, all ten commandments.

For this reason, we need a Champion, a Savior, a Mighty Hero Warrior, El Gibbor – Mighty God. Jesus is that for each person. He died so that we each have an opportunity to be set free from the bondage of sin and death, along with many other things, like addiction, sexual immorality, homosexuality, greed, and idolatry. If you do not know Him, I encourage you to read the following article. He is waiting to hear from you and eager to get to know you more intimately. He wants to be your Mighty God. Will you let Him? - Crystal

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