Before I dig deeper into this passage of scripture, let’s look at what Shaddai means. The Hebrew Strong’s Dictionary explains that the meaning of Shaddai (shad-day) is Almighty, however, other Hebrew lexicons say that the etymology (or the origin of the word) is unknown. The definition of almighty according to Webster’s Dictionary is unlimited in might, omnipotent, all-powerful, and irresistible. It can also mean great, or extreme.
The KM Hebrew Dictionary suggests that the meaning of this name is plural in form but singular in meaning. This captures the essence of who God is – a Trinitarian Being – 3 persons, one God. The idea of the trinity is one in which many people have struggled to understand. Elohim is also defined as mighty one, great one, or judge. The Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew defines Elohim as a divine being, deity, or ghost. It is interesting to note that this name of God is used 2,600 times in the Old Testament and was considered to designate the One True God. It is also believed that this name contains plurality to indicate the fullness of His power and the majesty of His kingly rule.
Paraklētos (par-ak'-lay-tos), according to the Greek Strong’s Dictionary, is a singular masculine noun that means an intercessor, consoler. It can also mean advocate, comforter, or helper. An advocate, as used in this Name, is someone who appears in another’s behalf. An advocate’s role is to fight for someone, especially for a person’s rights. To put it into perspective, it is like a defense attorney. So, if you’re needing a defensive attorney, then that means there is a plaintiff or prosecutor.
The phrase “di ou ta panta” in Greek literally means all through Him. In English, we have the present tense, and past tense, etc. but in Greek, there are cases to denote whether the words denote possession, past tense, and more. In the case of this phrase, the genitive case is used, and the genitive case always denotes possession. Often, you will find the use of the word “of” in the English translation to signify the possession. For example, we say John’s shoe, but in the Greek, they would say the shoe of John and both the shoe and John would be in the genitive case. This helped readers to understand who possessed the shoe. It is interesting to note that this name of God is in the genitive case. It could also be translated all of Him, hence why we translate this name as My Everything.
In this verse, David uses El, which is a Hebrew word meaning God. He goes on to use nathan (naw-than’), for the word “grants”. Nathan, according to the Hebrew Strong’s Dictionary, means add, apply, appoint, ascribe. For vengeance, David uses the word neqamah (nek-aw-maw’). It is actually spelled nqamah, but to eliminate improper pronunciation, an “e” is normally added after the “n”. Neqamah is defined in the Hebrew Strong’s Dictionary as avengement, whether the act of the passion, to avenge, revenge, vengeance.
The Hebrew word used for Lord here is YHWH. Kevin has discussed this previously, so I will not go over it again, however if you need a refresher, you may read more about it in our study of the name Jehovah-Jireh. The Hebrew word used here for strike is nakah (naw-kaw). However, the Masoretic Text (the traditional Hebrew text) spells the word Makkeh, hence why we use Makkeh rather than nakah. The Hebrew Strong’s dictionary states that it means to strike, to smite, to beat, to punish, to wound, and to slay. It may also mean to send judgment upon, punish, or destroy.
Abraham refers to God here as Shaphat (shaw-fat) or judge in Hebrew. While it can mean judge, it can also mean to vindicate or punish, to govern, to litigate, to avenge, plead, reason, and rule according to the Strong’s Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary of the Old Testament. The KM Hebrew Dictionary states that it may also mean tobe brought to trial or to argue a matter. No wonder, then, why Holy Spirit is called our Advocate (John 14:26) and Jesus Christ is referred to as our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).
Today’s Name of God may look familiar to you. Last week, we went over a name of God that shared the same root word. Paul used it in an Epistle to Timothy as describing God to be King Eternal. In today’s name, we see John the Beloved telling us, in the Book of Revelation, what he saw on the robe and thigh of Jesus. This is extremely significant and should not be taken lightly.
As I studied out this name of God, I was amazed at some of the meanings of olam (oh-lawm) which is the Hebrew word used for everlasting in this verse. While it can mean everlasting, it also means concealed, or time out of mind. It can also mean frequentatively which is an adverb of the verb frequentative. This verb means a repeated action. I believe this is why God first refers to Himself as I am that I am. He always was, and always is, and always will be. He is frequentative and eternal. He is the everlasting God because there is no other but Him. He stands outside of time itself. In fact, time is merely a construct of this earth to help us gauge moments of this life. It doesn’t exist outside of this world.
I will be explaining today’s Name of God differently from the previous ones. I pray that though very simple in nature and format, the message is received and understood. Bara (baw-raw’), according to the Hebrew Strong’s Dictionary, means to create (creator), (qualified) to cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat).
This name of God is a name Jesus is referred to in this reading for today. Interestingly, the name is in fact in its Greek form – Alpha and Omega. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. Here we see that Christ is being referred to as the first and the last. Do you know why that is? Allow me to explain...
Basilei, which comes from the Greek word basileus (bas-il-yooce’), which is a masculine singular noun meaning sovereign king. Sovereign, as a noun, means a supreme ruler. As an adjective, it means possessing supreme or ultimate power. As you can see, the word Paul used here in Greek has a far stronger meaning than just king. It’s as if he’s saying the King of kings. If we pause for a moment and let that word sink in, one can’t help but to be in awe of this description. During this time period, kings were known to be the final authority on everything. They answer to no one. So to be the King of all kings, that’s some serious power and authority.