Day 10

Living God & God Most High

from the Names of God reading plan


Genesis 14:17-20, 2 Kings 19:14-18, Psalm 91:1-16, Jeremiah 10:10-11, Hosea 1:10, 1 Timothy 4:10

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of the name(s), a brief explanation of the character of God emphasized by the name(s), and a reflection question to help you dig deeper into the text.

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Living God & God Most High
Elohim Chay, El Elyon (Hebrew)

Description
Elohim Chay, “Living God,” and El Elyon, “God Most High,” are two of the most frequently used names for God in the Old Testament. The name Elohim was paired with adjectives that describe the God of Israel. These two names, though different, are related. They are used to emphasize the unique nature of God: He is alive and greater than all others.  

The very notion of a living God distinguished Elohim from idols constructed of wood or iron. The Israelite God was—and is—living and active in and among His people. Similarly, the name “God Most High” elevates the God of Israel over all other gods. These names are reminders that God is active and superior to all other objects of worship.

Emphasis
God’s superiority over all other gods and idols

Reflection
What do these names teach me about God?

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8 thoughts on "Living God & God Most High"

  1. Greg says:

    These passages and the accompanying devotional reminded me that God is numero uno. And while today the idea is a singular God is reasonable, back then there were many pantheon’s worshipped. I also find it interesting that it’s emphasised that God is alive, active, and with us. It shows that my God wants to be close, personal, and involved in my life whereas the older Gods that were worshipped were seen as these distant, uncaring forces. And truly, I feel that closeness each day and in all my prayers. He is my God but the way our relationship is, its almost like old friends.

  2. Tim Bowditch says:

    God is always superior because of his power but also because of his presence. He is a living and moving, active God who responds to prayer and demands our praise.

  3. Ryan Orndorff says:

    Our God is the most high. There is no other thing greater than Him. I find myself putting so much interest in worldly items and making sure I gave the “newest” item. I should be more concerned with introducing the world to a new kind of love, which is the love of Christ to nonbelievers and those who have never heard the word.

  4. Joshua H. says:

    God is living and superior to all other idols that come our way.

  5. Patrick says:

    To me, these names conjured the image of a benevolent and powerful king, in whose land I am a wanderer seeking shelter and asylum. Weird as it is, it reminds me of the king of the misfit toys in the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. He was a lion and he was kind and fantastical (I think he had wings). He was benevolent but you could tell he was powerful and likely fearsome. Similarly, these names remind me most of Aslan. Together, the banish the sense of an old mystic/ancient/dead god and convey an active but equally legendary and powerful God. It is best to be on His side, to seek refuge under His wings, to dwell in His towers. Only He can save and He does so gladly, willingly and sacrificially. I am glad to be made a citizen of His country.

  6. Kevin says:

    Day 10: This is a great reminder. Our God is LIVING! All the other things that we worship like porn, social media, fame, money, are all stagnant and dead, but God, God is alive and well. He’s moving and working. We need to acknowledge the power in Gods strength. He is holding us together. He is ALIVE! ⚒

  7. Ryan Miller says:

    I never really thought of the faith it must have took for the Old Testament believers to trust in a God that was not depicted by an image or statue. All of the other nations had images to depict their God but Israel was asked to trust in the one living God who cannot be depicted with images made by human hands.

    I think the same thing is true for me. I struggle to fully worship a God that I cannot see. It’s much easier to give into the worship of things that can see and satisfy in the moment.

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