From creation God revealed Himself as a Promise keeper in the name Elohim. It was in the plan that man would be given a choice – trust God or seek to live life on his own. When man sought to live by his own devices, for his own lusts, and glory, God in covenant relationship with Himself declared He would save him from his sins.
By nature, God is a covenant maker, and because of His great love with which he loved us, He bound Himself by an oath. As the writer of the letter to the Hebrews put it, “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” Hebrews 6:17-18
God is not like us, what God swears to He will fulfill, and what God starts He will see through to the end, God has both the power and the character to fulfill all He vows. If you want to be blessed, consider the character of God, when He determined to redeem fallen men from their wicked deeds of betrayal, He vowed to do so, knowing its fulfillment would take – forever. “…You are a priest for ever…” (Emphasis added).
To God, Covenants are a serious business; Christians should always strive to keep their word!
A Lesson in King James English
In the Bible God uses the name Elohim over twenty five hundred times to describe Himself. Unfortunately, much is lost in our English translations; however, if you have a New American Standard or King James Version the translators made it possible to know when the term Elohim is used. When you read the word God with a Capital ‘G’ and a small ‘od’ it is Elohim in the Hebrew. Other names are used with variations in the capitalization of the words, LORD, Lord, GOD, etc. I will explain in future lessons.