Adonai – Lord, Master (Genesis 15: 2, Malachi 1: 14)

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Adonai – Lord, Master (Genesis 15: 2, Malachi 1: 14). Adonai is one of the three most common names used for God throughout the Old Testament (the others being Yahweh and Elohim)-appering more than 400 times.[2]

It first appears in (Genesis 15: 2), when Abram (later to become Abraham), said, “Lord [Adonai] God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless…..?” And it last appears in (Malachi 1: 14) “Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord [Adonai] what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.”

This name of God is a hard read for many of us who call ourselves Christians. We say we follow Jesus, but to submit ourselves entirely to God as Our “Lord” and “Master”- to become slaves of Christ-now hold on, that’s just a bit much, isn’t it? Actually, no. This is what it means to follow Christ.

  • We don’t become Christians on our terms or according to our comfort level.
  • We cannot yield only as much of our wills as is comfortable to us and still claim to follow Christ.
  • We can’t hold back just enough of ourselves to make us feel as if we’re still in control of our lives.
  • We can’t follow the parts of Scripture we like and revise or ignore the parts we don’t.
  • We can’t hang on to the one (or more) sin (s) in our life that we think God will “understand.”

(1 Corinthians 6: 19-20) says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

And Romans 6: 22-23 says, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (The New Testament word translated “Lord” here is “kyrios”, which also means “Lord” or “Master”.)

It’s not coincidence that one of the most widely used names of God in Scripture emphatically states both His absolute sovereignty and also his relationship to us as our Lord and Master. Our rabid individualism doesn’t naturally like this truth but truth has never needed our permission.

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