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Bible Study Notes and Reminder

By Laura Kehl in Crestwood 8 months ago | 542 views Link:

This Wednesday is the last lesson on The Names of God Bible Study.  Brother Jeff’s study notes are attached for the previous two studies – Adonai and El Elyon.

There will be one week off while the Lowe’s are on the Mission Trip to Penitas, then a new study will begin June 13th on the Book of Hebrews.

Adonai: Lord, Master, or Owner

Luke 14:26-27

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

So, what does it mean for Christ to be Lord of our lives?  Those two verses provide the answers to that question.

  1. First, it means to love Christ supremely.  This is one of those challenging verses of scripture we find in God’s Word.  The word Jesus uses here for “hate” actually means to “love less.”  Our love for Christ must be so strong that all other love is like hatred in comparison.  For Jesus to be Lord we must love Christ supremely.


  1. Second, it means to submit to Christ completely.  The second statement Christ makes in this passage is “anyone who does not carry their cross cannot be my disciple.”  In the 1st Century, the cross was a symbol of suffering and shame.  Only criminals died on the cross.  In Jesus’ day, when a person was forced to carry their it showed they was now under the submission of the authority they once opposed.  When Jesus said, “If I’m going to be Lord you have to take up your cross” He was saying you will have to submit to the authority you once opposed.  Jesus being Lord means I must be willing to submit every area of my life unto Him or He is not truly Lord. 
  2. Third, it means to commit to Christ whole heartedly.  There must be a willingness on our part to go wherever the Lord tells us to go.  If He is truly Lord of our lives that means we have died to self so that He may live completely in and through us.  We follow only one master, Jesus Christ.

El Elyon – Most High

Genesis 14; Daniel 4:34-35

Genesis 14:20

Look at what he said: “And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

But this is not the only place it is used in the OT.  It’s also used in the story of Nebuchadnezzar.  Look at what Nebuchadnezzar says about the Lord Most High.  Daniel 4:34–35

At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

Truth concerning the name El Elyon:  The name El Elyon should comfort us because it teaches that God is in control everything.  There is nothing on the earth that happens apart from his control.  He is sovereign.

Let me see if I can answer these questions by making 3 statements about the will of God in relationship to His Sovereignty.

  1. First, there is God’s overarching sovereign will that is clearly taught throughout scripture. (Job 42:2) Sometimes it is referred to as God’s prevailing will.  It refers to God’s purposes.  There is nothing on earth that can thwart God’s purposes. 
  2. Second, there is God’s general will. (II Peter 3:9; I Thess. 4:3; I Timothy 2:8)   Sometimes it is referred to as God’s permissive will.  Let’s look at scriptural evidence for God’s permissive will.  All of those scripture speak to God’s general will.
  3. Third, there is God’s personal will for each of us. (Proverbs 3:5-6) His personal will for me.  God is interested in individuals.  God has a plan for your life and mine.  

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Laura Kehl

I’ve corrected it now, but if you originally took note of the new study date, I accidentally wrote July, not June 13.  Sorry about that.  :)


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