There’s Something About That Name – El Olam

In this episode we will take a look at El Olam, the Everlasting God that Abraham called on in Genesis 21:33. There are five scriptures where the word God (H410) and Everlasting (H5769) appears in the same scripture and this encounter with Abraham is the only one where the two are put together as a name. So we see that the strong hand towards the established word equates to His everlasting presence.

Olam appears in a whopping 413 verses a total of 438 times. Now the word Olam itself means everlasting and will appear in your bible in the following ways:

269 times “ever” 64 times “everlasting” 26 times “old”
22 times “perpetual” 16 times “never” 15 times “evermore”
6 times “ancient” 4 times “world” 3 times “always”
3 times “long” 2 times “always” 1 time “any”
1 time “beginning” 1 time “continuance” 1 time “end”
1 time “eternal” 1 time “lasting” 1 time “time”
1 time “without”

The one consistent theme regardless of which English word is used that stands out is the unending nature of God. This is an attribute of Yah’s presence that no other so called god of any other religion can claim. He is as faithful to his seed now as he was in the days of Elijah when the false idols that Israel were serving in “Baal” and “Asherah” were put to the test then. We also recognize that he will be here even after mortality puts on immortality which is a source of comfort to us as Believers to know that our loved one’s in Him have an everlasting home of perpetual rest when they are absent from us. (2 Cor. 5:6-8)

However, to narrow this list down let’s look at the particular words we are looking for which is “El Olam” and we do that by searching in Esword the two Hebrew numbers at the same time which is “H5769” and “H410”. Make sure that KJV+ is indicated in the field next to the search query. The order you put it in won’t matter since the query will look for its use together in any scripture regardless of order. Also make sure you add a space between the two numbers. If you have done this correctly this is what you will find.

elolam

Now as you look at the scriptures that come up notice that only one clearly identifies “everlasting” God. In 2 Sam. We see everlasting is describing the covenant, in Psalms 90 it is referencing God’s unending nature, in Psalms 136 it is referencing God’s mercy, and in Isa. 46 it is referencing remembering what He did.

This brings us to the second word we have studied so far that occurred once in scripture and Father Abraham was the one who had this specific encounter. The revelation I perceive the Father is showing us, by revealing Himself to Abraham in these unique ways is that Abraham is like a type of starting over. He is to Israel what Adam and Eve were to the world. Only with Abraham and Sarah do you see Yah starting this unique story that carries forth through the totality of scripture. He gives them a new name representing the new family that he is going to repopulate the earth with. No longer is Abraham identified with Adam, but instead with the Father. He gives them the promise that their seed would be compared to the stars in the sky and the sand of the earth, enumerable. He even brings forth seed from him in this unique way, when Sarah was past the years of childbearing meaning this thing he is going to do man couldn’t make it happen only Yah could do this.

We still serve the same God of wonders, what miraculous picture of God’s image is he painting in your life? What promise has He made to you that you are still waiting to see the fruition of? Is anything impossible for him? I think not for our God is eternal, everlasting, perpetual, without end.

Before we wrap up this episode let’s see what the Ancient Hebrew reveals to us about “Olam”. This is a four character word in Hebrew.

olamCharacters courtesy of AHRC

                As you know we read Hebrew from right to left and the first character is one of an eye. Which means “to see”, “to know”, “to watch”, all the things we do with our eye. The second character is a nail peg which means “to establish” to “secure” or “to add”. The third character is a shepherd’s staff marking “authority”, “shepherd” or “towards” as a shepherd leads the sheep with his staff towards a pasture. The last character is water waves which means “liquid” or “waves” as well as “chaos” as many Hebrews associated Noah’s flood with chaos on the land. When we put the characters together we see that knowledge establishes the Shepherd’s word (as soundwaves connects us to the word).

In the next episode of There’s Something About that Name we will explore YHWH Shalom the God of all true peace.

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