And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (Gen 17:1)
Abram was ninety nine years old when God Almighty appeared unto him. That will preach all by itself. Offering Abram something that in the natural was impossible for Abram to make happen only the Almighty one could do it. The Hebrew word “Shaddai” that is used is H7706 and it appears in scripture 48 times. In the book of Exodus, YHWH appears to Moses and informs him that unto Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob he was known as El Shaddai (God Almighty).
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. (Exo 6:3)
However, by the name YHWH he was not known to them, and it is not until studying this name do I realize what that means. When we look at the accounts before Exodus six when YHWH appears to Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob, what was the context of Him being known as God Almighty? It was as it related to being fruitful and multiplying. What we today if not by mouth by our actions esteem or treat as a curse was of great price then and sought after, considered a blessing. Has Yah changed? I can name a few scriptures that reveal that his purpose from Adam and Eve, from Noah’s three son’s, from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, did not change then and there is no reason to believe that it has changed now. Children are a heritage unto the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psa. 127:3)
As we continue we see that this word appears in the book of Ruth twice and what is the context of His appearance? Her reference to El Shaddai is after she is bereaved of her children and her husband. It is in accordance with her returning to Israel without the fruit of her womb. El Shaddai appears mostly in the book of Job and in this book we see that Job experiences both the multiplying of Job as well as the subtracting from Job, maintaining a consistent picture of the Father being the one who allows one to be fruitful as well as being able to take away that fruit or in the case of Job allowing for that fruit to be taken.
Now let’s look at the characters that make up the word Shaddai
In order to understand the meaning of this character we will have to dig a little deeper into some other resources to find the connection. As I looked this word up in the AHLB (Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible) this is what I found it to mean along with the root word that it comes from.
AHLB – Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of Bible by Jeff Benner
As you can see the root word is missing one character to complete our word Shaddai and that is the Yad (). When we put this together we see that the root describes “breast” and with the addition of the Yad reflect the breast work or make. We know that the Breast makes milk only when there is a baby that has come forth. This would make perfect since as to why Shaddai shows up in Genesis as the one who promises to make Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob fruitful and multiply them. He is the one who is able to make the breast bring forth milk, to nourish a child unto life. Proper nutrition being an essential component of life for anyone especially a baby it would make sense that the word would mean “breast”. We know that it is Yah alone that makes the breast bring forth milk.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psa 91:1)
So now when we read this scripture it makes perfect since that the picture being represented here in the dwelling place of the Most High is connected to a “secret place”. This connects to any mother who breastfeeds her child, the baby is covered as well as the mother’s breast so that only the child sees that secret place that belongs to the mother. In many cases like a mother hen when those chicks are in the secret place they are hidden from the world. In the New Testament we see that Yahushah uses how a hen would gather her chicks so he would have gathered Jerusalem under his wing as an illustration of the “secret place” that he had for his people, but they of course would not. (Matt 23:37)
We also know from John 1:18 that it is in the bosom of the Father that the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us reside. We can now see that at the Heart of the Father is the son and it was the word of God that was on tablets of stone in the first Tabernacle made by man’s hand that would later tabernacle with us made by the Spirit of God. Therefore, if the son is in the bosom of the Father and we are in Him as we are told in the book of Ephesians, then we know we reside in a place in Yah that no man can pluck us from out of His presence we just need to make sure we don’t leave. Indeed there is something about that name that brings us into fellowship with the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. Priceless!
In our next episode we will uncover the Hebrew meaning behind the name YHWH Rapha the Lord our Healer.
All Hebrew characters courtesy of Jeff Benner http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/2_alphabet.html