June 23, 2023 – Friday
Genesis 17:1 NIV
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV
1 And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Today I want to look at the word Almighty as it occurs in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. If you go here in Biblegateway.com, you will discover Almighty occurs 333 times in the Bible in the NIV. Of those 321 occur in the Old Testament and only 12 in the New Testament – really only 11 as the first time is in Romans 8:29 as a quote from Isaiah 1:9. A quick note of the actual 11 in the NT, one is in 2 Corinthians 6:18 as above, one also in James 5:4, with the remaining nine in Revelation.
Looking first a Genesis 17:1, Almighty is from Strong’s H7707 שַׁדַּי, with the transliteration šaday defined simply as the Almighty. Strong’s also gives an outline of usage as almighty, most powerful, Shaddai, the Almighty (of God). Thus it is not surprising that both the CJB and the OJB along with the TLV (all with a Jewish focus) instead of God Almighty, have El Shaddai where El translates directly to God. It is interesting that the NET is the only one that has Sovereign God instead of God Almighty with a detailed discussion about the meaning of el shadday.
Looking now at 2 Corinthians 6:18, Almighty is from Strong’s G3841, παντοκράτορος (2x) and παντοκράτωρ (8x), with the transliteration pantokratór defined as (in HELPS Word-studies) almighty; unrestricted power exercising absolute dominion. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon also has the definition, he who holds sway over all things; the ruler of all which is matched by Vine’s Expository Dictionary with the added note, used of God only. In addition Strong’s Outline of Bible Usage has, he who has sway over all things, the ruler of all, and almighty: God.
From the above, whether in the Old Testament or New Testament, when speaking of God as the Almighty, we are speaking of the One who has unlimited power over everything, absolute dominion and total sovereignty over all existence.
Bottom Line: Sometimes we speak or think of God without recalling and being fully aware that He is sovereign over creation with total dominion over everything.
Prayer: Almighty God, That You love us and want the best for us is beyond my comprehension and understanding when I know that You are our Creator and are sovereign over all of creation. Your patience and mercy know no bounds. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton