Abraham believed in the Almighty
The adjective ‘Almighty’ is used fifty-eight times in the Bible, every one of which is written with a capital ‘A’. Forty-nine times in the Old Testament and nine times it comes in the New Testament. Not once is it used of a man. It is what the Hebrews call shadday (shad-dah’-ee): BDB Definition: ‘most powerful, Shaddai, the Almighty (of God)’; and in the New Testament, it is pantokratōr (pan-tok-rat’-ore) Thayer Definition: ‘he who holds sway over all things; the ruler of all; God’. Strong’s Definition: ‘the all ruling, that is, God (as absolute and universal sovereign)’. Rev. Chris Okotie explains pantokratōr thus, “Target any distance in your wildest dreams and pantokratōr surpasses it far, by far. Think of atomic and hydrogen bombs together with the most devastating ballistic missiles and they will not come close to pantokratōr in strength”.
Hear Job in Job 11:7, “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?” The word ‘searching’ is cheqer (khay’-ker) ‘examination, enumeration, deliberation’. Matsa’ (maw-tsaw’), which means: 1. (properly) to come forth to, i.e. appear or exist 2. transitively, to attain, i.e. find or acquire 3. (figuratively) to occur, meet or be present’, is the phrase, ‘find out’. The noun ‘God’ is Eloahh, the singular for Elohiym. Almighty is El Shadday, and ‘perfection’? It is the Hebrew takliyth (tak-leeth’) ‘1. Completion 2. (by implication) an extremity’.Takliyth is a noun female, and do you know what that implies? A worshipper is spiritually a woman or wife to the Deity, which is the reason why the Church is God’s perfect woman.
Exegetically, Job 11:7 teaches that there is no extent of worship or study of God (whether by scientific calculations or any religious affiliations) capable of taking you to a complete knowledge of the pantokratō. Remember what Jesus pointed out in Matthew 11:27, “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him]. Only an Almighty canst find out the Almighty.
It is used the first time in Genesis 17:1, “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”. ‘Almighty God’ in Hebrew is El Shadday, ‘all sufficiency God’, which gives a picture of a One with so many breasts, according to Hebraic understanding, hence, ‘the many breasted One’. Will God the Father appear to any mortal man? Joel 1:15, “Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come”; is the last time of its Old Testament use. In the Book of 2Corinthians 6:18, “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty”; is the first New Testamentary use. Interestingly, the Revelation 1:8 use, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”, is attributed to Jesus! The last time ‘Almighty’ comes out in the Bible is in Revelation 21:22, “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it”. This speaks volumes of revelatory insight.
Abraham in worship of El Shadday
Why will one hear of a voice he has no knowledge of and obey it. I believe one of the chief reasons why Abram would believe God when He told him to go away from his nativity was simply because Noah’s repetitive instructions and the saintly stand of Shem were passed down to him. The seed of obedience which Noah planted in his boys was fruitful. It made it very easy for them to agree with their father whom they supported all through a hundred and twenty years’ of evangelism and never did they feel crestfallen in the construction of the first ever gargantuan structure of an ark. The God who kept them safe while the whole world perished is the Almighty, a title that will not be a toga of appropriacy on any other. Some other child caught the revelation of an all-powerful and when he apprehended it too, Abram believed. (…to be concluded…) read the 2nd part here