· The Everlasting God: El Olam (אֵ֥ל עוֹלָֽם)
The Bible promises that the righteous will flourish, even in old age.
The Everlasting God: El Olam (אֵ֥ל עוֹלָֽם)
“Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God [El Olam].” (Genesis 21:33)
El is a singular name used for God. It means might, strength and power and is often combined with other Hebrew words such as Olam, which means world, universe, eternal, forever, everlasting time or space.
We understand from this name of God that He is the sovereign, eternal ruler of the entire universe who is beyond time or space.
El Olam is the Eternal God without a beginning or end.
“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2)
Abraham’s Well in Beersheba: After several disputes over water, Abraham made a peace treaty with Abimelech at Beersheba.
This name of God, El Olam, teaches us that God is unchangeable (Malachi 3:6).
His plans and purposes are timeless, and He will not fail to follow through with them (Isaiah 37:26).
“He will not falter or be discouraged till He establishes justice on earth.” (Isaiah 42:4)
Thus, we read in Genesis 21:33 that after Abraham entered into a peace treaty with Abimelech and Phicol at Beersheba, he called upon El Olam as a display of his faith that the Everlasting God would deliver on His covenant promise to give his descendants the Land.
Everything we see in the natural is temporal and subject to change, but like Abraham, we should not be moved by what we see since El Olam is the Eternal God who created the universe. He will not fail to accomplish His plans and promises.
“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.” (Isaiah 26:4)
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Yeshua confirmed this when He was asked what the greatest commandment is.
“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27)
With all the distractions of this world pulling at us from every side, we may need to examine our hearts from time to time to see if our love has grown cold or if there is anything (or anyone) who has drawn the focus of our devotion away from the living God who is also known as El Kanna – The Jealous God.