ELOHIM

Elohim which means Strong Creator

     The first time it is used is Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth.”   Our God exists equally as three persons.   Each member of the Godhead actively participated in Creation:
Father – Genesis 1:3 – “Then God said…”  God the Father spoke and big things happened!
Son – Colossians 1:16 “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth … All things were created through Him and for Him.

   Holy Spirit – Genesis 1:2 – “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
Our banner illustrates this name of God with a slice of the vastness of all God created.   Included too are four-star constellations.   Before God’s word was in written form, it may be that people understood His story from the stars.   Since the ancient Greeks, Satan has tried to distort the true meaning of the stars with false stories and various religions so the true names and meanings of the stars are all but forgotten.

     The four constellations included in this banner are Orion, Leo, Virgo and Centaurus.   Orion is pictured at the top and is unique since it is visible to the entire planet.   Orion represents Christ as the Coming Prince, coming forth as light.

     Leo marks the conclusion of the stories written in the stars, the culmination of Revelation – the Lion of Judah pouring out the fury of His wrath on the Serpent.

     Virgo marks the beginning of the story, the promise of a righteous branch, born of a virgin.

     Centaurus is only visible in the Southern Hemisphere and pictures the despised sin offering whom in the throes of His own death – death on the cross (pictured by the “Southern Cross” beneath his feet) is simultaneously destroying the enemy with the point of His spear.

     How does this name of God encourage us?  This same Creator God, who created all the wonders of nature around us and above us, also took the same care in crafting each of us.   Psalm 139 reminds us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  His assessment of His creation of us, in His image in Genesis 1:31 “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was VERY good.’

     No matter how flawed we see ourselves, God made us exactly how He wanted us, “so that the works of God might be displayed in us.”  (John 9:3)   Moses wasn’t happy with how He was made and God reminded him, “Who has made man’s mouth?   Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind?   Have not I, the Lord?”  (Exodus 4:11)

     “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well.”   Psalm 139:14