El / Elohim On The Earth

el ohimOne of the most grievous failures we, who “say” we are Yehovah’s, have made is our lack of understanding of what an “god” (el) actually is and how are lives are effected by these elohim.  An אל (el) is a lawmaker, a judge, a chief or even a prince.

[Note: This article is a continuation of the “Male Child Series which started with Male Child, Who Are They?, and Betulah vs Almah]

Jeff Benner in his Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible (AHLB) says this about this root word אל (ale).

el of the earth(אל ) ac: Yoke co: Ox ab: Strength: The pictograph א is a picture of an ox head and represents its strength. The ל is a picture of a shepherd staff and represents the authority of the shepherd. Combined these two pictographs mean “the strong authority” and can be anyone or thing of strong authority. The yoke is understood as a “staff on the shoulders” (see Isaiah 9:4) in order to harness their power for pulling loads such as a wagon or plow. Hence, the two pictographs can also represent “the ox in the yoke”. Often two oxen were yoked together. An older, more experienced ox would be teamed up (yoked) with a younger, less experienced ox. The older ox in the yoke is the “strong authority” who, through the yoke, teaches the younger ox.

Concerning the word for אל  (el) he gives this definition:

אל  el – Power: One who holds authority over others such as judges, chiefs and gods. In the sense of being yoked to one another. {str: 410}(AHLB)

el: A masculine noun meaning God, god, mighty one, hero. (WordStudy)

‘êl   ale
Shortened from H352 ; strength; as adjective mighty. (Strong)

An אל  (el) is shortened from H352 which is the Hebrew word איל (ah-yil).

Concerning this word, Jeff Benner says,

איל – Strong One: Anyone or thing that functions with strength like an ox. This can be a ram or stag (as strong leaders), chief, pillar (as the strong support of a building), or oak tree (one of the strongest of the woods) {str: 352, 353, 354}

The plural word אלהים (elohim, usually translated as God or gods) also shares the same root, אל; and comes from the singular and very rarely used אלוהּ (el-O-ah).

אלוהּ   el-o’-ah
Power: The power or might of one who rules or teaches. One who yokes with another. Often applied to rulers or a god. (AHLB)

To understand the plural word elohim, we must understand the Hebrew plural;  and about it Jeff Benner gives great light. He says that Hebrew is the only language in the world that uses a plural in both a quantitative or qualitative sense. There are many elohim in the world’s kingdoms and there will be many elohim in Yehovah’s kingdom as well (at least 144,000). We have been misled into thinking that we have no other elohim but Yehovah because we fail to understand who an elohim is or are.

In all modern languages the plural is always quantitative while in Ancient Hebrew a plural can be quantitative or qualitative. For instance the word “trees” refers to more than one tree (quantitative) while in Hebrew the plural word עצים (etsiym – trees) can mean more than one tree (quantitative) or one very large tree (qualitative). An example of this is the word בהמות (behemot or usually transliterated as behemoth in Job 40:15). This word is the plural form of the singular בהמה (behemah), meaning beast, but refers to a very large beast rather than more than one beast. One of the most common uses of the qualitative plural is the word אלהים (elohim) which can be translated as “gods” (quantitative) or as “God” (qualitative). (AHLB)

Here is the first commandment.

“I am Yehovah, your God [אלהים, Elohim, your lawmaker and judge], who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods [אלהים, lawmakers and judges] existing before My face”. (Exo 20:2-3)

A lawmaker makes statutes and ordinances and a judge makes judgments. Yehovah’s people follow only His statutes, ordinances and judgments, But He did not give His Ezrach men a single commandment until AFTER we had left their old Elohim and joined themselves to Him and His people.

But now it gets interesting. Those who lead Yehovah’s called-out people (His Ezrach men with their wives, children, servants and the Ger who dwell with them) are often called “elohim” or even “the elohim”.

Moses Was Called An El ohim

Now you [Moses] shall speak to him [Aaron] and put the words in his mouth. And I [Yehovah] will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as elohim  [לאלהים]. (Exo 4:15-16)

So Yehovah said to Moses: “See, I have made you elohim [אלהים] to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. (Exo 7:1)

The Rulers And Judges In The World, And In Yehovah’s Kingdom, Are The El ohim

And Jethro said, “Blessed be Yehovah, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh, and who has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that Yehovah is greater than all the elohim [האלהים, ha-elohim]: for in the very thing in which they behaved proudly, He was above them.” (Exo 18:10-11)

If the thief is not found, then the master [ba-al] of the house shall be brought to the judges [האלהים, ha-elohim] to see whether he has put his hand into his neighbor’s goods. (Exo 22:8)

For Yehovah your Elohim [אלהים] is Elohim [אלהים, elohim] of the elohim[האלהים, ha-elohim] and Lord of the lords,  the El [האל, great, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. (Deu 10:17)

The 144,000, the male child, Who Serve Only Yehovah Will Be The El ohim Of The Coming Last Days

In the last days, the lowly, the oppressed men (with their families) who leave the kingdom of their birth and purposefully arrange their lives to  serve only Yehovah will become the new Ger; and these same men, at Passover, will then become the new Ezrach in the earth who will rule over many people.

For Yehovah will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers [the Ger] will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob. Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of Yehovah; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors. (Isa 14:1-2)

“The sons of foreigners shall build up your [Israel’s] walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you. Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, and their kings in procession. For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, And those nations shall be utterly ruined. (Isa 60:10-12)

The male-child will be the new elohim in Yehovah’s coming kingdom and the “great” ones that Yeshua talked about in Matthew 5. We will see this even more clearly in my next edition of this “Male-child” series.

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