THE NAMES OF GOD
When Abram was ninety nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; (El Shaddai) walk before Me and be blameless. "And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly. Genesis 17:1,2
El Shaddai, All Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty is thought to be derived from the Hebrew word shad, meaning breast. This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying and supplying His people with all of their needs as a mother would her child.
When God appeared to Abram He introduced Himself as El Shaddai but also used the name, "I Am," the name He gave Moses when asked who He was and how He was to be introduced to the children of Israel. Throughout scripture in the Old as well as the New Testament, God made a covenant with those He came in contact with, just as He has with us by the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ!
God is our source for all of our needs, all sufficiency in all things, so that we are never without a supply. God told Abram that He would multiply him exceedingly and so He did, making Him the Father of many nations!
"As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall you be called Abram, (Exalted father) but your name shall be Abraham; (Father of a multitude) for I have made you a father of many nations." Genesis 17:4,5
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin