R. L. Wilson

This Is Only a Test

By R. L. Wilson / June 21, 2021

I cannot even begin to tell you how many times it’s happened to me. I attend a spiritual retreat, or a weekend of immersion in Scriptures, and come away on…

Yahweh Rapha* – The Lord Who Heals You

By R. L. Wilson / June 21, 2021

“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the LORD [YHWH] your God [Elohim] and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep…

Yahweh-Jireh – The God Who Sees

By R. L. Wilson / June 15, 2021

We all know the story. Abraham has finally, at the age of 100, had the son God promised to him so many years before. It had been a long, long…

El Roi – The God Who Sees Me

By R. L. Wilson / June 8, 2021

The idea of a God who is all-seeing is common in Scripture, but the name El Roi is used only one time, and that by Hagar. Remember that Sarai tried…

Can You Ever Know Enough About God?

By R. L. Wilson / June 4, 2021

Can you ever know enough about God? In his book Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, Francis Chan asks this provocative question: “Is it possible to get enough or even too much God? Is there a point when a person can be satisfied with the amount of intimacy, knowledge, and power of God he or she experiences?”[1] He responds to his own question by adding, “I don’t see how there can be, because doesn’t every encounter with God only cause us to thirst for Him more?”

El Olam – The Everlasting God

By R. L. Wilson / June 1, 2021

What does the phrase El Olam mean? In Psalm 90:1-2, it says Lord [Adonai], you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you…

El Elyon – The Most High God

By R. L. Wilson / May 27, 2021

We learn of the name El Elyon in Genesis 14. The chapter opens with 9 kings engaging in battle—four against five. These are kings of city-states, meaning “each man was like the mayor of a great city, ruling over those within his walled city as well as those in the immediately surrounding area.”

El-Shaddai – The All-Sufficient One

By R. L. Wilson / May 18, 2021

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord [YHWH] appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty [El Shaddai]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” (Genesis 17:1-2)

Who is Jehovah?

By R. L. Wilson / May 13, 2021

We said in a separate article that God revealed His name to Moses as YHWH. Now, please understand that I am not a Greek or Hebrew scholar, and I certainly don’t have a seminary education, so I asked Jeff Pallansch, one of my coworkers, to read and comment on this article and help me navigate these rather turbulent waters.

Adonai – Lord, Master, Owner

By R. L. Wilson / May 4, 2021

Your first reaction to this title, Adonai, is probably to recoil in disgust or distress, quite possibly because of the context of slavery not only in the US, but in other countries where even today people are held in slavery and treated abominably. But would you, for just a moment, put away all your preconceptions of what it means to be the Lord—the master—and what it means to be a slave? Let the Bible inform you of what God is like as a Lord, and what He sees as His responsibility to those He rules.