Olam (05969) is a masculine noun which according to some authorities is derived from 'alam (05956) which means to conceal, hide, be hidden, be concealed, be secret (2Ki 4:27, Ps 10:1). If so, may the truth about His great Name, El Olam, give you an unshakeable hold on the great truth that El Olam's hold on you is eternally unbreakable! And so by focusing on God's Great and Glorious Names is ever how we are to begin our prayers, our petitions, our supplications, our requests, our cries for assistance! Or Thou didst give birth to the earth and the world, God's hesed denotes His persistent and unconditional tenderness, kindness and mercy, a relationship in which He seeks after man who is not seeking after Him! His ways are everlasting (olam). This bible study is about the meaning of the Hebrew word עוֹלָם, 'olam' for 'everlasting', or 'age-lasting' and gives every verse where "olam" appears from Genesis to Deuteronomy. (5) Since God is eternal, He hath as much power as will to be as good as His word. NET Note Comment: Take shelter. This connection between eternity or age, and mystery, is seen in the way Paul related the idea of a dispensation to mystery: If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery ...Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit (Eph. Psalm 48:14. Why then should we fear if this God favors us? Do you find yourself in difficult circumstances today, even doubting God's capacity to meet your needs? One everlasting says it all. Though God had made himself known to Abraham as his God in particular, and in covenant with him, yet he forgets not to give glory to him as the Lord of all: The everlasting God, who was, before all worlds, and will be, when time and days shall be no more. In Him we live and move and have our being. This Everlasting God had made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendants (Ge 17:7, 13, 19), and He had given them the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession (Ge 17:8; 48:4). The eternity of God reproaches a pursuit of the world, as preferring a momentary pleasure before an everlasting God; as though a temporal world could be a better supply than a God whose years never fail. Indeed as the Isaac Watts so eloquently said (notice the time phrases)... My God, my Help in ages past, And so we must know what God teaches about His Great Name. I am the resurrection and the life (not a temporal but everlasting, eternal life); he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die (Ed: Shall not experience the "second death"). The Everlasting God, the LORD (His covenant keeping Name), the Creator of the ends of the earth (Speaks of His Omnipotence) does not become weary or tired (KJV = "fainteth not"). It is only by obedience that we understand the teaching of God. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations. A C Gaebelein Comments: The great inspired ode which follows (Hab 3:3-19) is one of the greatest sections of Prophecy. MacArthur comments: Strikingly and unmistakably, the Lord deeded the Land (v. 14—look in all directions, and v. 17—walk in all directions) in perpetuity to Abram and his descendants, whom He declared would be definitely innumerable (v. 16—as the dust). Another idea put forth by a rabbi was that from His everlasting chasad we will advance to a higher degree of everlasting chasad. ), COMMENT - Sadly universalists, those who hold to the unbiblical belief that every soul ever born will be saved and saved forever, do not believe that aionios means forever! This is beyond our mental comprehension, but there is no other rational explanation for our existence, and it is surely compatible with the intuitions of our spiritual comprehension. Place of Protection - Thus, when Abraham called upon El Olam at Beer-sheba, he was asking God to protect his well not only as long as Abimelech lived; he sought long-term protection as well. He who was absolute over Pharaoh in Egypt is not one whit the less today the King of kings and Lord of lords; still do His chariot wheels roll onward in imperial grandeur, none being for a moment able to resist His eternal will. EL: God (“mighty, strong, prominent”) used 250 times in the OT See Gen. 7:1, 28:3, 35:11; Nu. Genesis 9:16 "When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting (Lxx = aionios) covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth. Can't Go to An Unreached People Group? So these passages in Proverbs 8 surely speak of Christ and underscore the truth that He is everlasting God. Joshua 24:2 Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'From ancient times (Lxx = arche = beginning) your fathers lived beyond the River, namely, Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods. 1:22). After having been driven far out to sea, Asaph casts anchor in the old port. He's the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 24:2, the word means “formerly; in ancient times.”. Abraham's obedience to what he knew to be true about God, in turn resulted in God blessing him with another revelation, a new Name, Jehovah Jireh: The LORD Will Provide! (Treasury of David—Psalm 55). Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, And don't be deceived by the fact that you are reading these truths about obedience and understanding, for one step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it! The word olam is also used to describe a former time. The tree would also function as a marker of one of Abraham's sites of worship and as a memorial or memory aid to the acts of God. The terror of sinners. After Israel left Mount Sinai they spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness. ), Stayed upon Jehovah, The eternity of divine sovereignty Comment: Why does Habakkuk begin this section with a question? The Jews used the word when they wanted to refer to an unknown or indefinite time. ESV Study Bible: The eternality of wisdom with God anticipates the eternality of the second person of the Trinity, Who is the Word of God and Who mediated creation (John 1:1–3)....(Adding on Pr 8:35 that) Life is obtained ultimately from Christ, Who is the life (John 14:6) and the wisdom of God (1Cor. “I,” says God, “will remember.” How sweet to think of what God will, and what He will not, remember! Though saints may be in dead and lifeless frames, and need quickening afresh, yet they are not without the principle of spiritual life. A time to tear down, and a time to build up. (cp Ps 16:11-note); . DOING GOD'S WILL Men's purposes are blown to and from like the thread of the gossamer or the down of the thistle, but the eternal purposes are firmer than the earth. You can incorporate eternal values into this life. Comment: The Septuagint (Lxx) translates Qedem with aion (word study) (also see note above) so that the English reads "He hat has existed from eternity.". "Taking shelter" in the Lord is an idiom for seeking His protection. The plans of His heart to all generations. Even His Name Rock speaks of His everlasting nature. He's the One we can trust. The word “everlasting” in Hebrew is olam (which also means “world”). Amen, and Amen. He may move like the boughs of a tree in the tempest, but He shall never be moved like a tree torn up by the roots. Bears all its sons away; JEHOVAH is a name which shall outlive the ages, and retain the fulness of its glory and might for ever. The Psalmist speaks to the everlasting ways of Jehovah, writing that... Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever (olam), The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Or earth received her frame, And his truth endures to all generations. “I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began” (Pr 8:23). And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever. A time to be silent, and a time to speak. The hymn is a simple prayer based on the profound truth that the Eternal God Who created the universe controls all the elements of nature and can protect His own no matter how great the peril. And so we read David's encouraging words writes... Psalm 12:7 You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever. In other words, all of the glorious attributes of El Olam are themselves everlasting! Everlasting Rock Everlasting Rock is one of several Hebrew names for God that use the word ‘olam. He did not mean they dwelt there forever, but for a certain time within God's purpose. As a corollary: Habakkuk was wrestling with a difficult question - Why would God use an evil nation to punish His chosen people? (Spurgeon sermon). Our hope, our Strong Deliverer While we will not know God by any new Names as did Abraham, we are promised new understanding of the Names He has already revealed. (2) Let the consideration of God’s eternity abate our pride. In fact, even the Names we have do not exhaust Him. You comfort those in need His character is immutable; His fame and honour also shall remain to all eternity. Though Habakkuk could not see God, He trusted God, because He knew Him through His Names and attributes, choosing to recall six of His Names (Observe them in Hab 1:12). As the apostle Paul teaches, these Old Testament events were shadows or types of what was to come in Christ. As our fathers found him faithful, so will our sons, and their seed for ever. All other things must pass away; let our hearts abide in him, who alone abideth for ever. (Ed: How could this be true if He were not El Olam?) (Treasury of David—Psalm 86), Blessed be the LORD forever! In other words there is no time when He was not God! Never ceasing lovingkindnesses and never failing compassion issuing from the ever lasting God! (Jn 17:12), 8. Spurgeon: Thy burden, or what thy God lays upon thee, lay thou it upon the Lord. We fare sumptuously every day because we feed on him. Even in the coming year? It is no mean and undeserving person who is calling. 23:22; … Finally, notice that those who run into the strong tower of His Names like Everlasting God, will forever sing for joy! In the days of His life on earth (Heb 2:9-note; Heb 5:7-8-note). Olam means time, or age. Then came water clocks, hourglasses and mechanical clocks. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. Why should we tremble at the anger of the whole world? Sure it means mercy, but it also means kindness, goodness, instruction in kindness, kindness to the needy, the miserable, piety, love and the many forms of love etc. 43:10). Boice agrees with Gesenius explaining that... olam, translated “eternal,” originally meant that which was secret, hidden, concealed, or unknown. Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. The Bible says, "He who does the will of God abides forever" (1John 2:17). The truth of the matter is that the Bible is one book, given by the one true God through human writers, and that the names of God, far from reflecting diverse gods or sources, are actually names given by God Himself to reveal His true nature and attributes. The point is that olam indicates an unknown period of time, so that the context alone determines the time element applied, and in this context everlasting would be equivalent to the English sense of eternal. The whole Name or character of God is worthy of profoundest awe, for it is perfect and complete, whole or holy. Despite the -im ending common to many plural nouns in Hebrew, the word Elohim when referring to God is grammatically singular, and takes a singular verb in the Hebrew Bible. Psalms 103:17 tells us it will be chasad. And there is a time for every event under heaven-- 63:19). When Abraham dug a well and possessed Beer-sheba, it was an act of faith in God's eternal promise. THE FIRST REVELATION Abraham memorialized God as the source of his prosperity. Time, however, is restricted in duration, measured by processes of thoughts or motions. Warren Wiersbe: First there were sundials. Because He is Everlasting in every aspect and attribute of His Divine Being!). And then we do well to heed Spurgeon's encouragement to pray based on the truth of Ps 12:7... O Eternal Spirit, fulfil in us the faithful saying of this verse! All things depend on Him, He of none. My God, mine Holy One, we shall not die! 26:4). 34 And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines for many days. (Psalm 86:12), Spurgeon: In eternity gratitude will prolong its praise. ", Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. (1) Let us be deeply affected with our sins long since committed. This is a good pattern to practice when you are confused and cannot understand your circumstances, which may (often do) include trials and afflictions. God’s abiding for ever is the plea Jeremiah makes for his return to his forsaken Church (Lam 5:19). Spurgeon: His God would not fail him, either as protection or a joy. Indeed, Jesus is El Olam, even as is the Father and the Spirit. (Jn 11:25-26), ‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven and say, as I live forever (olam) (Deut 32:40). He is fixed in a covenantal relationship and needs not to fear passing misfortunes. (Play the old Maranatha Classic Praise Song: — IN HIS TIME — Make the Lyrics your Prayer today). Before the mountains were born (came into existence - implies before Creation) or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting (olam) to everlasting (olam), You are God (elohim). It ought not to be spoken without solemn thought, and never heard without profound homage. It is therefore fitting that God's revelation as the Everlasting God who serve as a reminder of the unbreakable, everlasting nature of the covenant God had cut with Abraham. There will be no noon hour to end our suffering either. About three hundred times the word ‘olam refers to the future, twenty times to the past. They fly forgotten, as a dream I sort of got the feeling these folks were the ones who started this repeating business only they did not realize it, not plan it trying to create an experience as some worship leaders do. For we have a Lord greater than all the world. What is the meaning of the Hebrew word translated "everlasting"? In fact God immediately began seeking man after Adam's sin (Ge 3:9), whereas Adam and Eve immediately sought to hide (Ge 3:8) and cover the shame of their sin (Ge 3:7). To secure and consummate our salvation (Heb 7:25-note; Heb 9:28-note). “Hast thou not known? The Psalmist describes those who would sing this song confidently proclaiming that the Everlasting God is their Eternal Home... 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