The Names of God: El Elyon

This post is part of the series The Names of God.

Genesis 14:17–24 (ESV)
17 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)
19 And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.”
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth,
23 that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’
24 I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.”

Abram calls God El Elyon, God Most High. This name speaks of God’s superiority over all people and things. He is the Creator and the Possessor of heaven and earth. All things are his and under his authority.

When we understand that God is God Most High, our fears in this life are brought into perspective. Our lives are in his hands and we have no reason to fear. All we need to do is trust. The Most High has shown us how much he loves us by sending his Son to die for us and save us. If he cares for us that much, he will take care of us in all of our other circumstances as well. All things are his and under his authority, including us. God is truly El Elyon!


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