Adonai: 'God the Owner'
In Hebrew the term 'Adon' means 'Lord', 'master', 'owner' while the term 'Adonai' stands for the plural of 'Adon' and means: 'Lord,lord,lord'.
This new teaching series focuses on the names of God. In the first installment of this series, I explained some of the meaning linked to the name 'I AM' as God introduced himself to Moses in Exodus chapter 3.
Today, we continue the series while studying the Name: 'ADON'.
The name ADON (LORD) is closely tied to a context of ownership.
In Genesis chapter 1, God is creating and building our current world. After completing His 6-days work, Moses (the author of Genesis according to the Hebraic tradition) introduces the term 'LORD' in Genesis 2:4. In other words, while Moses calls the Creator 'GOD' in the first chapter, he emphasizes the naming of the Creator as 'LORD GOD' after the completion of the first week of our current times.
The emphasis included by Moses in 'Genesis 2:4' intended on stressing that 'GOD is the OWNER'. In the first chapter, the creation and the building of our current world comes to life and in Chapter 2, Moses stresses the fact that God owns it.
In Genesis 1, God creates and builds a property. In Genesis 2, Moses stresses that God is the owner as 'LORD GOD'.
Look at this very pertinent and beautiful emphasis written in Genesis:
'And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.' (Genesis 2:6-7)
Emphasis: God the Owner had not caused the rain yet. He also owns the meteorological effects extracting waters from the clouds.
'And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.' (Genesis 2:7)
Emphasis: God the Owner formed a man (with the likeness of an image He owns), and God the Owner used a breathe He owns to activate life in man.
'And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.' (Genesis 2:8)
Emphasis: God the Owner planted a Garden. He owns the garden. And then He made the beautiful nature of the garden and its contents (reference Genesis 2:9-14).
The Lordship (the Ownership) of Jesus:
As Jesus was entering Jerusalem towards the final stage of His mission on Earth, Luke depicts a very interesting moment in Luke 19:28-31:
'After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt? ”They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
Emphasis: When the disciples were untying the colt, people asks them 'why were they untying it?'. And their response was direct: 'The Owner needs it'.
Notice that the disciples did not say 'please' neither did they beg because Jesus owns everything (reference Colossians 1:16). The response of the disciples was the end of the discussion between everybody.
And Paul wrote one of the most known from the Bible:
'If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.' (Romans 10:9)
The Lordship (Ownership) of Jesus has been elevated to an extent where through the verbal confession of His Lordship along believing in His resurrection by God, we get saved.
Emphasis: When you say 'Jesus is Lord', you are also saying: 'Jesus is the Owner of me' or 'Jesus Owns me'. And this is an essential principle of Christianity: 'As born again Christians, Jesus owns us. He has bought us with His blood (reference Galatians 3:13).
Therefore, after having discussed the Ownership of our God, let us all be reminded of this: 'we cannot live the way we want.'
We cannot decide to live against His will.
We cannot preach the way we want to. We have to preach and teach as He wants us to. We manage the gifts, He owns them. And one day, we will be accountable for the manner in which we managed them.
We all have a call, whether secular or linked to the five fold ministries, and we have to follow what 'God the Owner' wants for us, our relationships, our families, our communities, our nations, our local churches.
We have to live according to His will.
He is the Owner, God (period).