November 3, 2013 Sermon Recap: Names of God Series "Adonai"

“Adonai” = “the Lord” (Capital “L”, rest lower case)

  • Pronounced: ah-doe-ni’
  • The term was pronounced in substitution of YHWH (LORD) which was considered too sacred to be uttered
  • Used 215 times regarding man (master, sir)
  • When used of man, it is always singular, “adon”
  • Used 300 times regarding God in Old Testament
  • When used of God, it is usually plural
  • It confirms the concept of the Trinity


1. The Lord signifies ownership or mastership

  • The truth that God is the owner of each member of the human family
  • Thus, God claims the unrestricted obedience of all

     “Lord of lords” = “Master of masters” (Duet. 10:17)


2. The Lord willingly hears our heart-cry of inadequacy

Moses:  Felt unfit due to his stutter; send someone else 

     I will help you speak; partner with Aaron  (Ex. 4:10-17)

Joshua:  In defeat and distress looks for direction

     LORD – Stand up, stop praying, deal with the issue

     I will not be with you unless you deal with sin (Josh 7:6-12)


3. The Lord addresses our concerns & gives us confidence

  • The Lord assures people that they are fit for the task
  • “The Lord with him” is spoken of over 30 characters


Gideon: “How can I save…?”  He saw himself as the least

     LORD: Go…I will be with you                   (Judges 6:14-16)

David: “Who am I that you have blessed my future and me?”

     LORD: I been with you wherever you have gone; David found courage to pray                  (2 Sam. 7:8-27)

4. The Lord calls and commissions us to His service

Isaiah:“Woe to me, I am ruined, my eyes have seen the Lord”

     Lord:  “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

     Isaiah said, Here I am.  Send me!”  (Isaiah 6:5-8)

Jeremiah: “I am only a child, I do not know how to speak” LORD: Go to everyone I send you to, say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.”              (Jer. 1:5-10)

Paul:The Lord appointed him to service (1 Tm 1:12, Ac 20:24)

Daniel: Daniel uses “Lord” 10 times in 17 verses (Dan. 9:3-19)

  • Daniel humbly address the Lord (Adonai) – in prayer for forgiveness and restoration of His people & Jerusalem


5. The Lord is the ultimate servant example

Jesus addresses Himself as Lord [Adonai (Heb.) = Kurios (Gk)]

He came not to be served but to serve     (Mat. 20:28)

He was obedient to death                       (Phil. 2:7-8)


6. The Lord expects faithful service of us:

“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

                                                          (1 Cor. 15:58)

We are not our own, we have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God with our bodies (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

We are to know the Lord’s Will            (Eph. 5:17)

We have been given gifts to serve          (Eph. 4:11-12)

He will encourage us in hard times                   (2 Tim. 4:17-18)

He judges every man according to his work         (Ps. 62:12)

He requires that we be found faithful       (1 Cor. 4:2)

With faithful service according to our ability we desire to hear:  “Well done good and faithful servant...Come and share your lord’s (master’s) happiness.”       (Mat. 25:14-30)


Action Points:

Q1) What areas of your life are you a servant of the Lord?

___ Speech ___ Finances ___ Work ___ Relationships ___


Q2) What area of your life do you need to yield to the Lord?

___ Speech ___ Finances ___ Work ___ Relationships ___