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The role of Adonai will be played by God. The character of Adonai represents God the Lord over His children. In Hebrew the word Adonai ( אֲדֹנָי‎, lit. "My Lords") is the plural form of adon ("Lord") along with the first-person singular pronoun enclitic. ... The singular forms adon and adoni ("my lord") are used in the Hebrew Bible as royal titles. At the same time, the divine name was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered; it was thus replaced vocally in the synagogue ritual by the Hebrew word Adonai (“My Lord”), which was translated as Kyrios (“Lord”) in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Hebrew Scriptures.


Adonai is used over 300 times in the Bible and the meaning of the word Adonai is to own or be the master of. The background of the word is that of a slave master owning slaves. In context of this background the slave master owned the slaves and the slaves were owned by their master. But because the slave master owned them the slave master bore sole responsibility for them. He was to provide for them, protect them, guide them, etc. So what he owned he had to take responsibility for.


When God is referred to as Adonai in the scriptures He is placed in the position of owner over His people. Psalms 97:5 “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.” The word Lord here in is strictly written form – capital “L” and lower case “ord” in the Hebrew word translated into English is Adonai. So the Psalmist is telling us that Adonai is the Lord of the whole earth. This would mean that Adonai owns the whole earth and all that is within it or lives upon it.


Elohim created the heavens and earth in Genesis 1 but we see that Adonai is Lord over the whole earth. This represents God in His plurality. All power in the creation, Jehovah in His relationship with all of humanity and Adonai as owner of all things earth. All three are one but all are separate in their function as to the Godhead responsibilities. The Bible is clear on the point that God owns the things that walk upon the earth and the earth they walk on – He owns all things.


God is this role is owner of the whole Universe and as such bares sole responsibility for all. This makes for one staggering complications with humans. If God is the owner of all things and responsible for all things then, we, humans are not. We neither own ourselves or anything we claim to own as property or offspring (children). Wow! Do we just now have a revelation!


We find the first use of the word Lord in the story of Abraham in Genesis 15. What we find is Abraham identifies God as Lord (Adonai) and as such God reveals more to him. When we understand the different roles of God and call Him by the right name then we get the right answers. We when we pray to God and not seek the right role of God in our prayers, we fail to gain the blessings or information we seek. It is extremely important in our relationship with God in the plural sense to know who we are talking to.


What we find in today’s world is that we want to provide all things but we fail to make him owner.


Judges 6 God’s people had begun to worship false Gods. God told them at the time of their deliverance from Egypt not to have any false Gods. Because they did not listen to God, He allowed His people to be conquered by the evil Midianites. When He got their attention, He brought up a man named Gideon to then take back His people from the Midianites. The story in its entirety is below.


Judges 6:1-40 “1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD (Jehovah): and the LORD (Jehovah) delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. 3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD (Jehovah). 7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD (Jehovah) because of the Midianites, 8 That the LORD (Jehovah) sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God (Jehovah) of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD (Jehovah) your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 11 And there came an angel of the LORD (Jehovah), and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the LORD (Jehovah) appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD (Jehovah) is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my LORD (Jehovah), if the LORD (Jehovah) be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD (Jehovah) hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14 And the LORD (Jehovah) looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord (Adonai), wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. 16 And the LORD (Jehovah) said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. 17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me. 18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again. 19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it. 20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight. 22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face. 23 And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 25 And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: 26 And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down. 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night. 28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. 29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing. 30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it. 31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar. 32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar. 33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him. 35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them. 36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. 39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.”


When we all God to be Adonai then He we revel to us Jehovah.

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