You have read it many times before yet you may not have seen the original name. Throughout the Bible when the term, Most High God, the original usage is El Elyon. El means ‘God.’ Elyon comes from the Hebrew verb meaning ‘to go up.’ Elyon is identical to the adjective used as a noun meaning ‘Highest’ or ‘Most High.’
The name identifies God as the sovereign ruler of the universe. There nothing or no one higher than God, the Most High God. Nothing. No one including cancer, disease, lack, poverty, fear, abandonment, and pain. The list can go on and one.
In Genesis 14 we find El Elyon used four times in the story of Melchizedek. Abraham’s nephew, Lot, had been taken captive in the midst of a war between nine Canaanite kings. Abram went out to rescue Lot and as he was returning home, he met Melchizedek who introduced himself as the king of Salem (Jerusalem) and priest of God Most High (El Elyon). Unlike Melchizedek, all the other kings with whom Abram had come in contact were worshippers of the Canaanite gods. His words made it clear he represented the Most High God, El Elyon, when he spoke to Abram in verses 19-20:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” Genesis 14:19-20 NKJV
In that moment, Melchizedek reminded Abram that what had seemed like an impossibility—rescuing Lot from hundreds of military men—was accomplished because Abram had El Elyon on his side.
In the book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar meets El Elyon. Nebuchadnezzar was, as my grandmother used to say, quite full of himself and had done a spectacular job of exalting himself all over the pagan kingdom. One day God decided He had heard enough of Nebuchadnezzar’s boasting and caused him to become as a wild animal that lived outdoors. Nebuchadnezzar went from the palace to the pasture in almost the blink of an eye because of his pride! Eventually he came to his senses and realized he was nothing compared to the sovereign God. In Daniel 4: 34 (NKJV), Nebuchadnezzar says,
“At the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever.” NKJV
Nebuchadnezzar thought he was high and mighty until He met the Most High!
Finally, let’s look at one more place El Elyon is used to identify our Lord God. The prophet Isaiah recounts for us in chapter 14 the fall of Lucifer, or Satan, from heaven. Satan, ever seeking to be like God, declares five ‘I will’ statements. The final ‘I will’ in Isaiah 14:14 is Satan declaring he will “be like the Most High.” Out of Satan’s mouth comes what I believe to be one of the greatest testimonies of the sovereignty of God ever uttered when he called God “the Most High”. Even Satan himself admitted there is none greater than El Elyon:
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O shining star, son of the morning!
You have been thrown down to the earth,
you who destroyed the nations of the world.
For you said to yourself,
‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.
I will preside on the mountain of the gods
far away in the north.
I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’ Isaiah 14:12-14 NLT
Kay Arthur in her Devotion study, I Want to Know You, about this wonderful name of God:
“..if God is not sovereign, if He is not in control, if all things are not under His dominion, then He is not the Most High, and you and I are either in the hands of fate (whatever that is), in the hands of man, or in the hands of the devil.”
God is sovereign and He is in absolute control. Our world may feel like no one is in control, but please know El Elyon has perfect control of all that happens in this world and nothing happens which He does not permit. Do you acknowledge Him as the Most High? Rest assured that you will bend your knee to Him one day, either by compulsion or conviction.
The Bible declares the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10 ESV) His name symbolizes the essence of His nature – His attributes, characteristics, power and glory. Moses said to God:
“Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ Exodus 3:13-15 NKJV
God was saying, ‘I am My Name. Whatever I am, that’s what I’m called.’ When you translate this concept into English, it goes something like this: “My name is whatever I am at the time I am needed at that moment.’ This is because God is all-sufficient and His name differs depending on what our need is at a particular time.
If you need rent, He is your rent maker
If you need mortgage, He is your mortgage maker.
If you need a car payment, He is your car payment maker.
Are your lights about be turned off, He is your light payment maker.
If you need healing, He is your Healer.
If you need peace, He is your peace.
If you need strength, He is your strength.
Refuse to take a dirt bath like chickens. Fly high above the clouds like the eagle and use the winds of your storm to carry you higher. Fly above your situation. Reign beside Daddy God who is El Elyon, the Most High God, and with Him, look down on your situation. Doing that, you will notice your problem is not as big as you believe it to be.