El-Elyon, God Most High

El-Elyon: Genesis 14:22-24

“I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth…”


  • El – strength, prominence, power
  • Elyon – strongest, most high, most mighty, most prominent
  • El-Elyon – the strongest strong One, the mightiest mighty One

God Most High

El-Elyon is over kings

  • Melchizedek and Abram (Genesis 14:18-24)
    • Melchizedek, king of Salem, and priest of God Most High (14:18)
    • Abram (not yet Abraham), Blessed by God Most High (14:19)
    • Abram relied on the Lord, God Most High, not on men, “lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’” (14:24)
  • Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:26-4:2 and 4:32-36)
    • Beware of pride (4:30)
    • Which leads to a fall (4:31)
    • Be thankful for grace (4:34-37)

El-Elyon is over nations

  • Power to set borders (Deuteronomy 32:8-9)
  • King over the earth (Psalm 47:2)

El-Elyon is over Satan and his minions

  • Day Star, son of Dawn (Isaiah 14:12)
    • Beware of pride (14:13)
    • Which leads to a fall (14:15)
    • No grace here! (14:16-20)
  • Legion (Mark 5)
  • Macedonian slave girl (Acts 16:16-18)

El-Elyon is…

  • Our protector
  • Our provision
  • Over us
  • Over Satan
  • Over demonic world
  • Over kingdoms of man

In Elohim we see God as the Trinity, and Jesus as God. In El-Elyon, we see God Most High, with Jesus as a priest after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 5:6-10, 6:20, 7:1-15) a priest of God Most High. Jesus is God, and He is a priest of God Most High. What does that mean to you?

Praying to God by Name

From “Praying the Names of Godby Ann Spangler, published by Zondervan, © 2004 by Ann Spangler


Reflect On: Psalm 97

Praise God: For He is exalted far above all gods.

Offer Thanks: Because the God of all the earth has revealed Himself to you.

Confess: Any overemphasis on pleasure or comfort in your life.

Ask God: To sharpen His image in your soul.

Reflect On: Luke 6:27 – 36

Praise God: For His all-surpassing goodness.

Offer Thanks: For the ways God has shown you mercy.

Confess: Any pride that would keep you from modeling God’s character.

Ask God: For the grace to display God’s character to those who don’t deserve it.

Reflect On: Acts 1:1-11 and Hebrews 1:3-4

Praise God.· Because He reigns above all

Offer Thanks: That your life is hidden in Christ.

Confess: Any tendency to live as though there’s no such place as heaven.

Ask God: To help you set your heart on the things that are above, where Christ is.

Next: El-Shaddai

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