Adonay – Lord, Grasp – Ann Spangler, Blogs

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Adon is a Hebrew word that means "lord" in the sense of an owner, master or superior. It is often used as a term of respect and always refers to people. Adonay (a-do-NAI) is the plural form of Adon and always refers to God as Lord or Master. In the Old Testament it is rendered as "Lord" (other than "Lord," which is the rendering of the Hebrew name Yahweh). When Adonay and Yahweh appear together, depending on the translation, it becomes “Almighty Lord”, “Sovereign Lord” or “Lord God”. Adonay is first used in Genesis 15: 2. In the New Testament, the most commonly translated Greek word "Lord" is Kyrios.

The title Adonay implies a relationship: God is Lord and we are His servants. As a word relating to God, it appears more than three hundred times in the Hebrew scriptures.

Pray to Adonay

Most of us don't like to think of ourselves as servants of any human being. We connect such people with a lower-class, permanent doormat. In our world, being a slave is only one step further than being a slave. Certainly nothing to strive for.

If that's our mindset, how are we ever going to come to know the meaning of Adonay? Do you remember how the New Testament portrays Jesus? He is both master and servant. In this latter role, he illustrates what our own relationship with Adonay should be like.

Fortunately, belonging to Adonay doesn't belong to belonging to Simon Legree, the infamous villain of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Rather than treating us moodily or using us to his advantage, God honors us by calling us to be his hands, heart and voice in this world. We represent him. Jesus did that – perfect. If men and women are ever to experience God's grace, they will know in part because we reflect it as His servants.

As you pray to Adonay, ask for the grace to rejoice in his reign. Tell him that you want to give him your talents, your time, and your sweetheart so that you can become one of his favorite servants, whom he calls frequently and with pleasure. Remember that you will only discover your true purpose in life when you know it as your Lord, your Adonay.

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