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When I was in Israel a couple of years ago, our Israeli guide told us that the name of the Israel’s airline, El Al Airlines, meant “God of the skies,” or “God of the heavens.” This was the name chosen for the airline in 1948, and the name comes from the Old Testament prophet, Hosea 11:7.
Reading a book recently, I was prompted to investigate online. It seems almost all secular sources, from Wikipedia on down, have chosen to drop the name of God. They all say the translation is simply, “To the skies” — that el is a preposition.
I am not a Hebrew scholar, but any Bible scholar knows that El in the Old Testament means “God.” It is short for Elyon and is included in numerous names for God, such as Elohim, El-Elyon, El Shaddai, et al.
Furthermore, some English translators insist that in this case Al is a noun, meaning the One Most High.
Very interesting. Is this just another widespread secular effort to ignore God?
Many Americans will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday evening. It has become an iconic event in our society. As always, there will be a number of athletes with clear Christian testimonies playing for each team.
One player who will not be in the Super Bowl this year is Drew Brees, the record-setting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints. Any sports fan is familiar with the major controversy where almost everyone agrees the referees missed a key call in the NFC championship game which cost New Orleans the championship and the right to play in the Super Bowl.
There have been lawsuits, articles, interviews, protests and appeals to the NFL commissioner to re-play the game. Of course, nothing can reverse the game’s outcome.
This week we saw an outstanding example of leadership and spiritual maturity on the part of Drew Brees. Brees is a born-again Christian, with a strong Christian commitment. He was an inspirational leader in leading the New Orleans recovery after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. If you get a chance, look up the statement he made this week online. It is worth reading. He talks about accepting the situation as it is and permitting this adversity to draw the Saints “Who Dat Nation” together for greater success in the future. It is a remarkable statement — no animosity, resentment or revenge. Let’s pull together and let adversity prepare us for greater success in the future. Well said. I admire Drew Brees.
Isaiah 7:14 says the name of the Messiah, the Christ, shall be called Immanuel, which means “God with us.” For those of us who know Christ as our Savior, God is with us to this day. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
God is with us in our humanity. Jesus stepped out of eternity and took upon Himself the form of a man. He emptied himself and faced all that we face in this world as a man. So, he can fully relate to us.
God is with us in our sins. Although he faced temptation, he never sinned. But he was tempted in all points as we are (Hebrews 4:15). And he walked among us and saw the sins of mankind.
God is with us in our failures. He took our sins upon Himself and suffered for us — Isaiah 53:3-5.
God is with us in our hopes. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians that Christ indwells us as the “hope of glory.”
And God is with us in our dreams. No matter what we face, we have a God who has all authority in heaven and on earth — Matthew 28:18.
This is the Christ of Christmas! His name shall be called Immanuel, which means “God with us.”