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Hebrew Names of God Series

Friday, May 03, 2013

Welcome back to Symphony of Prayer Newsletters, studying the Hebrew Names of God. The last 2 lessons we have studied the first two names, Adonai, the Lord my Great God and Elhoim, the All Powerful One.

This lesson we are looking at El Roi, the God who sees me. There are no circumstances in our lives that escape His Fatherly awareness and care. God knows us and our troubles.


Genesis 16:11-14

In this passage it tells of God’s Love and Care towards Hagar, Sari’s maid who was with child, she had fled from her mistress and was in the wilderness, the Angel of God found her and spoke to her,

Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”

The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

The angel of the LORD also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael,[a] for the LORD has heard of your misery.

We see here God’s providential care and His unfailing love, if our Heavenly Father can show such love and care to a servant girl how much more can we depend on God to “See Us in our Need”…

Indeed just as Hagar knew God’s care and love, we too have a Heavenly Father who sees us in our time of trouble and who will hear us when we call on “El Roi”, the God who sees and hears me just as Hagar knew the God who saw her and listened to her.

Psalm 139:7-12. This Psalm is entitled: God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man. Indeed God knows all and He sees all. There is nothing that our God can’t see or know. Here in this particular passage it states in verse 7, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your Presence?

My Foot-notes in my Nelson Study Bible gives this overview on verse 7: It states, “There are two different ways in which the words, “where can I go” can be understood.

1. One is that David wanted to flee from the presence of God, but could not.

2. The second view takes the words as a celebration of God’s mercy, that there was no place in all creation where David, the servant of God, would find himself separated from God’s presence.

Key Verse: Psalm 139:7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

David asked this question and David discovered that he served a God that no matter where he was God was with him. What encouragement to know that no matter what we face in life and no matter what trouble comes our way we can know “El Roi” the God who sees me and the God who hears me when I call on that Wonderful and Matchless Name of “El Roi”…


To recap, we studied the 3rd Hebrew Name of God, “El Roi” the God who sees me.

Hagar called the Lord by this name beside a fountain of water in the wilderness when she fled from her mistress; the angel of God saw her and listened to her in her hour of need. Hagar came to know El Roi the God who knows all our thoughts and feelings. What a comfort for Hagar to know and what a comfort for us that El Roi truly cares!

David discovered that there was no where that he could go that the Presence of God wasn’t there. He found that El Roi was the God who knows all our thoughts & feelings and could see him no matter what circumstance he found himself in.

According to Psalm 139:12 not even the darkness can hide us from God. Isn’t it a comfort to know that there is nothing that can hide us from El Roi the God who sees me!
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    A number of years ago in my church we went through a study of the names of God and what each means but I've forgotten some of them. This really touched me. THe other thing about God seeing us and hearing us no matter where we are is that even when we make mistakes an mess up and say or do things we shouldn't, God also sees. And He loves us even at our worst moments. That's really profound to me too. It isn't just the face we present to God that He sees, but he sees us every moment of every day. In the moments we wish God couldn't see what we've done or said, and we feel ashamed, we can go to God and know that He already has seen, and He is ready to forgive if we admit and don't try to hide from Him and His love is so deep and so wide in those darkest moments. Beautiful blog.
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