God is a personal God. God spoke to Abram as an individual and changed his name to Abraham.
Then much later, God spoke to his grandson Jacob as an individual too and changed his name to Israel. On both occasions, God told each of them His own name, just to make sure they know who He is, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’” Then God blessed each of them with His promises: covenant, entire land of Canaan, extreme fruitfulness, countless descendants (becoming many nations, including kings). Did God’s promises come true? Yes, physically and spiritually.
When Jacob left his parents he was only one man with nothing. Twenty years later he left his father-in-law and returned to his father with 12 sons. His descendants multiplied and when Moses led them out of Egypt, there were two million of them, eventually establishing a great nation in Canaan.
Abraham was called the father of faith. All believers have become the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, and the true children of Abraham and can receive the same blessings that God has given to Abraham. (Galatians 3:6-9, 14, 26-29)
Today’s meditation: Is God ‘El-Shaddai—God Almighty’ to each of us? God has to be each believer’s El-Shaddai. The covenant and blessing come with this Name of God.
9 Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him, 10 saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.”[a] So God renamed him Israel.
11 Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants! 12 And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob.
14 Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil. 15 And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. 2 I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.”
3 At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him,4 “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! 5 What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham,[a] for you will be the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them!