In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Elohim, the Hebrew word for God, appears in the very first sentence in the Bible.
He is the one who began it all.
He created the heavens and the earth and separated light from darkness, the water from the dry land, and the night from day.
“This ancient name for God contains the idea of God’s creative power as well as his authority and sovereignty”, Ann Spangler in The Names of God.
Elohim is the plural form of El or Eloah, a name for God that the Hebrews borrowed from the Canaanites, and also one of the oldest designations for divinity in the world.
The word El can refer either to the true God or to pagan gods and it is used more than 200 times in the Hebrew Bible.
But the word Elohim is used more than 2500 times in the Hebrew Bible.
According to Ann Spangler “Its plural form is used not to indicate a belief in many gods but to emphasize the majesty of the one true God. He is the God of gods, the highest of all”.
If Elohim be regarded as derived from El, its original meaning would be "the strong one" or "the foremost one", "to be in front" or "the mighty one", "to be mighty" (On Genesis, I, 1).
Or, finally "He after whom one strives", "Who is the goal of all human aspiration and endeavour", "to whom one has recourse in distress or when one is in need of guidance", "to who one attaches oneself closely”.
The name Elohim is unique to Hebraic thinking and it occurs only in Hebrew and in no other ancient Semitic language.
The masculine plural ending does not mean gods when it used to referring to the true God of Israel because the name is mainly used with singular verb forms and adjectives and pronouns in the singular.
But if we consider the Trinity, the form does allow for the plurality within the Godhead.
In the traditional Jewish view, Elohim is used as the Name of God as the Creator and the Judge of the universe.
What can you observe about God from the world He made?
What kind of person is the God, Mighty Creator you can read about in the Genesis?