I want to continue to talk about Jesus in the Old Testament. It would fascinate you to know that He showed up repeatedly. First of all, he existed in the beginning of the world.

Genesis 1: 1 says that God created the heaven and the earth. Elohiym is the Hebrew word used for God. The interesting thing about Elohiym is that it is the plural form of the noun, indicating that more than one person carries the  name God. This is further reinforced in subsequent verses of Genesis one, in which God  spoke and said “let us”.

While the name Elohiym refers to more than one person, Genesis 1 and subsequent scriptures show that there is UNITY between them. Let me try to explain: 

  • More than one person carries the name God, like a family name.
  • The word God implies unity and agreement of purpose. Whenever God said “let us” , there was an immediate response “and it was so”. Genesis 1 established this as the order of first things and we need to pay attention to this truth. 
  • The agreement in the name Elohim was emphasized to Israel when Moses taught them, ” Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD” (Deut 6:4).
  • What Moses actually told Israel in Deut  6: 4 was, “” Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God (Elohiym) is ONE LORD” . Was Moses confused? Absolutely not. He understood the truth of the Unity of God.

 

How does all of this relate to Jesus?

  1. Scriptures teach us that He is God. One example is found in Hebrews 1: 8 –  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom  (Heb 1: 8).
  2. Jesus told the Jews that He existed before their father Abraham – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am”  (Jn 8: 58).
  3. John said that Jesus was God and present in the creation – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (Jn 1: 1).
  4. Jesus never contradicts the other members of the God family. He said that Himself and this is also borne out in 1 John 5: 7,8.

Next time – Abraham saw the three members of the God family (clue – Genesis 18 and 19). Blessings.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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