1.  Jesus’  testimony regarding His relationship with Abraham

Is Jesus just another Prophet? Scriptures teach that He is the God of Abraham.  He said that Abraham had seen and known Him:

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw [it], and was glad.

 

Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am (John 8: 56 – 58).

2. Scriptures reveal that Abraham saw God live and direct in “open visions”.

Genesis 12 documents the first revelation that God  gave to Abraham at age 75.   The patriarch saw God live visions. This is revealed in the usage of the Hebrew words in scripture.

Strongs Concordance (2010) indicates that RA’AH is the Hebrew word used for “appeared” in the following scriptures. It means that Abraham experienced live visions while he was wide awake.  RA’AH means that God appeared, presented Himself, was seen or was visible to Abraham in these visions:

  • And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him (Gen 12: 7)
  • And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect (Gen 17: 1).
  • Genesis 17: 22 says that God “left off talking with him, and … went up from Abraham”.  Alah, the Hebrew word for  “went up”, means that God ascended or departed from Abraham.
  • And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day (Gen 18: 1).

In the interest of time, I will not count the number of times that God appeared to Abraham and his son Isaac, then to Jacob, Moses and unknown numbers of Jews and believers. More importantly, God remained consistent with the Covenant and confirmed it with Isaac, then Jacob, then to Moses and also with future descendants of  Abraham to this day.

3.  Who was the God that revealed Himself to Abraham?

The God that revealed Himself to Abraham has no connection with the  Allah who revealed himself to Mohamed. The God of Abraham consistently revealed Himself to future descendants as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 3: 6). Why would He change identity when visiting Mohamed.

God visited Abraham one hot, sunny day and revealed His identity in a beautiful and fascinating manner. This particular interaction between God and Abraham was given to reveal  to us that:

  • The name “God” is a title held by three people.
  • However, God is ONE name
  • God agrees as ONE.
  • God has one unity of purpose
  • God commands us to worship ONE name and not several names. God is always referred to by ONE name in scripture  (Isaiah 45: 23).
  • This is conceptually difficult for the human mind to comprehend, but we should just obey and do what God commands.
  • Abraham was familiar with the identity and nature of God.

Here is the beautiful example from Genesis 18: 1- 3.

“And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day”

And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, THREE MEN STOOD BY HIM, and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door and bowed himself to the ground

And said, “my Lord …”

4. Abraham knew 3 critical doctrines about God:

a. The God of Abraham is Jehovah or “the Existing One”

Yehovah is the Hebrew word used in the text for LORD. It means “The Existing One.” This description tells us that God has no beginning or end. King David later confirmed this when he said:

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God” (Psalm 90: 2b).

Yehovah or Jehovah is the same God who fellowshipped with Adam, Eve, Abel, Enoch, Noah and other righteous people in times of old. This is why Jesus told the Jews, “before Abraham was, I am” (Jn 8: 58). In other words, I existed even before Abraham did.

b. Three men carry the name JEHOVAH or LORD

This is shown very clearly in Genesis 18: 1-4.  We see clearly that the subject “THE LORD” and the predicate “THREE MEN” are one and the same. This is the same God who said in the Creation, “let us”.

c. Abraham knew that three persons in the God family carry ONE name LORD

Abraham addressed  the three men or the Lord as “my Lord” rather than “my Lords” (Gen 18: 3).  He did this because he knew that the Lord is ONE God. This is the God that every believer is to worship. Compare this with the text in Genesis 19: 2 when two of these men entered Sodom and Gomorrah later that day. Lot did not know them and addressed them as “my lords”.

The text continued with Abraham inviting the 3 men, the Lord, to eat a meal. As they sat with him, more of the personality and identity of God is revealed to us:

  • “…and they said, so do” (Genesis 18: 5).
  • “…he stood by them under the tree” (Genesis 18: 8)
  • “and they said unto him, where is Sarah thy wife?” (Genesis 18: 9).
  • “And He said, I will certainly return unto thee…and Sarah thy wife shall have a son” (Genesis 18: 10).
  • “and the Lord said unto Abraham, wherefore did Sarah laugh… Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18: 13 & 14).
  • “Then Sarah denied …and He said, nay, but thou didst laugh” (Genesis 18: 15).
  • “And the men rose up…and looked toward Sodom…and the Lord said…” (Genesis 18: 16- 17).

d. One person spoke for all, showing that there is ONE agreement or unity.

The word God refers to three persons under one name.

The preceding text shows that  they refer to themselves in the singular and One person speaks for all. Note too, that One person also speaks in the first person on behalf of the others.

They did not need to say the same thing three times or as a trio.This is a critical biblical truth which was revealed in the creation and confirmed here to us.  Read more in the category  Jesus is God

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