Sunset - Larnaca

Sunset - Larnaca

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Genesis - Part 1

Trinity in Genesis
Genesis, and the Old Testament in general, emphasises that there are no other gods, but the One Creator and God 'Elohim.'  Common polytheistic phrases are intentionally avoided, and are not used - in order to clarify that there is indeed One Lord God, sovereign, Who's Kingdom ruleth over all (Psalm 103.19) 

Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One (Deuteronomy 6:4) 

It is important to note that the Hebrew word 'Elohim' ( God ) is in fact plural, and we read in Genesis 1:26 Let us make man in Our image, according to Our Likeness. Furthermore, in Genesis 3:2 Then the Lord God said, 'Behold the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil.' Even though the writer of Genesis is not explicitly writing about the Triune God, St Ephraim highlights that the Holy Trinity is certainly revealed symbolically - and prophetically. The Holy Trinity is not revealed in its fullness in the Old Testament, as the true revelation of God's nature takes place through the Incarnation of the Son of God ( and therefore the Triune God is found, and experienced fully in the New Testament )

Of course 'Yahweh' , the God of Israel is the Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We affirm this in the Creed: I believe in One God, the Father Almighty..  However, the Father is revealed, and known only in His Son. For this reason, we know that all revelations of the Father are through the Son - so when God appears in the Old Testament, it is indeed the Divine Logos that appears, as the revelatory image of the Father.

In Part 2 , I will discuss 'The Hospitality of Abraham' ( Genesis 18 ), where we see a great example of the manifestation of the Word of God, as well as a foreshadowing of the Trinitarian nature of the Godhead.

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