Triunity of God Conference * Berean Baptist Church * March 14-16, 2014
Trusting and Treasuring our God
Session #2 Handout – God in community in the O.T.
Some say that the God of the Old Testament can be approached any way under any name. This is called _________________________. And then there are others who state that the God of the O.T. is exclusive and absolute ___________________________________.
Here is the beautiful fact! The Jewish leaders, kings, and prophets wrote about the one God in communion. We read about three divine centers of consciousness/active persons of God. For instance, consider five O.T. angles that point to this theme of God in community.
- 1. Elohim (a Hebrew name for God and first mentioned in Genesis 1:1) usually takes a singular verb but in some contexts, the name takes plural verbs. For example, here are four references where this is the case: (1) Gen. 20:13, (2) Gen. 35:7, (3) Ex. 32:4, (4) Neh. 9:18. Also, here are two references where plural adjectives are connected with Elohim: Deut. 4:7 and Josh. 24:19.
- 2. God speaks in the plural. Write down this triad of references:
- 3. God’s Spirit – Gen. 1:2, Job 26:13, Ps. 33:6, Ps. 104:30. The Spirit enters the prophets – 2 Sam. 23:2, Ezek. 2:2, Zech. 7:12
- 4. Angel of the LORD – Gen. 31:11-13, 32:30, distinguished from God – Ex. 23:20, 32:34. Servant of the LORD – Isa. 52:13-53. The Son – Prov. 30:4, Ps. 2. The Messiah – Ps. 45:6, Ps. 110:1
- 5. Triads of God, His holiness, His Spirit, and His Messiah – Num. 6:24-26, Is. 6:3, 33:22, Ps. 33:6, Is. 48:16, ch. 61, 63:9-10, Haggai 2:5-7
It is no surprise. It is no shock when the New Testament authors begin to write 400 years later in full blown Trinitarian terms after being eye witnesses to the ministry of Jesus, the anointed Messiah. They all believe in One God and that this One God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is assumed. There is no controversy among these Jewish believers who give worship to Jesus as fully God.
Notable quote from God: “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likness;” (Gen. 1:26)