Abram meets God: (Elohim)

Abram meets God: (Elohim)

Genesis 17

King James Version (KJV)

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.

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.  And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

Notice Abram is 99, the Lord (Jehovah) comes to him and introduced Himself as the Almighty God.  (El Shadday)  Abram had been meeting with the Lord, (Jehovah) offering  sacrifices to the Lord, doing all that the Lord had asked for twenty-four years.

Thirteen years before this Abram had rescued Lot from captivity and met Melchizedek the High Priest of God.  (Elohim)  Abram prayed with Melchizedek and tithed to him,  Melchizedek served bread and wine. This is the first time God (Elohim) is mentioned to Abram.

The Lord (Jehovah) had been telling Abram for twenty-four years about the covenant promise. Now the Lord (Jehovah) reminds him once again.  “Walk before me and be thou perfect.”  Then I will make my covenant with you.

Almighty God (El Shadday)  shows up and says, “As for me, My covenant is with thee.”  No conditions or promises,  God (Elohim) said it, it is so, it is good. Abraham now knows God (Elohim). Until this point the Lord(Jehovah) had only shown Himself to Abram.   Then He introduced to him the God (Elohim) side of the Trinity. Conventional wisdom is that Melchizedek is a type of Jesus.  This may be but look what happened when Abram met the Almighty God. (El Shadday)

Abram fell on his face

God (Elohim) spoke of the covenant

God (Elohim) changed Abrams name

circumcision is initiated

When we meet Jesus we receive a new name and it is entered into the Lamb’s Book of Life. I don’t know about you but I fell on my face and Worshipped, a changed man, relieved of my burden of sin when I excepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

It was God (Elohim) that tested Abraham, sent him to the mountain to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham told Isaac God would supply the lamb.  After meeting Almighty God (El Shadday), Abraham dealt more with God (Elohim)  then with the Lord (Jehovah)

God  (Elohim) told David that he could not build God’s  house.  God asked Solomon what he wanted.  God spoke to Balaam and Jonah.

Getting to know the Lord:(Jehovah)

The word Lord we use in the Old Testament is from the Hebrew word Yahweh or Jehovah,  it means the Eternal One.  The Lord is the administrator, he makes the promises, God (Elohim) carries them out.

Genesis 2:4

King James Version (KJV)

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

This is the first time the Lord (Jehovah) is mentioned, tied to God (Elohim), at one with God (Elohim).  Present at creation. It is the Lord God (Jehovah Elohim) in Genesis, who deals with Adam and Eve.  Although there some 250 times the Lord God saith,  there are only four times in the Bible that it says that: “the Lord God  said”. They are all in the garden with Adam and Eve.  In many places the Lord (Jehovah) and God (Elohim) are walking and working together. I believe that this is why we have a problem separating them.  It is the Lord God (Jehovah Elohim)  that wants to walk with Adam and Eve in the garden. It is the Lord God who sends them away.

The four Lord God said verses:

Genesis 2:18

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

Genesis 3:13

And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Genesis 3:14

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Genesis 3:22

And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Genesis 3:23

King James Version (KJV)

Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

Is the Lord (Jehovah) always tied to God (Elohim)?  At first glance absolutely; but I believe that with closer study we can recognize the separation.  Jesus tells us that He and the Father are one, that His words and works are the Fathers. The Lord (Jehovah) and God (Elohim) are separate parts of the Trinity who have different personalities but are always in agreement. They act in harmony together and often do things that the other would normally do. Here we can begin to see and understand the working and separation of the Trinity.

Genesis 4:1

King James Version (KJV)

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.

Eve tells us Cain was from the Lord (Jehovah) not the Lord God (Jehovah Elohim). Cain brought his offering to the Lord (Jehovah).   The Lord rejected Cains offering.  Cain left the presence of the Lord. Eve later tells us about Seth.

Genesis 4:25-26

King James Version (KJV)

And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.

This is important;   Moses wrote this and points out the difference between the two equal persons of the Trinity.  The Lord (Jehovah) gave Eve Cain but God (Elohim) gave Eve Seth.  Seth had Enos and then men began to call upon the name of the Lord (Jehovah).

The Lord (Jehovah) and God (Elohim) are separate parts of the Trinity. They are not one member with two interchangeable names.   When they interact with people we can recognize the difference.

The Lord (Jehovah) speaking before flood:

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.  And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

God (Elohim) speaks before the flood:

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.  And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.  Make thee an ark of gopher wood;

The Lord (Jehovah) said: “I will destroy man” while God (Elohim) said: “The end of all flesh is come before me”  The Lord (Jehovah) is the administrator, God (Elohim) operations:  Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Jehovah) but it was God (Elohim) who showed the way of salvation.  I will destroy, you need to make an ark…

Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Jehovah) not because he was just and perfect in his generation, he was just and perfect because he walked with God(Elohim). Noah was righteous in the Lords eyes because Noah walked with God . The Lord accepted Noahs sacrifice after the flood because Noah walked with God.

The only reason we can enter the Holy of Holies now or heaven when our bodies give up the ghost  is because we walk with God. (Jesus)

The Lord (Jehovah) and Abram:

The Lord (Jehovah) had said to Abram,  get thee out of thy country and away from your people and for the next twenty-four years Abram obeyed, sacrificed to and walked before the Lord (Jehovah).  Twice Abram had Sarai say she was his sister.  The first time the Lord closed the wombs of the people till Abram prayed.  The second time was after Abram had met Almighty God and God kept the king from sinning, because the king was a righteous man.

The Lord and Moses:

When we read the book of Exodus we find Moses meeting both the Lord and God. He is introduced to both at the same time. He knew they were separate yet one.  The Lord would speak and he would understand it was the will of both. He would speak the Lords words by saying “Thus saith the Lord”.

It was the Lord who told him to throw down his staff, to grab the snake by the tail so it became a staff again.  The Lord directed all the plagues. The Lord that demanded the blood of the Passover.

It very clearly states that it was God that led them out of Egypt. With the Lord ahead and behind to protect them.

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