Who Is God?

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    Who is God/Elohim in the Bible?

    "Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” Exe 3:13

    "God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am sent me to you.’ ” Exe 3:15

    When God speaks of his own name, he says:

    EH·WEH - I am who I am

    The letters EH represent the word I.

    When we speak God's name, we say He, which is the Hebrew word YA. Therefore we say, "He is" when saying the name of God YA-WEH. Only Elohim can say EH-WEH, for it means "I am."

    "God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord (YA-WEH), the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you." Ex 3:15

    Moses didn't go to the Israelites and say, "I am sent me." He, in fact, said, "He is has sent me."
     
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    Thank you for sharing your observation, brother!

    What do you make of this Biblical passage:

    "...and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH I was not known to them." (Exodus 6:3 English Revised Version)

    And this Biblical passage:

    And Abram said: “LORD JEHOVAH God, what will you give to me, for I have gone without sons, and Eliezar of Darmsuq, a tenant of my house, is heir to me?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have not given me a son, and behold, a tenant of my house is heir to me.” And LORD JEHOVAH said to him: “This shall not be your heir, but your son who proceeds from your loins, he will be your heir.” And he sent him outside and said to him, “Look into Heaven and count the stars, if you can number them”; and he said to him, “So your seed shall be.” And Abram believed in God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he said to him, “I AM LORD JEHOVAH who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to inherit it. (Genesis 15:2-7 Peshitta Holy Bible Translated)
     
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    This is my first comment on the board, hope it contributes. Long time lurker.

    It is quite interesting how we always hear of the "I AM" (verse14) from Christianity describing "who" sent Moses, yet most of the descriptions STOP at verse 14. In fact I can't recall ever seeing an article, or story of this account, that continued on with the next verse, verse 15. Verse 15 is actually the scripture that answers the question posed to God by Moses of "what is his name" that I should tell the Israelites.

    "13 Nevertheless, Moses said to the [true] God: “Suppose I am now come to the sons of Israel and I do say to them, ‘The God of YOUR forefathers has sent me to YOU,’ and they do say to me, ‘What is his name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 At this God said to Moses: “I SHALL PROVE TO BE WHAT I SHALL PROVE TO BE.” And he added: “This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel, ‘I SHALL PROVE TO BE has sent me to YOU.’” 15 Then God said once more to Moses:

    “This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel,Jehovah the God of YOUR forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to YOU.This is my name to time indefinite, and this is the memorial of me to generation after generation."​

    I love how Jehovah prepares the Israelites to more fully understand what his name means by starting off with an answer that declares, or encompasses, a definition of his name.

    It's a rolling out of the red carpet in a matter of speaking.

    He(God) was telling the Israelites that he would be whatever he needed to be to make them see that he is Jehovah. He was telling Moses "don't worry about it, I'll do what I need to do to make them see". There would be no ambiguity as to "who" God was. They wouldn't ask "who is God", because he was specific in his answer(verse 15), and through his acts they would SEE who Jehovah was. He would make himself KNOWN to them.

    It's one thing to know somebody, and another to KNOW somebody. For example, we all know who President Biden is, but do we KNOW President Biden?

    Exodus 6:3 is essentially what this is referring to. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew of Jehovah, and put faith in him, but Jehovah did not make himself known to them in the way he would to the Israelites of Moses time. To know the name of God, and to put faith in him is one thing, but then to see the 10 plagues, and the Red Sea splitting is quite another, when you are getting to know what Gods name entails.

    Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob put faith in that name, but it wasn't until Moses and the Red Sea that Jehovah made himself known with such power for the Israelite nation. It was then that they could see the true meaning of what his name meant when he said that "he will prove to be what he shall prove to be".

    No doubt the name Jehovah took on completely new meaning to the Israelites of that time as his awe inspiring works saved them from the Egyptians through the Red Sea.

    How blessed WE are to know from the examples in the scriptures who God is. I often wonder what we will see in these end times to make Jehovah be what he shall prove to be. To make his name grow from what we already know it to be.

    As we watch prophecy unfold before our very eyes, no doubt our appreciation for the name Jehovah grows with each passing day.
     
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    Christian greetings and welcome to the site, @PaulAche !

    There remains little question for me the level of intimate fellowship our Creator yearns to have with us when I look at the two Creation accounts recorded in Genesis:

    In the first Creation account, that of the Kosmos, we repeatedly find "God" creating the order of things into which we are born, live, and die.

    In the second Creation account, that of Man and Woman, this same God manifests Himself as Jehovah God as He creates them, gives them the blessing of caring for the flora and fauna of the Earthly sphere. He visited them in the Garden, conversed directly with them. The level of intimacy in His fellowship with Man and Woman is unmistakable, compared with the relationship our Father has with the Kosmos at-large.

    As a Father teaching us to benefit ourselves (Isaiah 48:17), He has progressively worked through the Stream of Time since Adam and Eve to bring us back into the intimate fellowship Man had with his Creator at the start, Himself paying the painful, ultimate price in our behalf with the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to set the final pieces into motion that will achieve the restoration of fellowship Man and Woman once enjoyed before their disobedience, the same restoration which bolsters our faith and hope whilst we experience it partially now without having to resort to animal sacrifices, without being under a codified, written Law (as given through Moses)... instead, writing His Laws upon our hearts.

    Just thinking aloud,
    —Timothy
     
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    Greetings, dear brother, and thank you so much for joining in our discussions of God's Word!

    This is very true... It reminds me of the Time of the End when we would know that "He is Lord." My family and I are reading through Ezikiel right now, and when he discusses the fulfillment of prophecy similar to what occurred in Egypt, our Father speaks of the people during that time "knowing Him."

    "And I will stretch out my hand against them and make the land a desolate waste from the desert to Diblah a —wherever they live. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’" Eze 6:14

    It certainly is one thing to have faith and quite the other to see the fulfillment of prophecy firsthand.

    Amen brother...
     

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