ASV notes on Genesis 18:1-5 and questions

God, Jesus and humans

The common name of God

Moses wrote that YaHaWaH was appearing to Abraham, we should understand that from the beginning this was God’s common name, to address who they were talking about when talking of God, people used His name; YaHaWaH.

Adonai, not YHWH

Lord is a title and in the Hebrew language, which the Old Testament was written in, the Lord is Adonai, not YHWH. If you translate YHWH with the LORD, using capital letters it will not changes the basic text in Hebrew. This is the name of God in Hebrew; יהוה, it is read from right to left; י is Y and ה is H and ו is W and ה is H and it makes YHWH. Usually they translate the Hebrew word YHWH with The LORD, but יהוה has no article “the”. If God’s name is written with the article “the” It would looks like this; היהוה, with a ה in front, but that is not the case. The article is added by the translators to make it look right, to use the word LORD.

Many titles

To make it simple; to translate God’s name with the LORD, is not bad translation, but wrong translation, it is misleading the reader. God has only one name, but many titles to describe His great personality.

Not angles

Abraham was resting in his tent door when he saw three men standing, may be twenty meter off, he didn’t see them coming, they just stood there and Abraham knew that they were of God and not humans, but they were men not angles with wings.

To understand the time of visitation

Abraham lived his life for God and new in his heart that he was 100% dependent of Him, in a twinkle of an eye he understood the importance of this moment. Abraham was not afraid of God or His messengers, however, he run towards them and worshipped them with his face to the ground, and he was not afraid but humble.

A message

Abraham offered the three men water for their feet and bread and meat to eat, and they accepted and they rested under an oak tree. They behaved like humans, but Abraham knew that they were of God, he wanted them to rest and eat and drink and feel comfortable, maybe he thought, they had a message for him.

Questions

  1. How many times does the name of God appear in The Old Testament?
  2. Is The LORD a name?
  3. Do God visit people?

ASV notes on Genesis 18:7-8 and questions

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God loves all people

The best he had

Abraham brought to the three men the best he had, a tender calf, new made bread, milk and butter and he stood by them when they ate, may be they wanted more or something else, but most importantly, may be they had a message for him. Abraham offered to God of the best he had, like building an Alter and offer on it. If you give, give of the best you have, not left overs.

Giving

Remember, you can never out give God. If you give to someone in need, you give to God, and you will always receive. God is a giver and giving is love, “for God so loved the world that He gave …………………….” Love is not how you feel, love is giving.

Questions

  1. Do you offer the best you have?
  2. What is love?