(…continued from part 2…)
3) Every ‘Lord’ of verses 27 to 32 of Genesis chapter 18 is the Hebraic ‘Ᾰdônây (ad-o-noy’): ‘Lord – title, spoken in place of Yahweh in Jewish display of reverence.’ No other entity, save Jehovah God, is addressed as the Jewish ‘Ᾰdônây. Abraham, indeed, had a real person to person discourse with ‘Ᾰdônây Jesus, in His pre-incarnate manifestation. And was he glad? Selah!
Joshua and the Israeli army
As close to Moses as Joshua was, he only heard of the physical appearance of the Divinity. Not until Israel was about to take over the land of Jericho he did not experience a physical encounter with the Creator (Joshua 5:13-15). The connectivity of His Adamic goings began in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” Let us look at the definition of ‘heard’ which is the Hebraic shama` (shaw-mah’): ‘1. to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.). 2. (causatively) to tell, etc.’ The approaching act of ‘walking’ is halak (haw-lak’): ‘advance by steps; lifestyle’. So many Bible teachers believe that God neither walked nor was intelligently heard by Adam and his wife. Shama` by its definitions makes it so clearly understood that God did tell something into their hearing and they, Eden Garden occupants, heard the voice of the Lord God intelligently.
The image of Genesis 3:8
The profound meaning of halak, that is, ‘lifestyle’ spells out the facticity of God being a habitual Visitant to the Eden Garden every cool of the day [Genesis 3:8]. God the Father, as theological pellucidity teaches, never vacates His celestial throne. Who, therefore, is this LORD God, whose goings forth did halak Eden’s grounds? It is the documented Personage of John 3:13 “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” Jesus made an unbelievable asseveration of Himself, as He visibly remained seated beside a befuddled Nicodemus, and at the same material time existing in the empyreal assizes of the Rainbow Administration of Jehovah. I can hear an understanding soul, screaming, “Incredible! But true!”
“Peradventure ten shall be found there.” [Genesis 18:30-32]
Of Abraham the Lord Jesus revealed “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad” [John 8:56]. This happened in Genesis 18:13 “And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?” From the scriptural narrative, the scenario of this verse was not a vision of somnambulism. A slaughtered calf dressed and served was the sumptuous meal before the physical Visitants. It was in the course of whatever course of the meal that the LORD Jesus, in His pre-incarnate manifestation, brought forth the Divine query of Genesis 18:17-21, “And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18) Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19) For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. 20) And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21) I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.”
Sodom and Gomorrah evil experience
This was certainly not a case study of the fantasy of a somnambulist: for the eventual outcome of this Abrahamic souls haggling ended in the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 19:24, 25 & 28 “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25) And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.” In the twenty-eighth verse, the Bible says of Abraham: 28) And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.”
Most definitely, Abraham was not experiencing this visitation from the state of the vision of a night’s slumber. “And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:” [Genesis 18:27]. Will Abraham ever forget this day? Of course, not! It was too good to be true. He was served with an empyreal titillation. “And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. 31) And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. 32) And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake” [Genesis 18:30-32].
Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
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