Monday, August 14, 2006

Old Testament Thesis: Part 3

(1) Appearances of God To Man

(A) When God formed man and animals from the dust, and Eve from Adam's rib, seems to indicate a visible presence of God in the days of recreation. The Bible tells us that God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul The Bible also reveals God forming every beast and bird, and bringing them to the man to give them names.2 Then, scripture shows that the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come on the man He had formed out of the dust, and He took one of the man's ribs, and closed up the flesh at that place, and then built a woman from that rib and brought her to the man. The figurative type of description surely describes a presence of God to Adam and Eve.

(B) Adam and Eve heard the sound of God walking in the garden after they had sinned, and hid themselves from Him. "Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" Therefore, they could not hide from Gods invisible presence, because He is everywhere. Genesis, the first book of the Bible reveals that the great drama of the beginning of all things start with God, and that the origin of the world and life was no accident. There is a creator: God. "Creation is described as taking place in six days. There are eight acts of creation, each introduced by the words "and God said ..." Day 1 - light and darkness, day and night; Day 2 - earth's atmosphere, the firmament; Day 3 - dry land and seas separated, plants and trees; Day 4 - sun, moon and stars; seasons, days and years; Day 5 - sea creatures and birds; Day 6 - land animals and man; Day 7 - creation completed, God rests .

(C) Cain saw God in some type of form, because he could not have been driven out of invisible presence which is with everyone everywhere, the Bible tells us?

(D) God appeared on earth at the time of the tower of Babel, for the Bible says "the Lord came down to see the city and the tower.

(E) Abraham saw God several times, the Bible records. The first recorded appearance of God show in the Bible reads; "the Lord appeared unto Abraham. " Also it shows "the Lord appeared to Abraham ... and God went up from Abraham!' " We can't be absolutely certain in what form God appeared to Abraham, but the Bible says He appeared. Exell says know not in what manner God appeared to Abraham, but in some way he felt God speak to him. The possibility of God appearing to man is antecedently undeniable. The fact of His having done so proves the possibility. On the mode of His doing this, it is vain for us to speculate." There are also other scriptures that magnify God's appearance to Abraham such as: "and the Lord appeared unto him in the


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