Tuesday, November 15, 2016

"Lord" in Genesis 18:27


In some vague way some trinitarians point to Genesis 18:27 as "proof" that Jesus is Jehovah. The claim apparently is that the usage of "Lord" in 1 Corinthians 8:6, and in other scriptures as applied to Jesus, means that Jesus is Jehovah of Genesis 18:26. In reality, the usage of Adonai, as often transliterated from the Masoretic text in Genesis 18:27, does not at all offer any proof whatsoever that Jesus' being made "Lord" (Acts 2:36) means that Jesus is Jehovah. It is the Lord Jehovah of Isaiah 61:1 and Ezekiel 34:20 who anointed and sent Jesus, thus making Jesus to be "Christ" (anointed), and it was the same Lord Jehovah who made Jesus to be both shepherd and prince (hence "Lord"). (Ezekiel 34:23,24) Nothing in this means that Jesus is Jehovah; indeed, if were so, it would mean that the Lord Jehovah at some point and time made his Son to be the Lord Jehovah.

Genesis 18:27 is one of the scriptures that Ginsburg lists in which it is claimed that God's Holy Name originally appeared but was changed by copyists to Adonai (transliterated). See our study: Adonay, The Tetragrammaton, and the Great Isaiah Scroll. As pointed out in that study, Ginsburg's conclusions are not always correct. If, however, Gingsburg is correct regarding Genesis 18:27, then Abraham did not use a form of the word transliterated as ADON at all in Genesis 18:27.

Assuming that Abraham did call Jehovah ADNI (transliterated) in Genesis 18:27, it would simply mean "my Lord". Some put "ha adonai" -- the Lord -- into this at Genesis 18:27, although the definite article "ha" does not appear before ADNI of Genesis 18:27. At most, one could claim that Abraham was referring to Jehovah as "my Supreme Lord", assuming that the Masoretes are correct in adding the vowel point to form ADONAI in Genesis 18:27. This, of course, would not mean that any verse in the New Testament in which Jesus is referred to as "Lord" (KURIOs) would mean that Jesus is Jehovah. The application of "KURIOS" to Jesus in the New Testament does not mean that Jesus is the Lord Jehovah.

There is definitely nothing in Genesis 18:27 (or anywhere else in the Bible) about a triune God, or that Jehovah is more than one person. One still has to imagine, assume such, and then add what is being assumed to the scripture in order read such an idea into the scripture.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is always presented as being one person, and separate and distinct from Jesus. Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is the only true Supreme Being who sent Jesus; Jesus speaks the words given to him from the only true Supreme Being. — Exodus 3:13,14; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Isaiah 61:1; John 3:34; 5:19; 6:29; 7:16,28; 8:26,28,42; 10:36; 12:44-50; 14:10,24; 17:1,3,8; Acts 3:13-26; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 1:1,2; 1 John 4:9,10.

The default reasoning is that Jesus is not the only true Supreme Being who sent Jesus.
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