Thursday, April 13, 2017

Isaiah 44:6; 44:8; 45:5,21,22 - Aside From Jehovah, There is No God

Isaiah 44:6 So says Jehovah, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Jehovah of Hosts: I am the First, and I am the Last; and there is no God ['elohiym] except [Bil`adey, apart from] Me. -- Green's Literal.

Isaiah 44:8 - `Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God ['eloah] besides  [Bil`adey, apart from] Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.' "  -- New American Standard

Isaiah 45:5 I am Jehovah, and there is none else; there is no God ['elohim] except [Zuwlah, except, besides, with the exception of] Me. I will clothe you, though you do not know Me. -- Green's Literal.

Isaiah 45:21 Declare and bring near; yea, let them consult together. Who has revealed this of old; who has told it from then? Is it not I, Jehovah? And there is no God ['elohiym] other than [Bil`adey, apart from] Me; a just God and a Savior; there is none except [Zuwlah] Me.
Isaiah 45:22 - Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. -- Green's Literal

Isaiah 46:9 - Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; [I am] God, and there is none like me; -- American Standard Version

These scriptures are often presented, evidently with a desire to leave the impression that since Jehovah alone is "God", then the scriptures cannot use Hebrew or Greek words for "god" except in the sense of either the Supreme Being or false gods. It sets up the false dichotomy that cannot be applied throughout scriptures. Actually, to apply these scriptures in such a manner simply ignores the Hebraic usages of the forms of the Hebrew words EL and ELOHIM as applied to persons and things that are not Yahweh, the Most High.

Carefully note the following texts from the King James Version, in which English translations of the Hebrew word El (and its variations) are denoted by *..*: "It is in the *power* of my hand." (Genesis 31:29) "There shall be no *might* in thine hand." (Deuteronomy 28:32) "Neither is it in our *power*." (Nehemiah 5:5) "Like the *great* mountains." (Psalm 36:6) "In the *power* of thine hand to do it." (Proverbs 3:27) "Who among the sons of the *mighty*." (Psalm 89:6) "God standeth in the congregation of the *mighty*." (Psalm 82:1) "Who is like unto thee, O Lord [Yahweh] among the *Gods* [mighty ones or ruling ones]?" (Exodus 15:11) "Give unto the Lord [Yahweh] of ye *mighty*." (Psalm 29:1) "The *strong* among the mighty shall speak." -- Ezekiel 32:21.

Now, for forms of ELOHIM, notice how the King James Version renders this word.  Again, the word(s) that are used to express the Hebrew word "elohim" are denoted by **: "a *mighty* prince" (Genesis 23:6) "And Rachel said, With *great* wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali." (Genesis 30:8) "It was a very *great* trembling." (1 Samuel 14:15) "Now Nineveh was an *exceeding* [false god?] great city of three days' journey." -- Jonah 3:3.

Certainly, one should be able to see that forms of the Hebrew word often transliterated as EL ELOHIM, ELOAH, etc., are applied to other persons, as well as things, in the sense of strength, might, power, etc. Likewise, since Jesus lets us know that his Father is the only true Supreme Being (John 17:1,3), and Paul designates the Father of Jesus as the "one God" who is the source of all, any application of the words EL, ELOHIM, or THEOS to Jesus should be viewed in the light of the scriptures, not by adding to and reading into the scriptures all of the extra assumptions that are needed to claim that Jesus is the Supreme Being or a person of a the Supreme Being.

Of course, Jehovah, the God and Father of Jesus, is the source of all might, all power, (1 Corinthians 8:6) and thus, in this sense, there is no god -- no might -- aside from the source of all might and power.  Even the power that the demons use is not of their own source, but they depend on that power from Jehovah, which power they misuse for evil purposes.

Hebraic Usage of the titles for God

The Great God

True God Versus False God - False Dichotomy

Originally published: December, 2008; updated and republished: May, 2014; updated and republished, April 13, 2017

No comments:

Post a Comment