Friday 3rd July 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Genesis 1:1-31
Topic:- 11 Indisputable And Amazing Proofs That Jesus Is God 
Text:- Deuteronomy 6:4
The belief by Christians that Jesus Christ is Divine or, more specifically, that He is God, is without doubt the number one point of dispute between Jews and Christians and between Muslims and Christians.
Even though the three religions share so many things in common, Jews and Muslims are alarmed and always angry with Christians for believing that the One they all accept as Supreme Being is not one but three Persons, including Jesus who was given birth to by a woman and lived on earth as a man.
The one verse in the Bible that the Jews rely on which was also adopted by Muslims to reject the idea of a plural God is found in Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.”
Why haven’t Christians also taken the position of the Jews and Muslims since this verse is also in their Bible? They haven’t because there are so many overwhelming scriptures in the Jewish and Christian Bibles in support of their belief in a plural God and in support of their belief that Jesus is God.
To begin with, we must understand that the word ‘God’ or ‘Elohim’ is not a personal name. It is a generic name like men, animals, birds, etc. Its basic meaning is “the source” or “the originator”.
That is why when people have an encounter or experience that which they have never had before at a place or with something, they attribute it to the place or thing as the source or god of that experience and begin to worship it.
A generic name does not belong to one person. Any member of a generic group who shares similar attributes with other members of the group qualifies to be addressed with that generic name. Any creature who bears the resemblance of a man can be called a man.
Therefore, any being who shares whatever attributes that we believe God has or bears His resemblance merits to be called and treated as God. This is the foundation of Christians’ belief that Jesus is God.
Here are some of the other reasons:
1. Deuteronomy 6:4 is an ambiguous verse in the Bible. When read in the original Hebrew Bible, the word translated as LORD is YHWH which is the same as YAHWEH and the word translated as God is Elohim, the plural form of El.
So, how does one understand YAHWEH our Gods is one YAHWEH? How does one YAHWEH become Gods and Gods become one YAHWEH? Does one in this verse represent a singular one or a unitary one?
There are still so many questions one could ask to show the ambiguous nature of this verse. But what is most disturbing is why many choose to develop their doctrines on ambiguous verses like this while at the same time ignoring tens of other clear and straightforward verses on the same issue.
2. God is always addressed as plural in the Bible. As stated above, the word translated as God is Elohim, which appears at the beginning and in hundreds of places in the Bible. Elohim is plural, meaning Gods and signifying that whoever is addressed by this generic term represents more than one Person. The more than forty writers used by the Holy Spirit to write the Bible could not all have made the mistake of addressing God with a plural term if He were just one Person.
3. God addresses some other beings as His equal. During the creation of man, God called on other Beings to come together and make man in Their image. See Genesis 1:26.
God was not calling on Angels to make man in their image because God and Angels have different images. Secondly, God could not have been calling on Angels to make man because they are creatures and not creators.
If God had called on the Angels to make man, it would have made them co-creators with God. So, whoever God was calling on here must have been Being(s) who was or were equal with Him or who belonged to the same generic group with Him. See similar instances in Genesis 3:22; 11:7.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, i have made You my my Lord, my Saviour and my God, I refuse to be for any other by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.