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The Trinity in Genesis

Si Walker, 5th February 2016

The book of Genesis

So, you wont find the word 'Trinity' in the Bible. But you will find the persons of the Trinity everywhere. Here are some examples in Genesis:

1. 'In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth...' (Genesis 1:1)

Elohim is a plural noun for God in Hebrew. I don't know Biblical Hebrew, but a simple internet search can confirm this. Curious that a plural should be used of God, unless of course he is mutli-personal as Christians believe.

2. 'Then God said, 'Let US make mankind in our image...' (Genesis 1:26)

This is not 'let me' but 'let us.' Could this be a conversation between the Trinity? Some have suggested it is God speaking with his angels, but then that leaves us with the tricky problem that you have humans being made in the image of angels. I think the first option is far more coherent.

3. 'By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah- FROM THE LORD out of the heavens.' (Genesis 19:23-24).

Wrestling with God

In this passage you seemingly have two Lord's who are working. There is the Lord on the earth and the Lord in the heavens. How is it that you can have a Lord on earth raining down sulphur from a Lord in heaven?

4. 'So Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. But Jacob replied, 'I will not let you go until you bless me.' The man asked him, 'what is your name?' 'Jacob', he answered. Then the man said, 'your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you struggled with God and with men and have overcome.' Genesis 32:25-28

Jacob wrestled with God as is clear from the passage and has long been recognised in the chapter headings of our modern translations. But are we seriously to say that it was the Father he wrestled with? Are we to suppose that the Father left heaven to meet with him? I would suggest not. Rather, Colossians 1:15 tells us that 'The Son is the image of the invisible God...' and Hebrews 1:3 calls him 'the exact representation of his being'. Could it be that Jacob actually wrestled with Christ, the second person of the Trinity?

Happy hunting in Genesis for signs of the Trinity.