Old Testament Faces
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Pre-incarnation Form

Da Vinci's manI was always amazed when I read in Genesis 1.26 that God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." The "wild animals" in this reading may also have been understood in the original Hebrew text as "the earth" indicating every living creature on the land. Astoundingly, the little word "us" in Genesis 1.26 has survived despite century upon century of scribal copying. The Jews were strict deists who could not countenance any other god than the Holy God of Israel. Despite this, they faithfully preserved a clear indication of the plurality of the three faces in the Godhead in the Trinity. ✞

Old Testament Trinity

Daniel in the fiery furnaceIn the Old Testament, we also see Jesus as one of the faces appearing and disappearing in different places. After Daniel and his two friends had been thrown into the furnace of fire, the king approached the door and peeked in through the roaring heat. What this pagan king then said in Daniel 3.25 rocks us on our heels, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods." Even a pagan king recognized that God, or "a god," was with these three brave Jewish individuals. The "son of the gods" with Daniel and his two friends probably referred to Jesus in his pre-incarnate form! There were also other Old Testament examples of a "God figure" talking to Abraham and wrestling with Jacob.✞

"Old Testament Faces"
by Ron Meacock

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