Old Testament Faces
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Pre-incarnation Form

Da Vinci's manI am always amazed when I read in Genesis 1.26 Then 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, [probable reading of the original Hebrew text "the earth"] and over all the creatures that move along the ground." The little word "us" 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 Trinity, the plurality of the three faces in the Godhead.

Old Testament Trinity

Daniel in the fiery furnaceIn the Old Testament, we see Jesus 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 he 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" probably referred to Jesus as one of the faces in his pre-incarnation form! There are 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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