The God Who Comes to Lunch

I agree, it’s an awesome concept that the God who has created all things—the Lord of heaven and earth, should come down to earth and eat with human beings. But as amazing as it sounds, the great YHVH, the I AM That I AM, has visited earth in a human body. To the Jewish mind, that cannot be. They would remind us of what Moses, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, said:

19And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” 20But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” 21Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock (Exodus 33:19-21)

Yes, if we were to see God in the fullness of His power, it would kill us, but when we look at several scriptures in the Tenach, the Old Testament, we see that YHVH did visit in human form. Sounds incredible? God visited Abram, the one whose name was changed to Abraham.He and two angels came together and had lunch with Abram. Here’s what the Word of God says:

Genesis 12:7—Then YHVH appeared to Abram…

Genesis 15:1—And the word—YHVH came to Abram in a vision…

Genesis 17:1—And YHVH appeared to Abram…

Genesis 18:1—Then YHVH appeared to him at the oaks of Mamre

The verses above that have the word appeared in Hebrew is in the passive form of the verb to see. It means that Abraham saw someone—YHVH in human form. This becomes clear in Genesis 18:1-2. Just as a reminder to those of you not familiar with the English translation, when the word LORD appears in the text, the Hebrew word is YHVH—the creator God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:

1Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. 2When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth (Genesis 18:1-2).

Christians believe this to be a pre-incarnate appearance of the Son of God, the One who is YHVH in human form. The text distinctly tells us that the He appeared with two others as men. Two angels were with Him that day that were to go down to Sodom and bring forth Lot from out of the city, while the LORD listened to Abram’s intercession. The three persons are called “men” three times, verse 2, verse 16 and verse 22. One of the three was called YHVH-Man:

Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD (Genesis 18:22).

As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place (Genesis 18:33).

This is none other than Yeshua, Jesus, the One who appeared to Abraham, He Himself said that He had met Abraham:

56“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” 58Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” 59Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple (John 8:56-59).

God has come to us in human form, and His name is: YHVH is salvation—which is the translation of the name Jesus.

Keith Thomas