“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! (Deut 6:4 NKJV)
I’ve lived long enough to watch science, which ridiculed the idea of an initial point of creation by a Creator when I was first exposed to physics in the 1960’s, now settles solidly on the “Big Bang Theory” which actually aligns itself with the biblical account (but still ridicules it). In an interesting choice of words, physicists had to define the infinite energy source that they say had to exist to explode into all matter that exists in the universe at the moment of the Big Bang. They call this infinite source a singularity. I agree. I call the Infinite Source of Energy that created everything a singularity named God. Today’s verse reminds me –The Lord our God, the Lord is One.
Does 1 = 1? Perhaps in math, but not always in Hebrew. In Genesis 22:2, God instructed Abraham to take his son, his only son to the mountain and sacrifice him. The one son spoken of is described by the Hebrew word yacheed, meaning absolutely the only one, a singularity. Abram had one son given by God, and the Hebrew is screaming, Isaac is the only son. From the singularity of Abram’s one son God has kept and continues to keep His promises that (the now renamed by God) Abraham would be the father of many nations and his progeny would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Of course his son Isaac was a type for Jesus, Gods (1 = 1) only son. Oops…. if Jesus is God and the Father and Holy Spirit are too, how can the scripture be true – the Lord is one?
These verses appear alike in English, but they are not at all alike in Hebrew. Many Christians have struggled and been mislead trying to understand the mystery of the Trinity. How can we avoid confusion with typical explanations telling us – one God in three persons….. What?…. Who really understands that explanation? Today’s verse, in its original Hebrew, brings perfect clarity. This verse does not say the Lord is yacheed, (an absolute singularity), but says the Lord is echad In Hebrew this word describes a compound unity, one thing comprised of more than one thing that still results in one thing. Trinity = a compound Unity – The Lord your God is One (3 = 1, echad). In Genesis 1:5 we read – God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the (echad) first day, a single day made up of multiple parts.
The word used as God in today’s verse is Elohim. It always speaks to a singular God, yet it is written in Hebrew in a plural form and all adverbs and verbs which attend it are also plural. One God, multiple parts.
God didn’t leave us searching the Old Testament alone for this explanation. It is clearly declared in 1 Corinthians 8 —Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.
The Lord our God (Elohim, plural), the Lord is One (echad – one compound God made of multiple parts –Father, Son and Holy Spirit).