Hebrew Names of GOD used in Genesis
JESUS CHRIST in Genesis
- The pre-existent Christ, the living Word, was very much involved in the creation.
- Jesus’ ministry is anticipated in Genesis 3:15, suggesting that the “Seed” of the woman who will bruise the Serpent’s (satan’s) head is Jesus Christ
- Melchizedek is the mysterious king-priest of chapter 14. Since Jesus Christ is both King and High Priest, the letter to the Hebrews makes this appropriate identification (Heb. 6:20).
- The greatest revelation of Christ in Genesis is found in God’s establishment of His covenant with Abraham in chapters 15 and 17. God made glorious promises to Abraham, and Jesus is the major fulfillment of those promises, a truth explained in detail by Paul in Galatians. Much of the Bible is built upon the Abrahamic covenant and its flowering in Jesus Christ.
- The dramatic story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac at God’s command bears a startling similarity to the crucial event of the New Testament. “Take . . . your only son Isaac, whom you love . . . and offer him there as a burnt offering” (22:2) reminds us of God’s willingness to sacrifice His only Son for the sins of the world.
- Finally, Jacob’s blessing upon Judah anticipates the coming of “Shiloh,” to be identified as the Messiah. “And to Him shall be the obedience of the people” (49:10).
HOLY SPIRIT in Genesis
- The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (1:2). Thus we find the Spirit involved in creation.
- The Holy Spirit also worked in Joseph, a fact obvious to Pharaoh: “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” (41:38).
- We also perceive His working throughout the lives of the patriarchs as He protected them and their families and as He blessed them materially.