Friday, August 04, 2006

God Appears as a Man in the Torah

Since the teaching of the incarnation (not man becoming God) seems incomprehensible to some, I wanted to provide the following portion of the Torah. Also worth noting is the food offered to the men at the end of this passage.

Genesis 18:1-8

1And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3and said, "O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on--since you have come to your servant." So they said, "Do as you have said." 6And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, "Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes." 7And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Moshe ben Avraham said...

Midrash labels the men as angels. Gabrielle is one I believe. Midrash is not Torah, but I believe in that interpretation because it makes more sense in what happened in the story. By the way only Moshe has ever expereinced the presence of HaShem, no other people on earth can handle it. We would die immedeately.

8/04/2006 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger geoffrobinson said...

The Torah, in this passage, says HaShem appeared to Abraham.

8/04/2006 02:16:00 PM  

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