266 – ELOHIM
The Hebrew word El means god. The plural of the word El is Elohim, and means gods. El, therefore, is the root of the word Elohim or Eloha. That is also used to designate god in the singular. In the biblical Aramaic, the language spoken by the Jews after the captivity, the word god was Elah, which in the plural is Elohim. There is no other word in the entire Bible to designate god. Even for the false gods, the word used was Elohim (Ex. 18:11).
The Tetragrammaton, or the word Yahweh, or Jehovah, which is a translation of the Tetragrammaton (four letters), is a human supposition. There is not a translation for the Tetragrammaton. When we read the Bible we see in the Old Testament that the João Ferreira de Almeida translation rendered Lord for Yahweh, but this is wrong. The Tetragrammaton cannot be translated as Lord. The Hebrew word Lord is ADONAI. David, in the Psalm 110:1, says, “Yahweh says to my Lord”. This Lord is the word ADONAI, which Jesus affirmed that it is He, in Matt. 22:41-45. By these words of Jesus we get to know that he, Jesus, and Jehovah are two different persons. As the Tetragrammaton is not translated as god, Yahweh had to say to Moses: I am god (Ex. 3:6). And he spoke by Isaiah that he is god (Is. 44:6; 45:21).
Jesus said: “If I alone bear witness of Myself, My testimony is not true” (John 5:31). Now, Jehovah gave testimony of himself. By the declaration of Jesus, Jehovah is a false god. Jesus also said: “I do not receive glory from men” (John 5:41). Now, Jehovah receives glory from men; therefore he is contrary to Jesus (Is. 43:7; 49:3; Jer. 13:11). And Jesus further said: “But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks” (John 8:50). Well, Jehovah sought his own glory (Num. 14:22; Ex. 14:4,17);therefore Jehovah is the opposite of Jesus. Jesus finishes saying: “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the one who sent Him, he is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him” (John 7:18). With these words Jesus classified Jehovah, who spoke from himself, as unjust and a liar. Jesus, humble, never exalted himself, but sought the glory of the Father. “I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do” (John 17:4).
Elohim was the God who created all things, according to the biblical narrative of Genesis. And he created man and woman in his image and likeness (Gen. 1:26-27). The translation is in the singular, but what is written is Elohim, that is, gods. The religious tradition affirms that Elohim, gods, is the Trinity, that is, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that, when we read, “let us make men in our image and likeness,” it is the Trinity speaking. This is interpretation, for another thing is written, and the Bible is not of private interpretation (2 Pet. 1:20).
If the Christian theology affirms that Elohim is the creative Trinity of Gen. 1:1, why did they translate the word Elohim as angels, and not as Trinity, in the Psalm 8:5? For convenience, and not to express the truth, for Elohim could never be translated as angels (Malakim). They should have translated it like: “Thou hast made him a little lower than God”, or “than the Trinity”. Why did they alter the biblical text? Why did they write “angels”? The answer is simple. If the reader read: “Thou hast made him a little lower than god” this reader would think: God is a little higher than men. As Jehovah declares that men are as grasshoppers (Is. 40:22), and in this case god would be a little higher than grasshoppers. The worst classification that Jehovah gave to men is in the book of Job: “How then can man be just with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean? Behold, even the moon has no brightness, and the stars are not pure in his sight; How much less man, who is a worm, the son of man, who is a worm!” (Job 25:4-6). In this case, men being a little lower than God, God would be a little higher than worms. The interpreters, in order to protect the god of the Old Testament, changed the word written by the very God, and changed Elohim (Deus), for Malak (angels). Pure interest. We do not demerit the Bible, for we believe in it from cover to cover. We only do not change and modify the word of God. If in the Hebrew original it is written that men is a little lower than god, and in this case that god is a little higher than men, what is the problem? Jesus came down to this world to reveal a God that is infinitely superior to men: a God who does not need the help of men, for he is the Savior of men (Judg. 5:23; 1 Tim. 4:10). The worse is that Jehovah affirms that he is Elohim (Is. 45:21).
When Israel left Egypt, delivered through the plagues and pestilences of Jehovah, they went to the desert, suffered thirst and hunger, and they murmured against Jehovah, and complained in the ears of Moses and Aaron, saying: “We wish that we had died by the hand of Jehovah in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots, when we ate our fill of bread, for you have brought us out into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger” (Ex. 16:1-3). And Jehovah said to Moses:“Behold, I will rain bread from the sky for you” (Ex. 16:4). Every afternoon, when the dew fell, it rained down mannah. But mannah could not be saved for the next day, or it would rot and smell (Ex. 16:20). In the Psalm 78 we have a beautiful description of the incident: “Yes, they spoke against God. They said, ‘Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out, and streams overflowed. Can he give bread also? Will he provide flesh for his people?’ Therefore Jehovah heard, and was angry. A fire was kindled against Jacob, anger also went up against Israel, because they didn’t believe in God, and didn’t trust in his salvation. Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven. He rained down manna on them to eat, and gave them food from the sky. Man ate the bread of angels. He sent them food to the full. He caused the east wind to blow in the sky. By his power he guided the south wind. He rained also flesh on them as the dust; winged birds as the sand of the seas” (Ps. 78:19-27). The Bible says that the people ate their fill. The food was still in their teeth when Jehovah, angry, killed the chosen of Israel (Ps. 78:29-31). In the verse 25 we read that they ate the bread of god. Why is it written in the Bibles that they ate the bread of the angels? The answer is also simple — because, if they put bread of God, there would be a clash with the word of Jesus, which denied that they ate the bread of God, saying, “Jesus therefore said to them, ‘Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn’t Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world’” (John 6:32-33). Changing to bread of angels, the god Jehovah would not be compromised. The adepts of the evil god Jehovah are capable of anything to put him in the place of the Father. It is written: “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to them, may God add to him the plagues which are written in this book. If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, may God take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city” (Rev. 22:18-19).
Just a reminder: David trusted in Jehovah and this brought a bad result; Israel trusted in Jehovah and was destroyed; Job trusted in Jehovah and suffered as if he were in hell, for Jehovah changes the blessing into curse (Mal. 2:2). He pledges something, and afterwards pledges something else on top of the first oath (Deut. 1:34-35). What about Jesus? He gave his life for those who Jehovah cursed and killed.
by Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira