The noun Elohim is plural, it’s always used with a singular verb when it speaks of the One True God. This indicates the unity and diversity in the Trinity in existence from the beginning revealed in Scripture. But how……. Elohim appears in the very first line of scripture Genesis 1:1 ‘In the beginning [God] created’… which is interesting because it’s the alternative pluralized form of θεός – Theos: God; and instead of אל – El: God singular; which is how it appears after the first line of scripture as Genesis 1 and 2 continue. It is rendered אֱלהִים – Elohim: God, which is the plural of singular אֱלוֹהַּ – Eloah: God; but this etymological root of divine, infinite God by use of Elohim as it’s definition, specifically means a plurality of [three] – Father, Son, and Spirit. Not only that but for the writer of the Word, it would be a very bad grammatical error to do it and also not notice it on a par with There here instead of They’re here. Also, the singular form of Elohim is El. El is used in the Old Testament of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
It’s very important that we hermeneutically render only what is scripture and never add anything that is not there that changes context. As an example whenever the N.T says Lord it means God, and there is no Jehovah anywhere in scripture. Not until 1270 when Spanish Catholic monk Raymundus Martini accidentally badly mistranslated vowel points into the Tetragrammaton when translating scripture into Latin did Jehovah appear; which incidentally is how Jehovah itself got into the English language. Let me know if you would like Watchtower and Bible Tract Society (WBTS) references for this. The NWT is a shockingly bad version of scripture when looking at original scriptures and translation rules, there are more holes than a tea bag in the NWT version. Yet it has been deliberately altered and adjusted in multiple places, solely to fit a group’s unbiblical doctrine and control members of the (WBTS) as they seek to usurps the presence of personal individual two way speaking and listening relationship with the true living God by saving grace; and instead place themselves in authority over peoples lives.
The only way they can do that is to deny the eternal divine authority of Christ Jesus and silence the individual personal power the Holy Spirit speaking to us, so it’s members only listen to the pseudo-authoritative voice of the (WBTS). Please, consider this from scripture as just one example. O.T It says God will raise up Christ Jesus back to life. N.T It says God will raise up Christ Jesus back to life. Also in N.T Christ Jesus says to the Jews ‘Destroy this temple (Not the Synagog, but His body) and [ I will ] raise it again in three days’. Christ Jesus – God. Christ Jesus also says, ‘Only [ I ] have the authority to lay down my life and [take it back up again]’. Plus only God can possibly meet Gods standard of sinless perfect, sacrifice, victory and atonement for all that trust in God may be saved. In original scriptures O.T – the Aleph: א and the Tav: תו; and in the N.T – the Alpha: Α and Omega: Ω We see this spoke of the Father and of Christ Jesus. The first and last letters in Ancient Hebrew and Koine Greek. The first and the last, the beginning and the end, nothing before nothing after, the infinite ever existing holy divine creator of all existence who is God. But where is the Holy Spirit? – Genesis 1:2 ‘Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters’.
I was asked what the difference is between meditation and contemplation. I pondered this for some time. I can see how people find it difficult to tell between the two. When the answer came to me, I realised that it is not that difficult at all. It’s really quite simple, as most fundamental truths are. Even Jesus said the gospel message is so simple even a child can understand it.
Meditation is how we let God in, and allow God to speak to our hearts to draw us in closer. Contemplation is to be with God for no other reason, but, to bask in the presence of God. Meditation is how the heart deepens in love for God. Contemplation enjoys that love from God’s perspective, not ours.
It is only by practising contemplation and meditation that we build on our relationship with God. Time spent doing either activity is going to produce fruit. You spend time easily with friends and family, yet some of you struggle to chat with God. A regular time spent talking with God is going to develop your wisdom and discernment. Contemplation or meditation are great tools for doing this.
Use them wisely.
It’s true. You do not have to hermit yourself away in order to experience the mystical. You can have treasured moments with God right now, whilst you are reading this or doing the dishes. Talk to God, build a conversation. Be mindful. If you do not know what that means it is easy to grasp. It means being totally aware of the moment you are in now. Listening with your heart and feeling with your mind. Just close your eyes for a moment. Now see what you can smell. Can you hear your heartbeat? Can you feel your heartbeat? Can you focus on a colour that is near you? What does the colour taste like? In your mind picture the taste. Can you become aware of your body standing or sitting where you are right now?
Focus in on your breathing. Is it a steady rate? Are you pausing with your breath? Do you have an equal exhale and inhale? The mystical, the secrets for you to experience are all around you in the very mundane. You do not need to go to a friary in order to learn how to *see*.
Ask God for wisdom and discernment. Get to know yourself deeply. Do you know of any pain in your body? What is its message?
If you get to see yourself deeply you will surely see others deeply as well. Above all when you are being mindful, remember to have that conversation with God. Where does God want you to focus? What area of your mind, body, soul needs working upon? needs healing?
The mystical is not always hidden in the unknown but is accessible in the ordinary and mundane.
I have Bipolar disorder and have often looked through scripture to find answers to my problems. Depression is something which I am old friends with. You have to make friends with it when you are Bipolar as the damn thing takes up residence so often. What does the bible say?
The Bible tells us that God will never allow temptations into our lives that are too much for us to handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). Depression is often viewed as a persistent feeling of sadness. Of course, it is okay to be sad. We live in a world of pain (Genesis 3:14–19; Romans 8:20–22), and Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus (John 11:35). There is no need to always put on a happy face and pretend that things are okay when they are not. Job, Noah, Joseph, David, Moses and others faced sadness. Most mature believers are susceptible to depression (Elijah, 1 Kings 19:1-4; Peter, Matt. 26:69-75),
The Bible is clear that we should be marked by joy in the Lord, even in some of the most difficult circumstances (John 15:11; Acts 5:41; Gal. 5:22; Phil 4:4). Psalms 42 & 43 give us some solid counsel. David wrote, “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record?” (Psalm 56:8). David, a “man after [God’s] own heart” (Acts 13:22), did not gloss over his sadness; he expressed it to God. Remember, David’s depression was due to his sin. Both Moses (Numbers 11:15) and Elijah (1 Kings 19:3–5), two heroes of the faith, confessed to God that they preferred to die than live in their current reality. The Bible is not shy about admitting the realities of human emotion. Sadness is part of life, and it is not condemned. God has given us the resources to be overwhelming conquerors in even the most desperate situations, including torture and martyrdom (Rom. 8:35-37). God is sovereign even over the evil and sinful things going on in this world. God also stands by us when we are in the depths of despair. I know from experience that it feels like God is absent when we are low. That our prayers go unheard. Nothing can be further from the truth. God is there for us and is listening to us intently.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”