Communicating with God.. : אני (I AM)

1. Communicating with God.. : אני (I AM)

In essence, we each have the aspects of creation in each of us. We walk, talk, and commune with life daily. Each of us, have a unique way of talking within ourselves, and to all things around us.

When you look out into the universe, you will see yourself. From the time of awareness, we become. We are. I think, therefore I am.

Look upon the face of God. Look into the mirror, and see the aspects that are of God that was created inside of you.

What aspects of God do you exude? What aspects of God do you show to others? Where do you stand with yourself, and with God? Daily...

Aspects of God

"God is without form, without quality as well as with form and quality.

Watch and see with what endless variety of beautiful forms

He plays the play of his maya with Himself alone.

The lila of the all pervading One goes on and on in this way in infinite diversity.

He is without beginning and without end.

He is the whole and also the part.

The whole and part together make up real Perfection.

By: Sri Ananandamayi Ma

One Vast Garden

"I find one vast garden spread out all over the universe.

All plants, all human beings, all higher mind bodies

are about in this garden in various ways ,

each has his own uniqueness and beauty.

Their presence and variety give me great delight.

Every one of you adds with his special feature to the glory of the garden.

By: Sri Ananandamayi Ma

"Who is it that loves and who that suffers?

He alone stages a play with Himself.

The individual suffers because he perceives duality.

Find the One everywhere and in everything

and there will be an end to pain and suffering." 

2. Aspects of God: אני (I AM)

The Gods are Eloheim

The word comes from Ancient Hebrew, and needs some explanation.

"Paul says there are Gods many and Lords many; and that makes a plurality of Gods, in spite of the whims of all men. Without a revelation, I am not going to give them the knowledge of the God of heaven.

You know and I testify that Paul had no allusion to the heathen gods. I have it from God, and get over it if you can. I have a witness of the Holy Ghost, and a testimony that Paul had no allusion to the heathen gods in the text. I will show from the Hebrew Bible that I am correct, and the first word shows a plurality of Gods; and I want the apostates and learned men to come here and prove to the contrary, if they can. An unlearned boy must give you a little Hebrew. Berosheit baurau Eloheim ait aushamayeen vehau auraits, rendered by King James' translators, (Vocalized and punctuated: Yבְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶ ) Which could be translated literally to mean: In (a) beginning filled God the heavens and the earth.

3. Names of God

The Hebrew name of God used in Genesis 1:1, like in all of Genesis's first chapter, is Elohim. This word choice may be contrasted with the Tetragrammaton which appears throughout the second telling of creation in Genesis 2. The documentary hypothesis usually attributes Genesis 1:1 to the priestly source.

The verb in the verse is bara ("filled" or "fattened"). The verb bara typically signifies a divine activity and it occurs 48 times in the Hebrew Bible (Even-Shosh Meaning of the first word: Bereishit

The opening word of the verse, b'reishit (or Bereishit), has a known meaning, though the precise meaning is open to interpretation, which is highly significant because it contributes to both biblical thought and subsequent religious doctrines. The word b'reishit lacks the definite article ("the"). Various English translations put it as "in the beginning," "in the beginning when," "at the beginning," "during the beginning," or "when [God] began." The root of the first word Bereishit בראשית isראש "head"—being the central core word (ראש can be pronounced as rosh which is the Hebrew for "head"). Furthermore, the first letter ב means "in" or "at", and the last letters ית imply "of". The use of the word "head" implies something "at the top", as in "head" of something. In this case it is the "head" or "start" of Creation, which is possibly where the idea to translate it as "in the beginning" originates. Genesis Rabbah

Classical Judaism's exegesis of the verse begins with the first letter, Bet ב. In midrash, Genesis Rabbah 1:10 recognizes that the letter is closed on three sides, and accordingly reads this as a sign to not speculate about the beginning of God or whatever preceded the creation account. Midrashic

Rabbinic Judaism considered why the Torah begins with verse 1:1ff. at all. Rhetorically, midrashic sources hypothesize that the Torah could begin with another key point, such as the first commandment to Israel.[Exodus 12:1] In the end, some suggest that the world was created for the sake of the Torah itself.

Similarly, midrash Genesis Rabbah (1:1) actually opens by declaring that the first word of the verse means "with the Torah" and it suggests that the Divine Architect used the Torah as a blueprint. (Cf. Philo, De opificio mundi 17-20 and John 1:1).

Midrashic and medieval rabbinic commentary also focus on the different word choices for the divine in Genesis 1:1ff and 2:4ff. Thus, God in the first creation account acts from the attribute of "Judgment" in contradistinction to "Mercy". For instance, Rashi declares that the world could not survive under pure judgment and hence, as seen by chapter 2, God gave precedence to divine mercy.

In midrash, the schools of Shammai and Hillel disagree about the order of creation, due to the conflicting ordering of the heavens and earth in Genesis 1:1 and 2:4. Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai reportedly tries to reconcile this conflict, arguing for simultaneous creation "like a pot and a lid". (Cp. the Pseudo-Clementine Recognitiones 1:27, per Urbach).

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." I want to analyze the word Berosheit. Rosh, the head; Sheit, a grammatical termination; the Baith was not originally put there when the inspired man wrote it, but it has been since added by an old Jew. Baurau signifies to bring forth; Eloheim is from the word Eloi, God, in the singular number; and by adding the word heim, it renders it Gods.

It read first, "In the beginning the head of the Gods brought forth the Gods," or, as others have translated it, "The head of the Gods called the Gods together."

The head God organized the heavens and the earth. I defy all the world to refute me. In the beginning the heads of the Gods organized the heavens and the earth. Now the learned priests and the people rage, and the heathen imagine a vain thing. If we pursue the Hebrew text further, it reads, "Berosheit baurau Eloheim ait aashamayeen vehau auraits" "The head one of the Gods said, Let us make a man in our own image."

I once asked a learned Jew, "If the Hebrew language compels us to render all words ending in heim in the plural, why not render the first Eloheim plural?" He replied, "That is the rule with few exceptions; but in this case it would ruin the Bible." He acknowledged I was right.

I came here to investigate these things precisely as I believe them. Hear and judge for yourselves; and if you go away satisfied, well and good.

In the very beginning the Bible shows there is a plurality of Gods beyond the power of refutation. It is a great subject I am dwelling on. The word Eloheim ought to be in the plural all the way through -  Gods.

The heads of the Gods appointed one God for us; and when you take that view of the subject, it sets one free to see all the beauty, holiness and perfection of the Gods. All I want is to get the simple, naked truth, and the whole truth."

As I said at the beginning, Eloheim comes from ancient "Hebrew", not Jewish. We in the western world have been miss-led since the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. held by the Catholic Church. The "Latin" word "Universal" is Catholic. The Christian church at that time 325 AD.

Jesus himself said to pray to Father. He is the head. Of the Godhead, Jesus is there also, and the Holy Spirit. Yet they are one God. One in purpose, direction, guidance. Jesus himself said: I and my Father are one. John 10:30 He also said: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 You read all of John 10 yourself.

In the beginning: Genesis 1:26 AND God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil.

Genesis 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

You will probably argue when I say that God is the author of war. Because people differ in language they most often differ in ideals and concepts.

Exodus 15: 2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

3. The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

Getting back to Eloheim. There is only one Godhead, composed of more than one individual. "Eloheim" is a plural word. We really should ask, what is God, not who is God. Our Father in heaven has had many children, Jesus our elder brother was so perfect in his obedience that he reached the status of God before he came to this earth. Why have you gone to school, or College? To learn what is right and what is wrong, in any field of endeavor. That is why you are here on this earth.

Now the question really is, can you read? If you can then you understand the basis for your eternal judgment.

The English word "Eloheim" is a plural word in Hebrew as said above. If you don't believe that yet then ask some College teacher of the Hebrew language. You have to learn that. When you see the word "God" in the Bible, it is from "Eloheim"

Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning Eloheim created the heaven and the earth." (Remember to always add the letter "S" = Gods = Deity. Remember it was always "Let us " )

Don't get worried, You are not going to be asked to worship some pagan god. There is only one God. Our Father in heaven. With the Godhead, our Father is a Patriarch and he rules as the King. Notice that the word "arch" is in Patri"arch." Like in the scripture in

Jude 9 "Yet Michael the 'arch'-angel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee."

Exodus 3:10-15

This is the account of where God called Moses to be the deliverer of Israel out of Egypt. You will remember that Moses is on the back-side of the desert and no one is present but he and God. God has told him to go unto Pharoah and tell him to let the people of God go. Moses is hesitant. Then the conversation changes to the children of Israel, and Moses asks God what name he shall use in convincing the Israelites to go with him. God then makes the statement that has been repeated thousands maybe even millions of times since.

(Exo 3:14) "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."

In the N.T. we see where Jesus used this same name several times. "I am the bread of life"; I am the door"; I am the way, the truth, and the life", "I am the True Vine; The Good Shepherd"; just to mention three or four.

Have you ever stopped to think why God did not continue in the phrase in Ex. 3:14? Why did He just say, "I AM THAT I AM"? Why did he not go ahead and state what HE WAS? You see, there is no beginning and no ending to God. There are no boundaries. There is no height nor depth limit. God is without boundary. Had he stated what HE WAS that would have limited Himself to that particular claim. "I AM THAT I AM". What is He? He is whatever you need.

Whatever He says happens.

If you need a Comforter, He is a comforter.

If you need a Provider, He is a provider.

If you need a Savior, He is a Savior.

If you need an Anchor, He is the anchor.

If you need an understanding Listener, He is just that.

There is no limit to what He is. "I AM THAT I AM." We can't explain God. We can't describe Him except what He has given us in the Bible. I want to give you some things about God that all of us have experienced many times and often overlook or forget about.

I. The Goodness Of God

A. Definition:

1. Goodness = the state or quality of being good.

a. Excellence of character, morals, or virtue.

b. Generous and kindly feelings such as goodness of heart.

2. The best or most nourishing part of anything; essence; strength.

3. God.

B. We use the term, "God is good".

1. Of course He is good; He can't be anything else.

2. He is good because He is God.

3. He is not good because of what He does, but He is good because of who He is.

4. He is not God because He is good; He is good because He is God.

(Psa 107:8-9) "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! {9} For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness."

5. He HAS given us that which we do not deserve.

6. He HAS NOT given that which we do deserve.

C. We should praise Him for His goodness.

1. It is far beyond our imagination.

2. We can't imagine what life would be like without the goodness of God being bestowed upon us.

3. I suppose it would be the very likeness of hell itself.

II. The Glory Of God

A. The Glory Of God Is Seen Through The Suffering Of His Saints.

1. Stephen. Cf Acts 7:54-60.

a. Stoned to death for his witness for Christ.

b. And as he was about to die, he saw Jesus…

c. He gave glory to God with his dying breath.

2. John on Patmos.

a. Boiled alive in hot oil.

b. Exiled on the Isle of Patmos and left to die.

c. But God wasn't finished with him yet.

3. Daphne Waldrip:

a. Only God knows the depths of her suffering.

b. But she continued to glorify God and witness to others.

c. God was glorified in her suffering.

B. The Glory Of God Is Seen Through The Sinlessness Of His Son.

1. Through His majesty.

(John 17:4-5) "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. {5} And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."

2. Through His manifestation.

(John 17:6) "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word."

3. Through His message.

(John 17:8) "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me."

4. Through His might.

(John 17:2) "As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him."

C. The Glory Of God Is Seen Through The Substitute for Sin.

1. Only God could die for sin.

2. Only God could pay the ransomed price.

3. Only the Creator could die for the creation.

4. The Son of God became the Substitute for sin.

5. He gave His body to be given to sin; and in doing provided a way of escape for sinful man.

a. See Him as He hangs on the Old Rugged Cross, so despised by man.

b. See Him as He suffers the agony and pain of sin for you and for me.

c. See Him as He looks toward His Heavenly Father for comfort and compassion and the Father rejects Him.

d. See Him as He dies alone without anyone to comfort Him.

6. It's hard for humanity to see any glory in such an episode; but all the while the wicked one was being stripped of his power over mankind.

III. The Gift Of God

(John 3:16) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

(Rom 6:23) "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

(Mat 11:28-29) "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. {29} Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

A. What is a gift?

1. A gift is given through grace and love.

2. It cannot be earned.

B. Most of what we give as gifts to friends is merely some type of payback.

1. God didn't owe man anything.

2. If someone takes us out to lunch we feel we must repay the favor.

3. A gift does not demand repayment.

C. Man had nothing coming, thus, God did not pay back…He paid it all.

(Eph 1:4) "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:"

God is great in His goodness.

God is great in His glory.

God is great in His giving.

Do we know His greatness? Have we tasted of His goodness? Do we know of His glory? Have we received His gift?

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