Daily Bible Nugget #673, Genesis 3:8

The Nugget:

Gen 3:8  And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

The Question:

In an ongoing discussion today of Genesis 3:8 where a Muslim poster raised the question of how the Bible could be correct if it says God walked in the Garden of Eden if it is also true that Jesus said in John 4:24 that God is a spirit?

I jumped in and offered the following two-paragraph comment in answer to the Opening Post’s question:

My Comment:

The Bible states (John 4:24) that God is spirit. We are also told that no man has seen God at any time (John 1:18). Yet there are a number of Bible passages in the Old Testament that specifically state that men or people have seen God (Genesis 17:22. 32:30. Exodus 24:9, 10. Exodus 33:11. Judges 6:22. Judges 13:22). I believe the best answer is furnished by Genesis 17:22 and its preceding and following context. Recall that when Jesus was asked if He had seen Abraham, Jesus answered in the affirmative. Jesus said also that “before Abraham was I am” (John 8:58) after Jesus said “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56). It is clear from the Bible, therefore, that when anyone saw God it was Jesus who they saw in His pre-incarnate form as the Angel of Jehovah. Note that in context the Angel of Jehovah is called God. Note also that there are TWO Jehovah’s on the scene at the same time in Genesis 19:24.

All this may be very hard for many to understand. Study the Bible carefully and you will find that what I have presented in my paragraph above is absolutely true to what the Bible itself teaches.

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