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Go to Bible: Genesis 48
 
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“God Almighty.” The Hebrew is El Shaddai.

“appeared to me.” Here Jacob recalls the very first time God appeared to him when he was fleeing from his brother Esau and going to Haran. The record is Genesis 28:10-19, and Luz is mentioned in Gen. 28:19. Luz was the old name, Jacob named it Beth-el (or Bethel) “the house of God.”

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“bless the lads.” The verb is singular. This has caused some theologians to say that God is a Trinity because here God and the angel are spoken of with a singular verb, “bless.” But there is much wrong with that logic. For one thing, it occurs a number of times in the Bible that a plural subject is paired with a singular verb (cp. Exod. 4:29 (“went”); Exod. 8:8; 10:3; Josh. 8:3; etc.). Also, in this case, the angel may have been representing God in this context, as angels often do; there is no “and” before “the angel,” so the angel could be representing God, and this would be a case of divine agency. That would make this verse about the representative of God, just like the angel who wrestled with Jacob and changed his name to Israel.

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