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O God Elohim, Creator

The writer of the New Song begins by saying, "O God Elohim, Creator who made the heavens and the earth!"

Here, why does the writer of this New Song say "O God Elohim, Creator" when referring to God the Creator? What does the word "Elohim" mean? Well...

Elohim is actually the Hebrew word for God and it occurs more than 2500 times in the Hebrew Bible.So why is that important for us to know??

The reason is because Elohim, with its plural suffix '-im', actually translates to mean "Gods."

It means that the God who created all things, that is to say, the God of the Bible, is not singular but plural.

If this is so, then we should find evidence of this fact in the Bible, right? Let's see how Elohim God the Creator spoke in the creation...

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

When God created human beings, God created mankind in God's own image. What is astonishing is that when God was creating mankind God did not say "Let me make mankind", but rather God said "Let us make mankind." Here, we might ask "Why if God is singular did God speak in the plural?" Well.. as was mentioned, God is actually Elohim. Understanding that Elohim is plural allows us to understand why God spoke in plural when creating mankind.

And we can find other verses in the Bible where Elohim God speaks in plural...

Genesis 11:5-7  But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, LET US go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

And...

Isaiah 6:8  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for US?" And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

So... when we look at the verse from the New Song we can understand why the writer says,

O God Elohim, Creator who made the heavens and earth! Thanks and praise be to You; eternal worship we give You!

In other words, the writer is praising the God of the Bible, Elohim, who is to be praised from eternity to eternity.

And the writer of the new song continues saying, Wisdom and power belong to God; O God Almighty! With all our heart and all our mind, we give thanks and worship to our God.

So, what the writer of the new song is thankful for is to know the true creator God Elohim of the Bible, and to have the honor to praise and worship the true God.

 

Let's take a look at the second verse of this New Song...

O merciful God, New Jerusalem our Mother! 

The writer of the New Song says, O merciful God, New Jerusalem our Mother!

Here another question may arise... why does the writer of the new song refer to God as New Jerusalem our Mother? Well...

As we mentioned earlier, God is referred to as Elohim which is plural, and is the reason why we find God speaking in plural in different verses of the Bible. We see in Genesis 1:26, God said "let us make mankind in our image." Since God said "let us make mankind in our image", then based on what God created we can understand how many images of God there are?

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Here, male and female were created in the image of God. The male image of God we have known as 'Father'. Then, what should we call the female image of God? Automatically, we would have to say ... 'Mother.' A point that is made even more evident when the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Galatia that "the Jerusalem that is above is free and she is our Mother." So, even Apostle Paul believed in the existence of God the Mother, referring to her as "the Jerusalem that is above."

So.... when we look at the verse from the New Song we can understand why the writer of the New Song says

Thanks and praise be to You; eternal honor we give You!

The writer of the new song is giving thanks specifically to the female image of God, our Mother.

The writer of the new song continues by saying,

Our life belongs only to You; O Mother, You are love.

With all our heart and all our mind, we give praise and honor to Mother

The writer expresses deep gratitude to Jerusalem our Mother understanding now that we do not only have God our Father who loves us so much, but also God our Mother who is eternal love.

In truth, God the Father and God the Mother are testified throughout the Bible, and the existence of both Father and Mother allows us to understand why God Elohim is plural and it explains why God said "let us make mankind in our image" and "male and female" were created.