It is my belief that the God of the Old Testament is Jehovah. Did Jehovah have a body of flesh and bone? Do you have any scriptures to confirm your view?
Bob, from the USA
I agree with you that the God of the Old Testament is Jehovah. But finding out just who Jehovah is would answer your question. First off, Jehovah is not God, the Father, although he appeared as such in early Old Testament times. We read in Exodus 6:2-3—
And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
Here “God” declares that He presented himself to Abraham by the name of God Almighty, who we would interpret as being God, the Father, but that He was another person, by the name of Yhovah, or Jehovah, meaning The Existing One. I understand that the word Yhovah is compounded from the past, present and future of the verb, to be, which could also be interpreted as The Eternal One. Every place that the word, LORD, (all capitals) is used in the Old Testament it is translated from the Hebrew, Yhovah. So, if we can learn from the Old Testament the identity of Jehovah, who has declared himself not to be God the Father, we may have our problem solved.
For information on the true identity of Jehovah we should go to Zacharia 12:8-10.
8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Verse 8 establishes that it is the LORD, (Jehovah) who is speaking. In verse 9 He changes from speaking in the third person to the first person– “I [Jehovah] will seek to destroy…” In verse 10 the LORD, or Jehovah, is saying that shall look upon me whom they have pierced–a direct reference to the crucifixion of the Savior, as well as identifying himself as the only son, and as the firstborn. Jesus Christ is the only one who fits the description of the firstborn in the spirit world and the only begotten in the flesh. So it is indisputable in these verses that Jehovah is identifying himself as Jesus Christ. Thus, Jehovah is the Savior in his pre-mortal state, and as such would not have a physical body. In order to gain a physical body and thus be empowered to affect the great atoning sacrifice, God the Father engendered His First Born in the spirit world to enter into mortality with a mortal mother, Mary. Thus, from his mortal mother He inherited the power to die, and from his immortal Father He inherited the power to overcome death and initiate the resurrection of the body, all of which was in fulfilment of the great plan of the Father to extend his mercy in the forgiveness of repented sin without violating the principle of justice.
This identification of Jehovah as Jesus Christ was confirmed in our day by the LORD Himself when He appeared in a most marvelous vision to the prophet Joseph Smith and his companion, Oliver Cowdery on 3 April, 1836 at the dedication of the first temple built to serve the Lord in this last dispensation of the gospel—
The veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened. We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber. His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying: I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father (D&C 110:1-4).