The Lord who is Hosts

I remember hearing in seminary–and reading many times thereafter–a number of different attempts to capture the essence of this widespread name for God throughout the Old Testament.  I recently came across the most helpful explanation of its significance and implications I’ve ever encountered, in J.A. Motyer’s “Isaiah By the Day” (which I highly recommend to you, by the way):

“He is ‘Yahweh who is Hosts’, possessing in himself every potentiality and power; not a ‘bare One’ but a ‘One’ incorporating a multiplicity of attributes, capacities and powers.  The addition ‘of Hosts’ is part of the Old Testament’s anticipation of the New Testament revelation of God as the holy Trinity.”  (7)

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