And God Went Up…
“And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.” Genesis 17:22 (KJV)
God went up, because He had came down to speak with Abraham. We see in verse one that “the LORD appeared to Abram”, so the only way He would go is “UP”. How is it that the deist will believe in God, but refuse to see Him having anything to do with His creation. The Bible in so many instances shows God coming down to men and women, and this is only one instance.
In this case God came down to Abraham to reveal to him how he was going to carry out His plan. It was God’s plan and covenant, not Abraham’s. Salvation by grace through the shed blood of Jesus is God’s plan and covenant, not man’s.
Only after God had finished His business with Abraham, “God went up”. Only after Jesus finished His business for and with the Father and for our benefit did He ascend into the clouds. He has gone up, but He did not leave us alone – His Spirit lives in us keeping us until the day of redemption. He will be coming back just as the disciples saw Him go up (Acts 1:11).
-by Tim A. Blankenship