On such place is in Genesis 18, when the Lord visits Abram. I’m told the original Hebrew also suggests at God being both one and many by the particular word used in each instance. But this comes through even in our modern English translation. In the following verses, what is in parenthesis points out what I notice. (I’ll skip a few verses and parts of verses for the sake of space.)
1) And the Lord (singular) appeared unto [Abram] in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2) And he lifted ups his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men (plural) stood by him: and when he saw them (plural), he ran to meet them from the tent door and bowed himself toward the ground.
3) And said, “My Lord (singular), if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
4) Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves (plural) under the tree:
5) ……. And they (plural) said, So do, as thou hast said.
9) And they (plural) said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And [Abrahm] said, Behold, in the tent.
10) And he (singular) said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life;….
This continues all the way through the chapter, referring to the Lord alternately both as a single person and as three people.
I also love reading about what the voice of God sounds like because, again, it refers sometimes to the voice of one and sometimes to the voice of many. In describing it so, the Bible reaffirms it is far beyond our mind’s capability to understand. The first instance is in Exodus 19 when the Lord comes down upon mount Sinai in the sight of Israel.
16) And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
“Thunders” turns out to be “kolot” in the original Hebrew, or “voices” (plural). And so you can imagine the multitude of voices in the midst of this thunderous cloud.
Ezekiel, when he described the noise of the wings of the cherubim upon which the Lord rode, he compared it to the voice of God as not being a single voice, but the sound of many voices together. “…I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host:…” (Ezek. 1:24) Here you can imagine the rushing sound of a waterfall and perhaps start to get some sense of how the Lord’s voice is so (plurally) different from our own (singular) voices. Or perhaps you could imagine that roaring sound of a great crowd all talking at once.
Even in Revelation 1, when Jesus appeared to his good friend, John, this vision was reported as “And [Jesus’] feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.”
I find it extremely reassuring that the Lord, being many as well as one, and as one whose thoughts are so very far above my own thoughts and experiences, and whose mind is so very far from the limitations of my own, is the One who watches over me and cares for me.