My husband and I recently heard a rabbi say he thinks the reason God gave humans the ability to procreate is so that people could see how it feels to be disobeyed and rejected and have their existence denied….
This is surely how our ELOHIM, YHWH, must be feeling as He watches us stupid humans floundering around, arguing about “Gawd and the Bible” and beating each other up verbally over their preferred spelling of the English transliteration of His Name; and insisting we’re doing it right while everybody else is doing it wrong.
I mean – let’s just take a look at this Jesus thing: Christians have twisted the Bible into being all about “Jesus.” Every denomination talks about Jesus this and Jesus that. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. You rarely, if ever, hear the Name of His Father, YHWH – (pronounced Yah-weh) in a church setting. (Please see our articles, God revealed His Name to Moshe and Our Savior’s Name was never Jesus.)
On the other side of the coin, we have traditional Jews (and Jewish wannabe’s – Christian converts to Judaism, who got fooled somewhere along the way into rejecting “Jesus” and the New Testament – who are infinitely busy trying to disprove the Christian “Jesus” (while refusing to use our Messiah’s REAL Name, Y’shua, which means “YHWH is Salvation”) instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal to them all the scriptures there is a “rest of the story” called the New Testament….
So, here we have these two diametrically opposed sides, each insisting THEY have all the answers – and they will give you a biblical concussion … one, using the New Testament; and the other using Torah.
Wouldn’t it be nice if people would start seeking YHWH for the answers?
I mean, take this idea that Christianity is all about Jesus and nothing else. “Jesus plus NOTHING!” (That is what my Baptist pastor used to say.) Jesus abolished the “Law” and today, it’s all about “grace.” Riiiight! Never mind that grace was around when God allowed Adam and Eve to LIVE outside the Garden after having sinned, instead of pounding them back to the dust from whence they came! Never mind that He saved Noah and his family from the flood that destroyed everybody else on earth! But hey, THAT wasn’t “grace.” Grace only happened after Jesus died on the cross. Grace means we were delivered from having to do ANYTHING except “believe in Jesus.”
Er … What about the Father? Why is HE not in the picture? (Well, except, of course in traditional Judaism where they won’t even use His Name because they’re afraid they might disrespect Him by using the Name He gave to Moshe, or they might “use it in vain” somehow. And oh yeah, there’s that little thing about the ancient sages/rabbis and their “oral Torah” ideas which, of course, are SO much more important than anything Gawd (or in their case “G-d”) ever said….)
So, here’s the thing: Y’shua was our Final SIN “sacrifice.” He was the “arm of YHWH” (Isaiah 53:1); He WAS Divine ( Philippians 2:6-11 – see endnote below), and that is how He managed to be sinless and perfect, constantly seeking the Father in ALL things and even being willing – even unto DEATH - to OBEY the Father! (We humans certainly aren’t capable of being “perfect” and sinless! Not to mention WE cannot raise the dead, walk water, or turn water into wine.)
Y’shua sacrificed/offered Himself on our behalf. His shed blood relieved us from having to kill an innocent animal to atone for our sins. BUT – and this is a huge BUT! … Remember all those millions of bulls, goats and rams that died over the millennia BEFORE Y’shua died? Well, I don’t recall seeing anywhere in Scripture that the people started worshiping and revering THEM after they died, do you? Nobody went around bemoaning poor Bullet or Max or Pookie who “died on our behalf and we really need to go out and form a new religion in their honor….”
Well, think about it. Isn’t that kinda what we did with “Jesus”?
The truth is: YHWH created Y’shua in Miriam’s virgin womb (Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38). Unlike the traditional act of conception in our fallen world where people are born into sin, Miriam’s hymen was broken from WITHIN. She had never had sex. Y’shua was supernaturally created in her womb – He was a human with a divine qnoma/nature. He was the “arm of YHWH” (Isaiah 53:1) – and as we all know, since YHWH is a Divine Being upon whom we cannot look, lest we die (Exodus 33:20), wouldn’t His “arm” also be “divine”? His “arm” IS part of His “body” (though we really have no clue exactly what He looks like!).
Be that as it may, YHWH sent us His “arm” (and aspect of Himself in human form) to reveal YHWH and His Torah (Divine Instructions) to YHWH’s people, and to personally (face-to-face) show people how to properly walk in Torah (while getting into the faces of all those rabbis and Torah teachers who had been ADDING TO the Word and and building fences around Torah)! And then He martyred Himself for YHWH’s people (those who accept YHWH as their ELOHIM and believe that His Divine Messiah, Y’shua, was our Final Sin Sacrifice/Offering).
The bottom line is: It’s all about YHWH! It’s not about Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Yes, Y’shua is “YHWH in the Flesh”; but as a human being who was called His Son, He constantly deferred to whom? To the Father! (See our article for the answer.) The “arm” doesn’t tell the rest of the “body” what to do! The brain does.
So WHY has Christianity made it all about Jesus? WHY has Judaism denied that YHWH has already sent His Messiah, who has ALREADY fulfilled hundreds of prophecies ( … of course, if you check places like Truth2U.org you’ll see Rabbis Singer and Skobac and radio hosts Jono Vandor and some guy calling himself “Jason Spiritualbabies” and all their Twistian hangers-on rabidly trying to debunk all those prophecies….).
We humans are a stupid lot, aren’t we? Most of us are so arrogant that we spend all our lives trying to force God into a box that fits OUR idea of Him. He must be so sad!
Philippians 2: 5. And think you so in yourselves, as Y’shua the Mashiyach also thought; 6. who, as he was in the likeness of Elohim, did not regard it sinful to be the coequal of Elohim; 7. yet disinherited himself and assumed the likeness of a servant, and was in the likeness of men and was found in fashion as a man; 8. and he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the stake. 9. Wherefore, also, Elohim has highly exalted him and given him a name which is more excellent than all names; 10. that at the name of Y’shua every knee should bow, of (beings) in heaven and on earth and under the earth; 11. and that every tongue should confess that Y’shua the Mashiyach is YHWH, to the glory of Elohim his Father. (AENT)
More that his literal birth name Y’shua (which was and is a common Hebrew name), and more than the perfect reputation that his name represents. Y’shua bears the Name of YHWH, the “name above all names”! Y’shua has the Name and reputation of the Father YHWH in him (John 17:11) and the name means “YHWH is Salvation” (Matthew 1:21).
A friend of ours, Donna ("Fallingwaters") sees the YHWH/Y'shua relationship thusly - which we feel is a truly great way to view it:
YHWH is the Roots of the Tree, Y'shua is the Branch coming out of the Root, and the spirit is the liquid that produces the life in the Tree. And we are the branches produced off of Y'shua.
My Christian friend who supports the erroneous theology of the trinity argued with me recently that well, the Bible says that "Jesus", Yeshua sits at the right hand of God, so He indeed is a separate person. Also how else could have "Jesus", Yeshua pray to His Father while here on earth, and how he intercedes for us in Heaven, if He is not a separate person?ReplyDelete
I am not knowledgeable enough yet to give a conclusive answer to my friend to this, so any help would be welcome, please. I have read your article about the trinity, but still some of these Bible verses about Yeshua apparently communicating with the Father, for me, require clarification.
I myself think that sitting at the right hand of God is in line with being the arm of YHWH. It is probably a metaphor that He sits at the right hand of YHWH.
But I am not good with words or debates and simply felt that I failed to express myself to my friend so she "won". Fair enough, she is entitled to her opinion so there's really no "winning" here, but I mean that I wanted to help her understand the problems with the "trinity" and I felt like I failed because I don't have deep enough understanding of all the details or skills to answer to my friend.
Thank you for your question - it's an excellent question, actually, and perhaps our article might help: http://www.therefinersfire.org/forsaken_me.htm In it we explainReplyDelete
As you know, Yeshua is the Son, the "arm" of YHWH (Yahweh) (Isaiah 53:1); He is not the Father - but He is YHWH in the Flesh, a Manifestation of YHWH. When He cried out from the stake on that fateful day, He was talking as a son to his father. We must remember that GOD cannot be born or die! But His Son's body was human, prone to all the pains and illnesses of this fallen world.
God simply is and always was, and when He sent His "Son" Yeshua to be our Final SIN Sacrifice, He was actually sending a part of Himself - a human vessel with a divine Nature. It is that Divine Nature inside Yeshua that lived on after His human body was killed. In other words, Yeshua basically "put a face" on God to explain YHWH to mankind from a more personal level; while Yeshua was NOT the Father, He was an "arm" or extension of YHWH.
Yeshua was "God in the Flesh" only because He had His Father's Divine Nature, which is how He was able to be perfect enough to be our Final Sin Sacrifice. But He never came to replace the Father in any way.
Hope this helps! Please let us know what you think?
Thank you for your reply. I have since posting this question studied this subject more intensively, including reading your articles about it. And now I feel that I have much firmer understanding in this matter and I feel more ready and able to answer to my Christians friends. Thank you ever so much! :)Delete
You're very welcome! Glad we could help. We aim to help people learn and grow and understand Scripture better!Delete