Some Hebrew Roots “big-wig” teachers are severely lacking when it comes to “class” and professionalism. A thread in which I was recently involved was discussing whether or not Y’shua was YHWH (in the flesh), and this guy commented: “If they do not believe Yeshua is LORD YHWH, they have no faith and believe nothing!”
EXCUSE ME? I’m sorry, but unless someone died and made this guy GOD, he isn’t qualified to make that kind of judgment!
Here’s the thing – and please humor me for a minute: While I personally DO believe Y’shua was divine, I don’t believe he was “God in the Flesh” because YHWH, Elohim – the One who created the entire universe and everything in it; who breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life and caused him to be a living creature (Genesis 2: 7), CANNOT be born or die! (Ex 15:18; Dan 4:3, 6:26; Psalms 9, 10, 48, 90, 93, 145, 146; Lam 5:9; Micah 4:7; 1 Tim 1:17, 6:16; 1 Peter 5:11;Rev 11:15).
YES, Y’shua had a divine nature and the Ruach haKodesh (Isaiah 11:1-2; 63:1-11; Psalm 51:1-11; Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32); otherwise, he couldn't have been the Messiah, the sinless lamb who martyred himself on our behalf as redeemer. Nor could he have walked on water, healed the sick, raised the dead, or turned water into wine, OR considered himself to be co-equal with YHWH. (Isaiah 53:11-12; Zechariah 12:10; Philippians 2:5-11; John 5:18; Mark 16:19.)
But he wasn’t “God” per se! In the Gospel of John, Y'shua directly denies the charge that he has elevated his HUMANITY to YHWH. In fact, the Aramaic always differentiates between RUACH (Holy Spirit) and NEFESH (soul); and not once does Y'shua ever say his NEFESH was YHWH. He says, in fact, the OPPOSITE - that it can die; that he will die….
And please don’t misunderstand … I’m NOT saying Y’shua was “lesser” than the Father. I’m just saying, he wasn’t the Father while in his human state. We must remember that Yeshua, the “arm of YHWH” (Isaiah 53:1) who was human during the time he walked the earth, constantly "submitted Himself" to the Father (John 17:4) – BUT that did not necessarily make Him "lesser.”
For instance, when we were submitting ourselves to learn from our parents, teachers, bosses, it didn't necessarily make us "lesser" human beings. Neither did Yeshua's submission to "God the Father" make Him "less." He was here to proclaim the Kingdom and do everything his Father commanded (Luke 4:43; 8:1).
YHWH spoke through the Spirit of Mashiyach (Messiah) here on earth, because Y’shua was not only His "arm" (Isaiah 53:1), but also “the Word” (John 1:1, 14) who went back to being who he always was “from the beginning ” – to “sit at the right hand of God” after his human body died and was resurrected by YHWH. (Psalm 110:1; Psalm 118:16; Matthew 22:44; Psalm 110:1; John 1:1-5.)
Y'shua believed his own nefesh was mortal. Zechariah 12:10 says the Spirit of YHWH is "pierced" but they mourn for him (Y'shua) as an only begotten son. YHWH cannot literally be "pierced"; therefore, this refers to Mashiyach who had the Spirit of YHWH in him.
Furthermore, it seems to me that if Y’shua was YHWH, then anyone who looked upon him would have DIED! (Gen. 3:8-10; Exodus 33:17-33) If Y’shua was YHWH, then you would also have to say that the burning bush was YHWH, and that the pillars of cloud and fire were YHWH (Ex 13:17 – 14:29) as was Baalam’s donkey (Numbers 22:21-39). No, these were all manifestations of the presence of ADONAI; but they were NOT YHWH!
I never have liked the term, “God in the Flesh” because GOD cannot die. I believe (and I don’t need to be berated for it because YHWH gave us the freedom to have opinions!) that Y’shua was a perfect, holy and divine Representation of YHWH while he walked this earth.
Y’shua wasn’t YHWH – HOWEVER, we COULD say YHWH “was Y’shua,” because YHWH – THE Creator who is able to do and be and see and know everything – was the One who placed His “Son” into Miriam’s womb to become to the perfect, holy, sinless human being who would grow up to proclaim the Kingdom and do everything His Father commanded (Luke 4:43; 8:1) and end up so far fulfilling, at least 300 prophecies.
(According to scientist and mathematician, Professor Peter Stoner, the probability of even just 48 prophecies being fulfilled by one person (referring to Y'shua) is the incredible number of 1 in 10^157 power – one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion…)
The truth is, our limited, human mindsets CANNOT properly understand or comprehend the concept of YHWH – period! NOBODY has the market cornered on Truth. We’re all just TRYING, and we don’t deserve to be harangued or harassed for it.