by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"You shall have no other gods besides Me." Exodus 20:3
After the article, Forgiveness (click on highlighted words to view content), Jim wrote to ask, "I'm grappling with the idea mentioned at the end of the article that to worship Jesus is following another god. Doesn't Yeshua declare in Matthew 10:32 that we must come to the Father through Him? Again, Matthew 11:27 says all things were given to Yeshua. John 10:25-31 says He and the Father are one and in Hebrews 1:5-8, YHWH refers to Yeshua as God."
Most are not aware that the Name of God, YaHoVeH, appears over 6,500 times in scripture - yet, not once does His Name ever appear in any of our "modern" translations? It has been replaced in these translations by the names Jehovah, Adonai or LORD - none of which has any equivalency to what appears in the original Hebrew those scriptures were written in. Wherever you see the capitalization of "LORD" or "GOD" in the scriptures, that is where the Name of YHVH appeared in the original manuscripts (refer to Deuteronomy 6:4). The same is true for the name of the Son, Yeshua - it has been replaced by the name "Jesus" which does not appear in the original scriptures and did not even show up in the English language until the mid-16th century. Why do you think that is? Did that just happen by accident - a quirk? Or was it by design? Does the term replacement theology come to mind? Things became really muddled with the translation of the Messianic Writings because of the carry-over of this agenda of the translators to enhance the doctrine of a triune godhead which tells us, that since Yeshua IS the Father, the words "God", "Jesus" and "Lord" now become interchangeable. But, for these Hebrews writing these letters from a Hebrew perspective formed out of a Hebrew mindset that was influenced by Hebrew culture and were addressed primarily to a Hebrew audience which understood the nuances of the Hebrew language, they were well aware of what all of these words are alluding to - there is but one True Holy One of Israel.
Yeshua said He is "the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man comes to the Father except through (or by) Me" (John 14:6). Framed another way, that thought can also be stated, My Life is the only Way Truth (YHVH) is exampled and no man can find any Way to the Truth of the Father,Who is the Source of Life, except by incorporating the Virtue found in the example of My Life into his own.. The Greek word translated as the English "Lord" is kyrios which means "supreme in authority". Yeshua said in John 14:28 that YHVH was "greater" than He was and, while YHVH has given Yeshua all authority to complete the task He was given, Paul says it is plain that YHVH is excepted from that authority. The English word "God" in Hebrews 1:8 is translated from the Greek word theos whose definition is "a god or goddess, a general name given to deities". But, since the Greeks worshipped multiple deities, we see this cultural influence overwriting the translation of the Hebrew name, elohim (also translated as "God" in Psalm 45:6) which also means, "gods in the ordinary sense; but also rulers, judges, divine ones". So, the real question becomes, "Is Yeshua divine?"
The simple answer to that question is "Yes" - but, with a caveat. The divinity of Yeshua is upheld - it is the concept of divinity itself that is being questioned. What is interesting to note is that the English word "divinity" is nowhere to be found in scripture and the Greek word theios (translated as the English "divine") is only found in two passages in the Messianic Writings (NT) and one of those is actually translated as "Godhead" which we found in a previous article not to exist. One would think that a doctrine as intrinsic to Christianity as the divinity of Yeshua would be given more substance among these Hebrew authors. The one passage in 1Peter 1:3-4 that translates this Greek word properly speaks of the divine nature of YHVH - not Yeshua. Yeshua became One with the Father of Life because He kept the Words of His Father (John 8:54-55). Does this mean that, in being one with the Father, Yeshua replaces YaHoVeH as the Only One True God of Israel? The scripture says - no (see who is the Word). Throughout scripture, Yeshua is referred to as the "Son of YHVH", formed in the image of YHVH but not YHVH Himself. He is the "right arm" of the Father, seated at the "right hand" with YHVH,
|...the Ten Words of Life|
|And Yeshua answered him, "It is written, 'You shall worship YHVH, your God, and Him ONLY shall you serve '." (Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8, Deuteronomy 6:13)|
Should we worship Yeshua? According to Yeshua's words - no. Any more than we should worship any of the other divine brethren. He never told us to worship Him. This does not detract from the magnificence of what Yeshua has done in the obedience of and the laying down of His Life in order for the Father's Declared Purpose to be manifest in this earthly realm. This makes Him more than "just a prophet". If we are to understand and discern what our role is in this same Purpose of the Father, we need to properly handle the Words we have been given to explain that Purpose from a standpoint of truth and mental honesty (see the Bride and the Gospel for an in-depth look at that Purpose). Yeshua, as the Son of YHVH, accorded all the rights and privileges that position affords Him, said the Father was greater than He. As such, because He has proven Himself faithful to the Father's Purpose, Hebrews 12:1-2 says He has been given the seat at the right hand of the Father with all the accolades that rightfully comes with that position. Because He chose not to keep that pathway into the Father's Presence for Himself but laid it down so that anyone who chooses to be as He is in this world becomes a member of His Body (see what it means to be Light), seated with Him as part of His Body at the right hand of the Father; makes Him even more worthy of all the praise, adoration, glory and thankfulness deserving of His Selflessness (Romans 8:16-17, Ephesians 2:6). This is what it means to be One with Him. Thus, the Word, YHVH, becomes (is manifested) in the flesh of the Sons of YHVH who choose to Obey the Voice and Commandments of the Father through the Power of the infilling of ruach hakodesh (Hebrew for "the spirit of holiness") in the same manner as the Son Who, being the first born among many brethren, gave the example for us to follow. The testimony we have to offer, the Word we keep, is His Life lived in us.
"Yeshua answered him, 'If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.
And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me
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