Yeshua: God’s Empowered AGENT, but He is Not God

Apr 24, 2015 | False Doctrines & Inaccuracies |

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Using Common Sense …

In this article I will apply a common sense approach just as is often done elsewhere on this site. This common sense approach should be contrasted with the rampaging fire of bogus, unsubstantiated teachings that are supplied from self-anointed “rabbis” within the Christianized Messianic and Nazarene groups who deviate drastically from the true Torah. These individuals have chosen to blind themselves to truth as they seek to force Scripture to conform to what they already are biased to believe from their anti-Torah Christian upbringing or the church with which their Messianic “synagogue” is aligned instead of aligning their beliefs to the common sense teachings from Scripture and the true Torah.

This discussion will focus upon the definition of an emissary (agent or representative) of God and will thus help explain how Yeshua (Jesus), who is not God, was able to do things that only God should be able to do, such as forgive sins. Since many Christians lack an understanding of this principle, they hastily jump to the wrong conclusion with regard to the powerful acts Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah performed. They assume that such acts prove Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is God incarnate. I cannot count the number of times people have emailed or spoken to me voicing the question:

“If Messiah is not God how was he able to forgive sins? Only God can forgive sins.”

That question symbolizes a vast lack of knowledge that persists in the minds of those infected by traditional Christian bias and error, a bias birthed from Torah illiteracy and the resulting standard Christian failure to grasp Hebraic principles. As I often state on this website, since the entire Bible is written from a Hebraic/Judaic perspective failure to interpret it from its foundational Hebraic/Judaic context guarantees misunderstanding of Scripture.

Simply put, there is no possible way Scripture can be correctly interpreted unless Torah based Hebraic/Judaic concepts are applied. In this case, the faulty thinking by those who assume Messiah is God because he could forgive sins also applies to issues such as how Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah was able to heal, resurrect, or in general perform miracles.

Emissary vs. God Incarnate

It is my firm conviction that Yeshua (Jesus) was very much an emissary of God, but he himself was not God.

If an individual applies common sense he or she must admit that the emissary or agent of someone is not that someone who commissioned him to be an agent. The emissary and one who commissioned him are separate and distinct entities. The very meaning of “emissary” or “agent” requires this to be the case.

The quotes shown in this link are passages from the New Testament in which Yeshua (Jesus) repeatedly states that he was sent.

When Messiah says he was “sent” it proves he is not God! Why is it so difficult for those who believe Messiah is God to recognize this and the many other simple, common sense facts that prove the same thing?

Yeshua (Jesus), as the agent or representative of God cannot possibly be the One from whom he was sent as an agent. He cannot be God. Of course, the aforementioned “rabbis” would argue that it is a Kabbalistic truth that can only be understood by delving into the mysterious “Ein Sof,” and that it is “hidden” from all but the most wise, which they arrogantly consider themselves to be. It is this egocentric basis that so entices others to believe their gibberish since all that agree with them can join them in their feeling of “specialness” and “divine wisdom” as they elevate themselves above others.

Concealed from the Elite

I embrace legitimate Kabbalistic principles and recognize the wealth of understanding and knowledge it contains; however, accessing such deep, inner-essence Torah understanding is unnecessary. Proof that Messiah is not The Eternal Creator can be easily proven from a basic and simple reading of Scripture. I’ll accept Yeshua’s (Jesus’) words when he says:

Matthew 11:25 (CJB)
25 It was at that time that Yeshua said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you concealed these things from the sophisticated and educated and revealed them to ordinary folks. (Emphasis mine.)

Luke 10:21 (CJB)
21 At that moment he was filled with joy by the Ruach HaKodesh and said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I thank you because you concealed these things from the sophisticated and educated, yet revealed them to ordinary people. Yes, Father, I thank you that it pleased you to do this. (Emphasis mine.)

Of course he sa

id this during prayer to his God, but the counterfeit Messianic leaders who distort legitimate Kabbalah to fit their “God in the flesh” bias would see that as God praying to God as depicted in the picture shown to the right. Actually, they would give an explanation that defies all common sense, as does their entire definition of a man-God Messiah.

Indeed, recognition of the true God and true Messiah are concealed from counterfeit Messianics and Constantinian Christians who consider themselves “sophisticated and educated.”

Shaliach

The Hebrew word for emissary is shaliach (sha-LEE-ock). Below I will quote from an Orthodox Jewish teaching. It comes from Chabad.org, which is an online website promoting Chabad-Lubavitch teachings. Obviously, since it is a thoroughly Judaic organization they should know Hebrew, and the quote I will show represents the standard Hebraic view, not simply the Orthodox Jewish view. Since the entire Bible was written by men with a Hebraic view, the quote also represents the Biblical view and is not the false Hebraic view counterfeit Messianics would have us believe.

I found this quote to be quite useful to help us understand part of the mission of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. It opens up the mind to consider Yeshua (Jesus) as the shaliach of God and of our responsibility to be shaliachim (emissaries). This Hebraic understanding of an emissary is very illuminating when one considers the mission of Messiah and our mission to advance the Kingdom. This is an outstanding snippet, which gives insight into the Biblical (Hebraic) concept of an emissary and the emissary’s master.

Within the quote I have placed my own comments in green boxes.

Shaliach Definition – Chabad.org

Shaliach — the word means “agent” and “emissary” — is a halachic (Torah-legal) term for a person empowered by someone else to act in his stead. The shaliach first appears in the Torah in the person of Eliezer, whom Abraham commissioned to find a wife for his son, Isaac. Rebecca was selected and betrothed as a wife for Isaac by Eliezer — she was legally Isaac’s wife without her actual husband having ever set eyes on her or having exchanged a single word with her. In the words of the Talmud, “A person’s shaliach is as he himself.”

Yeshua (Jesus) was empowered by God to act in His stead.

Consider this in light of Yeshua (Jesus) saying, “I and the Father are one.” As God’s shaliach, Yeshua (Jesus) was acting in behalf of God; thus, God’s emissary or representative was as God, since he was fully empowered to legally act as God’s chosen agent. However, just as Eliezer was not Abraham, Yeshua (Jesus) is not God. This is what Yeshua (Jesus) meant when he said such things as:

John 8:28, 42, 50 (NASB) 28 So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 50 But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges.

There exists a halachic model (the eved or “slave”) for one who has abnegated his will, personality and very identity to that of his “master.”

Yeshua (Jesus) was also God’s slave in the sense that he submitted his will to God just as we should; however, he did not submit his identity or personality. Recall that prior to Yeshua’s (Jesus’) death he prayed to his God and Father, “not my will, but thine, be done.” (Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42).

We should submit our will to the same God Yeshua (Jesus) did. This is not the God promoted by Trinitarians and all others who promote a Messiah man-God.

There also exists the model of the “employee” (sachir), who assumes the obligation to perform a certain task for someone else, but whose personality and identity remain separate and distinct from the personality and identity of his “employer.” The shaliach is unique in that he or she retains a great degree of autonomy in carrying out his mission, yet at the same time becomes a virtual extension of the person who commissioned him (the meshaleiach).

Likewise, as God’s unique emissary (shaliach), Yeshua (Jesus) became a virtual extension of God. Again, this is what he meant when he said that he was “one” with God. It is also what he prayed for when he prayed that his followers would likewise be “one” with the Father just as he is:

John 17:11, 21, 22 (KJV) 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one

The shaliach does not abnegate his intellect, will, desires, feelings, talents and personal “style” to that of the one whom he represents; rather, he enlists them in the fulfillment of his mission.

Yeshua (Jesus) did submit his will to Hashem (God), and Hebraic thought clearly teaches we are also to submit our will to God; however, Yeshua (Jesus) maintained his “desires, feelings, talents, and personal ‘style'”.

The result of this is not a lesser bond between the two, but the contrary: the meshaleiach is acting through the whole of the shaliach — not only through the shaliach’s physical actions, but also through the shaliach’s personality, which has become an extension of the meshaleiach’s personality.

God, as the “Meshaleiach,” was “acting through the whole” of Yeshua (Jesus) – He was utilizing the gifts and personality Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah possessed – gifts which He actually gave him.

The Rebbe took the halachic concept of shelichut and transformed it into a calling and a way of life. In the five decades of his leadership, he recruited, trained, motivated and commissioned thousands of men, women and children to act as his personal representatives and emissaries in hundreds of communities throughout the world.

The “Rebbe” they are referring to is a Rabbi they greatly admire. Can the same actions not also be attributed to our “Rebbe” Yeshua (Jesus)?

Intrinsic to the role of shaliach is the challenge to bring one’s own initiative, resourcefulness and creativity to the task. The Rebbe did not allow his sheluchim the luxury of mindless obedience to his dictates. Instead, he insisted that Chabad’s programs and activities arise from the particular strengths and inclinations of the shaliach and the particular needs and circumstances of his locality.

But neither did the Rebbe send his emissaries to tackle their mission on their own. He empowered them to be “as he himself,” so that a shaliach’s every deed is imbued with the awareness that he is acting as an extension of the Rebbe’s very person; that his thoughts and feelings, choices and deliberations, efforts and satisfactions, while the product of his own prowess and personality, are now serving as extensions of the Rebbe’s prowess and personality.

Again, is this not what Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah – our Rebbe – did? He did not send us out alone on our mission. We, as the emissaries of God’s unique emissary, are not alone and are empowered just as described.

Never before in the history of our people has one man built a following so large in number, so diverse, so highly motivated, and so successful in the furtherance of his vision. At the core of this phenomenal success is a seemingly benign legal dynamic, first employed more than 3,600 years ago when Abraham sent Eliezer to find a wife for his son.

These Orthodox Jews obviously refuse to acknowledge Yeshua (Jesus). His followers dwarf those of all other men, despite the fact that many who think they are following him actually are not.

The “Law of Agency”

Additional information useful for understanding a shaliach is found in The Jewish Encyclopedia, page 232. It describes the “Jewish Law of Agency.”  I provide a link to the online Jewish Encyclopedia in which the law of agency is discussed.  The law of agency is defined as:

“The Law of Agency deals with the status of a person (known as the agent) acting by direction of another (the principal), and thereby legally binding the principal in his connection with a third person. The person who binds a principal in this manner is his agent, known in Jewish law as sheluach or sheliach (one that is sent): the relation of the former to the latter is known as agency (shelichut). The general principle is enunciated thus: A man’s agent is like himself (Kiddushin. 41b).”

Yeshua (Jesus), as the agent of God, is fully empowered to legally and completely represent God. Being the agent (shaliach) of God is one way that Yeshua (Jesus) is “like,” or the “likeness” and “image” of God; however, just as the agent (the one sent) is not the principal (who sent him), Yeshua (Jesus) is not God!

“Appointment.
1. Under the Jewish law an agent may be appointed without the formality of writing, that is, by spoken words; and witnesses are not needed to give effect to these words, except to prove, in case of dispute, that authority had been given, and the extent of such authority. The standard authorities draw this conclusion from the remark in Kiddushin, 65b, that witnesses are needed only to meet denials.”

An agent may appoint a subagent (Kiddushin 41a).”

The apostles and we who continue to spread the “good news” of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) rule and the Kingdom of God are subagents sent by Yeshua (Jesus)!

It should also be noted that a shaliach has his emissary status revoked either by failure or death.

Yeshua (Jesus) did not fail and he lives due to his being resurrected by his God – the One and Only True God. Therefore, he is still the shaliach of God.

Common Sense Conclusion

So, there you have it. Yeshua (Jesus) is the shaliach (emissary) of God, but he is not God. Since he is the fully empowered agent of God, he has the power to forgive sins, heal, resurrect, etc. But his power does not prove him to be God. All it proves is that he is fully empowered by God!

Each true follower of Messiah is to go forth as a shaliach of the shaliach. After reading Yeshua’s (Jesus’) words it should be obvious that Yeshua (Jesus) is the shaliach, sent one, agent of the Almighty God.

A thought occurred to me as I presented the quotes from the gospel of John. Christianity and Christianized Messianism present John’s gospel as their primary alleged “proof” of Messiah’s deity. However, they misrepresent the truth, because what John actually presents is the evidence proving Yeshua (Jesus) to be the shaliach of God, but not God! I am now convinced that a primary purpose of John’s gospel was to prove Yeshua (Jesus) to be the “sent one,” the shaliach (agent) of God. Indeed! John implicitly states that as being his primary purpose for writing his gospel when he quotes Yeshua (Jesus) summarizing his purpose and the way to eternal life:

John 17:3 (KJV)
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (Emphasis mine.)

Please ponder intently Yeshua (Jesus) as the shaliach of God. The key to understanding Yeshua’s (Jesus’) mission and position lies in an understanding of shaliach!

May God open minds and spiritually blind eyes to the truth so that others will finally become fellow emissaries with Messiah.

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