In this article I will apply the typical common sense approach to Truth that I apply elsewhere on this site. This common sense approach should be contrasted with the rampaging fire of Scripturally unsubstantiated mystical mysteries that are being supplied from self-anointed "rabbis" within the counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene groups. These individuals are among the most profoundly spiritually blind in all the earth. They have chosen to blind themselves to truth as they seek to conform Scripture to what they already are biased to believe from their Constantinian Christian upbringing instead of conforming their beliefs to the COMMON SENSE teachings from Scripture. May God have mercy on them for their arrogant self-exaltedness and zealous promotion of idolatrous worship of a false God as they follow the spirit of ant-Messiah.
The issue of this short article centers on the definition of an emissary (agent or representative) of God. One of the more common applications of this principle regards the misunderstanding of how Yeshua, who is NOT God, was able to do things that only God should be able to do, such as forgive sins. Many people hastily jump to the wrong conclusion that such powerful acts prove Yeshua the Messiah is God incarnate. I cannot count the number of times people have emailed me or spoken to me voicing the question:
"Well, if Messiah is not God how come he was able to forgive sins? Only God can forgive sins."
That question symbolizes a vast ignorance that persists in the minds of those affected by traditional Christian bias and error, an ignorance born in the standard Christian failure to grasp Hebraic principles. As I often state on this website, since the entire Bible is written from a Hebraic perspective failure to interpret it from its foundational Hebraic context assures misunderstanding of Scripture. Simply put, there is simply no way to correctly interpret Scripture unless Hebraic concepts are applied. (NOTE: "Hebraic" does NOT necessarily equal "Judaic" - a fact I elaborate upon elsewhere). In this case, the same faulty thinking by those who assume Messiah is God because he could forgive sins applies to issues such as how Messiah was able to heal, resurrect, or in general perform miracles.It is my firm conviction that Yeshua was just that - an EMISSARY of God, but he was NOT God. Obviously, if one applies common sense, he or she must admit that the emissary of another is NOT the one who commissioned him as an agent. The emissary, and one who commissioned him as an agent, are separate and distinct entities. The very meaning of "emissary" requires this to be the case! 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 see this - and the many other - SIMPLE, common sense facts?
So, Yeshua, as the agent of God, cannot possibly be the One from whom he was sent as an agent. Of course, the aforementioned "rabbis" would argue that it is a "Kabbalstic" 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 over those, like myself, who rely upon a common sense reasoning approach to Scripture. Well, I think I'll accept Yeshua's words instead of theirs when he says,"
Of course he said this during prayer to his God, but the kabbalistic Messianic leaders would see that as God praying to God. ?? Actually, they would give a "mystical" explanation that defies all common sense, as does their entire definition of a man-God Messiah.
The Hebrew word for emissary is shaliach (sha-LEE-ock). Below I will quote from an Orthodox Jewish teaching. It comes from ChabadOnline.com, which is an online web site 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. Therefore, 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 to believe. I found this quote quite useful to help us understand the mission of Yeshua the Messiah. It opens up the mind to consider Yeshua 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 read brackets [ ... ].
"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. [Yeshua was empowered by YHVH (God) 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."
[Consider this in light of Yeshua saying, "I and the Father are one." As God's shaliach, Yeshua 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 is NOT God. This is what Yeshua meant when he said such things as:
John 8:28, 42, 50 (NASB) 28 Yeshua therefore 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 Yeshua 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 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 prior to Yeshua's death him praying to his God and Father, "not my will, but thine, be done." (Matt. 26:39, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42). We should submit our will to the same God Yeshua did, which is NOT the God promoted by Trinitarians and all others that 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 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 DID submit his will to HaShem (God), and Hebraic thought clearly teaches we ARE to submit our will to God; however, Yeshua maintained his "desires, feelings, talents, and personal 'style'"] The result of this in 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 - He was utilizing the gifts and personality Yeshua the Messiah possessed.]
The Rebbe [They are here referring to a Rabbi they greatly admire.] 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. [Is this not what Yeshua - our "Rebbe" - did?]
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 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. [Well, these Orthodox Jews obviously forget Yeshua. His followers dwarf those of ALL other men, despite the fact many that think they are following him are not.] 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."
Additional information useful for understanding a shaliach is found in The Jewish Encyclopedia, page 232. It describes the "Jewish Law of Agency."
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 .
[Yeshua, as the agent of YHVH, is FULLY empowered to LEGALLY and FULLY represent YHVH. As the agent (shaliach) of God, Yeshua 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 is NOT God!]
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
[The apostles, and WE who continue to spread the "good news" of Yeshua's rule and the Kingdom of God, are subagents sent by Yeshua!] ...
It should also be noted that a shaliach has his emissary status revoked either by failure (such as Israel) or death. Yeshua did NOT fail and HE LIVES!! Therefore, he is STILL the shaliach of YHVH.
So, there you have it. Yeshua 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 YHWH God!
Each true follower of Messiah is to go forth as a shaliach of THE shaliach. For further evidence proving Yeshua to the the shaliach (one sent) of God, note the words of Yeshua found using this link. After reading Yeshua's words it should be obvious that Yeshua is the shaliach, sent one, agent of the Almighty God. A revelation came to me as I presented the quotes from the gospel of John. Christianity and counterfeit Messianism present John's gospel as their primary alleged "proof" of Messiah's deity. However, they misrepresent the truth (as usual), because what John actually presents is the evidence proving Yeshua to be the shaliach of God, but NOT as God! I am now convinced that the primary purpose of John's gospel was to prove Yeshua 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 summarizing his purpose and the way to eternal life:
Please ponder intently Yeshua as the shaliach of YHVH. THE key to understanding Yeshua's 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.