This basic and very important truth is actually a foundation of the Messianic (Christian) faith. The New Testament is very clear regarding the divine nature of Yeshua and that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are fully united as One God (Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, John 1:1-3, Philippians 2:6-7, 2nd Corinthians 3:17, Acts 5:3-4). In Christian history, people and sects who tried to diminish the divine nature of Yeshua (or His coming in the flesh as fully human) ended up falling from the faith into false theologies.
But, to Jewish thought, which is mostly based on Rabbinical writings and only to a lesser degree on the Old Testament (the Tanakh), the idea that the Messiah is divine, that He is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, that He is God, lies somewhere between strange and heretical. Many in our congregation were raised in this thinking before coming to faith in Yeshua as Messiah and Savior and thus struggle to some degree with this fundamental truth. Many have problems explaining this truth to non-believers who inquire about it, usually accusing Messianic believes in some type of paganism (worshipping multiple gods).
In order to solidify this truth in the hearts of believers in our congregation and to equip them to present it from the Tanakh (OT) to non-believers (as non-believing Jews don’t see the New Testament as a reliable source), I have started a series of lessons in this subject during the week. We first exposed this truth with all its clarity from the New Testament in order to lay a strong foundation. Then we moved to the Tanakh (OT) to look for evidence for the divine nature of the Messiah, and there is actually much!
From prophecies that speak of His divine nature, that He is actually God (YHVH), to appearances of Yeshua to people during Old Testament times—appearances that reveal His divinity—their eyes are opening. It is exciting to see the interest and growth of the lessons’ participants as this truth finds a deeper place in their hearts and they find it so well based in the Bible, both in the New and Old Testaments. In the next blogs I will share with you these evidences from the Tanakh (OT). Some of them are well known, and some of them hidden as pearls to find amongst the Hebrew scriptures.
I would highly recommend a book by Asher Intrater, who serves as our overseer at Tiferet Yeshua, called Who Ate Lunch with Abraham. In it he provides many proofs that Yeshua is divine and reveals the many instances where He appeared in the Hebrew Scriptures. You can find it here –http://roncan.net/2dfQFnr
This article originally appeared on Tiferet Yeshua, October 16, 2016, and reposted with permission.