Posts Tagged ‘Echad’

1 Thessalonians 2:13-14

“Another reason we regularly thank God is that when you heard the Word of God from us, you received it not merely as a human word, but as it truly is, God’s Word, which is at work in you believers. For, brothers, you came to be imitators of God’s congregations in Y’hudah that are united with the Messiah Yeshua ….”

In Hebrew the word ‘thank’ is todah and means ‘giving thanks.’ Hoda’ah is another word that means ‘thanks or thanksgiving.’ The word Yehudi for Jew also has its root in ‘thanks.’

The Hebrew word for ‘heard’ is shema and means ‘to hear or listen with the intent of obeying.’ Deuteronomy 6:4 is known as The Shema, the foundation of Jewish life and faith, and begins with “Hear, O Isra’el.”

The Hebrew word for ‘receive’ is kaval and means ‘to accept and undertake.’

In Hebrew ‘word’ is devar and means ‘saying or commandment.’ Word of God is Devar Elohim.

The word devarim, the plural of devar, is the Hebrew word for Deuteronomy. In this book, Moshe reiterates all of the commandments God gave when the Israelites first entered the wilderness to the second generation entering the Promised Land.

Yeshua is called the Devar Elohim, the Word of God that became flesh (John 1:14). The Devar Elohim at that time included the Torah, Prophets and Writings or Tenak.

The Devar Elohim is “at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

The Amplified Version, expands ‘at work in you’ to “brings forth superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it [Devar Elohim].”

In Hebrew, the word for ‘imitator’ is chakyan and means ‘to mimic.’ In Greek, the word ‘imitator’ is mimetes and means “a mentor, setting a proper example.”

‘Judah’ in Hebrew is y’hudah. Sha’ul (Paul) says that Greek followers of Yeshua are imitating God’s congregation of Messianic Jews because they are worthy of emulating.

“Another reason we regularly confess thanks to God is that when you heard and listened to the Devar Elohim from us, you accepted and undertook obeying it not merely as a human word, but as it truly is, the Devar Elohim which brings forth superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it. For, brothers, you emulated the Jewish congregations who are united with Messiah Yeshua who set the example for you.”

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‘Echad’ or Trinity

“Hear O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one”  (Deuteronomy 6:4).

“I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).

Christianity has a doctrine called the Trinity also known as the ‘Three-in-One Godhead.’ To explain this tenet, an egg is often used.  It is ‘one egg’ having three parts: the shell, the yolk, and the white.  Sometimes water is also used to explain the same idea: solid, liquid , and gas.

The Greek word trinity comes from the Latin word trinitas meaning the ‘number three’ or ‘triad.’  In the second century, Theophilus of Antioch was the first to use trinity in reference to God as Father, the Word, and His Wisdom. In the third century, Tertullian, a monk who lived in the Roman province of Africa, was the first apologist to defend the father, son, and holy spirit trinity.

The New Testament does not use the word trinity, nor did Yeshua or the apostles teach this plurality of God.  Though the followers of Yeshua saw the power of God’s Spirit through the risen Savior,  recognized the voice of God in the flesh as Yeshua,  they did not teach, as Tertullian, three different parts or entities of God that are “distinct, simultaneous, and interactive.” The foundation of the trinity has a long pagan past beginning after the days of Noah with his great-grandson, Nimrod. 

Nimrod – The Father

“Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, ‘Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD” (Genesis 10:8).

Nimrod was from the land of Cush, modern-day Ethiopia. He was known as “a mighty hunter before the LORD.”   The word ‘hunter’ can also mean ‘tyrant.’ “Before the LORD” is a Hebrew phrase for ‘in the face of, against, and anger.’ Nimrod could be described as a man whose face was set against God and hunted after men stealing their lives and souls. This is the epitome of the spirit of rebellion and the first manifestation of the ‘man of lawlessness’ in Scripture. Nimrod was given authority over many cities; one of them was Babel from which the great rebellion against God took place at the Tower of Babel.

Nimrod is known in different cultures as Molech, Baal, and Zeus.  Molech was the god of death and required the sacrifice of children in fire (Leviticus 20:1-5). Baal worship is mentioned throughout the Scriptures, especially in the days of the prophet  Elijah and the wicked queen Jezebel (1 Kings 18:19).   During the conquest of Alexander the Great, Antiochus Epiphanes forced the worship of pagan gods on the Jewish people. Zeus, the Greek god-idol, was set up in the Temple as an ‘abomination of desolation’ (1 Maccabees, Septuagint).

Tammuz – The Son

“Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the LORD, and I saw women sitting there, mourning the god Tammuz”(Ezekiel 8:14).

Tammuz was the son of  Nimrod and his wife, Semiramis.  Tammuz is also known as Dagon, the idol that fell over in front of the Ark of the Covenant (1 Samuel 5). Horus and Osiris, both part of Egypt’s worship of death, and Cupid, the god of the modern Valentine’s Day are also related to Tammuz.

The simple account of Tammuz is that he was killed by a wild boar and taken to the netherworld.  His mother-turned-lover (Semiramis) mourns him for 40 days until he is brought back to life at the spring equinox.  He is worshiped as Nimrod, his resurrected father.

Semiramis – The Spirit

“We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our ancestors, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem” (Jeremiah 44:17).

Nimrod’s wife was Semiramis and known in different world cultures as Astarte, Ishtar, and Easter.  She was a beautiful woman; and worshiped in Israel as the “Queen of Heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18).  As part of the Father, Son trinity, she was called the ‘holy spirit’ and the ‘mother of god’ because she conceived and gave birth to Nimrod’s reincarnated son, Tammuz.

This family unit of father Nimrod, son Tammuz, and spirit Semiramis became the models for the three-in-one foundation for the trinity. Each of these gods within the trinity was worshiped as an individual as each had a unique purpose within the godhead. Nimrod was the cruel, ‘father,’ Tammuz was the murdered ‘son’ who miraculously came back to life, and Semiramis was the beloved ‘mother of god.’

Tenet of Trinity

Three centuries after Yeshua, his followers did not want to adopt the tenet of the trinity, but Constantine at the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE forced the doctrine on the ‘church’ threatening exile.  The Roman Catholic church merged the pagan trinity with Biblical truth. Lent became the 40-day mourning period of Tammuz and Easter became the day of Tammuz’s resurrection.  The ‘mother of god’ holding her baby became known as the Madonna with a halo.

The Protestant Reformation didn’t go far enough in rejecting Roman Catholic tenets and adopted the trinity. The worship of the three individual god-parts is easily recognized within different denominations today. For example, Methodist, Lutheran, and other ‘high’ religious tradition focuses on God as the ‘father.’ The Evangelical denominations worship the son named Jesus. Pentecostal denominations exalt the gifts of the spirit above everything else, especially speaking in tongues. This triune-god worship is the reason that many Jews, and even Muslims, reject the idea of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh revealing Himself in the body of Yeshua.

Returning to the concept of the egg, worshiping God as a trinity is like choosing to worship either the shell, the yolk or even the white of the egg.  This would not be worshiping the egg as ‘the egg.’ Nor would worshiping ice or steam be worshiping water in its complexity. 

Echad – ‘One’

“Hear O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is ONE” (Deuteronomy 6:4).

The verse above is called the Shema, a Hebrew word meaning ‘to hear’ or ‘listen.’ God commanded His people in remember He is ‘One.’ The tenet of the trinity has blinded many to the ‘oneness’ of the God of Israel. This tenet also created a dangerous path for not only multi-god worship, but also deceptive pagan-god worship.

The word for ‘one’ in the Shema is echad and means ‘same, single, undivided oneness, and unique.’ God is telling the Israelites that He is one, undivided, and unique God. This was a new concept to the freed Hebrews as they had been immersed in the multitude of gods of Egypt worshiped as trinities. Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is a unique God, the only God to be worshiped ‘undivided.’

God delivered His chosen people from Egypt where Ra, Isis, and Osiris comprised the trinity. He delivered the Israelites from that spiritual bondage so they could worship Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh as the ‘One’ Living God.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Hear or Shema – שמע

Shin ש – A Tooth means ‘consume.’

Mem מ – Water means ‘chaos.’

Ayin ע – An Eye means ‘to see and understand.’

In Hebrew word pictures shema: See and understand, chaos consumed.

Hebrew Word Pictures

One or Echad – אחד

Alef א – An Ox means ‘first strength.’

Chet ח – A Fence means ‘protect.’
Dalet ד – A Door means ‘pathway.’

The Hebrew word picture for echad: The first strength protects the pathway.

Though echad has the nuance of ‘diverse,’ this does not support God as a trinity. It means that Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh can, did, and does reveal Himself in diverse ways: a bush that didn’t burn, the man who ate with Abraham, a pillar of fire, a cloud of glory, a still small voice, a hand on the wall, and wind blowing where it will. These are all expressions of the “I am who I am.” As God, Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh can express Himself any way He needs to including in human flesh –– Yeshua.

Eheyh Asher Ehyeh –The Creator

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God (Elohim), the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 40:28).

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3).

We know that God is the Creator, and according to John, so is Yeshua.  This makes Yeshua echad with God because “he was with God and was God” (John 1:1). Through Yeshua all things were made because all things were spoken into existence by Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh.

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – The Spoken Word

“This day I call the heavens and earth as witnesses … and that you may love the LORD your God (Elohim), listen to his voice, and hold fast to him” (Deuteronomy 30:20).

“The Word [of God] became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his glory, the glory of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

God spoke to Noah and told him to build an Ark.  God spoke to Abraham and gave him His promises. God spoke to Moses from a burning bush and told him to deliver His people.   God spoke to the Israelites in thunder and lightning when He brought them to Mount Sinai and gave them His Word. God spoke through the prophets preparing Israel for the Messiah.

The ‘voice’ of God, His spoken Word became a human being in the body of Yeshua.  Still, God is not divided and remains echad. His voice is not a separate entity from Himself. Yeshua stated, “For I have not spoken on my own initiative, but the Father who sent me has given me a command, namely, what to say and how to say it” (John 12:49). As God’s ‘voice,’ Yeshua said he and His Father are echad (John 10:30).  The Greek word ‘one’ is heis and used to signify ‘one in contrast to many, and in union with.’

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – The Breath

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water” (Genesis 1:1-2).

“Again Yeshua said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’  And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:21-22).

The Hebrew word for ‘spirit’ is ruach and means ‘breath.’ In the beginning, the ‘breath’ of God hovered over the surface of the waters. His ‘breath’ was not separate from Him, but part of His ‘being’ as the Living God.

God put his ‘breath’ into the nostrils of Adam and gave him life (Genesis 2:7).  He put His ‘breath’ into Bezalel from the Tribe of Judah and gave him the ability to do artistic works with silver, gold, and bronze for the Tabernacle (Exodus 32:1-3). Joshua was filled with the ‘breath’ of wisdom because Moses had laid hands on him (Deuteronomy 34:9).  King David, when anointed by Samuel to be King over Israel, was filled with the ‘breath’ of God (1 Samuel 16:13). When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting she was filled with the ‘breath’ of God and her baby leaped in her womb (Luke 1:41-42).  The ‘breath’ of God descended like a dove on Yeshua when he was immersed in the Jordan River (Matthew 3:16).   Believers in Messiah are sealed with the ‘breath’ of God manifested in gifts and fruits (2 Peter 1:3). Zechariah prophesied that the rebuilding of the Temple in the Millennial Kingdom will  not be by [human] power but by the power and ‘breath’ of God  (Zechariah 4:6).

The most powerful testimony that Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh and Yeshua are echad occurs after the resurrection when Yeshua ‘breathes’ on his disciples.  The holy ‘breath’ of God comes out of Yeshua, from his mouth, enters the disciples, and empowers them to be sent forth to the world as he was –– forgiving sins and being witnesses of the resurrection.

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – The Holy Arm

“A psalm.  Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him” (Psalm 98:1).

The word ‘salvation’ in this verse is the Hebrew word yeshua.  Read with that knowledge, yeshua is God’s right hand and His holy arm. Yeshua was and has never been a separate entity from God.   He is part of Him just like His breath, His words, His right hand, and His holy arm.

When Mary received God’s ‘breath’ to conceive, she knew it was yeshua for Israel.  When the Jewish people listened the Word in the flesh, they knew Yeshua spoke with authority and wisdom.   When God gave His only begotten Son to the world, they saw His holy arm reaching down, and His right hand bringing them yeshua.

The Great Commission and the Trinity

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). 

Some may argue that Yeshua’s command to go and make disciples involved immersing them in the “name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” however, those words are not in the original manuscripts.  They were added sometime after the Council of Nicaea that convened to deal with the issue of Yeshua’s deity and his ‘oneness’ with God. Earlier church fathers like Origen, Tertullian, Polycarp, Ignatius, and Justin Martyr had come up with the idea of the trinity,  but adding the Holy Spirit was not completed until the Council of Constantinople in 360 CE  (wikipedia).

The Great Commission is not proof text for the trinity; it is about Yeshua giving his disciples the authority he had been given by his Father to immerse people for repentance and forgiveness of sin. Yeshua tells his disciples to teach the commandments, sanctifying them to become his royal priesthood. Those who are immersed will also be given the authority to “go and make disciples.” The authority to immerse into the echad is to begin in Jerusalem, and then proclaimed to the nations of the world. A better description of this Hebrew-Jewish ritual is found in Luke:

“Then he [Yeshua] opened their minds, so that they could understand the Scriptures telling them, “Here is what it says: the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day;  and in his name repentance leading to forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed to people from all nations, starting with Jerusalem” (Luke 24:45).

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is not a three-part godhead nor three separate persons known as the trinity. He is not an egg or water that can be separated into parts that we choose to use or worship.  Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is echad.  He is One.  Yeshua said that we must worship Him as echad in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24). We must honor Him as the Creator whose Spoken Word became flesh, whose Holy Arm worked salvation, and whose Breath empowers us to be witnesses to the world.

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