A couple days ago we considered Who is… The Holy One of Israel? What we found is that the title, applied by both Peter and Stephen to Yeshua, is also a title used multiple times in the Tanak for Yahweh Tzevaot (the Lord of Hosts). Today we want to consider another title, used to refer to Yeshua, and consider how often it is ascribed to Yahweh, thus again showing the connectedness, the ‘echad’ nature, of Yahweh!
Knowing that Yeshua will return in the same way He left, and knowing that prophecy declares He will stand on the Mount of Olives and they will split from East to West, and knowing the Good Shepherd will rule/reign over His people from Jerusalem, it is not hard to understand how Christendom often goes to Job 19:25 in reference to Yeshua as the Redeemer.
Indeed, this is a glorious vision of victory!
Further confirmation from four voices, contemporary to Yeshua reveal that they saw Him as, or expected Him to be, the Redeemer! Here are several verses,
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them. Luke 1:68
But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. Luke 24:21
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: I Peter 1:18-19
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Revelation 5:9
There are more references to Yeshua as the One who Redeemed us, but these suffice to firmly establish Yeshua as the Redeemer. So what do we do with the numerous references in the Tanak describing Yahweh Tzevaot as Redeemer? Two Redeemers? Or, are they a united compound, echad, such that we have the eternal God revealed in the flesh, thus again revealing how connected they are, rather than the ‘distinctions’ Christendom tries to paint?
I don’t care what church doctrine says, what does Scripture say?
They remembered that God was their Rock,
that God Most High was their Redeemer. Psalm 78:35
17 Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am Yahweh your God, who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17
“You will also suck the milk of nations
And suck the breast of kings;
Then you will know that I, Yahweh, am your Savior
And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Isaiah 60:16
The concept of redemption occurs throughout the Tanak with dozens of references to Yahweh as The Redeemer. Isaiah uses this title most often and shows clearly that Yahweh is the Redeemer. Interestingly, a few of those references hint at the coming of Yeshua as Isaiah states the title in such a away that we see a hint of individualness in the manifestation.
Thus says Yahweh, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, Yahweh of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last,
And there is no God besides Me. Isaiah 44:6
We must be very careful to maintain these couple statements in tension with the numerous references demonstrating connection! Indeed, Our God is a mystery in His echad, unified, nature. As we saw in the previous post, we again see that drawing lines of distinction in order to set Yeshua’s words against those of Yahweh is a grave error that we must not commit.
When we understand that Yahweh is the redeemer, we can understand that Yahweh did not give a commandment that Yeshua then came to overturn or abolish!
We will continue this study with Who is…. the Savior?, Who is… The Alpha and the Omega?