Yeshua and the Angel of the Lord

One to the blogs I follow is a Jewish blog called 1000 Verses.  The blog is written by an Orthodox Rabbi who is working to combat Christianity’s attempts on Judaism.  I started following the blog when I read his posts that were debating Dr. Michael Brown, who is a Jewish follower of Yeshua (Jesus).  I enjoyed reading what Dr. Brown wrote about the Jewish messianic beliefs and was curious to read the beliefs of an Orthodox Rabbi to see where Christians made assumptions that were not true and Judaism.

I have a lot of respect for what Rabbi Blumenthal writes on his blog.  While I do not agree with all of what he writes, I desire respectful conversations with him and his followers about what I believe versus what they perceive Christians as believing.  We don’t all think the same.

Rabbi Blumenthal put out a new post titled “The Angel of the Lord” where he compares Christian thoughts on the Angel of the Lord who had an encounter with Abraham versus what Jewish perspectives on the encounter.  To cut to the chase, Jewish people do not think that the Angel of the Lord was Yeshua (Jesus).

In his post, Rabbi B notes that Rashbam and Ibn Ezra consider this person to be an “angel who is called by God’s name”.  The commentators mention this as this character is referred to as ‘adonay or Master in the Masoretic Texts and this term is reserved for God alone.

This is why Christians will seize on this event and claim that the third person was a preincarnate Christ.  Rabbi B does point out that nowhere in this passage did Abraham worship this character in order to show that he was not God.

Now Rabbi B will continue to make his argument that this is not Yeshua as other passages detail how God used angels as his messengers at other times, such as Numbers 22 where the angel of the Lord appeared and spoke for God but was entirely separate from God.  I agree with him.  Nowhere does this angel claim to be God or referred to with the term ‘adonay, thus he was not God.  That does not prove that the entity that had the encounter with Abraham was or was not God.

Now I want to point out that I do not see where Yeshua was worshipped either prior to His assent to the throne.  Does that mean He was not God?

One of the big debates about the divinity of Christ has to do with His role as the everlasting offering before God.  My stance is that no created being could ever be holy enough to be an everlasting offering.  Unblemished animals were only good for a year and human sacrifices where prohibited, so if Yeshua was the Christ and His death was the final atoning work, what else could He be but God in the flesh?

Now I have no proof to this, but that is why people keep arguing about religion and what things mean.  Give Rabbi B a read sometime, but be respectful and do not just throw out Christian’s views as responses to his writings.

Review of A Queer Thing Happened to America

Dr Michael Brown’s latest book is A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. I finished reading it awhile back, but have not gotten around to writing a review until now.

Dr Brown has a career speaking out against gay activism and controversy seems to follow him and his stance, and it is understandable as to why. I was curious going into this book as to what it contained and the stance that it was going to take. Christians have been divided on the issue of homosexuality and both sides have used the Bible to back their stance. I was expecting the book to weight in against the homosexual lifestyle and bring biblical references as to why it was wrong. I did not find that in this book. Surprisingly, this book does not deal with the homosexual lifestyle but rather looks at the gay activism that has transformed the country within the last couple of decades.

The book looks at the historical, political, and social events that have occurred since the Stonewall Riots in 1969. It describes and details the events and attitudes that have been undertaken by those in the LGBT community and those who have and still support them as they struggle to receive equal rights under the law and a level of acceptance by society as a whole. In fact, if there ever was a “gay agenda”, that would be it. The LGBT community wants to be seen and treated as equals and members of that community have struggled to realize that.

While reading the book, I kept asking myself if this book described the homosexual friends that I have. I kept having a hard time trying to reconcile what was being said compared to what I have seen and known. What I had to remember was that this book was not describing the actions of the LGBT community or the positions that they uphold. Looking at the civil rights movement or women’s struggle for equal rights, those movements were undertaken by a small percentage or people from those communities and the people who support them. Not all black people or women under took the struggle in their daily life. The same is true for the LGBT community. My friends consider themselves in a committed relationship, but they do not fight or protest to have those rights established by the government. This book is about the activism and those efforts by those who have undertaken this struggle and not the community as a whole.

There are chapters in this book that will be considered offensive by some people. The book is written to look at the various arguments to support the LGBT community and the ways in which they are trying to protect their views. It looks at the indoctrination of children to this group and how efforts are being undertaken to teach them that being gay is good and just as acceptable as being straight. The book looks at efforts from Hollywood and the media to expose society to positive views of homosexuality in an attempt to help with acceptance of this community.

This book has a lot of information in it and each chapter can really stand alone, so you can skip around if needed and not be lost. I do recommend this book as a good read and an informative tool as to the direction that society is taking as it moves to embrace the LGBT community. The gay agenda is not this nefarious plan to take over the world. This book shows how it is a group of people trying to be accepted into society as equals and the efforts they undertake to ensure that the acceptance is never lost or threatened.