I believe Yeshua is God. Not sure how that works, but I still haven’t figured out how He was in the burning bush, or the pillar of fire, or hovering over the waters at creation, yet still in heaven. But God is God. He says it and it is. I trust that when Yeshua said, “I and the Father are one” and “if you have seen me you have seen the Father” that He was telling the truth.
Now, in Deuteronomy 13 God talks about how to deal with a false prophet – one who leads the people astray and causes them to stop obeying God’s commandments. That ‘prophet’ deserves the death penalty.
In Matthew 5 He said:
Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps and teaches them, this one shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
If Yeshua did away with the Torah and taught us not to obey it, then according to Him, He is not even one of the greatest in the Kingdom, let alone Messiah.
In Exodus 31 God said that anyone who breaks the Sabbath deserves to be put to death. So if Yeshua broke the Sabbath, then according to Him, He deserved death. This disqualifies Him as the spotless lamb.
We either agree with Him that He is who He said He is and His Torah still stands. Or we agree with His accusers who said He was a Torah-breaker who was not qualified to be Messiah, but deserved death.
It really is that simple.
I’m not going to address this profound mystery directly, but it did remind me of how some of the early 20th century Jewish sages embraced Quantum Mechanics as I’ve written about numerous times including in The Bible as a Quantum Cookbook. If you want to take the time, that one blog post contains links to numerous others of a similar vein. Lengthy but interesting reads (IMHO).
All I’m really trying to say is that if we attempt to wrap our brains around the true and total nature of God, we’re going to fail. However, our study of the Quantum strangeness of the universe might provide a few clues.
I’ve got a friend who is very much into Quantum Mechanics. Unfortunately, I can’t follow him in his conversation.
I agree that we can’t wrap our brains around the nature of God, so I do the simplest thing possible for me – just accept that He said it, so it must be true. Simple, but it’s either that or my head might explode! :-O