Isaiah 44:24 “Thus saith the LORD (Yĕhovah) , thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD (Yĕhovah) that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;”
I was talking to a new friend of mine, and he asks this question:
Rachid M Writes- “Jesus cannot be Yahweh. In Isaiah 44:24 it says that Yahweh was alone when he created the heavens and the earth. Matthew 12:18 quotes Isaiah 42:1 which says that Yahweh will send his servant. Who is that servant? It is Jesus. Now if Yahweh was the one true God (Exodus 20:2-3) who alone created the heavens and the earth and he was the one who was to send his servant (Jesus), then that means that Jesus is not Yahweh. This means that Jesus is not God”
Rachid’s question above is – If Yeshua Jesus is God, then why did it say Yahweh created “alone’? Doesn’t that contradict?
Isn’t that an excellent question?
Lets first look at the context of the entire chapter…….
1. The Context Of The Chapter Talks About Created Idols, And The God Of Israel Says ONLY One God Exists.
Isaiah 44 mirrors so many other chapters in the bible. We see the concept of people creating “gods” and bowing down to them. We see this in our modern culture today, but in a different form. Hollywood is worshiped and social status and money is lifted up in most people’s eyes. Take all of these things away, money, cars, a job, and we will again see people brought to their knees in prayer.
Back then carved images of stone were worshiped. You can think back to the scene in Gladiator the movie where Russel Crowe was in his room before a big fight and he lined up his 20 or so carved statues and started kissing them, praying for safety for the day ahead.
In Isaiah 44 we see reinforced that there is no God other than the God of Israel. He goes to say that He was the one who was responsible for creation in the womb. Creation belongs to Him only. Most of the chapter we see God reasoning with people who believe their concept of “god” is the truth.
So why does the scriptures say “alone” if there are claims that Yeshua Jesus and the Holy Spirit are part of the God head?
The answer is simple – The words “one”, or “alone” simply don’t contradict the idea that the God head is ONE, but also these entities are their own personalities and persons.
For most of us who believe that God is ONE, however at the same time operates as “US”, …….this scripture poses no challenges what so ever. (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit IS ONE) ( 1 x 1 x 1 = 1) (Different persons in one entity)
We have Yeshua saying – There is ONLY ONE God in Mark.
- Mark 12:29-34 Yeshua answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord” – Although look to the scripture He pointed to.
- Deuteronomy 6:4 — Hear, O Israel: The LORD thy God is one LORD
Notice the word in Deut 6:4 has the word “elohiym” in HEBREW – which means plural.
This is the very scripture that Jesus was referring back to in Mark 12:29-34
That same word is used in a number of places (see below) that many of us have often just designated to Yahweh alone. Yet, here we see this word means plural… Isn’t that interesting?
See this word in Blue Letter Bible
We know that God is ONE, as there are countless scriptures that talk about this. See the list below, and expanded in the notes section below:
(Deuteronomy 4:35,39, Deuteronomy 6:4, Deuteronomy32:39, 2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Kings 8:60, 2 KINGS 5:15, 2 Kings 19:15, 1 Chronicles 17:20, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalm 18:31, Psalm 86:10, Isaiah 37:16,20, Isaiah43:10,11, Isaiah44:6,8, Isaiah 45:21, Isaiah 46:9, Hosea 13:4, Joel 2:27, Zechariah 14:9, NEW Testament, Mark 12:29-34, John 17:3, Romans 3:30, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, Galatians 3:20, Ephesians 4:6, 1 Timothy 1:17, 1 Timothy 2:5, James 2:19 )
We have scriptures pointing to that God is ONE, Yet, at the same time we have scriptures that refer to “US”
Again, if the doctrine that Yeshua, Yahweh, and Ruach Hakodesh (The Holy Spirit in Hebrew ) IS ONE entity, then all of these scriptures do not contradict, but work in harmony together.
- Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image
- Genesis 3:22 – And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.
(Man became like God in to know good and evil. Before this man was innocent not knowing what disobedience is and the sin.)
- Gen.11:7: God speaking, “Let us go down, and there confound their language.”
- Isa.6:8 “Who shall I send, who will go for us.” Both the singular and the plural are used in the same verse.
Gen. 1:26: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
The words “our” and “us” means more than one.
God is not speaking with the angels here in Gen.1:26. The Bible refutes this. Isa.40:12-15 when speaking of God creating the world it asked, “With whom did he take counsel.” For if it meant “angels” then they would have the power to create as God does, which we know is not true. Man is made in the image of God, and IS NOT God.
The Bible teaches us that Yeshua (not the angels) – created all things:
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)
Whoever God is speaking to in Genesis 1:26 has the same power as him. God did not create the world with assistance from aliens, but rather it refers to Yeshua who creates.
Here we see a very clear passage talking about all three:
1 Peter 1:2 – Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
All knowing (incredible forknowledge), sanctification, (HOLY purification), blood (ONLY WAY salvation)
So you see that there are traits accompanying those titles for THEIR roles.
“Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.“
In Matthew when Yeshua was out in the wilderness fasting forty days and forty nights, the devil tempted him. Notice when He replies to Satan, He replies stating that HE is God. Isn’t it interesting that Moses also fasted for 40 days and 40 nights? In that instance when Moses met with the Lord on the mountain, the God of Israel called Himself “I AM”, and you will see further down in this post that Yeshua ALSO calls Himself that.
4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Yeshua Jesus is the “mighty God” as is referenced in Isaiah 9:6, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, and the government will rest on His shoulders, and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Who was the child born? Yeshua of course.
Yahweh is also called the Mighty God in Jeremiah 32:18 and Isaiah 10:21. In all three verses, including Isaiah 9:6, the Hebrew word for “mighty” (gibbor) is used.
Isaiah 10:20-21, “Now it will come about in that day that the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. 21A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.”
Jer. 32:18, “who showest lovingkindness to thousands, but repayest the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God, the LORD of hosts is His name.”
Here we have a very powerful connection “The Word”, the very one who is the “first and the last”, and the “beginning and the end” . Who is that? Do you know? It is Yeshua!
- Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God (The Aleph and Tav תא), created the heavens and the earth”
- Isaiah 44:6 “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORDof hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. (The Lord Yeshua is the Aleph and Tav תא found within the Torah)
- John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God .
- Revelation 21:6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End”
Revelation 22:13″I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”
- Revelation 19:13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.
- John 1:14The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.