Zeroa HaShem in Creation (2)

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It is well-established in the Jewish Scriptures that HaShem is the Creator of the Universe.

Torat Moshe (the Law of Moses) begins in the following way:

‘In the beginning, G-d created the heavens and the Earth.’
— Bereishit (Genesis) 1:1

But just how did He do it?

According to Yirmeyahu HaNavi (the Prophet Jeremiah), HaShem created the Universe through His Arm:

‘Alas, Lord HaShem! Behold, You have made the Heaven and the Earth by Your great power uviZeroakh HaNetuyah [and by Your Outstretched Arm], and there is nothing too hard for You!’
— Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 32:17

Remarkable parallels are found in the writings of R. Yeshua’s disciples in the first-century.

Yokhannan (John), emissary of R. Yeshua, says,

‘In the beginning was the Memra [Word], and the Word was with HaElokim [the G-d]… He was in the beginning with HaElokim. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made… And the Memra became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.’
— Yokhannan 1:1a,3,14

While Yokhannan is referring to Yeshua above by another title, the Memra of HaShem—the the agent of G-d ruling over mankind revealed in the Jewish-Aramaic Targummim (Targums; see “Memra”, Jewish Encyclopedia, 1906), a most important discussion for another time—his message clearly parallels what Yirmeyahu says regarding Zeroa HaShem, and Yokhannan is not alone in declaring his rabbi to be this Outstretched Arm in the flesh.

Shaul (Paul), emissary of R. Yeshua, likewise writes,

‘By him, all things were created, in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.’
— Colossians 1:1

And the writer of the letter known as Ivrim (Hebrews) writes,

‘Long ago, at many times and in many ways, G-d spoke to our fathers by the Prophets. In these last days, however, He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom He also created all things.’
— Ivrim 1:1-2

It becomes clear, the disciples of this rabbi from Natzerat are saying their master is Zeroa HaShem, through whom HaShem created all things.

But as Yeshayahu HaNavi (the Prophet Isaiah) prophesied, though he spoke of Zeroa HaShem in numerous places in Sefer Yeshayahu (the Scroll of Isaiah), those who would believe his words among the Jewish people—to whom Zeroa HaShem would be revealed initially—would be few.

By the grace of G-d, however, there were those among us who were called to believe Yeshayahu’s report, and to them was Zeroa HaShem revealed.

As Shimon Kefa (Simon Peter), emissary of the Lord Yeshua, says,

‘For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from G-d, the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,’ we ourselves heard this very voice borne from Heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from G-d as they were carried along by the Ruakh HaKodesh [Holy Spirit].’
— Kefa Beit (2 Peter) 1:16-21

May the prophetic word about Zeroa HaShem shine the light of Messiah Yeshua anew.

Immanuel is an observant Jew and servant of Rabbi Yeshua MiNatzeret (Jesus of Nazareth). The founder of Kingdom of Heaven Embassies, he is seeking ten men from all the languages of the nations to join him in preparing their nations for the Kingdom of Heaven in accordance with the teaching of R’ Yeshua, that the nations might become one in worshipping his G-d and Father in spirit and truth, and so the blessing of Avraham might come upon them. Learn More

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