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For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. John 12:49

Yeshua therefore said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me." John 8:28

Yeshua said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me; for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me." John 8:42

"But I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. John 8:50

I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. John 5:30

Yeshua answered them and said, My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. John 7:16

He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me. John 14:24

When Yeshua came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"

So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"

Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

Yeshua answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. Mat.16:13-17

So Yeshua said to them again, Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you. John 20:21

As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. John 17:18

The Shaliach (Emissary) of God!

The issue of this short article centers on the definition of an emissary (agent or representative) of God. One of the more common applications of this principle regards the misunderstanding of how Yeshua was able to do things that only God should be able to do, such as forgive sins, yet always gave credit to His Father for all things, taking the attention off Himself.

Since the entire Bible is written from a Hebraic perspective, failure to interpret it from its foundational Hebraic context assures misunderstanding of Scripture. Simply put, there is simply no way to correctly interpret Scripture unless Hebraic concepts are applied. (NOTE: "Hebraic" does NOT necessarily equal "Judaic" - a fact I elaborate upon elsewhere). So how is it that Messiah was able to heal, resurrect, or in general perform miracles? Why did He not claim to be the source of the power by which He did these things? What will we say about the healings that were performed by Yeshua's disciples? They too gave credit to their God for the power to do such things.

Acts 14:8 And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked. 9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 said with a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet!" And he leaped and walked. 11 Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!" 12 And Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, intending to sacrifice with the multitudes.

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out 15 and saying, "Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, 16 who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness." 18 And with these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.

Does it not seem logical, in the case of Yeshua's disciples, that they were in fact empowered by the Creator to perform the miracles? Yeshua's disciples were Emissaries of YHWH.

It is my firm conviction that Yeshua was just that as well- an EMISSARY of God. He was the Son of the Most High.

Mat 16:15 "But you," He said to them, "who do you say I am?"
Mat 16:16 Shim`on Kefa answered, "You are the Mashiach, the Son of the living God."
Mat 16:17 "Shim`on Bar-Yochanan," Yeshua said to him, "how blessed you are! For no human being revealed this to you, no, it was my Father in heaven.

It makes sense that the emissary of another is NOT the one who commissioned him as an agent. The emissary, and one who commissioned him as an agent, are separate and distinct entities. The very meaning of "emissary" requires this to be the case! When Messiah says He was "sent," it proves He was sent by someone other than Himself. Matthew 10:40, Mark 9:37, Luke 4:18, Luke 9:48, Luke 10:16, John 4:34, John 5:24, John 5:30, John 5:36, John 5:37, John 6:38, John 6:39, John 7:16, John 7:28, John 7:29, John 7:33, John 8:16, John 8:18, John 8:26, John 8:29, John 8:42, John 9:4, John 11:42, John 12:44-45, John 12:49, John 13:20, John 14:24, John 15:21, John 16:5, John 17:18, John 17:21, John 17:23, John 17:25, John 20:21

The Hebrew word for emissary is shaliach (sha-LEE-ock). Below I will quote from an Orthodox Jewish teaching. It comes from ChabadOnline.com, which is an online web site promoting Chabad-Lubavitch teachings. Obviously, since it is a thoroughly Judaic organization, they should know Hebrew, and the quote I will show represents the standard Hebraic view, not simply the Orthodox Jewish view. Therefore, since the entire Bible was written by men with a Hebraic view, the quote also represents the Biblical view.

 I found this quote quite useful to help us understand the mission of Yeshua the Messiah. It opens up the mind to consider Yeshua as the shaliach of God and of our responsibility to be shaliachim (emissaries).

This Hebraic understanding of an emissary is very illuminating when one considers the mission of Messiah and our mission to advance the Kingdom. This is an outstanding snippet, which gives insight into the Biblical (Hebraic) concept of an emissary and the emissary's master.

Shaliach -- the word means "agent" and "emissary" -- is a halachic (Torah-legal) term for a person empowered by someone else to act in his stead.  The shaliach first appears in the Torah in the person of Eliezer, whom Abraham commissioned to find a wife for his son, Isaac. Rebecca was selected and betrothed as a wife for Isaac by Eliezer -- she was legally Isaac's wife without her actual husband having ever set eyes on her or having exchanged a single word with her. In the words of the Talmud, "A person's shaliach is as he himself."

There exists a halachic model (the eved or "slave") for one who has abnegated his will, personality and very identity to that of his "master." There also exists the model of the "employee" (sachir), who assumes the obligation to perform a certain task for someone else, but whose personality and identity remain separate and distinct from the personality and identity of his "employer."

The shaliach is unique in that he or she retains a great degree of autonomy in carrying out his mission, yet at the same time becomes a virtual extension of the person who commissioned him (the meshaleiach). The shaliach does not abnegate his intellect, will, desires, feelings, talents and personal "style" to that of the one whom he represents; rather, he enlists them in the fulfillment of his mission. The result of this is not a lesser bond between the two, but the contrary: the meshaleiach is acting through the whole of the shaliach -- not only through the shaliach's physical actions, but also through the shaliach's personality, which has become an extension of the meshaleiach's personality.

[They go on to speak of a Rabbi they greatly admire.]

The Rebbe took the halachic concept of shelichut and transformed it into a calling and a way of life. In the five decades of his leadership, he recruited, trained, motivated and commissioned thousands of men, women and children to act as his personal representatives and emissaries in hundreds of communities throughout the world. Intrinsic to the role of shaliach is the challenge to bring one's own initiative, resourcefulness and creativity to the task. The Rebbe did not allow his sheluchim the luxury of mindless obedience to his dictates. Instead, he insisted that Chabad's programs and activities arise from the particular strengths and inclinations of the shaliach and the particular needs and circumstances of his locality.

But neither did the Rebbe send his emissaries to tackle their mission on their own. He empowered them to be "as he himself," so that a shaliach's every deed is imbued with the awareness that he is acting as an extension of the Rebbe's very person; that his thoughts and feelings, choices and deliberations, efforts and satisfactions, while the product of his own prowess and personality, are now serving as extensions of the Rebbe's prowess and personality. Never before in the history of our people has one man built a following so large in number, so diverse, so highly motivated, and so successful in the furtherance of his vision.

At the core of this phenomenal success is a seemingly benign legal dynamic, first employed more than 3,600 years ago when Abraham sent Eliezer to find a wife for his son."

Additional information useful for understanding a shaliach is found in The Jewish Encyclopedia, page 232. It describes the "Jewish Law of Agency."

The Law of Agency deals with the status of a person (known as the agent) acting by direction of another (the principal), and thereby legally binding the principal in his connection with a third person. The person who binds a principal in this manner is his agent, known in Jewish law as sheluach or sheliach (one that is sent): the relation of the former to the latter is known as agency (shelichut). The general principle is enunciated thus: A man's agent is like himself.

[Yeshua, as the agent of YHWH, is FULLY empowered to LEGALLY and FULLY represent YHWH. As the agent (shaliach) of God, Yeshua is "like," or the "likeness" and "image" of God; however, just as the agent (the one sent) is not the principal (who sent him), Yeshua is NOT the Father YHWH! Yeshua is the Son of the Most High! He is not His own Father.

Appointment.

  1. Under the Jewish law an agent may be appointed without the formality of writing, that is, by spoken words; and witnesses are not needed to give effect to these words, except to prove, in case of dispute, that authority had been given, and the extent of such authority. The standard authorities draw this conclusion from the remark in Kiddushin, 65b, that witnesses are needed only to meet denials.
  2. So, there you have it. Yeshua is the shaliach (emissary) of God the Father. Since he is the FULLY empowered agent of God, he has the power to forgive sins, heal, resurrect, etc. His power comes from His Heavenly Father. His FULLY empowered by YHWH the Creator!
  3. Each true follower of Messiah is to go forth as a shaliach of THE shaliach. After reading Yeshua's words it should be obvious that Yeshua is the shaliach, sent one, agent of the Almighty God.

Many have used the gospel of John to prove Yeshua something other than the Son of the Most High but I am now convinced that the primary purpose of John's gospel was to prove Yeshua to be the "sent one," the shaliach (agent) of God. Indeed! John implicitly states that as being his primary purpose for writing his gospel when he quotes Yeshua summarizing his purpose and the way to eternal life:

John 17:3

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know You the Only True God, and Yeshua Messiah, whom You have sent.

For further study

Gen 1:26*, Job 38 :7, Ex. 20:1-3, Deut. 4:35,6:4, 32:39, I Sam. 2:2, Neh.9:6, Ps.33:6,9, 83:18,86:10, 102:25-27, 147:15, Pro.1:23, 8:12,22,30, Isa. 42:8, 43:10, 44:6,8,24, 45:14,18,21,22, 49:6, 55:11, Jer.1:5, Joel 2:27, Mal. 1:6, 2:10,15

Mtt. 4:8,9,10, 6:1,30,33, 9:8, 23:8-10 Mk. 10:18, 12:28,29,32 Lk. 1:31,32, 24:49 John4:22, 5:18,44, 6:27, 8:42, 10:32-36, 14:28, 15:26, 17:3, Jn. 20:17,23,28, Acts 1:7, 2:22,23,36, 17:31, 18:24,

Rom.3:29, 4:17, 16:27, I Cor. 2:7-9, 8:4,6,

II Cor.11:31, Gal.3:20Eph. 1:17, 4:6, IIThes. 2:10-13, ITim. 1:1, 2:3-5, 5:21, 6:15,16, Tit.1:4,

Heb.1:10 James 1:13,17,2:19, Rev. 1:1,8, 4:11, 5:1--, 21:6-7