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Shema: The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob


"The LORD our God, the LORD is One." (Deuteronomy 6:4).


The above verse is the simplest form of the Shema. The Hebrew text literally says, "YHVH our God YHVH is one." The letters "YHVH" are usually understood by most theologians to have been pronounced as "Yahweh" or "Yahveh." The word "Jehovah" in an anglicization of Yahweh. The Shema is the basic confession of Jews and Christians. It declares that God is one. We must ask ourselves a very important question. If God is "One" then God is one what?" In what way is God "one"? Are we to believe the above confession is intended to convey that God is one "substance," or that God is one trio, as Trinitarians want us to believe? Or did God intend to convey that He is one person?

Just who was the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob? Was Abraham's one and only God just one person? Or was Abraham's one and only God three persons in number? Was Isaac and Jacob's one and only God just one person? Or was Isaac and Jacob's one and only God three persons in number? Just who was Israel's God? Who was Jesus' God? Was Jesus' one and only God a three person being? Or was Jesus' one and only God simply one person, his Father? And if God is a three person being, why does the Bible indicate the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had a son named Jesus?

Jesus was an Israelite. He was the King of the Jews. Jesus stressed the vital importance of the Shema:

One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all?" Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'Hear O Israel. The Lord our God the Lord is One' and 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." So the scribe said to Him, "Well said Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."" (Mark 12:28-31).

The scribe refers to this one God as "He." Who did the scribe have in mind when he used the word "He"? Are we really to believe this learned Jew was referring to a three person God? And we must also take very careful note of something Jesus says here. Jesus told this man he had answered wisely. Are we to believe Jesus was being coy? When Jesus said the above words, just who did he himself have in mind? Did he really have a three person God in mind as Trinitarians would have us believe? Or did he simply have his Father in mind?

"I am ascending to my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God" (John 20:17).

Jesus was the son of God. Who is "God" in the term "son of God"? Jesus? Or is Jesus the son of the one God? Plainly, we are to understand that God is one and Jesus is another and God is Jesus' Father and Jesus is God's son. Does it really make sense to then claim the Son of God is God? Would it make any sense to claim the son of Adam is Adam or the son of David is David or the son of Noah is Noah? Jesus said he was acending to his God. And he identifies his God as his Father. His Father was his one and only God. Jesus then goes further and reminds us that his God is our God. There is no difference between Jesus' God and our God. And of course there shouldn't be. If indeed there is only one God then Jesus can't have a different God than his followers. Did Jesus worship and serve a three person God? Or did Jesus worship and serve his father as his one and only God? To reasonable people who are honest with themselves, the answer is obvious. Jesus' God was his Father alone. And his one and only God is also our God.

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"My God and Your God" - Jesus
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