What has the Shema got to do with the Trinity?

Posted: March 4, 2011 in Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ
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Deut 6: 4 The Jewish Shema   “ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD”

 Hear , O Israel  Yehovah  our ‘elohiym  is ‘echad  Yehovah

(Jehovah is also pronounced Yehovah.  Jehovah being an anglo saxon version of Gods name. There is no “J” pronouncment in the Hebrew language.)


 The word ECHAD  is a compound unity .  That is  a noun which demonstrates oneness of unity.  Genesis 2: 24  “one flesh” one” is echod.  but they were still two people who are seen as being one flesh.  Number 13: 23  “one” cluster of grapes.  Single cluster of grapes consisted of more than one grape.

  Jer 32: 38-39 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. And I will give them one  (echod) heart, and one  (echod) way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

 So we have a group of people who will receive echod heart and way. 


  Gen 22: 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only  (Yachid) [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 The word “Yachid” means only one and only one.

  Psa 22: 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling (yachid) from the power of the dog.  Prophesy is in relation to Christ.  But again this speaks of one and only one.  There could only be one Yachid saviour in this case.

 Judges 11: 34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she [was his] only child;( Yachid) beside her he had neither son nor daughter.

 Yachid is One pen, one rubber or one toy.  Echad is plurality within that oneness.  One box of pens , one box of toys, or one pile of rubbers.

 Now why in the light of the Hebrew word for “ONE” do we not have echod being used instead of instead of yachid?

 Isa 48: 16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

 Is 54: 5 For thy Maker [is] thine husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

 Gen 1: 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

 Rev 1: 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Exod 6: 3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.


 JESUS IDENTIFIES HIMSELF AS THE ALMIGHTY and so does his father.  Two people in their own right, but they are both recognised as being one God Almighty. 

 Is 42: 8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

 So if the father was yachid singular then we would not expect him to share his glory with anyone


  John 17: 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 Yet Jesus speaks about the glory which he had with the Father before the world was.  That was before the world and even angels were thought off.

 John 17: 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

  Here we see him asking the Father that those who follow him might behold his glory.  Unless we have a trinity of the Godhead this prayer of Jesus would in fact be a sin, because he would be asking the Father to give his praise to another.

 John 16: 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

 All must mean “ALL”.  The promise is that what belongs to the father is rightly belonging to Jesus.


 God as CREATOR AND SUSTAINERS of all has the right to be worshipped and praised. Yet we are told that the one who upholds all things is in fact Jesus.

 Heb 1: 2- 3  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;   Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (See  Gen 1: 1- In the beginning God)

 Now to be recognised as the sustainer of all things it must mean is does not need sustaining.  He is therefore the central cause of all things and not the object of creation.


 So the relationship with the father is very much intertwined.  This is more than a plurality of majesty as some try and point out.  This is a plurality within the Godhead of personalities.  Working as one with one purpose and one plan.  The revelation we have shows we have more than one personality within the Godhead.

 John 8: 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 John 8: 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

 Jesus knew exactly what he was saying and the Jews knew exactly what he was saying.  The one who stood before them was the I am that I am.  The self existent one that was always there and always would be.  Had Jesus been anything less like an angel or a created being then there would be no way he would be able to intercede for all men.  On earth he was limited, but in heaven he is limitless.

 Exod 3: 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

 There can be no doubt that the testimony of Jesus and the Testimony as given in the Old Testament are the same.


 John 14: 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever


 Have a difference in meaning, which despite a tendency to be lost, is to be observed in numerous passages. Allos expresses a numerical difference and denotes “another of the same sort;” heteros expresses a qualitative difference and denotes “another of a different sort.” Christ promised to send “another Comforter” (allos, “another like Himself,” not heteros), Jhn 14:16. Paul says “I see a different (AV, “another”) law,” heteros, a law different from that of the spirit of life (not allos, “a law of the same sort”), Rom 7:23. After Joseph’s death “another king arose,” heteros, one of quite a different character, Act 7:18. Paul speaks of “a different gospel (heteros), which is not another” (allos, another like the one he preached), Gal 1:6, 7

 So again we have this comparison:  The Holy Spirit is not the son and yet he would also be like the son.  If Jesus was but a mortal man how could the Holy Spirit be like Jesus?  The interesting thing is that in all cases a spirit is confined to one place, but this spirit is omnipresent and is he able to abide equally in every believer at the same time,  Just as  Jesus is able to stand at the right hand of the father and interceded on behalf of millions of believers at the same time.    He is not struggling trying to juggle his time between believers but is able to give each and every one his full attention.

 John 10: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.

 John 10: 29 My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.

 We might snatch a person out of the hands of a mere man, but we can never be snatched out of the hands of an omnipresent God.  If Jesus was not God then he was a mere man, and what he says could not be accomplished by a mere man.  Jesus makes  it very clear 

 I GIVE eternal life” Only God has that provision.

No man is able to PLUCK them out of MY HAND”  Only God can hold every believer at any time and at all times.    Jesus even goes to qualify that his hands and that of his fathers are one.  “and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.”

 Remember that the father will not share his glory, yet what Jesus says here is stating just that.  Also remember that Jesus send the Holy Spirit, no mere man can send God anyway,  He establishes his authority and power to send the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus, and thus proving the place that the son has with the father.  Jesus also makes it clear that he is not the father and he is not the Holy Spirit. 


  1. Great article. Agree on all points except am confused about what you describe as a personal relationship with the Lord. I have His will revealed to me like you say the Muslims claim they have. I’ve never seen the Lord or hope to as I believe we cannot look on Him as Moses could not. He doesn’t visit me in dreams or visions or talk to me in an audible voice like depicted in motion pictures. His presence is revealed to me in my heart. Muslim friends say that they experience this same thing as well as friends in other denoms of Christianity that we call false religions. Are all the others hearing from Satan instead or is the Lord trying to reach everyone?

  2. See my new article


    I hope this will go to answering some of your questions. Post something in this new article if you have any questions.

    I suppose as a Christian I have done most things from Sunday school teacher to missionary work but I can say that in all the years I have had many marvelous things happen. I have had words both audable as well as assurances, I have had visions as well as words that were later to be confirmed. I do not have them everyday of the week, sometimes they are years apart. Because fundementaly we are to abide by the Bible first and foremost. I think the older I get the more we are to stand by his word rather than visions or dreams.

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