So, I’m studying and preparing to teach a segment on the Memra to a group during their Sukkot gathering. It is an invitation I am excited about, particularly because they asked me to briefly share on one of my favorite topics, the Memra, and because at least half of the guests are NOT Messianic, but from local churches! What an opportunity to display the Messiah through Judaic eyes to potential seekers. May their eyes be opened!
Anyway, I had my whole powerpoint presentation finished and was doing some random browsing in Scripture when I was drawn back to a passage I read a few days ago. Then something popped off the page!
Jon 1:1 Now the word of Jehovah came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
Jon 1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
Jon 1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of Jehovah; and he went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of Jehovah.
WOW!! Did that just say what I think it said??
‘The word of Jehovah‘ said…. And then Jonah flees from ‘the presence?!?’
We know that there are so many other places in Scripture where the Angel of the Lord comes and speaks the words of the Father, and we know that there are dozens and dozens of places in the Targumim where personifications of Yehovah are translated as ‘the Word of the Lord.’
Did Jonah speak with and run from the physical presence of pre-incarnate Yeshua?
What are your thought?