Yahweh Sends Yahweh

It is argued by some, that, the fact that Jesus Christ is “Sent” by God the Father, is “proof” that the Father is “greater” than the Son, even in the Godhead, as God. The “Sent”, it is further argued, is never equal to the “Sender”.

We have two passages, from Zechariah and Isaiah, where we read of One Person, Who is clearly “Yahweh”, Who is “Sent” by Another Person, Who is also “Yahweh”.

 The Name Yahweh is defined as:

“Yahweh, the proper name of the God of Israel...the one bringing into being, life-giver, giver of existence, creator, he who brings to pass...he who causes...the one who is: i.e. the absolute and unchangeable one, the existing, ever-living” (F Brown, S R Driver and C A Briggs, Hebrew Lexicon, pages 217-218)

The fact that BOTH Persons are called Yahweh, is clear that They BOTH are absolutely COEQUAL, in the Eternal Godhead as GOD.

In the first passage from Zechariah 2:6-11

“Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,’ says Yahweh; ‘for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the sky,’ says Yahweh.  ‘Come, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.’  For Yahweh of Armies says: ‘For Honor He has sent Me to the nations which plundered you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.  For, behold, I will shake My hand over them, and they will be a plunder to those who served them; and you will know that Yahweh of Armies has sent Me.  Sing and rejoice, daughter of Zion; for, behold, I Come, and I will dwell within you,’ says Yahweh.  Many nations shall join themselves to Yahweh in that day, and shall be My people; and I will dwell among you, and you shall know that Yahweh of Armies has sent Me to you

This is one of the clearest passages in the Old Testament, where we read of Two distinct Persons, Who are called, Yahweh.

The passage teaches about the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is clear that the Speaker is Yahweh, Who says that He is “Sent” by Another Person, Who is “Yahweh of Armies”. The One Who is “Sent”, cannot be the same Person, as the One who “Sends”, they are very much distinct, but coequal.

The second passage is in Isaiah chapter 48

“Draw near to Me, hearken to this; in the beginning I did not speak in secret, from the time it was, there was I, and now, the Lord God has sent Me, and His Spirit” – verse 16

The Speaker in this verse, is none other than YHWH, not as some suggest, the Prophet Isaiah, or the king. The language used by the speaker, is clear that he cannot be a human person. In verse 3, He says, “I have declared the former things from the beginning”, and verse 5, “I have even from the beginning declared it to you”. In verse 12 and 13 the Speaker says, “Listen to Me, O Jacob and Israel, My called; I am He, I am the First, I also am the Last. My hand has also laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand spread out the heavens”. In verse 15 we read, “I, even I have spoken, yes, and I have called him”. Then in the verse 17, we read, “Thus says YHWH, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am YHWH your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go”.

Can any of this be spoken by someone other than Almighty God?

In chapter 44, we read, “This is what Yahweh, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Yahweh of Armies, says: "I am the First, and I am the Last; and besides me there is no god” (verse 6). In verse 24 it says, “Thus says Yahweh your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am Yahweh, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself”.

There can be no doubt, that the Speaker in 48:16, is Himself Yahweh. It also clear from this passage, that the Speaker, Who is Yahweh, is “Sent” by Another Person, Who is, “Adonay Yahweh”.

Yahweh SENDS Yahweh, BOTH Who are absolutely COEQUAL, as there can be no “inferiority” of Persons with the Name Yahweh.