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Jeremiah teaches that the Messiah is God

“In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
The Lord [ Hebrew = YHWH] Our Righteous Savior.’” – Jeremiah 33:15-16 (NIV)

These verses are clearly a prophecy about the coming Messiah. They also clearly state that that Messiah, a human from David’s line, will be called YHWH. In other words, this prophecy proclaims, hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, that the savior would be God incarnate. The one from the branch of David will be called YHWH, the righteous one.

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About J.W. Wartick

J.W. Wartick has an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. His interests include theology, philosophy of religion--particularly the existence of God--astronomy, biology, archaeology, and sci-fi and fantasy novels.

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5 thoughts on “Jeremiah teaches that the Messiah is God

  1. I don’t know. Could it be Jerusalem that is called that?

    Posted by jamesbradfordpate | November 10, 2016, 3:01 PM
    • Jeremiah 23 seems to lay the foundation for interpretation here: “5 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
      “when I will raise up for David[a] a righteous Branch,
      a King who will reign wisely
      and do what is just and right in the land.
      6 In his days Judah will be saved
      and Israel will live in safety.
      This is the name by which he will be called:
      The Lord Our Righteous Savior.”

      Posted by J.W. Wartick | November 10, 2016, 3:04 PM
      • That is a better verse for your point. At the same time, kings of Judah often had theophoric (hope that’s the right word) names. HezekiYAH, for example.

        Posted by jamesbradfordpate | November 10, 2016, 3:12 PM
      • That is true, but I think that’s also different from saying that a future Messiah would be called YHWH our salvation. Interestingly, Jesus means “saves/salvation” so the name is right there, but rather than having a name that combines with YHWH the fulfillment of the prophecy would, again, be that Jesus is YHWH.

        Posted by J.W. Wartick | November 12, 2016, 4:37 PM

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