Today we begin Numbers Chapter Twelve.
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Chapter 11 ended with the grumbling of the people instigated by the resident aliens but eventually spread to the whole population of Israel.
And sadly chapter 12 begins with the grumbling of those who are closest to Moses, Moses’ brother Aaron and his sister Miriam.
In our study of Numbers Chapter 12, I want you to pay close attention to how God interacts with Moses as His chosen mediator.
The reason this is so important is because we’re going to see the same patterns in how God interacted with Moses be transferred over to Yeshua.
Let’s talk a little bit about the meaning of the word “mediator” and how it is different than a similar word “intermediary“.
This is another word often used interchangeably and mistakenly with the word “mediator“.
First, let’s clearly define the specific difference between these two words.
First, an “intermediary” is a being who stands between God and Man but is neither God nor man.
It is a kind of halfway creature.
A perfect example would be “angels“.
An “angel” is neither God nor is it a “human“, right?
Now on the other hand, a “mediator” is NOT some specially created or designed creature that stands between God and Man.
Hence, “angels” do NOT qualify to be mediators.
Scripturally speaking and when I say “scripturally speaking” I mean based ON EVERY PATTERN WE ENCOUNTER IN TORAH, a “mediator” is a being who stands between God and man but is NOT some hybrid in-between creature.
Let me say that again.
A “mediator” is a being who stands between God and man but is NOT some hybrid in-between creature that is neither man nor God.
So logically speaking, who are the “mediators” in Scripture?
The answer is simple.
They are anointed and appointed men (human beings)!
The High Priest of Israel, Aaron was a man who was a mediator.
Moses was also a man who was a mediator.
And the New Testament makes it clear that Yeshua was a man who is the mediator of the renewed covenant.
Yeshua was NOT an intermediary.
He was NOT an angel like the Jehovah’s witnesses make him out to be.
And he was NOT some God-man freak like traditional trinitarian Christianity has made him out to be.
He was a human mediator.
Can you see now why it’s so important to properly distinguish the meaning between these two terms?
The theological implications are tremendous!
In response to what I’ve just said trinitarian Christians will say “Well God mediated for Himself by becoming a man“.
The biggest problem with that argument is that you are altering the meaning of the word “mediator” when you make such a statement.
By definition, a mediator is a separate entity that stands between two different parties.
That’s what “to mediate” means.
And I would even go so far as to say the Scriptural definition of a “mediator” is a “man” who mediates between God and men.
One cannot mediate for oneself because think about it man!
If you’re mediating for yourself, you are the one directly interacting with the other party and thus you are NOT mediating.
The whole definition of the word “mediate” gets thrown out the window and we’re now talking gibberish.
One doesn’t need to be a logician or a mathematician of Einsteinian proportions to understand such a basic concept.
To conclude, I hope this post has demonstrated the importance of making a proper distinction between the terms “intermediary” and “mediator“.
If Yeshua was a mediator as the apostolic witnesses clearly say he was, then he was NOT an intermediary.
In other words, he was not some kind of hybrid combination God-man freak like the trinitarians make him out to be.
And to say he was 100% man and 100% God at the same time is another illogical statement that even a trinitarian himself will just chalk up to being one of those inscrutable mysteries of God that we just have to accept on faith.
Get outta my face with that nonsense!
Yeshua was NOT an intermediate being who was halfway between a god and a man.
He was a mediator patterned after the likeness of both the High Priest and Moses and this is what the apostolic NT writings affirm.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“For there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men,
the man Messiah Yeshua“
-1 Timothy 2:5
“Now a mediator is not
a mediator of one,
but God is one”