Isaiah 48:16 – Yahweh has sent me

{Isaiah 48:16} “Come near to me and hear this: From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time that it was, there am I.” Now the Lord Jehovah has sent me, with his Spirit.
{Isaiah 48:17} Thus says Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am Jehovah your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way that you should go. — RLIV

The claim is made that this verse shows three persons in one Godhead. One even claims that this verse contains one of the clearest statements of the trinity doctrine in the Old Testament. In fact, however, we find nothing at all about the trinity doctrine in Isaiah 48:16. What the trinitarian actually presents as the trinity is the imaginative assumptions that the trinitarian places over the scripture.

As usual with the trinitarian proof-texts, there is nothing in this verse about three persons in Yahweh. The trinitarian has to imagine the trinitarian dogma applies, formulate assumptions based on that imagination, and then read those assumptions into what is stated, so that, in effect, what they actually present as proof is what one can imagine and assume concerning the scripture, not what is actually said in the scripture. Evidently what they are assuming here is that Jesus is one of the persons of Yahweh, and the Jesus is sent by another person of Yahweh, and the spirit is another person of Yahweh,  and either that Yahweh’s spirit as a  person of Yahweh was sent by Yahweh, or that Yahweh’s spirit as a person of Yahweh sends another person of Yahweh, that is, Jesus. In reality, all through the Bible, Yahweh is presented as a unipersonal God; He is never presented as being more than one person.

Actually, Isaiah is the prophet who is writing the above, and is evidently the one referred to as being sent (Isaiah 6:9,10) by Yahweh. Isaiah speaks of himself as sent to Israel by Yahweh, and he also speaks of Yahweh’s spirit being sent. In much of the book, Isaiah is quoting what Yahweh has said, but in this verse he suddenly stops quoting Yahweh and speaks of himself as being sent by Yahweh. This is not all that unusual in Isaiah’s writings, that is, that he stops quoting Yahweh, and starts speaking of himself, or someone else, without giving any indication of such a change.

A similar case is Isaiah 8:1-3. One could read verse three as a continuation of the quotation of Yahweh’s words in verse one, thus making Yahweh as the one who went to the prophetess, but common sense tells us that Isaiah stopped quoting Yahweh and began referring to himself.

We find the same principle  in Isaiah 48:16,17. There we can see that the the latter part of verse 16 goes with the beginning of verse 17, and is not part of the quotation of Yahweh, but rather Isaiah’s own remarks: “And now the Lord Yahweh, and his spirit, has sent me — this what Yahweh says, your redeemer, the holy one of Israel,…” after which Isaiah returns to quoting the words of Yahweh.

Below are some translations that have punctuation similar to ours.

“Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.” And now the Lord GOD has sent me and his Spirit. — Revised Standard Version.

“Now come close to me and hear what I say. From the beginning I have spoken openly and have always made my words come true.” (Now the Sovereign Lord has given me his power and sent me.) — Today’s English Version

“Come to me and listen to this. From the beginning I have spoken openly. From the time it began, I was there.” Now, the Lord God has sent me with his Spirit. — New Century Version

“Come near to me, YOU people. Hear this. From the start I have spoken in no place of concealment at all. From the time of its occurring I have been there.” And now the Sovereign Lord Jehovah himself has sent me, even his spirit. — New World Translation, 1971 edition.

A slightly different punctuation appears in this translation:

Come to me and hear this! Not from the beginning did I speak it in secret; At the time it comes to pass, I am present; “Now the Lord GOD has sent me, and his spirit.” — The New American Bible

Even if this verse were referring to Jesus as the one sent, it still does not say anything about three persons in one Yahweh. The one who sent Jesus is still the only true God, and the one sent by the only true God is still not the only true God who sent him. — John 17:1,3.

Thus it should be apparent to all that the doctrine that Jesus is Yahweh is not found in Isaiah 48:16 (as it is not found anywhere else in the Bible). There is definitely nothing here to indicate that God’s spirit is a separate sentiency yet the Supreme Omniscient Being. And even more definitely we do not find anything in the verse about Yahweh as three persons, or of three persons in one “Godhead.”

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. — 1 Peter 1:3.

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Addendum

The claim is being made that the “true being of God as a class or kind of being has no less and no more than three eternally distinct Persons of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.”  Support for this is being claimed in Isaiah 48:6; Matthew 28:19-20; Hebrews 9:14. Nevertheless, in not one of these scriptures do we find any reference to God as being three persons. Isaiah 48:6 was evidently meant to have been Isaiah 48:16, which is discussed above.

We have discussed Matthew 28:19 elsewhere: CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to see our discussion of Hebrews 9:14.

         
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3 comments to Isaiah 48:16 – Yahweh has sent me

  • Nunya

    “Actually, Isaiah is the prophet who is writing the above, and is evidently the one referred to as being sent by Yahweh.”
    OH BULLSH*T!!
    “For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.” v9
    “For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.” v11
    “Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
    Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.” v12-13
    THE SPEAKER IS JESUS CHRIST!!!

    • ResLight

      Nunya
      Submitted on 2013/05/25 at 6:52 pm

      “Actually, Isaiah is the prophet who is writing the above, and is evidently the one referred to as being sent by Yahweh.”
      OH BULLSH*T!!
      “For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.” v9
      “For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.” v11
      “Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
      Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.” v12-13

      The above are the words of the Lord Yahweh — the God Israel — who anointed and sent the Messiah (Isaiah 61:1) as being quoted by Isaiah the prophet; they are not the words of the Messiah, he whom the God of Israel sent. — Deuteronomy 18:15-22; Matthew 22:32; 23:39; Mark 11:9,10; 12:26; Luke 13:35; 20:37; John 3:2,17,32-35; 4:34; 5:19,30,36,43; 6:57; 7:16,28; 8:26,28,38; 10:25; 12:49,50; 14:10; 15:15; 17:8,26; 20:17; Acts 2:22,34-36; 3:13-26; 5:30; Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 8:6; 11:31; Colossians 1:3,15; 2:9-12; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:1.

      Nothing in this negates that it was Isaiah who quoted Yahweh, and that Isaiah’s own words are given amongst the quotes of Yahweh.

      It is Isaiah, not Yahweh, nor Jesus, who states, “Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” — Isaiah 48:17.

  • TRUTH

    One cannot be sent on his own – Sent means someone else has instructed him to come!!! God sent Jesus/Isa – The Word of God!!

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