STUDY SERIES: Erroneously understood verses to teach Yeshua is God
HEBREWS 1:8 - DAVID DID NOT CALL
THE SON AS GOD
8 but to the Son, he says,
“Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever;
you rule your Kingdom with a scepter of equity;
9 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you
with the oil of joy in preference to your companions”
Adherents to the Trinity doctrine would readily point to this verse and jump into a conclusion that God The Father called His Son God also because of the verse introduction that states, “but to the Son, he says." Let us be straight to the point: the writer of the Hebrews, commonly believed and accepted to be Paul the New Testament writer, erroneously quoted King David’s prophecy concerning The Christ or Messiah in the 45th chapter of Psalm. His erroneous interpretation of scriptures simply led him to an incorrect presentation which in turn has misled believers all throughout Christian history.
Let us take into account David's prophecy about The Messiah and see if he really presented God to have called His Son as another God:
My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
I recite my composition concerning the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2 You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
3 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One,
With Your glory and Your majesty.
4 And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness;
And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.
5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies;
The peoples fall under You.
6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
David pointed to two subjects in his prophetic composition, The King whom he was prophesying and God. In verses 1-5, he prophesied about The King who is fairer than the sons of men whose lips are filled with grace and blessed by God forever. David even mentioned Him as a Mighty One in verse 3 (but not Mighty God as others may understand). David shifted his subject in verse 6 to God whose throne is forever and ever, and whose scepter of righteousness is the scepter of His kingdom. David changed his subject back to The King whom he was prophesying in verse 7 pointing that God, His God, has anointed Him because He love righteousness and hate wickedness.
David did not call The King (or The Christ) whom he was prophesying as God! In fact, he emphasized the difference between The King and God – one is the anointed One while the other is the 'Anointer'. This argument is further sealed when David stated, “therefore God, Your God has anointed You” to show that God is the God of the prophesied King or Christ - and not The Christ Himself as God.
Why are we sure that David would never call The King or Christ as God? Because he believed in only one God, the same One who anointed The Christ:
10 For You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.
Since David did not refer to the prophesied King (The Messiah) as God, then the error is only reflected in the interpretation of Paul in Hebrews 1v8. If so, then it will not make it right to refer to this verse in teaching that The Savior is (supposedly) God.