In reading about angels, I was struck by how many traits Metatron shares with Christ. Further investigating, I found, to my surprise, that Metatron is an angel mentioned in Jewish, not Christian tradition–especially the Talmud (non-scriptural commentaries on the scriptures) and the Zohar (12th C. (?) Jewish mystic tract). I’m now nearly convinced that the visions of a being in heaven named “Metatron” by Hebrews and, later, Spanish Jews, were an attempt by God to prepare His chosen people to understand that He has a Son. Of course, ever careful not to break their covenant with a singular God, the Jewish scholars were alarmed by each such vision, and so they spent most of their interpretive energy making it clear that Metatron was not God’s equal. They never made a connection between the Messiah, Jesus, and Metatron; they assumed that any celestial being in heaven other than God must be an angel, and so Metatron was interpreted as the most powerful angel. But consider the details of the Metatron stories:
Metatron sits in a throne like God’s at God’s right hand. No other angel sits, because only the King may sit on a throne. Metatron is Heaven’s scribe, recording all events in Creation and, by writing new ones, creating all new events in Creation. Metatron is the Voice, Word, and Face of God (“Nobody has seen the face of God,” and yet, “Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father”)–God Himself is invisible, so Metatron serves as His Face. Metatron wins the adoration of all the angels in heaven by announcing that he so loves mortals, who suffer, that he will do what no angel has done: submit to mortal suffering; he is God’s beloved because he volunteers to undergo “60 strokes of the rod.” One visionary of Metatron, on seeing Metatron seated at God’s right hand, is told by God, “Behold little YHWH.” This visionary was so confused by this that he reported it to his rabbis, who convicted this visionary of heresy. Metatron, the interpreters decided, is THE intermediary between the divine and the human. All prayers must go through him to get to God. The holiest seraphim have six wings, but Metatron is seen adorned with 36 wings. When two Egyptian sorcerers sneak into heaven, even Michael cannot force them out; Metatron alone is able to cast them out. Metatron is the ultimate servant in heaven, and this is another reason he is God’s beloved. His name in Hebrew means “myrrh,” which was one of the magi’s gifts to Jesus; it is an oil for anointing, and it is the oil for corpses being prepared for burial in the hope of the resurrection. In Greek, “Metatron” means “beyond the throne.” Metatron is given 72 names in heaven, including “the prince of wisdom” and “the prince of understanding.”
(some of the above can be found here: ihms.net/kabbalah/KABBALAH1.htm)
My question is, are people really so distracted by the mistaken conclusion that Metatron is an angel, or so distracted by his being, in the celestial visions, not in human incarnation, that they have never made this connection? My purpose is not to get “Metatron” into the catechism, but to use the Metatron texts to convince Jewish worshippers of Christ’s legitimacy. It also makes Christ make even more sense to me; if an invisible God is loving, and He creates creatures who are comforted and led by sight, then how else can He ever have a relationship with them except by having a Face, a representative who both points to the invisible God and IS the invisible God?