It is very possible the Jews also did not understand Jesus when He said He and the Father were ONE, by thinking Jesus meant He was ONE GOD with the Father, instead of understanding Jesus meant He was ONE in UNITY and AGREEMENT.
Jesus is considered as first priority in importance, order and rank, which is confirmed by John the Baptist in John 1:15, John 1:30, which is again why we read in Colossians 1:17 Jesus is before all things, who is the chosen Messiah.
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The same and IDENTICAL Greek word, εἰμί eimi “I am”, was also used by the angel Gabriel, in Luke 1:19, when he said: (εἰμί eimi) “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God. But we all know the angel Gabriel, was NOT claiming to be GOD.
St Paul also said the same IDENTICAL words as GOD.
St Paul said: But by the grace of God I am what I am. 1 Corinthians 15:10.
God said to Moses, “ I AM WHO I AM.” Exodus 3:14.
We all know St Paul was NOT claiming to be GOD.
Also notice in Exodus 3:2? And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. As we read: And the angel of the LORD acted and spoke for GOD and: appeared to him (Moses) in a flame of fire. If the Trinitarian claim is true that Jesus was referring to being GOD as Mount Sinai, then Trinitarians are saying Jesus is the angel, because we are told: And the angel of the LORD acted and spoke for GOD and: appeared to him (Moses) in a flame of fire.
If Jesus is meant to be GOD who sent His Angel, then where is GOD the Father?
λέγει αὐτῇ ὁ Ἰησοῦς,Ἐγώ εἰμι, ὁ λαλῶν σοι
Says to her - Jesus I am [he] who am speaking to you
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So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. John 8:28