Exegesis of Genesis: Breath of Life

Genesis 2:4-7

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.  But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.  And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  ~KJV

 

These are the generations of the holy heavens and the holy earth when they were created in the breath of YHWH ALHYM

In the day He caused the earth and the heavens to shine;

And before every shoot of the of the holy land was on the earth, and before every herb of the holy land had sprouted.

YHWH ALHYM had not caused it to rain on the holy earth and man did not exist to work all the holy ground,

And a mist went up from the holy earth and watered all the face of the holy ground.

And YHWH ALHYM formed all man of dust from the holy ground, and blew hard into his nose the breath of life,

And holy man became alive and breathing.  ~Mary’s translation

From this point on, our study of God’s word will be in the context of the 7th Day.  God is resting and celebrating His army as they go about life and doing His ministry.  There have been millions of years since He first created life, and hundreds of thousands of years since He created man.  God’s breath breathed life into everything, even the rain, when it finally comes.

He has laid a perfect foundation for us.  The heavens are in the sky, the atmosphere is intact, and God rules from Heaven itself, ensuring that Good stays safe.  The Earth and Sea are separated so that land and ocean life may flourish.  The Luminaries are ruling the Day, the Night, the Earth, and the Sea from afar.  The origin of all swarmers and creepers, and cattle, and life has been created.  And He has filled the face of the earth with food from plants for every living and breathing creature, including man.

The seeds for all plants are in the earth, but they have not sprouted yet.  They are buried too deeply, and they do not have the proper conditions for growth yet.  Just as when Jesus teaches the “Parable of the Sower,” it takes fertile ground and the proper conditions for plants to root and grow.  YHWH has not provided for this yet.  It will take man working the ground to bring it into its full fruition.  Indeed, ground is ADMH in Hebrew, implying that the ground is feminine (-H at the end), and belongs to ADM.  Therefore, without ADM penetrating and working it, the ground will remain infertile.

YHWH is the most striking addition in this progression of the creation story.  YHWH means eternal LORD, or Adonai.  YHWH is considered the more personable God to ALHYM, which is the Almighty God, the omnipotent Creator of the universe.  YHWH means “I AM THAT I AM”  which means God is being itself.  YHWH is usually just represented by these 4 letters, and because of this, this name for Him is often called the ‘Tetragrammaton’.  This is the most common name for God in the Bible, and it is considered unutterable by Jews, out of respect for His Ineffable Name.  Frequently, YHWH ALHYM is used, which translates as LORD GOD.

YHWH ALHYM has not caused it to rain yet, so the seeds are still awaiting ADM.  The foundation is laid for all animals and plants to serve the LORD through ADM, but without ADM, they will not come into their full essence.  Even though many animals are living and breathing, they will not come into their full essence until later in the creation story.

This is such a powerful concept.  Remember that ALHYM has made ADM ruler of all life on earth.  ALHYM created all the foundation for plants and animals, but then He stopped short of naming the animals.  He kept life from burgeoning forth and coming into its full fruition by withholding the rain, out of respect for ADM’s sovereignty over life on earth.  All life on earth is SUBJUGATE TO ADM and hence it does not mean anything until ADM gives it meaning by naming it.  But first, YHWH ALHYM must enliven ADM so that He might make all life meaningful.

So YHWH ALHYM takes dust, and because it is wet from the mist going up from the earth, it is more like the first perfect and holy clay.  He shapes it not unlike a potter shapes a vessel, and he presses it firmly into His final creation, Man.  Then YHWH ALHYM blows hard and ‘inflates’ man with the breath of life.  And holy man becomes alive and breathing.

YHWH ALHYM is used 3 times in this passage.

Thank you, YHWH ALHYM, for creating us, giving us dominion over all life, and for making us ministers in Your Holy Army.

B R A SH Y TH: The Breath of Life

These are the generations of the holy heavens and the holy earth when they were created in the breath of YHWH ALHYM

In the day He caused the earth and the heavens to shine;

And before every shoot of the of the holy land was on the earth, and before every herb of the holy land had sprouted.

YHWH ALHYM had not caused it to rain on the holy earth and man did not exist to work all the holy ground,

And a mist went up from the holy earth and watered all the face of the holy ground.

And YHWH ALHYM formed all man of dust from the holy ground, and blew hard into his nose the breath of life,

And holy man became alive and breathing.

Exegesis of Genesis: Seventh Day

Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.  ~KJV

[day 7]

And all were finished:  the holy heavens and the holy earth and all God’s army.

And ALHYM finished in the holy seventh day all His work of appointing to ministry those of every gender and number He had made.

And He had a Sabbath intermission on the seventh day from all His work of appointing to ministry those of every gender and number He had made.

And God blessed all His holy seventh day and sanctified it all, because in it He rested from all His work of appointing to ministry those of every gender and number God had created to shine.  ~Mary’s translation

First, we are struck with the initial words here, “All were finished.”  It reminds us of Jesus’ last words:  “It is finished.”  God had been finished with His perfect work at the beginning of His holy seventh day of creation, but something happened between this point and the crucifixion of Jesus that made God’s work unfinished.  We know now this is sin, which is about to come upon the earth because of ADM and his unholy actions.  But, here, at this very moment, God’s creation is still perfect.  Sin has not entered into the universe yet.

The next thing that becomes beautifully obvious is the repetitions of 3’s, here on this 7th day, as was introduced on the First Day of creation.  God wants us to know that His creation, and His Plan, and His timing, make a perfect circle of life with Him in the very center of it.  7 is the holy number of God which means cycle of completion, in His own mysterious way.  And 3 means circle (because of pi:  3.14) for man; it is a symbol of man’s commitment to God and His perfect Plan.

The words ‘seventh’, or HSHBY’Y in Hebraic, and ‘His work of appointing to ministry’, or MLAKTHW in Hebraic, are each used 3 times, repetitively.  I’m not sure, but I would think these points might be of some important to ALHYM!  The sixth and seventh days have both been called holy, but the seventh day is especially holy because God rested on it and sanctified it.  The word MLAKTHW is usually translated as ‘work’, but the word ‘work’ does not do MLAKTHW justice, and does not impart the full meaning God intended in His word to us!

In Strong’s Concordance, MLAKTHW means to dispatch deputyship, in order to send a message.  It comes from the root word MLAK which means angel, or a messenger of God.  It is not mere work God is resting from!  Especially since this word is preceded in the text initially by the Hebrew word TSBAM.  TSBAM is usually translated as ‘host’, but host is misleading because we usually think of host as being God’s heavenly host, and not a reference to us.  TSBAM in Strong’s means, in the plural (M), to summon a mass, to assemble of army of servants, to please.  It comes from the root word, TSB which means to establish.  The A at the end of the word implies God’s realm.  So TSBAM more literally means an army of God, to establish His sovereignty on Earth.

God has created ['BRA'-notice the A at the end which signifies God's realm] an army for Himself of all life on earth.  And He is sending out this army to do His ministry.

The word for Sabbath is used two times in this passage, each in a slightly different way.  The first time it is used it is spelled ‘SHBBTH’ and means ‘intermission.’  Intermission means God’s work is not done, but that He is taking a break from His work.  He then goes on to bless the seventh day, SHBTH.  This form of sabbath means to rest, take repose, desist from exertion, and to celebrate.

Consider that we are IN the seventh day still.  God is resting, and hopefully celebrating, but we have been set in motion to do His ministry, and be part of His army, from the time we were created.  Because YWM means a passage of days of time, as long as man is on earth, we are a part of God’s army, and are to do His ministry forevermore.

The very last word in the original story of creation is ‘SHWTH, which means to shine.  It comes from the root word ‘SHTH which means ‘sleek’ and ‘glossy'; and also figuratively, excogitate, to think or shine in the mind.  The root word ‘SH means to make.  ALHYM made us to shine, to be able to think, to use His gifts He has given us for His ultimate glory.

Praise be to our Wondrous and Almighty ALHYM!

Exegesis of Genesis 1: Sixth Day

Genesis 1:24-31

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.  ~KJV

[day 6]

And called God, “Bring forth on the holy earth alive and breathing cattle in their whole holy portion, and creepers and life of the earth in their whole holy portion.”

And it was so, and complete.

And God made all life of the earth in their whole holy portion, and all cattle in their whole holy portion, and all creeper of the holy soil in their whole holy portion, and God joyfully saw that is was pure and good.

And called God, “Make man in Our image and all in Our likeness; and may he have dominion over fish in the holy sea, and over birds in the holy heavens, and over cattle over all the holy earth, and over all creepers creeping on the holy earth.

And created ALHYM the holy man in His image.  

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Male and female He created them and ALHYM blessed them.

And called God to them, “Be fruitful and increase and fill all the holy earth; and subdue and have dominion over the fish in the holy sea, and over birds in the holy heavens, and over all life creeping on the holy earth,”

And called God, “Behold, I have given to you each and every herb seeding seed which is on the face of all the holy earth, and each and every tree which in it is fruit-tree seeding seed.  To you it shall be food to all life on the holy earth, and to every bird in the holy heavens, and to all creepers on the holy earth. For all gender and number of everything that are alive and breathing, each and every herb is food.”

And it was so, and complete.

And God joyfully saw all that He had made with His breath, and behold, it was pure and exceedingly good!

And the dusk and the dawn were the holy sixth day.  ~Mary’s translation

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God is finally making beasts and man.  He is filling the Earth with cattle and creeping things that live in the soil.  Fish are in the sea, birds are in the heavens, cattle are on the earth, and creepers are in the soil.  And God was joyful when He saw it.

Then He said to His host in Heaven, “Make man in Our image, and in Our likeness.”  The word ‘image’ is a new word for us.  It is TSLM, which means a ‘phantom’ or ‘resemblance.’  And DMWTH means ‘likeness’, usually in a concrete way, but it can also mean ‘manner’.  This all implies that if we could see God, He would look something like a man; and that man has a manner something like God.  Of course, we do not know much more than this.  We know God has a face, and we know that if man looks upon God, he will die:

And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.  ~Exodus 33:20, KJV

ALHYM is plural, so it should not come as a surprise that He says, “Our image,” and “Our likeness,’ when He speaks of making man.  Also, He might be speaking of angels, with Him in the host of Heaven.

I wrote the above translation backwards in this section so that we might get a visual representation of what this beautiful and poetic text is illustrating.  It is like a mirror, the way God is an image of Man and Man is an image of God.  It is also like an X, and this is a very obscure and esoteric concept used when God’s realm coincides with ours; where the two realms meet and transcend each other, making a criss-cross, which I have elaborated on in another post.  X is a letter not even used in ancient Hebrew, though it is a popular letter in Greek.  What it all means is, that as one regards God, man is seen; and, ideally, when one regards Man, God is seen.

Immediately, God blessed man.  This passage says God created ADM (Adam, man) and NQBH (female).  ADM looks like this in Hebrew:   אָדָם 

Read from right to left, the letters are ‘A’, ‘D’, and ‘M’.  In my study of the Hebrew text, it has become obvious that M at the end of words denotes plurality.  As in ALHYM (as was mentioned in the First Day post).  This is somewhat analogous to how English speakers use ‘S’ to denote plurality.  Sometimes NW or TH is used at the end of words to mean more than one, or a group.  Of course, each Hebrew letter itself has meaning, which is interesting to delve into, and much has been written about this by scholars who are experts in the Hebrew alphabet.  For the purpose of this exegesis, we will keep to the most important facets of the letters’ meanings, and leave the finer details to other sources.

Remember how YWM (day) denotes ‘passage of days of time’?  It is the same plural concept.  When one peruses the Hebrew text, the M, which looks like a box, at the end of words stands out easily.  And almost always it indicates the concept of plurality.

So ADM means man in a plural form, not man in a singular sense.  Man in the singular is ASH, and has not been introduced yet in the story of creation, though it is coming soon.  This implies the first man is more likely many men.  ADM also means Godly, because it starts with an Aleph; and literally means ‘red’ or ‘ruddy’, and ‘to show blood’, in the sense of becoming flush or blushing in the face.  Adamah means ground, and this is fitting because God made Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him.

NQBH means ‘female’ in a sexual way.  The ‘aH’ at the end of the word denotes femininity.  NQBH comes from the root word NQB which means to pierce, puncture, or perforate with more or less violence.  This concept of female will not be used again until Genesis 5:2 when it is stated:

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”  ~Genesis 5:1-2, KJV

Since we know that Adam means plural ‘man’, this bolded sentence makes complete sense to us.  NQBH female is subjugate to the term for man, or Adam.  So Adam is not one distinct person, Adam denotes a people, the first people of God.  Scientists might refer to them as Homo sapiens, or even Homo sapiens sapiens, which means ‘wise, wise man’ in Latin, and the only extant members of the hominin clade.  However homo in science can also refer to extinct groups of ape-men such as neanderthals, who existed as long as .6 billion years ago.  This incites all manner of arguments regarding what species the first man of God was.

But beyond getting the proper context for our modern understanding, it is not really correct or apropos to call ADM H. s. sapiens, because as was referred to in a previous post, these are scientific terms invented by the Greeks, or Gentiles, who were largely atheistic, and the categories they use to explain man are the same categories they use to explain animals.  This is very anti-Hebraic or even anti-God, because they speak more to physical characteristics and definitions of an evolved man, than the divinity and spiritual essence of man, or Adam.  Plus we cannot know exactly which species of Homo was the first Adam, despite much conjecture surrounding the subject.

After God blessed them, He called to them to “be fruitful and increase and fill all the holy earth.”  This will be an important place to make a mental bookmark for the upcoming exegesis.  ADM and NQBH will procreate and ADM will spread across the earth.  So God’s first command to man is to procreate, to have babies.  This in and of itself is a blatant statement against birth control, or family planning.

Then God’s very next command is that man should subdue and have dominion over all other life on earth, everything that lives and breathes.  This means that animals are subjugate ALWAYS to man.  We do not really see this play out in society, do we?  It has been suggested that it is rare to find a homeless animal whom someone does not want to rescue, whereas homeless men, women, and children are ignored and disregarded by most people.  Individuals spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on their pets’ food and vet bills, while their neighbor goes hungry and sick.  People put a higher priority on the feelings of their pets than on the feelings of other human beings.

Just as the Expanse rules the Light, and the Luminaries rule the Earth and Sea, so God has made Man rule over Life on earth.

Before this busy day is over, God considers the well-being of his creations.  He ends the day by declaring that all the herbs and fruit-trees across the face of the earth are to be used as food for ALL life.  The word for herb is ‘SHB and means green, and to glisten, so we can infer that this is herbs, vegetables, grass, and fruit.  Sometimes things are poisonous to man, but are safe for animals; and sometimes things are safe for man, but poisonous for animals; yet all God’s plants are to be consumed by all life.  ALHYM says nothing about meat being consumed.

In conclusion, God has invested billions of years of time in carving and sculpting out the Earth for His greatest love, Man.  The Egyptian pyramids, Babylonian ziggurats, and Michelangelo’s David, pale in comparison.  In so doing, He has created caverns and canyons where man can safely find shelter from the elements.  He has provided for all the elements necessary for man to make fire, and has given this wise man a brain for knowing how to survive harsh climates.  All vitamins and minerals that man needs exist in the earth and in plants.  God gives man food in the form of herbs and vegetables and fruit, covering all our known protein, carbohydrate, and fat requirements in the most healthy way possible.  He gives us flowers, honey, and milk, and so many other things, so that we might not only survive but thrive and be happy.  He has given us life to rule over as we see fit, daylight and starlight, and signs in the heavens so that we can gather to worship Him.  He has established His reign in Heaven, and we can rest assured, knowing Good will prevail.  Praise His wondrous, holy, and ineffable Name!

Finally, Almighty ALHYM joyfully saw all that He had made with His breath, and behold, it was pure and exceedingly good!

And the dusk and the dawn made the holy sixth day.

Exegesis of Genesis 1: Fifth Day

Genesis 1:  20-23

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.  ~KJV

[day 5]

And called God, “Swarm the holy waters with alive and breathing swarmers, and birds to fly over the earth on the pearly face of the expanse of the heavens.”

And God created all the holy great sea serpents, and each and every living, breathing holy creeper which swarms in every number and gender in the holy waters in their whole holy portion.

And each and every bird with wing in their whole holy portion.

And ALHYM joyfully saw that is was pure and good.

And God blessed all of them saying, “Be fruitful and increase and fill all the holy waters in the seas, and may the holy birds increase in the earth.”

And the dusk and the dawn were the fifth day.  ~Mary’s translation

When one studies the Beginning in the original Hebrew, it becomes obvious that very few words are used, but that words are often repeated in somewhat of a chorus from creation day to creation day, in certain phrases.  Some of these are ‘And called God, ‘Let there be…’, ‘and He separated diligently and very firmly between…’, and ‘ALHYM saw joyfully that is was pure and good.’  So on each new day of creation, the new creation stands out as a new word.  The Hebrews have a simplistic language because they predominantly use consonants, which makes their alphabet smaller.  This also means that one word has a lot of meaning, versus a lot of words each being very specific, as in the Greek.

So on creation day 5, the new word that stands out is BRK (barak), which means to kneel; to bless.  God has not blessed anything yet, because living, breathing life has not yet been created.  Plants have been created, but God did not bless them.  This implies that plants do not have a soul.  ‘Soul’ is usually the word translated for the Hebrew word NPHSH.  NPHSH and CHYH (alive) are also two new words for this day.  NPHSH in Strong’s Concordance means breathing, or having breath.  I usually choose to keep the words as literal as possible so that interpretive mistakes are not made by assuming anything, so in my translation, NPHSH CHYH, usually translated as ‘living soul’, I translate as ‘alive and breathing’.   Plants do not draw breath, indeed they make air for other life to breathe.

I love how the Hebrews used the words swarmers and creepers to describe birds and fish.  Swarm means ‘to abound’ and creep means ‘to glide.’  So, by using a verb to name these creatures, based on their mechanism of movement, He is covering many different kinds of creatures.  Indeed, birds and water animals do seem to use the same types of movement, in or out of water!  God uses swarmers and creepers as pertaining to birds or sea serpents, in air or water.  This means swarmers and creepers can include the simplest fish, a mammalian whale, a prehistoric water vertebrate, or the Loch Ness monster; or ancient and modern birds.  We will see creepers will also include creeping ground creatures, like insects and snakes, on day 6.

We are used to descriptions based on the Greek method of scientific classification with eight major taxonomic ranks from kingdom to species.  But in typical Hebrew style, their classification is based simply on verbal expression.  The concept of evolution becomes somewhat less important or informative when you change the parameters for defining life.  When you predominantly use physical features to categorize life, which the popular current model of classification rests upon, you get theories like evolution, which raises nearly as many questions as it answers.  However, God’s system of classification rests more upon the essence of the being, the expression of the being, and the hierarchy of the life, i.e. whether or not it ‘breathes’, how it moves, and whether it rules over another.

Notice that God called and created, as with the preceding days of creation.  However, He does not separate, proclaim, or name.  That is because He is leaving the proclamation of creatures’ names for Man, His final creation.

The earliest sea creature was created around 544 million years ago.  The earliest bird fossil found thus far is from about 160 million years ago.  Since sea creatures and birds were both formed on the fifth day of creation, this is proof that the days of creation extend over many millenia, and involve the passage of days of time, or YWM.  Along these lines, we also know that the literal heavens, creation Day 2, were created over several millions of years, if not billions of years, because most of the galaxies are around 12 to 13 billion years old, and the oldest star in our Milky Way Galaxy is recorded at 13.6 billion years old.  Since the Expanse was made in one creation day, this is another testament to a YWM involving huge amounts of literal time.

So in studying God’s word, it becomes evident that the creation days occur in chronological order, even though there is no exact length of time given per creation day.  Instead, God seems more intent on describing the essence of each new creation, and carving out its niche in the universe, not dividing His creation days into perfect segments of time.  As we just saw, defining something more by its essence is like ALHYM.  Dividing something into perfect segments of time is more like man, and comes from a categorical worldview, based upon science, not scripture.

It has been proposed that the creation days one through three, are overlapped by creation days four through six.  This is because Day 1’s Light goes with Day 4’s Luminaries, Day 2’s Expanse and Waters goes with Day 5’s Sea Creatures and Birds, and Day 3’s Earth and Seas goes with Day 6’s Beasts and Man.  But it also becomes obvious, when it is mapped out, that there are natural groupings between creation day 1 and 2, creation day 3 and 4, and creation day 5 and 6, because the time periods involved are nearly analogous, or merely separated by a very short span of time, whereas the gaps between the natural groups are quite wide time-wise.  For example, Day 1 and Day 2 for the most part occur with a billion or so years of each other, yet the Earth, Seas, and its Luminaries will not be made for about 8 to 9 billion years.  And Sea Creatures, Birds, and Beasts will not be created for yet another 4 billion years, but as mentioned earlier, are separated by mere millions of creation-years.

How to reconcile these two very pertinent and applicable explanations lays the foundation for a divinely inspired conceptual model for creation, which the overlapping days of creation further embellish.  Regard the following picture:

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God’s Eye

I did not intend to make a circle to begin with.  I tried writing all the days out into 3 groups, and then drawing lines to show how they also overlap.  But the only thing that made sense was when I put it in a circle format.  This is incredible.  A circle is referred to time and time again in the Torah, and even the Tanakh.  But there is usually never a triangle depicted inside a circle.  I am humbled by this discovery.

I think God grouped two days together because He was instilling order within His world as He made it.  Heaven is where God resides (as well as everywhere else), but He rules Light and the entire universe from here.  The Great Luminary rules the Day on Earth, and the Diminutive Luminary rules the Night and the Seas.  And, finally, Man rules all the Sea Creatures, Birds, and Beasts that exist.

And the dusk and the dawn made the fifth day.

Exegesis of Genesis 1: Fourth Day

Genesis 1:  14-19

And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,” and it was so.  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.  ~KJV

[day 4]

And called ALHYM, “Let there be luminaries in the Expanse of the holy heavens to separate firmly between the holy day and between the holy night,

And let most of ye meet all as a holy congregation [L MW'DYIM] for a festival on the most holy days; and again, and again, and again.

And let there be luminaries in the Expanse of the holy heavens for the most holy light on the holy earth.”

And it was so, and complete.

And made ALHYM, from the heavens to the earth, two great, holy luminaries; the holy great luminary to shine from the heavens to the earth to rule the Day, and the holy diminutive luminary to shine from the heavens to rule the Night and all the stars.

And ALHYM set them in the Expanse of the holy heavens to give all the light on the earth, and to rule in the day and in the night; and to separate firmly and diligently between holy light and between holy darkness.  And ALHYM joyfully saw that is was pure and good.

And the dusk and the dawn were the fourth day.  ~Mary’s translation

Even though God made light on the first day of creation, there is still not light on earth yet.  How can that be?  As has been discussed, much of what light and darkness is referring to in the first day of creation is figurative light and darkness symbolized by goodness and adversity, and called Day and Night.

More fittingly, God made the Big Bang occur, which created light.  Darkness already existed.  Light from the Big Bang was not reaching us yet, because galaxies and solar systems did not exist yet, much less our Milk Way Galaxy.  The Big Bang would have occurred on the First Day, about 13.8 billion years ago, when there was an intense explosion of unimaginable intensity, creating so much light energy as to be unfathomable.  This was the birth of our universe.  But Earth is only 4.5 billion years old, so the world God was making for humans had not even been created yet, though it was foremost in God’s mind.

It is very important to note that the Hebrew word for “day”, YWM, means space of time, not just literally as in a certain set of hours, but figuratively as well.  This should not be surprising, because the Hebrews were extremely intuitive and abstract people, as perhaps contrasted with their sensory-motivated and concrete counterparts, the gentiles.  Furthermore, the M at the end of the word implies plurality, as mentioned in a previous post.  So, it is most accurately interpreted as ‘passage of days of time‘.  So,

Creation Day 1, Light, occurred around 13.8 billion years ago, and

Creation Day 2, the Expanse, occurred sometime around, or after, that, and

Creation Day 3, the Earth, occurred around 4.5 billion years ago, and

Creation Day 4, the Great and Diminutive Luminaries, occurred around 4.5 billion years ago too.

We know this because we can very accurately date much of the cosmological universe, especially within our solar system.  The stars, the sun, and moon were created and placed by God within the Expanse to do four things:  1.) to separate the holy light from the holy darkness, 2.) to be a sign for when the congregation should meet for holy festivals, 3.) to give light upon the earth, and 4.) to rule the day and the night.

Most people count days from sun-up to sun-up, but the Hebrews and Jews count days from sundown of this day to twilight of the next day.  Sundown is after the sun has left the horizon and can no longer be seen.  Twilight is marked by seeing the first 3 stars in the night sky.  So the sun and the stars are identifying day from night.  Then as the night progresses, more stars become visible and the moon appears.

If day and night are marked by the sun and lack of it, the moon and stars are used to identify months and seasons.  This is because the moon has phases it goes through-from new moon to full moon and back again-which takes it a month to accomplish.  God calls for an extra celebration to be enjoyed at the beginning of every month, when the moon is new, or small and dark.  This is contrasted with the gentiles, who likely preferred to celebrate the full moon with revelry and sin.  God wants His chosen people to not adopt the ways of the gentiles, including their celebrations and feasts, lest we fall into sin.  Unfortunately, most of Christianity’s roots come from pagan customs adopted by the Romans and passed along.  Unless Christians take special care to adhere to their Jewish roots, it is likely they will transgress God’s Law unknowingly and often.

As most people know, the stars form clusters or celestial spheres, which from our earthly perspective create patterns in the night sky, called constellations.  It takes one year for the earth to rotate around the sun, and as this happens, constellations change their position in our sky.  These changes can mark seasons, so that if the calendar was forgotten for a while, man could still look to the sky to know whether it was spring, summer, fall, or winter.  He could then fine-tune this with the moon to know what day it was exactly.  Several festivals or feasts are commanded in the Bible to be kept,  (see the post called Laws for God’s People for more information on the mandated feasts.  http://songofmary.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/laws-for-gods-people/) and God provided a way for His people to always be able to do so.  There is never a reason His people, who were spread all over the Promised Land, would not be able to know when to meet as a congregation to worship Almighty ALHYM.

God was not giving us the constellations so that we could turn them into astrological signs, to make figures of them that we would worship, or ascribe power to in order to glorify ourselves or our birth, as astrology does.  Indeed, practicing astrology, or even speaking of it, is a sin, and is what the pagans enjoy doing.  The one main purpose of the stars was so that we would know when to travel and congregate to celebrate ALHYM, to celebrate being His chosen people, and read the Law aloud so all would know what was expected of them.  I am sure He also wanted to bedazzle us with starlight as well.  Who amongst us, young or old, ancient or modern, does not look into the brilliantly illuminated night sky in wonder?  God’s gifts transcend time and place.

Before we could flip a switch and have light at our fingertips, man worked by day and slept by night, because of the greater light of the sun.  The sun is a perfect sphere of hot plasma which burns at a balmy 36,000 degrees F.  It sustains almost all life.  It is projected to only be functional for human life another billion years or so, which is shocking when you consider how long our creation was in the making.  This is just another piece of evidence that we are close to the end of our earthly existence.

God acknowledged that the sun is a ruler.  Not a ruler of us, as the Egyptians and Babylonians believed, but a ruler of the day.  The sun is at the very center of his solar system, and as the earth rotates toward it, day occurs, and all that happens during the day is good.  Plants grow, temperature stays in its perfect range for man to exist, and light enables man to work and to live.

But the shadow side of earth is ruled by the diminutive luminary, the moon.  The moon rules the night, and all that happens in the darkness.  But the moon also does many other things.  It stabilizes the earth on its axis, keeping our angle in the atmosphere exactly where it needs to be in relation to the sun.  It produces the ocean tides due to its gravitational influence.  And it provides substantial light at night, depending upon its phase.  So it is obviously of extreme importance that the moon be with the earth; man’s existence depends upon it.  It was done purposefully by God.  It was not some haphazard event that randomly happened.  It was an intentional process by God, as He sculpted a safe and good world for His most beloved.

The moon also has some influence on the cycle of life because women tend to ovulate at the full moon and have their menses at the new moon.  God made it a sin to have sexual relations during menses, which has the effect of increasing the likelihood of sexual relations during more fertile times, and keeping sexual expression at a minimum during the new moon or monthly celebrations, in order to more appropriately worship God Himself.  The pagans worshiped their gods by having sex in front of them.  This is not the way God wants to be worshiped.

And the dusk and the dawn made the fourth day.

My Vision of Death and the Afterlife

God gave me insight today in a morning dream whilst still slumbering in my bed.

 

Heaven

There IS an afterlife and it is not very far away from us:  it is just through my butts on the ‘other side’.  When you die, if you believe in God and try to do good, your body cleaves from you, and you keep all your consciousness but you have no way to communicate with this world anymore because you have no body.  Like how, joined with our body here on earth, we cannot communicate with Heaven.

There is absolutely no change in the essence in our being, we simply go upward, and a little circle in my butt opens and we transcend unto God’s Realm, and are removed from here.  Our earthly dead body means nothing to us.

 

hell

However, God showed me specifically that if we commit suicide, or do not believe in Him, or do not try to do good; our body becomes tethered or anchored into the ground of the earth, where we become stuck.  We cannot ascend through my butt into Heaven because we have chosen to be part of this world.  And we become like a tree.  Perhaps this is why God hates tree worship so much.  We are the trunk, and our legs are rooted in the ground.  It is horrible because the earthly world can regard us, but we cannot communicate with it.  Nor can we communicate with Heaven.  This felt like something that lasts forever in my dream.  This is hell.

It is not very difficult to go to Heaven.  It’s simply believing in, and loving God, and trying to do good.  Jesus was in my dream, but as a silent witness to the truth of these matters.

 

Praise Almighty YHWH ALHYM~

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