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
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
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.