The Kinsman Redeemer Series
...from the dust of the ground
Scriptural Evidence Of
The First Hebrew
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth (Ephesians 2:19)
"Then those who feared YaHoVeH spoke with one another. YaHoVeH paid attention and heard them, and
a book of remembrance
was written before Him of those who feared YaHoVeH and esteemed His Name. 'They shall be mine, says the Elohim of hosts, in the day when I make up My treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares His son who serves Him. Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves YaHoVeH and one who does not serve Him'." Malachi 3:16-18
YaHoVeH doesn't make mistakes. So, when
YaHoVeH (click on highlighted words to view content)
chose to use the Hebrew language to reveal Himself, it wasn't an accident. The Hebrew language is the perfect vehicle to communicate what YaHoVeH wants to share about Himself and His creation. What does this mean to us? It means that what YaHoVeH says in Hebrew is usually much deeper than we initially observe. Hebrew fulfills a role that no other language can because it can be understood as both a picture language and a phonetic language. Our contemporary translations are based on the phonetic aspect of Hebrew, not the pictographs. Sometimes we need to look to the pictures to see what the language communicates. That leads us to ask a question about some crucial words for "man" and "woman." Words mean things and what is found in these words is truly amazing. The religious tradition of man would seek to re-write history in order to uphold and to fit into its own artificial paradigm what it wants us to believe. The human race is not one - as much as that humanistic approach would like you to think it is. YaHoVeH is the God of Israel - not of mankind
(see the Whose Word Is It?).
The story of the creation of Adam in Genesis 2 is NOT the story of the general creation of mankind. That general creation took place in
where we are given an "overview" of the creation of the heavens and the earth where "in the beginning" YaHoVeH created "humankind" - many and in general, male and female
(see One Covenant - A History for a more detailed explanation).
We know this by looking at the original Hebrew words used to describe each of the actions mentioned.
The Christian tradition of men that has been handed down to us as triune theology
has been superimposed upon the verse in Genesis 1:26 above that says, "...let US make man in OUR image" as evidence of the existence of Yeshua "from the beginning" to support the notion of a
There just had to be more than one being present at the time those words were spoken to be able to use those words in this manner - right? Well, not exactly. The way the verse is actually written says something more, "And YaHoVeH said, Let us make man in our image; according to our likeness". It is important that all of the text be included when searching for the Truth in the words. When a portion of scripture is pulled out of context and applied to what we have already made up our mind to about its meaning - it causes a serious problem trying to understand the original intent of the words. Words mean things. A closer look at the meaning of these words will supply us with a solid foundation from which to proceed.
(the Hebrew word translated "likeness") is a feminine noun.
(the Hebrew word translated "image") is a masculine noun. A quick look through other places of this usage in the Hebrew text supports the idea that the Essence of YaHoVeH incorporates both masculine (image) and feminine (likeness) characteristics. These words are not speaking of two separate entities, they are speaking of one entity, YaHoVeH, Who captures the characteristics of both genders in a single entity. It is only because of the replacement doctrine of the "Christian" religion that a dual Greek god theology is overlaid onto these Hebrew words, thus, changing their meaning. The evidence of a single entity is borne out in the subsequent verse 27 which says, "So YaHoVeH created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them". Notice the personal pronouns in Genesis 1:27 ("His" and "He") are all SINGULAR, whereas in Genesis 1:26 they are all plural ("Us" and "Our"). In Genesis 1:27 only one individual is actually doing the creating - YaHoVeH!
To explain the variant of plural pronouns in Genesis 1:26 and the singular pronouns in Genesis 1:27, Trinitarians say, "In Genesis 1:27 we only see singular pronouns used because the mystery of the Triune God is being revealed; that is, God is letting us know that even though He is three, He is also three-in-one." To bolster this leap of illogical fallacy, Trinitarian scholars point out the word for "God" in both verses is "Elohim". They assert "Elohim" is a plural word in the Hebrew, indicating more than one person. Therefore when Elohim says, "Let Us make..." it is the evidence of three (plural) persons of the Trinity speaking as one person." While it is true elohim is a plural word in the Hebrew, it is not used to indicate plurality in number when constructed together with singular nouns or pronouns. Elohim is known in Hebrew grammar as A PLURAL OF MAJESTY. It is derived from the Hebrew verb
meaning, "strength," and thus elohim amplifies the meaning of strength (el). In Hebrew, the literal rendering of elohim would read, "the strongest strength" or even, "the strongest of the strong." The word itself is plural (the singular is
and it is sometimes translated as "gods" (when referring to a plurality of false gods). When it refers to the One True God of Israel, elohim (plural) is correctly translated as "God" (singular). The proof is found in
which says, literally, "Yahoveh IS elohim." And the famous
says, "Yahoveh our elohim, Yahoveh is one." Again, we have the singular Yahoveh coupled with the plural elohim, and this time in a verse that is crystal clear that there is only one God. His name's plural form indicates His sovereign supremacy, His matchless might, and His exceeding eminence. To introduce a polytheistic concept of the Trinity into the monotheistic Hebrew scripture by twisting the meaning of elohim is disingenuous to the integrity of the words.
...gan edan - the garden of delight
The general Hebrew word translated as "made" in English is
denoting something "produced", as a "work". This is the same connotation given to the Hebrew word translated "created" in English,
used in conjunction with the rest of what is "created" in Genesis 1. However, there is a different word used in Genesis 2 for Adam -
which means to "fashion or form with a purpose". This is the same word found in
proclaiming Israel to be "the people I formed (yatsar) for Myself" - for a purpose. That purpose was to be a
Light to the Nations
to attract the other nations of the world into becoming members of YaHoVeH's Kingdom. The Hebrew word translated "praise" in this verse comes from the root word
meaning "to flash forth light, to shine." It is interesting to note the first usage of
(the ground) occurs in this passage of the creation of Adam in Genesis 2 - not the first of mankind in general in Genesis 1. Since the Hebrew word
(earth) has been used since the opening verse of the book of Genesis - why would the focus now shift to 'adamah? The obvious answer is Adam coming from the 'adamah causes him to be someone intimately connected to the ground. The meaning of 'adamah is also embedded in productivity as seen in
(there was no one found to "till the ground"). The meaning of the word translated as "till" in that verse comes from the Hebrew word
which is translated 227 times more often as "serve" than "till" (9 times) or "work" (5 times). Since the Torah establishes that what we give ourselves to is what we serve and what we serve is what we worship
quoting Deuteronomy 11:16),
the productivity meant by 'adamah is the worship given to the Creator, YaHoVeH, by our deeds, our doing of His Righteousness in the keeping of His Words of
The worship of YaHoVeH is also found in the productivity of service to the brethren of YaHoVeH's Kingdom as exampled by His Son, Yeshua
The Tanakh (re-named the OT), as a chronicle of the passage of the
from Adam to Yeshua through the lineage of the Hebrew people, shows that the
(Hebrews) are all connected to the Land and the Land is connected to the productivity shown in the righteousness of the people who occupy it. The Hebrew word for male in general is
This is also the same Hebrew word used in
for the word remember. To "mark or to remember" in Hebrew is much more than a mere mental assent. It involves action; to remember is to act on behalf of someone or something. Zakar is used in the Ten Commandments in regard to the Sabbath: "Remember the Sabbath day". This commandment is not telling us to "think about" or "recall" the Sabbath; it is telling us to DO something - and that something is to enter into REST. Therefore, being male is the very same (in Hebrew) as "remembering" or "acting on behalf of". When we see these seemingly unrelated ideas together in this manner, the Hebrew mindset starts emerging. While we are used to the Greek mindset and worldview that describes the appearance of a noun, the Hebrew's focus is always on FUNCTION. Thus, a man is called male (zakar) for one reason in Hebrew. His designed function is to remember who YaHoVeH is, what YaHoVeH requires, and then act on this knowledge. Likewise, he is the one that ACTS on behalf of his wife and children. A "male" passes his knowledge of the Creator through his visible service to his children and they receive the "name" of their father. In a restored state, the male remembers the commandments of YaHoVeH; that is, he keeps and guards the Word of YaHoVeH. But, from creation, there was no male found who would serve YaHoVeH by remembering to keep His Words. Thus, the need to "form" another who would productively serve Him - the first Hebrew named Adam who came from the ground of worship. The woman of Adam, not of "mankind", came from Adam also with a specific purpose.
If all the created women are taken from the bones of the males of created mankind; then, why does it say "this is now bone of my bones" in
The phrase "this is now" is an attempt at an English translation of the Hebrew phrase "zot hapa'am." The word
does mean "this" but the word hapa'am is a little more difficult. This is the Hebrew word
prefixed by "ha" meaning "the." The word pa'am is literally a repetitive beat such as from a drum. It can also mean a stroke of time or to repeat something such as seen in Genesis 33:3; "He himself went on before them, bowing himself to the ground seven times (pa'am)." Using this understanding of the word, Genesis 2:23 should be translated as, "This time is bone from my bones" and is implying that the previous times were not "bone from my bones." Three verses prior to this it states "The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him." In this context, the "prior times" were unsuccessful in finding a helper for Adam among those already created, but with Eve - this time it worked. The first occurrence of the Hebrew word
the general word for female, is found in Genesis 1:27. But, YaHoVeH's chosen word for "woman" in the garden is found in Genesis 2:18 ("I will make him a help-mate" - an
This is YaHoVeH's word, not Adam's. The word consists of the consonants A-Z-R which display a
picture of "first cut from a person", "strength cut from the highest" or even "the first weapon (of defense) of the person." Does this sound like the commonly portrayed role of an 'ezer? This is the same word YaHoVeH applies to Himself in relation to Israel
In the garden, the woman is certainly the first cut from the man. In fact, she is taken directly from him. And the role of the 'ezer is to protect, help, provide and nourish. Certainly this is the biblical view of strength and defense. What YaHoVeH had in mind is not subservience or patriarchal hierarchy. His choice of 'ezer indicates that this woman is built to be Adam's first line of defense, an equal partner in the journey of life. The 'ezer is YaHoVeH's gift to the husband within His Family.
But, 'ezer isn't the only word for the woman found in the garden. There is Adam's choice of
found in Genesis 2:22. In Paleo-Hebrew pictography, this doubled consonant paints a picture of the woman as consumer and destroyer, a very powerful combination. But there is another picture here. This pictograph also means "what comes out of the strong consumer." Remember that in the account of Genesis 1, the man and woman were simply "created" together without any explanation of that creative process along with the rest of creation. The woman of the garden, however, comes out of Adam. The second picture makes visible what the text confirms: "She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man." Adam recognizes her essential equality and unique similarity in his choice of word. He also acknowledges the dangerous bliss resident in this perfectly suited partner. So far, so good. YaHoVeH has a word picture that paints the divinely ordered role of the woman of the garden. Adam has a word picture that displays her vital connection to him. But there is still one more word. It occurs in Genesis 3:20 when Adam finally gives his wife a proper name. That name is
not Eve. This reveals an even more interesting picture. This pictograph is "what comes from the place of work." What does this mean? It means that woman of the garden is the vehicle through which all "living" come - all those who work serving YaHoVeH. Thus, her name literally means "the mother (source) of all living." Once again the picture paints what the words say. This is her legacy. Since Hebrew views work and worship as one and the same, the name chavvah means the woman brings to life all those who worship - all those who give themselves to the Source of Life, YaHoVeH. Not all of mankind because, as Light and darkness cannot abide in the same space at the same time, whatever is apart from the Source of Life is dead. The Hebrew perspective is that a
does not become human without
the Breath of Life.
Thus, the Hebrew, Adam, was created specifically to remember YaHoVeH's instructions when no one else would. Chavvah was given as his ezer kenegdo - the "helper for his presence" or "helper to be in front of him." The one who was supposed to keep him accountable, to keep him on track, to sit opposite him, face to face, and their proclamation was to be one. They were to proclaim together YaHoVeH's purpose on the earth. Except that Adam didn't remember to remind her of YaHoVeH's words. He was complicit with his wife when the shining one,
challenged her. He went right along with it. He forgot - He didn't fulfill his function. The first occurrence of the Hebrew word
(translated "naked" in Genesis 2:25)
expresses mutual transparency and innocence. The man and the woman are naked and not ashamed. However, Adam's response in
shifts the subject from plural to singular. Adam does not include the woman in his statement despite the fact that she is in the same condition. Now Adam is alone. His fall from uninhibited enjoyment of His Father's Presence is accompanied by a singular myopia. His world is no longer communal. Now he is self-consciously aware of his individual condition. His consciousness has turned inward. He is naked and afraid, not "we" are naked.
The first effect of disobedience is division.
Sin shifts the perspective from "we" to "me." Failure to keep the first great commandment automatically results in failure to keep the second. Adam is afraid because Adam is psychically alone. He has broken faith with YaHoVeH and that results in breaking faith with his 'ezer kenegdo.
pictograph for male is the combination of weapon, open hand and person. Perhaps the imagery tells us that a man can be either friend or foe. His nature is to provide and defend. The woman is the final source of life in the house. She continues the legacy. These roles are part of the Hebrew design for YaHoVeH's
A man and woman in compliance with YaHoVeH's Words become part of His Family to bring about YaHoVeH's redemptive plan together - which is the mystery of
(Hebrew for being "one") as the Hebrew apostle Sha'ul describes in
Together they are given the assignment to multiply, steward and oversee that part of the earth they occupy. Together they are to bring YaHoVeH's image to bear on the rest of creation. Together they are His regents.
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