Resting with Adam and Eve on the 7th day of creation week was essential for God to continue His work
Before I answer the point from last week’s post about what God was ‘making’ or ‘doing’ on the seventh day, let me ask another question: with what, with whom is He ‘doing something’? Remember, the creation was ‘finished’ so what is still in the works. If God continues to ‘make or do’ something , on what, with what is He exercising His skills?
Being a pivotal piece of the puzzle we need to look at the various angles to make sure we assemble it in its rightful place in the puzzle. I’m going to add an element to the comprehension of this verse supported by Hebrew vocabulary, biblical reasoning (This is Godly theology not human theology) and especially corroborative contexts. Indeed, ‘what God is working with,’ making and doing is supported by hundreds of other contexts, in fact, the core of the whole Bible—both Old and New Testaments. It is a fundamental principle of the entire story we’re about to unfold. And unfortunately it is not widely understood.
(Origin of the Universe, chapter 5.3)
Let’s look into just one simple but meaningful word which rounds off the edges of this translation In Gen 2.3:
The two words ‘from all‘ come from one Hebrew word ‘mikol’ which is a combined form of 2 words min (4480-from) and kol (3605-all). How else has ‘min’ been translated? We return to Strong’s:
KJV – above, after, among, at, because of, by (reason of), from (among), in, neither, nor, (out) of, over, since, then, through, whether, with.
OT:3605 kol (kole); summarized by ‘properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every’
Notice, the last entry of 4480 above (these entries are in alphabetical order) after the KJV: one translation of min is with—granted, not often translated this way—but it can definitely have this meaning as seen in Gen 25:30: ‘And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray you, with (min – 4480) that same red pottage…’
Please use the Bible tool at UnlockBibleMeaning.com to verify Gen 2.3 and the Hebrew, via the Interlinear Bible for ‘from all.’ I am NOT saying that this translation ‘from all’ is incorrect. What I am saying is that ‘mikol’ can ALSO be translated ‘with all.’ And when you do a Bible study, both these terms are correct in context. It gives a fuller meaning.Please use the #Bible tool at UnlockBibleMeaning.com to verify Gen 2.3 and the #Hebrew, via the Interlinear and Strong's for 'from all.' It is 'Mikol' which can also be translated 'with all.' Both these terms give fuller meaning. Click To Tweet
I realize this ‘manipulation’ of Biblical Hebrew might feel, look and sound strange if not downright far-fetched to you. But, I remind you, it is the KJV translators that have given this single Hebrew word ‘min’ multiple meanings, not James Strong or Sam Kneller. All Strong did was compile all the translations in the Bible for ‘min’ and all I’m doing is invoking one of these translations (‘with’) from Strong’s compilation.
We already saw, last week, that ‘shevet’ is translated: rested, cease, sit down … among others. As I’ve said, each Hebrew word tells a story. This includes ‘shevet’ and ‘min.’ Yes, this is a new concept for you and is maybe difficult to digest. So, just keep it in mind for now … if you can’t swallow it yet.
Let’s look at this supplemental approach to Gen 2.3, ‘… he (God) had rested with all his work which God created and made,’ from an additional angle by considering what I call corroborative contexts. These are Bible verses elsewhere in this voluminous book that support the idea ‘God rested WITH all His work.’
Here is the quickest and simplest biblical context with which practically all Bible readers would immediately identify: Emmanuel = God WITH us (Matthew 1.23). Even one of the names of God sums up what His goal is: To be ‘with’ His creation, ‘with’ His work, with Adam and Eve. Many other texts relay this basic desire of God (see Further Study below).Here is the simplest biblical corroborative context to backup 'God rested WITH all' in Gen 2.3. #Emmanuel = #God WITH us (Matthew 1.23). One of God's names sums up what His goal is: To be WITH His #creation, WITH His work. Click To Tweet
To my knowledge no Biblical translation of Gen 2.3 captures this concept of God doing something with His creation.
Am I saying that the various translations of this and other texts are incorrect? To the contrary, the scholarly translators have gone to great lengths to stay as close to the original meaning as possible but, as was pointed out in the chapter about the Hebrew language and vocabulary, a word can have multiple meanings, even opposite meanings (see the final point about ‘ended’ in Further Study below)—depending on context. Bible context is king and context is not just the verse or chapter. Each puzzle piece—or word—must fit together with the hundreds of other pieces—words and context—in the puzzle. Each piece—each word—points to the whole: The complete picture.
In this verse which states God is WITH His work, God is gently reminding us that He is still onstage.
He has just spent six days configuring an exquisite planet Earth, the culmination of those six days is the creation of man. He could have placed Adam and Eve in any geographical location on the planet, and they would’ve been in sumptuous surroundings. But He didn’t. Instead, God goes to the pains—on the 6th day—of ‘planting a Garden’—a unique garden—His very own Garden on Earth, with a couple of exceptional Trees. In the entirety of Earth there is nothing similar to this Garden; it’s very distinctive. As the ‘piece de resistance,’ in this particular Garden He places the dustpeople—Adam and Eve.
Two soil people in His personal Garden of God. This is even more extraordinary than a commoner being summoned to an event like Prince William’s and the Royal Princess Catherine’s late-night wedding reception party on the landscaped grounds of Buckingham Palace. Why such an honor for a couple of such humble origins?
Why God wants Adam and Eve in the Garden with Him
Talk about a fairytale beginning to rival the royal newlyweds’ romance! We have the first 7th day, the Sabbath, with God desiring to be with Adam and Eve in the idyllic setting of the Garden of Eden, to do (laasot) something with (min) this first couple. If you were a couple, invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and the Royal Prince and Princess, wouldn’t you want to know what to do in their presence? That’s exactly what God had to do with Adam and Eve–explain to them the basics.Genesis 2.3 reveals the first 7th day, the #Sabbath, with #God desiring to be with #Adam and Eve in the idyllic setting of the Garden of #Eden, to do (laasot) something with (min) this first couple Click To Tweet
God’s role was to work with Adam and Eve, to teach them, to elaborate to them what they were doing there with Him in the first place. Since you know the rest of this episode (what happened to Adam and Eve) I will add: To teach how to remain with God in the Garden–what their conduct should be: ‘You shall not eat…’ A commoner invited to the Buckingham Palace Gardens knows there’s an explicit etiquette to be followed. That etiquette is described to them in the same fashion that God explains how this new couple was to go about their present lives in His presence. Imagine improper etiquette in Buckingham Palace–do you think your presence there would continue if you took something that was forbidden?
Every individual and couple needs instruction on how to conduct themselves although few receive such instruction, as we’ve discussed in Audit of the Universe in the chapters devoted to Individuals and Families (coming soon). Adam and Eve were no different. God’s goal was to be with the couple to assist in their preparation for the days and years to come, their lives ahead. There was plenty to do for God, He expounded details of not eating from the Tree of Good and Evil and rather partaking of the Tree of Life—He gave them His own instruction manual for this complex creation. Put another way, the couple had all the operating systems installed but no programs to run them. God was with Adam and Eve to inaugurate the working program. That’s what He had to do (laasot) with (min) Adam and Eve on that first 7th day.
This blog post is an excerpt from chapter 5.3 of Origin of the Universe
As we start this incursion into the Biblical Hebrew of the Bible, it behooves you to take the time to verify what I’m offering you here. Don’t take my word for it. Look for yourself.
- Emmanuel–‘God with us.’ There are hundreds of contexts in both the OT and NT to corroborate this. Find just a few of them … they do not necessarily include the word ‘with.’ They are Bible stories that point out the principle that God always cares about and for His creation and, in particular, humankind. Think about how this is a main theme … if not the key theme of the Bible. The NT goes even further: God IN us and us IN Him. This is the ultimate ‘with’ … can you get any ‘closer’ than being inside each other–totally interlaced?
Realize that God is not just interested in being with a part or a single group of His creation. God wants to be with ALL His creation, every single human being that has ever walked the face of the Earth. In a day and age when globalization is a reality, we need to consider that God is a global God, not a local, isolationist, private, elitist God. His plan is to be WITH ALL His creation. But, it’s one teaspoonful at a time–until the bulldozer scoop is full. That’s what the Bible story is about.
- Study the word ‘work’ (melach – 4399 which is related to 4397) used 3 times in Gen 2.2-3. This word points to a specific aspect of God’s creation and it is enlightening.
Use the study tools at UnlockBibleMeaning.com to look up its more complete meaning. ‘Work’ is very general and impersonal. Whereas the Biblical Hebrew original has a much more specific personal flavor and corroborates the point of ‘God with us.’
- If you really want to get into the essence of what is going on with ‘creation week,’ then also study the words ‘finished’ and ‘ended’ as in God ‘ended’ His work in Gen 2.1-2.
Both ‘finished and ‘ended’ come from one Hebrew word: ‘chol’ or ‘kala,’ 3615 in Strong. Here’s just a part of how the KJV translators rendered this Hebrew word: accomplish, cease, consume (away), determine, destroy (utterly), be (when… were) done, (be an) end (of), expire, (cause to) fail, faint, finish, fulfill …
I have taken the liberty of color coding this because it’ll immediately jump out at you that ‘destroy and fail’ appear to be the opposite of ‘finish and end’. Or, at least negative endings whereas the 7 day creation week has a very positive ending.
This is the second principle of 7 Keys to Understanding Biblical Hebrew: The same Hebrew word having ‘opposite’ (negative / positive) meanings. My intention here is not to get you more mixed up! But, to get you thinking. Realize that these Biblical Hebrew words–say a lot more than our English, French, German or whatever vocabulary. The Biblical Hebrew of the Bible encases MUCH MORE than you thought compared to a simple reading of words in your native language.Biblical #Hebrew words say a lot more than our English, French, German or whatever vocabulary. The #BiblicalHebrew of the #Bible encases MUCH MORE than you thought compared to a simple reading of words in your native #language. Click To Tweet
I have no intention of explaining these positive/negative translations of ‘finished/ended – destroy/fail’ right now. Suffice to say that these translation are correct … and ADD meaning to this Genesis account. In due time I will explain this … it’s all part of digging for Bible meaning. We cannot take bulldozer scoops, we have to take it a teaspoonful at a time and even then, it might be too much. Will you stay with me? That’s why I’ve written Origin of the Universe. We’re just beginning our journey into The Explanation. And it is the most exciting journey you’ll ever take.
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