God’s intention is ‘to do’ His work ‘with’ His Creation. He started this on the 7th day and continues to care for all the descendants of Adam and Eve.
An inventor doesn’t devise something intricate and magnificent and hand it off with no further involvement and no accompanying instructions. They follow through with their invention. Similarly, the Sabbath is a day of God being with His invention. God did just that with Adam and Eve on the culminating apex day of creation doing the essential—preparing them, instructing them how to live.
(Origin of the Universe, chapter 5.4)
What God had created ex nihilo was a man who was perfect but unfinished. Unfinished in the sense that he still had many lessons to learn. He was fully grown but he had to learn all about life.
After deep thought, Galacti realizes that if God had ‘finished’ Adam and Eve with perfect computer-like brains and flawless decision-making that led to ideal analysis of every life situation, faultless reasoning, faultless decision-making, textbook actions, unblemished deeds and accomplishments they would have had to be programmed to ‘do only good’. They would’ve been ‘automates’ with one and only one option to follow.
But, the fact that humankind can do both good and evil, go both ways, implies that he has free will; humanity is anything but a pre-programmed disposable or replaceable contraption.
Adam and Eve have free will, as we have already seen, but before and even after they made their choice to eat of the Tree of Knowledge, they were unfinished. Much like a young adult of college age, equipped with free will, who hasn’t yet decided what professional direction their life will take. That decision, like so many life decisions, requires free will. We will see more of why humans have free will.
Adam and Eve are like adolescents in our play, and they eventually become the parents of all of humankind. From the initial 7th day God is ‘with’ our initial parents ‘to do’ them, to make, to complete their perfectly functioning but as yet, unfinished minds, working with the man and woman and the free will He gave them; leading, guiding, suggesting, telling them which way to go, what is right, what is wrong. He shows them what is the outcome of positive and negative decision-making, actions and behavior. The whole Bible revolves around this key piece of the puzzle—of God being WITH humans to do them, to help humankind become the humankind they should be.From the initial 7th day #God is ‘with’ our initial parents ‘to do’ them, to make, to complete their perfectly functioning but as yet, unfinished #minds, working with the man and woman and the free will He gave them. Click To Tweet God was leading Adam and Eve, guiding, suggesting, telling them which way to go, what is right, what is wrong. He shows them what is the outcome of positive and negative decision-making, actions and behavior. Click To Tweet
In fact, the Sabbath, the 7th day of the week, is the framework of our puzzle. This specially shaped tile, with all its intricacies expressed in the subtle, important variations of meanings of ‘shin, beth, tuf’—the three root letters of Sabbath—represent the whole plan of God. We will detail these meanings later on but this seventh ultimate day—of the creation week—points to what God is going to do with all (laasot im kol in Hebrew) of humanity—in the past, now and in the immediate and distant future.This seventh ultimate day—of the creation week—points to what #God is going 'to do with all' ('laasot im kol' in Biblical Hebrew) of #humanity—in the past, now and in the immediate and distant future. Click To Tweet
For the first time Galacti is speechless. Questions course through his mind: how can one verse sum up God’s entire plan? Can it be that simple and complex at the same time? What are the implications of all these ‘meanings’ of the three root letters of Shabbat? How can one word, three letters long, carry such significance? Why hasn’t religion revealed this—put this together? How has this master puzzle piece been so deftly clouded from understanding? Can all this be true?
Some scholars in the audience are outraged.
Let me just say at this point that context after context in the Bible reinforces the shape and meaning of the Sabbath master puzzle piece. Although some scholars may consider what I’ve done to be ‘twisting the Scripture’, I can tell you this is the goal of God—His—specific purpose. We are going to need space and time to develop this. The understanding is deep, the contexts are plentiful, the cross references are multitude, the enmeshing of biblical ideas and stories is enlightening and encouraging.
I will give you one example here: Remember in chapter 5.1 of Origin of the Universe I asked about Genesis 2: Why include verses 4-6? particularly verses 5-6 about no rain and ‘mist watering the ground’–it seems disjointed from 1-3. But, it isn’t, it fits in neatly–you just have to understand how. Let’s come back to this point and tie it in with ‘God doing something with humanity’
I will just mention here that Gen. 2.4 is clearly the start of a new thought by the author. Not only is there a change of subject but more importantly this is the first verse in the Bible where we find ‘LORD God’–until here it was Elohim, now it is ‘Yahveh Elohim.’ No details now … they will be forthcoming. Suffice to say that this ‘Yahveh Elohim’ is specifically mentioned as the One responsible for not causing the rain at this point.
In ‘Further Study‘ (at the end of the blog post) I suggested you look at Deut: 11.10-11 about ‘watering’ and where it comes from.
10 For the land, where you go in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from which you came out, where you sowed your seed, and watered it with your foot, as a garden of herbs:
11 But the land, where you go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinks water of the rain of heaven:
12 A land which the LORD your God cares for: the eyes of the LORD your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even to the end of the year.
13 And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently to my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your corn, and your wine, and your oil.here
I have highlighted certain passages here (and changed ‘thee’ to ‘you’ etc. for readability) : in Egypt watering the fields was via a network of dug canals from the abundant water of the Nile river. Smaller trenches and furrows were dug alongside the fields and rows of crops. To open and close these dikes, and thus water the crops, a simple movement of the earth with their foot was necessary. In Egypt, water came easy, this is how the Hebrews had an abundance of vegetables.
This is the total opposite of the land of Canaan referred to in Deut. 11.11 … a land of hills and valleys that is watered by the RAIN of heaven–no mist, no Nile. This context shows that God gives that rain. Do you see the relationship here? God works, does, cares for humanity. This is the ongoing presence of Yahveh Elohim in earth’s affairs. According to the Bible (take it as a fairytale if you like) He is working with humanity.
I will add here that He is not working with humanity in the way most people think … but that is the story that will unfold as we continue our study in Genesis. Again, patience.
So many Bible contexts will point us directly to the meaning of Shin, Beth, Tuf—that fascinating word that appears throughout the Old Testament and in particular the book of Exodus–What God is going ‘to do with all’ (‘laasot im kol’ in Biblical Hebrew) of humanity.
We’re now turning over some of the ‘spiritual and biblical pieces’ of the puzzle. There are many of these pieces that you may or may not know of, and some are out of whack, misshapen, misrepresented. One by one we are going to examine them and give you their due meaning.
Let’s move on to other interrelated pieces. God, Man and the Serpent wait patiently on our stage to come into our narrative. We have our three main characters, and each has a goal, a program each is working through, and these goals are interwoven. The three ambitions are at loggerheads one with another, but they all work side by side to make a whole. Really, a whole lot of confusion and misunderstanding for humankind.We have 3 main characters, #God, #Humanity and #Serpent, each has a goal, a program each is working through, and these goals are interwoven. The three ambitions are at loggerheads one with another. Click To Tweet
I am laying the framework for these three main centers of attention in our grandiose puzzle picture so we can see how they fit and unfold separately yet simultaneously. That is what God told Eve when He said the Serpent would bruise her heel (the Devil’s goal) but she would bruise his head (Humanity’s goal)—God’s goal being the orchestration of whole to reach the ultimate Sabbath rest for humankind. There’s a complex interplay of the characters within the play God wrote.The 3 Bible themes are: The #Serpent bruising #Eve's heel (#Devil’s goal) Eve bruising his head (Humanity's goal)—#God’s goal is the orchestration to reach the ultimate peace and prosperity for humankind. That's the #Bible story. Click To Tweet
However, our audience demands to know more about the villain of our piece.
This blog post is an excerpt from chapter 5.4 of Origin of the Universe
- Read Genesis 2.1-6 thinking about 3 points:
- There’s an end of the first scene regarding the Creation
- There’s the beginning of a new scene
- A new character ‘Yahveh Elohim’ makes an entry onto the scene
- Notice the digression discussing mist and no rain
- Think about ‘digressions’ as adding to Bible meaning, trying to get a special, related point across. Rather than some absent-minded author throwing in an extraneous unrelated thought.
- Relate it to Deuteronomy 11.10-14
- Who is ‘Yahveh Elohim’? There are thousands of references to Him in the Old Testament … and even in the New Testament. This point is to help you realize that the addition of just one word, ‘Yahveh’ makes a difference. Again, it throws more light, not confusion, on the subject. But, we do need to take the time and think about it from God’s perspective, not our own. That’s true ‘theology.’
- If you’ve read scholarly papers about the beginning of Genesis 2 you’ll know that there’s talk about 2 authors because the grammar, style and subjects change at this juncture. Indeed, analyzing the ‘physical words’ would leave us with that impression.
- But, think about the number of books you’ve read, movies and TV series you’ve seen, where the opening scene lays a quick foundation and then the same author continues by giving the details of the roles of each protagonist. He gives different points of view from different perspectives.
- The detective’s role it always to figure out how ALL these individual role’s fit together. It’s the synthesis of these various and even opposing eye-witness, or implicated person’s viewpoints. The detective has to figure out what, where and how each participant fits into the whole picture.
Put on your detective hat … the investigation is just beginning. How do these 2, apparently different narratives at the beginning of Genesis, 2 different pieces in the puzzle fit together perfectly? How do all the other pieces come together? That is what The Explanation is all about.
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