Searching the Scriptures
“Search the Scriptures…they are they which testify of Me. (John 5:39)
Author: Bob Moses
Genesis Chapter One
This author has often stated that the Book of Genesis is the “seed plot” of the Scriptures. Everything that happens in all of the sixty-six Books of Holy Writ appears first in the Book of Genesis. Unger’s Bible Dictionary defines Genesis as the book of origins, and stands traditionally as the introductory book of the entire body of Hebrew sacred literature and of revealed truth in general.
Most every bible teacher, preacher, evangelist or commentator upon the Holy Word, has had something to say about this very important Book. To gaze upon each and every one of these would undoubtedly fill a library. I shall expose to my reader’s a few whom I consider very noteworthy. Particularly A. W. Pink in his work “Gleanings in Genesis”, Rev. Clarence Larkin in his work “Rightly Dividing the Word” and Rev. C.I. Scofield, DD, in the Scofield Reference Bible also Unger’s Bible Dictionary, and Strong’s Concordance. These have provided most valuable reference material.
One would certainly ask, “If this Book is so important to the Biblical narrative, who wrote it”? “The writing of the Pentateuch is applied to the first five books of the Old Testament which in their ancient scroll form were kept in sheaths or cases for protection. Moses is the traditional author. Edward J. Young says; “that the five-volume division was the work of the original author of the Law, namely, Moses” (Int. to the O. T., Grand Rapids, 1949, p. 48). In the O.T. the Pentateuch is variously designated by nomenclature descriptive of its contents. It is called the “Law” or “Torah” (Josh. 1:7); “the Book of the Law” (Josh. 8:34); “the Book of the Law of Moses” (Josh. 8:31); “the Book of the Law of God” (Josh. 24:26); “the Law of Moses” (1st Kings 2:3); and “the Book of the Law of the Lord” (2nd Chron. 17:9). The N. T. calls it “the book of the Law” (Gal. 3:10); “the Law of the Lord” (Luke 2:23); “the Law of Moses” (Luke 2:22); or simply “the Law” (Matt. 5:17; Luke 10: 26). The Pentateuch is the foundation of all subsequent divine revelation. Both Christianity and Judaism rest on the inspired revelation of the Pentateuchal books. The Pentateuch describes the beginning of the cosmic universe, of man, of human sin, of human civilization, of the nations, of God’s redemptive program in type (Gen. 3:21) and prophecy (Gen. 3:15). The three primary names of Deity—Jehovah, Elohim and Adonai—and five of the most important compound names occur in the opening book of the Pentateuch. This volume initiates the program of progressive self-revelation of God culminating in Christ. Christ is the central theme of the Pentateuch. This portion is honey-combed with the miraculous and with typical, symbolic and prophetic elements dealing with the Person and work of the coming Divine Redeemer (cf. I Cor. 10:11)”. The Pentateuchal account of the Creation of the world and man, stands unique in all ancient literature. All non-Biblical creation legends by their polytheistic (belief in many Gods and /or none at all), reveals its crude stand in striking contrast to Gen. 1:1 through 2:3. The unifying principle of the universe in one omnipresent and omniscient God is revealed in the majestic Genesis account through inspiration. In its account of the Flood the Pentateuch is also incomparably superior to the crudities and inconsistencies of any other account. (Unger’s pg. 841, 842).
We shall now turn our attention to an exegesis of this first Chapter of the Book of Genesis. Verse one: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. The name of God must first grab our attention. The Hebrew name here used is Elohim (sometimes El or Elah), the English form “God” represents the three primary names of Deity. It is a uni-pural noun formed from El—strength, or the strong one, and Alah, to swear, to bind oneself by an oath, implying faithfulness, in other words plurality or unity. Thus the Trinity is latent in this name and is used in the O.T. about 2500 times. Note, God “Created” the heaven and the earth. Three “Creative” acts are recorded in this chapter: (1) the heaven and the earth, v. 1: (2) animal life, v.21: and (3) human life, vs. 26, 27). The first “creative act” refers to the dateless past, and gives scope for all the geologic ages. The six days’ work as described in Gen. 1: 3-31 was the restoration of the earth to its original condition before it was made “formless and void” and submerged in water and darkness. 2nd Peter speaks of it as the “World that then was, that being overflowed with water, perished”. (2nd Peter 3: 5—7). Jeremiah 4: 23—26) declare such a cataclysmic change as the result of a divine judgment. “I beheld the earth, and lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger”. “Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down…” Isaiah 24: 1.
The “Original Earth” was undoubtedly a most beautiful earth, covered with vegetation and inhabited with fish, fowl and animal life, and probably human life. The Scriptures do not reveal when this “Original Earth” was created, nor how long it existed before God destroyed it and engulfed it in water and darkness. We do know what obviously an awful catastrophe befell it and it became “formless and void”. That it was not originally so is revealed in Isaiah 45: 18: “For this saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it, he hath established it, he created it not in vain; He formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord: and there is none else”. Therefore one must wonder why the “Original Earth” was destroyed. There is a hint or indirect suggestion that the cause was Satan; offered in Ezekiel 28: 12—15; “Thus saith the Lord God; Thou (Satan), sealed up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, ruby (one of the twelve precious stones in the breastplate of the Jewish high priest. (Ex. 28:17), topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle (deep red garnet), and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets (upholstered footstool) and of thy pipes (musical instruments) was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou was upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee”. Further, Isaiah reports: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the Morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exhalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” (Isaiah 14: 12—14). Again regarding the Original Earth, God proclaims in Isaiah 14: 23—24), “I will also make it a possession for the bittern (bitter liquid left after the crystallization of salt from brine), and pools of water; and I will sweep it with the besom (broom) of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts. The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying: Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:”
Sidebar: the twelve stones of the breastplate are named in Exodus 28: 15—21: “And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span (9 inches) shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones; the first row shall be a sardius (deep red ruby), a topaz, and a carbuncle (garnet): this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligule (a yellow jacinth), an agate (thought to be a light red ruby), and an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes”.
We see then that neither here in verse one, nor in verses 14—18, is an original creative act implied. A different word is used. The sense is, made to appear; made visible. The sun and moon were created “in the beginning”. The “light” of course came from the sun, but the vapour diffused the light. Later the sun appeared in an unclouded sky. Violent convulsions must have wrecked the Pre-Adamite Earth and covered its surface with the waters of its oceans. Not a living creature, remained alive upon it, and its atmosphere of murky darkness hid the light of the sun, moon and stars. To all intents and purposes it was a dead planet, through the seeds of its vegetable life remained entombed in its bosom ready to spring into resurrection life. The absence of the warm rays of the sun caused the earth to pass through the “Winter” of its life and the submerging waters were congealed into ice that preserved it in “cold storage”, the remains of the immense quadrupeds, winged creatures and dinosaurs, that we might know the kind of animal life that inhabited the Pre-Adamite Earth. This was probably the Glacial Period of Geologic Times. The manner then, in which the Pre-Adamite Earth was made “formless and void” was by water. Many will claim that this was a result of the Flood of Noah’s day. However, take note of the fact that Peter says; “The world that then was, that being overflowed with water, perished”. (2nd Peter 3; 5—7). The deluge of Noah’s time did not perish the earth. Noah had two of every living creature both male and female along with his wife, three sons and three daughters in law for, a total of eight human lives, with him in the ark. One could hardly say that the earth had indeed perished if so many were left alive during the flood of Noah’s day. This author takes it then, that the world which Peter, Jeremiah and Isaiah spoke of, was the “Original Earth”, and was found “without form and void” in this first verse of Genesis Chapter One.
Verse 2: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The first thing that jumps off the page here is the statement “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” which brings us onto resurrected ground, or rather a new-birth. Something was happening. From a dead planet we now see the “Spirit of God” moving. Such is always the case it is the moving of the “Spirit”, Yea; “The Holy Spirit” must move to bring life from death; it is the “Holy Spirit that qucikeneth.” (To begin to show signs of life; to revive.); (John 6:63). With the earth and also with man. This could be called the “Resurrection Morn” of the earth. Note; not the creation of the earth, but rather the resurrection or the restoration of the earth. What we have in Genesis One is not all creative acts, but mostly God revealing His “restoration” acts. He had already “created” the earth back in the halls of eternity, and turned it over to Satan. There is a vast difference between “creating” and “making”; to “create” is to call into existence something out of nothing; to “make” is to form or fashion something out of materials already existing. A carpenter can “make” a chair out of wood, but he is quite unable to “create” the wood itself. “In the beginning (whenever that was) God created the heaven and earth”; subsequently after the primitive creation had become a ruin) “the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is.” In six days,” that is, literal days of twenty-four hours duration, the Lord completed the work of restoring and re-fashioning that which some terrible catastrophe had blasted and plunged into chaos.
Perhaps instead of saying God “turned it over to Satan” we should say that God “allowed it to happen”. Remember Satan was “The Anointed Cherub That Covereth”. That is, he was the guardian or protector of the “Throne of God.” He was perfect in all his ways from the day that he was created, until iniquity was found in him. In him was the “fullness of wisdom,” and the “perfection of beauty,” but it was his “beauty” that caused the pride that was his downfall. He was clothed in a garment that was covered with the most rare and precious gems, the sardius, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, emerald, carbuncle, all woven in with gold. He dwelt in Eden, the “Garden of God.” This probably refers not only to the earthly Eden, but to the “Paradise of God” on high, for Satan dwelt on the “Holy Mount of God.” All this we learn from Ezek. 28: 11—19, where the Prophet has a “foreview of the Antichrist under the title of the “King of Tyrus,” and as Antichrist is to be an incarnation of Satan, the Prophet here describes Satan’s original glory from which he fell. There never has been as yet such a King of Tyrus as is here described.
The cause of Satan’s fall is given in Isa. 14: 12—20. He is there called “Lucifer, Son of the Morning”. This was his glorious title when he was created, and this world of ours was made, at which time “The Morning Stars, (probably other glorious created ruling beings like himself); sang together, and all the “Sons of God,” (angels) shouted for joy.” Job 38:7. It is worthy of note that the one here called “Lucifer, Son of the Morning,” is in verse four (Isa. 14:4) also called the “King of Babylon.” As there never has been a King of Babylon like the one here described, the description must be that of a “future” King of Babylon. And as “Antichrist is to have for his Capital City Babylon rebuilt,” this is probably a “foreview” by the Prophet of Antichrist, as indwelt by “Lucifer,” or “Satan,” in that day when he shall be “King of Babylon.”
Some think that when this world was created and fit for habitation Satan was placed in charge of it, and it was then, as Isaiah declares, that Satan said in his heart – “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the “Stars of God” (other ruling powers); I will sit also upon the Mount of the Congregation, in the sides of the North. I will ascend above the clouds; I will be like The Most High:” and that it was for this presumptuous act that the “Pre-Adamite World” became a chaos, and “without form and void,” as described in Gen. 1:2. This would justify the claim of Satan that this world belongs to him, and that he had the right and power to transfer the “kingdoms of the world” to Christ, if He would only acknowledge Satan’s supremacy. (Matt 4: 8, 9). And it accounts for the persistent war Satan is waging against the Almighty to retain his possession of the earth.
Let us return to the vision of the Prophet Jeremiah. “I beheld the earth and lo, it was with- out form and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by His fierce anger.” (Jer. 4: 23—26). As it appears that this was an account of the destruction of the Pre-Adamite Earth, then the Pre-Adamite Earth was inhabited, and its inhabitants dwelt in cities, and God’s purpose in destroying the Pre-Adamite Earth was to efface all historic monuments and evidences of the sinfulness of its occupants.
How long a period elapsed between the creation of the earth and its becoming “formless and void” we do not know; neither do we know how long it continued in that condition, but when the time came in the purpose of God to restore the earth to its habitable state, and make it fit for the abode of man, He did it in six periods of longer or shorter duration. The Hebrew word translated “day” may mean either a day of 24 hours or a longer period of time. The probability is that the time was short. More than likely the 24 hour period as we shall see when God separates the “Day” from the “Night”.
Verse 3: 4, 5: “And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. And God saw the light; that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
The first thing to notice is why the Jew’s consider from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am as being the evening and from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm as the day. It is revealed in this particular verse of Scripture. This may sound trite at this juncture, nevertheless it is a pivotal time frame of Scripture bringing us to the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. It was paramount to the Scribes and Pharisee’s that He be crucified before the Passover which began at the hour of 6:00 pm or the beginning of the new day; ”The Passover Day”. What is most interesting is the fact Jesus the Christ was the sacrificed Lamb of God, for whom the Passover was initiated by Moses (to remove the sins of the people). As the lamb was slain and its blood painted upon the doorway before the death angel came and destroyed those who did not have the blood upon their door-post; obviously “before” the 6:00 pm deadline (no pun intended). Christ had to be crucified and His blood shed to redeem His people “before” the 6:00 pm hour. We now know that Jesus and His disciples completed the Passover supper after 6:00 pm; on the night prior to the day of crucifixion; after a time, they then went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed. Jesus asked the Father to take “this cup” from Him. Not the cup of death, Jesus knew He had to die, it was “the cup” of torture that frightened Him. He was human, and in the flesh after all. He was willing to give up his life, it was the punishment that He feared. Later, came the Romans to arrest Him and His trials began. Six different trials in which Jesus was found innocent, each time: three times by the Jews and three times by the Gentiles, and yet, he was crucified. (God had ordained it to be so, and Jesus surrendered to the Father’s will.) This author has commented upon this subject on other writings of “Searching the Scriptures”. Ref. (www.lordandmosesministries.com). Forgive me as I digress.
The six days’ work as described in Gen. 1: 3—31 is not a description of how God made the “Original Earth,” but how He restored it from its “formless and void” condition to its present state. He began by reversing the process He took to make it uninhabitable. He said, “Let there be Light,” (Gen 1: 2-5). The light, was not sunlight; that did not appear until the “Fourth Day.” It was undoubtedly some type of warming light or atmospheric light, the incandescence of which dispelled the gloom and generated enough heat to melt the icy covering of the earth and form water. Thus the earth passed out of the “Night” of its history into the morning of its “Resurrection Day.”
Second Day: (Gen. 1: 6—8); “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.” (Gen. 6—8). A personal observation! On the Day of Crucifixion, The Christ was suspended between heaven and earth. His feet were not firmly planted upon the earth, nor had He yet ascended into the heavens. He was caught betwixt and between, the heaven and the earth. Above the earth and below the firmament. How striking; how poignant and yet how appropriate for the Lord of all of heaven and earth.
The “Second Day’s” work was the readjustment of the “atmosphere” to the needs of the present earth. (Gen. 1: 6-8). It is worthy of note that God does not say of this Day’s work that it was Good, as He did of the work of the other days. This may not be without significance, for we read in Eph. 2:2 of the “Powers of the Air” over whom Satan is the Prince, and it may have been that as soon as the atmosphere of the earth again became habitable the “Power of Evil” swarmed into it. (Eph. 6:12).
The Third Day: (Gen. 1: 9—13); “And God said. Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He the Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree fruit / after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb, yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.” Several observation here to prove our point about this being a “restorative act” rather than a new or “Creative act”. First “let the dry land appear”, obviously the land was already present and God merely called it to “appear”. That He gathered together the Seas; notice also that He surrounded the Seas with a “border” which is not mentioned but nevertheless factual. If you have ever visited a beach you will have seen a ribbon of sand separating the sea from the water, either that or a cliff, or shoals or something to divide the sea from the land. “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself upon the earth; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb, yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind.” Apparently these grasses, herbs and fruits were already upon the earth, as they brought forth each, after its own kind. God did not say that He created these things, which He surely did during the creation of the original earth; but rather at this juncture He said; “Let the earth bring forth; Intimating that all these were already present and available and “ready”. This all reveals not a new creation but a resurrection. It is by no means necessary to suppose that the life-germ of seeds perished in the catastrophic judgment which overthrew the primitive order. With the restoration of dry land and light the earth would “bring forth” as described. It was animal life which perished, the traces of which remain as fossils. Relegate fossils to the primitive creation, and no conflict of science with the Genesis cosmogony remains. The earth rises up from its ‘Watery Grave,” and seed, and the roots of plants and herbs and trees that were in the earth sprang into life as they do in the spring of the year after the winter is over. This also exposes the fact that the Pre-Adamite Earth was clothed with verdure, and covered with plants and trees like those of the Present Earth. “And He saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.”
The Fourth Day: (Gen. 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.” The work of the “Fourth Day” was the re-appearance of the Sun, Moon and Stars. They were not created on the “Fourth Day”. They had shone on the Pre-Adamite Earth, but the cloudy atmosphere of the restored earth hid them from view unto the “Fourth Day,” then the clouds broke away and permitted them to shine on the earth, and from that time they were appointed to mark the days, months, and years, of the Present Earth. We also have a typical application to this verse. The “greater light” is a type of Christ, the “Sun of righteousness” (Mal, 4:2). The Church is in the place of the “lesser light” or the moon, as it reflects the light of the Sun. And the stars are represented as the individual believers who are also lights. (Phil. 2: 15).
The Fifth Day: (Gen. 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.” The work of the “Fifth Day” was the “Creation of fish and fowl”. Here is the first time we come across the word “Create” since we read of the original creation of the earth in verse one. This shows that all animal life was destroyed in the catastrophe that overtook the Pre-Adamite Earth. The fish and fowl that were created on the “Fifth Day” were the same as that we have today. The fossil remains of huge marine animals and gigantic birds, belong to the Pre-Adamine Earth.
The Sixth Day: (Gen. 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 everything 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 everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
There is much to be gleaned from these eight verses regarding “The Sixth Day”. The creative work of the “Sixth Day” was twofold, that of land animals and of man.
These land animals were doubtless the same kind as we have today. The fact that they were created, “after their kind,” which is five times repeated, shows that they were not “evolved” from one common species. That all the different species of animals were created “separately” is proven from the fact that when species are crossed their offspring are sterile. The crossing of the jackass and the mare is the mule, and a mule is a hybrid and is sterile. If the “evolutionary theory” of the development of animal and vegetable life was true, we should expect to find evidence to that effect in fossil remains of the intermediate links, and we should also see “evolutionary processes” at work in our age whereby higher orders of animal and plant life are coming into being. But we see nothing of the kind. Animal and plant life exists today in the same form that it has existed in the knowledge of man since the creation, as we know it. The birds build their nests and raise their young as they always did. The beaver builds his dam, and the bee constructs his honeycomb as they have always done. Man alone has the faculty of improving his mode of construction. This is seen in the development of farming instruments from the crude plow and cutting down of trees to build an abode to our modern day of enlightenment upon medicine, communication, industry and so forth. If the evolutionary theory is correct, it should see the best specimens of the human race, but history of the race disproves this. Other than our collective intelligence man is still the same creature as he was when God created him.
That man was created as a man shows that he has not descended from an “ape”. Man was made in the “Image of God”, not in the image of some other type of humanoid. He was not evolved from some other species but rather was “built” form “the Dust of the Earth”. And “Life” was breathed into him”; by the Holy Spirit. All confirmed by Christ (Mt. 19, 4; Mk. 10. 6). “An enormous gulf, a divergence practically infinite between the lowest man and the highest beast, confirms it; (Huxley). The highest beast has no trace of God-consciousness—the religious nature; science and discovery have done nothing to bridge that “gulf.” Man was made in the “image and likeness” of God. This “image” is found chiefly in man’s tri-unity, and in his moral nature. Man is “spirit and soul and body” (1 Thes. 5. 23). “Spirit” is that part of man which “knows” (1 Cor. 2, 11), and which allies him to the spiritual creation and gives him God-consciousness. “Soul in itself implies self-conscious life, as distinguished from plants, which have unconscious life. In that sense animals also have “soul” (Gen. 1:24). But the “soul” of man has a vaster content than “soul” as applied to beast life. It is the seat of his emotions, desires, affections. The “heart” is, in Scripture usage, nearly synonymous with “Soul.” Because the natural man is, characteristically, the soulual or psychical man, “soul” is often used as synonymous with the individual. The body, separable from spirit and soul, and susceptible to death, is nevertheless and integral part of man, as the resurrection shows. It is the seat of the senses (the means by which the spirit and soul have world-consciousness) and of the fallen Adamic nature. (See this authors’ article on Body, Soul and Spirit).
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. It is worthy of note here to acknowledge that God is speaking about Eve before she was ever created and brought to life. This does not happen until Chapter 2: vs. 21—23. God caused a “deep sleep” to fall upon Adam” and God took one Adam’s ribs and made he a woman. This is a beautiful shadow, picture or type of Christ dying on the Cross before the Church came into being. Adams’ work had been completed Ch. 2: vs. 19 & 20 and was finished: just as the work of Christ was finished upon the Cross before the Church was established. She was viewed from all eternity in Christ, just as we are, as declared in Ephesians: 1; 4—7: “According as He hath chosen us in Him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before Him in love. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Thus we see that the death of Christ needed to be an accomplished fact before the Church could be set up; though, in the purpose of God, she was looked at and chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. It was necessary that the Son should be rejected and crucified, that He should take His seat on high, and that He should send down the Holy Ghost to baptize and collect believers into one body, known today as the Church. Here we also see the correlation with the spear thrust into the side of Christ before the Church could come forth. Just as Adam, as the shadow of Jesus, when the woman was taken from his side.
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Searching the Scriptures
“Search the Scriptures…they are they which testify of Me. (John 5:39)