Monday, March 28, 2016

Is God A Woman? The Hebrew Answer In Genesis 1

Preface
In January of 2014 I released my first Bible commentary "Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23." I knew then that one of my greatest passions was to acquaint believers and even non-believers with a deeper understanding of the Bible, the living Word of God. Recently I began working on my next commentary - a look at Genesis 1 and the story of creation. What I discovered was fascinating and rather than delaying the sharing of this information until the manuscript is complete, I decided to share the chapters as I write.

Below is chapter 1, a look at verse 1 of Genesis 1. May God bless you with understanding and revelation power through His Holy Spirit as you read. Amen



Genesis 1, Verse 1
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

“The initial setting for Genesis is eternity past. God then, by willful act and divine Word, spoke all creation into existence, furnished it, and finally breathed life into a lump of dirt which He fashioned in His image to become Adam. God made mankind the crowning point of His creation, i.e., His companions who would enjoy fellowship with Him and bring glory to His name.” (The MacArthur Study Bible)

“In the BEGINNING…”

The very first statement of Genesis 1, whose authorship is attributed to Moses, starts the magnificent journey and process of the creation of all things that exist. Let’s dig right in to the original text to begin uncovering some of the hidden jewels in this awe-inspiring chain of events.

“beginning” – re’shiyth (Hebrew transliteration) – n. feminine "the choice part; the first of its kind" (Gesenius’s Lexicon)

For most Christian believers and readers of the Word of God, this phrase “In the beginning” is seen as an indication of time – a marker for when Elohim began the process of the supernatural creation of all existing things. This designation does not mark the beginning of Elohim himself because we know that He has no beginning or end, but is infinite in His nature and existence. (Revelation 1:8) Rather, it gives the limited human mind a starting point for reasoning and understanding.

However, a deeper look at the original Hebrew words of the verse uncovers something fascinating. We find that “beginning” is translated from the word re’shiyth – a feminine noun meaning “choice part” or “first of its kind.” So, when reading Genesis 1:1, we could say, “In the feminine choice part God created…” or, “In the feminine first of its kind God created….” This is our first glimpse at God’s plan for both natural and supernatural conception! From the feminine, God brought forth the heavens and the earth.

How is this possible, though? The Godhead – Father, Son, Holy Spirit – created alone. Where was this feminine that God brought forth creation from? Well the answer is simple, yet spiritually complex. We have to look forward to verse 27: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27, NKJV) Both the male AND female image were present in God from the beginning! Elohim already had within His being the blueprint for both man and woman, Adam and Eve.

Another look at verse 27 also explains not just how, but why God chose to begin creation in this way. “…in His own image” (Genesis 1:27, NKJV) lets us know that God intended for man to be a reflection of Himself. He was in essence setting the precedent for the plan of conception and reproduction that He had in mind for mankind. We are all aware that in order for a person to be born naturally, a seed must first be planted into the womb of a woman and that this seed can only come from a man. Genesis 1:1 is our first example of life springing forth from the feminine in response to the masculine. There’s more to it than this, though.

Although we see a shadow of man’s process of conception, we know that no actual physical conception took place. God created alone. So while the Word in this verse allows us to see this amazing reflection of God in man, what is the real picture here? Let’s look one more time at the verse with all that we have discovered so far. “In the beginning God created…” or in the divine feminine God brought forth without the act of human conception... it is the foreshadowing of Jesus’ birth!

YES! The written Word of God starts with His Word made flesh – JESUS! Elohim had the manifestation of himself in Jesus in mind from the first moment of creation. Because of His omniscience, He knew that the sinful fall of man would come with Adam and Eve and He had already made a plan to reconcile His creation back to Himself. He planned from the beginning to never allow sin to separate us from Him! He loved us from before the beginning.

“God CREATED…”

“God” in this second statement of verse 1 is Elohim, the name that we have been using so far in this study and the name we will continue to use throughout the rest of the study. Elohim refers to the full Godhead – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together, working in concert as one power. We know that as time evolves and the Bible continues, Jesus the Son separates from the Godhead in order to fulfill His purpose on the earth and then after His death, resurrection, and ascension, the Holy Spirit then takes His place on earth on the Day of Pentecost. Here in Genesis they are together as one.

“Created” here comes from the Hebrew word bara’ meaning “to be created of birth, created of heaven and earth.” (Gesenius’ Lexicon) These two transliterations further support what we discovered in the previous discussion of this verse. “In the beginning God created” definitely reflects the divine blueprint for birth and God’s divine design for the act of creation. This also supports the revelation of the foreshadowing of the birth of Jesus Christ in this verse considering He was indeed brought forth into the world through a birth created from heaven in the womb of Mary.

We close out this verse with the phrase “the heavens and the earth” which translates from Hebrew much the same as the English definition with “heavens” meaning “the abode of the stars” and “earth” meaning “ground; soil.”

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