Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Lamb, The Lion, And The Angel: Jesus In Genesis 1:2 (Pt. 2)

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 the the 2nd half of verse 2 (Pt. 1). Read previous posts through the links below:
Read about verse 1 HERE
Read about the first half of verse 2 (Pt. 1) HERE
Read about the first half of verse 2 (Pt. 2) HERE
Read about the second half of verse 2 (Pt. 1) HERE

May God bless you with understanding and revelation power through His Holy Spirit as you read. Amen.


Genesis 1, Verse 2 (Pt. 2)
“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

“hovering” – rachaph (Hebrew transliteration) – v. to grow soft; relax

Does it surprise you that after discovering all of the endowments of the Spirit in the previous section, we get to the action part of the verse and there is a dramatic drop in activity? It is almost anticlimactic, but it is accurate according to the Word. Why would such a powerful manifestation of the Spirit of Elohim “grow soft” or “relax”? Let’s look a little further into the definition to find out more.

Gesenius tells us that the softness here happens because the Spirit becomes “moved or affected.” (Gesenius’s Lexicon) Particularly, the Spirit is moved with “the feeling of tender love.” The Lexicon goes on further to say that “the Spirit of God brooded over the shapeless mass of the earth, cherishing and vivifying (i.e. enlivening; animating).” This sort of affection is also found in Deuteronomy 32:11: “As an eagle that protects its nest, that flutters over its young, He spread out His wings and took them, He carried them on His pinions.” For God (Elohim) so loved the world… before it was even formed! The feminine manifestation of His Spirit grew soft in tender love over the face of the waters, but what was this face?

“face” – paniym (Hebrew transliteration) – n. masculine presence; person; face (seraphim/cherubim); face (of animals)

“waters” – mayim (Hebrew transliteration) – n. masculine living water; holy water; a fountain in the tribe of Judah

At this point, I just want to scream “It’s Jesus!!”, but for the sake of the study let’s connect the dots and explain why the face of the waters is Him. In the previous section we found that the face of darkness present on the earth was Lucifer, the fallen one. Here we encounter another masculine person or presence, also manifested as an angel or the face of an animal. This time though, instead of darkness, this presence is characterized as living water, holy water, and a fountain in the tribe of Judah. How do we know this is Jesus? Because of the supporting scriptures. First, we know that Jesus (Yeshua) was the manifest presence of Elohim – the Word of Elohim made flesh – as seen through all four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

However, Yeshua manifested as an angel (the Angel of the Lord) is something you find mostly in the Old Testament. An excellent article on the occurrences of the Angel of the Lord throughout scripture can be found here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_26.cfm. It is important to note that the Son person of the Trinity – Yeshua (Jesus) in flesh – is not an angel. The occurrences of the Angel of the Lord were simply times when God (Elohim) in His infinite wisdom manifested a part of Himself in that form. It is possible that a deeper look at one of the occurrences could uncover a greater explanation, but I will not be covering that in this study.

We also know that Yeshua is characterized by animals in scripture, two in particular – the Lamb of God (John 1:29) and the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). In John 4:10, Jesus (Yeshua) says to the woman at the well after asking her to draw him a drink of water, “If you knew [about] God’s gift [of eternal life], and who it is who says, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him[instead], and He would have given you living water (eternal life).” It goes without saying that Yeshua was the epitome of holiness so all of these things put together paint a clear picture that He is indeed the face of the waters found in Genesis 1:2.

Again, we encounter a prophetic look into the redemption of mankind. Though the presence of darkness would invade the amazing beauty of God’s creation, the Spirit of God (wisdom) would look upon mankind with great love and send the Son – His only begotten Son – as the redeemer. It would be the face of Jesus (Yeshua) that would blot out the face of evil upon the earth. What we encounter here is the omniscience of Elohim at work as all three persons work in cooperation on behalf of mankind.

**Have questions or comments? E-mail me at gejohnsonmedia@gmail.com or leave them in the comment section below. Discussion is welcome!**


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