“He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” —Daniel 2:22
What else can we learn from this message? The objective is to discover not only, what character and nature of ‘man’ is required when such a situation presents itself, but also, Who is this elect man among men?
Adam…is a Human Being… First
In Part 3 of “When There Is No Man, Be A Man, we saw the term applied first in recognition of ‘man’ as a human being, a messenger of GOD and representative of mankind.
In Gen 5:2, we saw the transition and evolution of the word ‘adam’ as a name. In the diagram to the left, we see that the word adam is created from 3 Hebrew letters; aleph (A) – dalet (D) – closed mem (M).
Gen 2:5b …for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. —there was not a ‘human being’ to till the ground.
CASE IN POINT…
To begin, let us not neglect Genesis 2:5b. Not only is there no man, but there is not a man to till the ground. The word ’till’, is the Hebrew word avad (5647). Traditionally, (in English) this word is translated in multiple ways; labour, to serve, to work. Beyond that surface level of understanding we have the meanings; to obey, perform acts of worship, worship, serve with levitical service, etc.
Now head over to Genesis 2:15…and GOD took the man and put the him in the garden to dress it and to keep it. (KJV). “To dress It”, is avad (5647), and “to keep it” is, shamar (8104).
Notice, the same word (avad) is being used in both places. in Genesis 2:5 we translate avad as to till/cultivate. In Genesis 2:15, we translate it as, “dress”, but which does it mean?
“avad” has nothing to do with working or farming the land. Really, there is nothing to farm, is there? The soil is not fighting against man, yet. There are no thorns and thistles, yet. Everything is well prepared for adam and eve in the Garden. In so many uses of the word avad, we find the application of service/work. The questions we have not been asking are, “Is this strictly limited to physical work/labour? Or, can this apply at times to spiritual labour/work/service to God in prayer and sacrifice?
When GOD first creates the world and takes Adam, the human being and puts him in the garden, it is for the purpose of worship, service to GOD. –NOT physical labor. Adam does not have to work at anything else. He does not have to build any bridges. There’s no need to fight the lions and tigers and bears. Death does not exist in the world, yet. There is nothing to repair, fix, or mend. Adam and eve’s only duty is to study, learn, worship, praise, protect the anointing (shamar), and walk with GOD.
They, Adam and Eve, do not need to prepare a home, they already have one. It’s gahn edahn, the first Temple/House of GOD.
Could it be possible, that GOD is speaking about much more than how we traditionally translate the word? Could this mean something much more than mere physical labor?
In Genesis 2:15, we find the words avad and shamar… based on this analysis, that would translate to; worship (avad) and to guard/protect the anointing (shamar). Avodah (from the root ward, avad) in Hebrew is service to GOD in prayer and worship.
Which is more likely, that GOD placed Adam in the garden for the purpose of praise and worship, to guard and protect the anointing on the earth realm, or to farm the land? In addition, why would the Garden of Eden, need to be plowed, tilled or cultivated? WE turn scripture into a fairy tale whenever we minimize or lower the level of the meaning of His Word. For all intents and purposes, we as Christians cause the world to attribute a fairy tale, bible story-mindset to the things of GOD, when we treat them that way. I want my students to take responsibility for that and fix it.
Since the dawn of mankind, GOD has requested only relationship, not farming. Farming has much respect, by all means. However, our primary aspirations in the Word should be to cultivate a relationship with GOD. Instead, we (most of the body of Christ) put people in bondage by condemning them for working on the sabbath. This is problematic. Especially if we are not even speaking of the right kind of work.
Let me just upset the WHOLE applecart!
The work we should be engaged in – 6 days a week- is service to GOD, devotion of the heart. Avodah and shamar. On the 7th day we are to rest. Rest from all the work that we have done. Now, I ask you, if we have not been engaged in avodah and shamar, what is there to rest from? The labor of your hands? We did not engage in avodah. We do not even understand shamar, i.e., how to protect the anointing. So, what are we resting from? Secular activities? YES! We are resting from secular activities.
The objective of resting on the 7th day, is to rest in GOD. Mentally, some of us might understand that. However, rest should be in virtue of the service to the LORD. So, what if shabbat is about trusting GOD with everything, all your labor (service of the heart) from the previous six days? If that is the case, then GOD is not commanding you to hold the 7th day separate as a commandment to intimidate, scare, cause guilt, or whatever else we might think. GOD is commanding you to separate the day, as a sign that you trust Him with the outcome of all that service of the heart. Just rest in Him. Could GOD be saying, I will take it from here? because you trust in me?
Could GOD be commanding you to do something in order to bless you? I’m curious. Do parents enforce rules in order to protect and bless their children? Do they have to understand the rule in order to be obedient and receive the blessing? Could I be actually blessing my child with rules they might not like, definitely not want, but that help to preserve their life? Do I have some children that obey because you gave them the instruction and others that refuse instruction and therefore need a commandment? As a parent do you make it a commandment, because they just happen to have the type of nature to oppose their own selves?
Do we forbid our kids from running into the street because we are unreasonable and controlling? Or might that particular commandment be a blessing to them?
To Dress it and to Keep It…
What misleads us is our own translation. We thought we were supposed to dress and keep the garden. How were you supposed to do that anyway, when the garden was already perfect? Fairytale language is deadly.
Consider this: Adam was created outside of the Garden. GOD, took him and put him, in the Garden. Scripture is very clear, that Adam was created outside the Garden (natural realm) and put inside the Garden (spiritual realm) for the purpose of anointing him for mastery in two realms, the spiritual and the natural.
Man needs the ability to operate in both the spiritual and natural realms, with authority, dominion and power.
Prayer began in the Garden of Eden. Had we been taught this scripture in context to heart-felt devotion and service to GOD in prayer and worship, and how to guard and protect the anointing on our lives and the lives of others, I honestly believe that we would be further advanced in our prayer lives, don’t you think?
Prayer and worship is not our forte within the Church. Our focus was placed on tilling the ground, toil, gardening, cultivating wealth, etc…
Eve Was Created In The Garden…
Eve, was created inside the Garden. The Garden is the 1st tabernacle on Earth. It is the abode of God on Earth, the dwelling place and meeting place of GOD and mankind, Adam and Eve. Eve’s being created inside the Garden is equivalent to Adam gaining a double portion anointing in the spiritual realm, in unity.
Eve is taken from out of Adam, who has been created to operate in both realms. Eve, is in her element in the Garden/Tabernacle/Temple/House of GOD. Together, they have the ability to operate in unity and with the power of agreement in both realms, accessing a double portion anointing in the spirit.
I sincerely doubt if women, when they think about this, will disagree. Women know they are stronger in the spirit then most men. (I only say that because women far outnumber men in the church and they prayer more than men- on average). Women of prayer, can pick up their husbands, children, friends and loved ones in the spirit all day, any day. They set the tone for the spiritual atmosphere in their homes. I am utterly convinced that women have dominion in the Garden of GOD, and are in their spiritual element in prayer praise and worship. Do you know why?
Look at any church in America and many other countries for that matter. Women make up at least, 90% of the Church. (I am making an effort to be conservative). There would be no church’s if women did not hold them up, nurture them and stand by the men and women of GOD who Pastor them.
Yes, Indeed. Despite centuries of brandishing women with the fall from grace in Eden, The Tabernacle was, is and remains our spiritual domain. Women, You have everything they need in their spiritual DNA to excel in spiritual matters.
Men, You are formidable in prayer, if you choose to be. You have the ability, the potential to command enormous strength in prayer. That is, if you gave your voice to GOD in prayer, praise and worship, in greater numbers. You were created/formed to have great strength in both the natural and the spiritual realms. But, for the most part, most men do choose to use it for the House of the LORD.
I’m only speaking of the men who do not use their strength and power for the House of the LORD. Unfortunately, the lcak of men in prayer is the rule and not the exception. The majority of men leave their brothers in Christ to do all the work for them. They say that they believe. But, they just don’t serve. Yet, when the men are in unity they make light work of the forces of darkness. They could.
I could be wrong about this. But, until I see men gathered in the church, in greater numbers praying and pulling down Heaven to earth. I’m going to assume I’m right until there’s evidence otherwise. I honestly believe the world would be in better shape if the men called to GOD would operate in their position, place, and calling. I can’t help but believe this because whenever men pray in unity with one another and alongside the women in the House of GOD- situations change. That’s what I have seen. Especially, when they understand the spiritual qualities and substance of avodah and shamar. When they understand the Torah-centric applications of the Word in them.
I look forward to walking through Genesis 2 and 3 in detail with you all one day.
Aleph is Silent…
- ALL the letters in Hebrew are Consonants (with few exceptions of letters that are now used as vowels since the time of the Masoretes).
- Aleph is silent in Hebrew.
Also, you may recall from previous teachings, that the Hebrew letters convey concepts, images, ideas, symbols and possess numerical value. There is a lot of valuable data packed into each letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, which translates to a great deal of data in each word, as it is constructed of the letters of the aleph-bet. In short, the Hebrew Letters are treasure houses of information in their own right.
We all love a good secret. So please allow me to share one with you now. Learning the Hebrew Letters, will help you obtain more knowledge and understanding of the sacred text of scripture, it’s content and meaning, but knowledge of the letters themselves will elevate your prayers, and your personal study & devotion time. Every aspect of your ministry will flourish, because you set your mind to learn the Holy language.
After all, one of the most important concepts our torah studies provide to us is, the realization that our words provide us access into the realms and dimensions that would be closed to us in the natural. Words have a very strong impact on all of our interactions. Therefore, we must measure our words carefully for the impact they have on others. Our words allow us to draw forth something supernatural from the natural world. Let’s repeat that: What we need most of all, is for our words to draw forth something supernatural, from the natural world/realm.
The Hebrew Letter Aleph – a
The Hebrew Letter Aleph, is the 1st letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. The Gematria, i.e., the numerical value of aleph is 1. One is unique and Indivisible. Aleph is formed by the combination of 2 Hebrew letters, the vav (V) and 2 yods, (Y). (the vav is the vertical line which is slanted in the aleph, representing the partition between the upper firmament and the lower firmament. The yod’s are connected on either sides of the stem. One facing up (toward the Heavens), and the other facing down (toward earth). the Gematria of the vav is 6, and each yod has a numerical value of 10, for a total of 26. The aleph is equivalent to the 4 Letter Name of GOD, Y-H-V-H, which also equal 26.
In Paleo Hebrew, – The Ancient Hebrew Script, The letter aleph shaped in the form of an Ox head, representing strength, leadership, power. Aleph is the symbol of God. Aleph represents the Oneness of GOD, and His Sovereignty. Aleph represents Divinity, The Father, The Strong Leader of the House. Aleph represents torah, which is the thought of GOD. All of creation is a product of torah, Genesis 1. Which is why even the letters are called, the raw materials of creation. God spoke His Word into the atmosphere and the Word took physical form. Created in the image and likeness of GOD is ‘adam’, the human being. By what other name, could GOD possibly call His noblest achievement?
The aleph is the symbol of God. Aleph represents the Oneness of GOD, and His Sovereignty. Aleph represents Divinity, The Father, Strength.
Aleph represents torah, which is the thought of GOD. All of creation is a product of torah, Genesis 1. Which is why even the letters are called, the raw materials of creation. God spoke His Word into the atmosphere and the Word took physical form. Created in the image and like of GOD is ‘adam’, the human being. By what other name, could GOD possibly call His noblest achievement?
It is only fitting that human beings are given a name that begins with the the 1st letter of GOD’s Name, Elohim (spelled – aleph (A) – lamed (L) – hei (H) – closed mem (M). Mankind’s name begins, with its origins, image and likeness (reflection) in GOD. The image and likeness of GOD is embedded in the very name He gave for mankind, and it begins with the aleph. Adam is God-like in being and will be GOD’s representative and messenger on earth. God signed off on His Creation by adding His Name to our name. Mankind (adam) was created to be an aleph in the earth. Our name carries our assignment.
The Hebrew Letter Dalet – d
The dalet (D) is the 4th letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet and carries a gematria of 4. Dalet is the door and its name carries its designation. The doorpost reaches up and down and the lintel reaches right to left. The 4 directions extend north, south, east, and west. Dalet is the poor (dal) moving toward the tav (Covenant and the Cross).
The root word of Dalet, (dal) alludes to the poor. The gimel – the 3rd letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet pursues the dalet in order to provide care, generosity, and kindness. GOD is the Giver of Kindness, who pursues the poor.
Consider Abram, whose name, by the way, also begins with the aleph – the 1st letter of GOD’s Name. Abram was called the Chariot of GOD, who brought GOD’s character and Nature down to Earth. Because of his pursuit of GOD, the LORD bestowed the letter hei (H) to his name and he became Abraham. As you will recall from class, the letter hei (H) is formed with a yod and a dalet, representing divinity, and humility (yod) combined with the anointing to bring the Presence of GOD into the physical realm; into physical reality. His deeds of righteousness were always carried out expeditiously and his kindness to others is legendary.
The dalet is the symbol of the door, the path, the way. Once we, as those reared up on New Testament teachings, hear these words, we connect the dots and immediately recognize the parallels to Christ, Who is The Way, The Truth and The Life. The dalet symbolizes movement, the pathway, access in and out, because it is the door.
Within the Ancient Paleo Hebrew symbol of the dalet, you can also see the representation of the curtain hanging from the rods in the tabernacle. The veil between the Holy place and the Holy of Holies. The dalet is the door (Christ, who stands between us and The Father). Once again, every New Testament disciple who grasps the image of the dalet, hears the scripture saying, “No one cometh unto the Father, but by me” John 14:6. You have to gain access to the door.
The Hebrew Letter Mem – m
This is the spiritual equation that we have so far…
GOD + access to the pathway + Nations, People, Waters, Living Waters…
Adam, carries a message. Between Elohim and the Nations is a door. The name for mankind (adam), openly conveys a message which is concealed to our intellectual minds (hence, the final mem which means ‘concealed’).
Access to GOD is through the door. Who is the door? Who is the door that provides access to living waters? While some don’t accept that Christ is the Way, aka the door, isn’t it interesting that the crowning name for GOD’s highest creation communicates the message of The Way?
Adam’s name just happens to be Adam, which also happens to communicate his purpose in the earth? If we believe in coincidence, then we don’t believe in faith. Look at the word adam once more.
The dalet (Christ, The Door) and the mem (the Nations) spell blood.
Elohim (aleph) + dahm (blood) = GOD, Elohim and The Blood.
Enough said. Christians get this one automatically.
DAM means BLOOD
As you gain greater understanding of the messages conveyed in the letters, this knowledge will be at the forefront of your thoughts as you pray. Your words become infused with the evidence of things unseen and the substance of things hoped for, the products of another level of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
The Hebrew letters form the words of GOD’s message and they have much to teach us beyond the literal reading of the text. The Hebrew Aleph-Bet is able to transmit spiritual values and priorities. As well as, another vision and level of the Plan of GOD
My Pastor calls the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, the Letters of Fire.
Catch the Fire!
Review this material extensively and repeatedly. Be prepared for the next teaching in this series.
- Quick Links to Teachings in this Series: The Undiscovered Adam….
- Part 1 – 8 minutes The Undiscovered Adam and the Unexplained Man
- Quick Links to the Lead Message: Where There Is No Man...
- Part 1 – 11 minutes Intro: Researching the 12 ways in Hebrew to say Man
- Part 2 – 15 minutes 12 ways in Hebrew to say Man, (continued…)
- Part 3 – 6 minutes Investigate the Hebrew words; adam & zakar
- Part 4 – 6 minutes Investigation of the Hebrew words; ish & nephesh
Six Levels of Man
Remember: There are levels of meaning in Hebrew. There is more than one way to say ‘man’ in the Hebrew language and they each contain different degrees and levels of meaning in regard to mankind.
- ++Vocabulary: Elevating our understanding of Gods terminology.
- Adam ~ The initial/primary meaning of this word in the Hebrew is human being, the crowning achievement of God; mankind. We, in our English mindset reduced it to only meaning/representing the man, Adam. Which means WE are the only ones that can undo this mindset. We learn Hebrew to grow in the word, not learn a new piece of shiny information, important facts that we never had before, and then revert back to what is comfortable or familiar. The Adam’s have to retain and apply the information that they have learned. “He called their name adam.”
- Zakar ~ male, man, belonging to and in covenant with the GOD of Heaven; The man who remembers GOD.
- ish ~ (Make note of the patterns you see in how GOD uses this word in scripture).
- nephesh ~ (Make note of the patterns you see in how GOD uses this word in scripture)
- gul-go-leth ~ every man counted in the omer of manna, or for the 1/2 shekel of the sanctuary. The counting of heads for the poll. Note: It required two shekels to make a whole. Man is one half of the shekel and GOD is the other half. Two halves equal a whole. The Jewish people were one half of the shekel, GOD was/is the other half. This is why a half shekel was taken for each man. The shekel represented man’s connection to GOD. The taking of the half shekel, which was required AFTER the sin of the golden calf, was to be taken as a antidote to distancing yourself from GOD, i.e. breaking the connection. Becoming one half of what you should / could be. In addition, consider that it takes two men to equate to a whole shekel. In brief, this spiritual journey requires unity. There needs to be unity with GOD and man AND unity between man and man. It takes two. The counting of the shekel symbolized that the children of Israel understood what this meant and this understanding was a critical source of their spiritual strength. They were undefeated when in unity with GOD and man. “How can two walk together unless they agree?” The shekel served as advance payment on their lives, a ransom so to speak. Example. In the Book of Esther when Haman sought to purchase the lives of the Jews to destroy them, although thee children of Israel were steeped in disobedience for not going back to rebuild the House of GOD, it was the shekel that merited their salvation (and many other miracles) because they had already obeyed GOD in regards to this commandment. They had laid up the treasure in heaven that moved the heart of GOD on their behalf, in advance of the crisis. While Haman was seeking their lives, they were already accounted to GOD as worthy of redemption. GOD nullified the death decree over their lives. It pays to be obedient in the little things! Amen.`
- ba’al ~ rulers, elders, lords who shall not defile themselves with the dead, other than immediate family.
God Bless You,
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