The Mankind (adam)
Evolution of men
Only one Eternal
building on a building site or drawing on a sheet of paper, man uses
his intelligence and wisdom to set up a virtual construction plan that
we will call "Spiritual Scheme".
The method of creation used by the Eternal to create the heavens and
the earth is similar to that of man who has been made in his likeness.
Let's take the example of making a house :
Proverbs 3:19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, hath established the heavens by prudence.
Proverbs 24:3 By wisdom the house shall
be built, and by prudence it shall be strengthened (for man).
In our spiritual scheme, abstract ideas are invented, everything that exists in our brain has to take shape in a reality, like a painter bringing his drawing to life on a canvas. Eternal uses energy and matter to organize things and bring life, we know that the solar system holds on to constant universal rules to maintain life on earth. Our blue planet and our human body are so well organized that we find it hard to imagine that this could be the work of chance, could we say that a house that harbors life is the result of probability or statistics? Observing our environment generally reveals the presence of a creator, look at the things currently being made around you (chair, cupboard, wall...) and those outside (bees make honey, birds make nests...). It takes intelligence, wisdom, effort, for a man to build the framework, the roof, the electricity of a house. Is it really easier to believe that the Earth of men and animals exists by chance? Fortunately, many people, including scientists, still believe in a creator.
being present on the day of creation, we have not witnessed with our
own eyes the beginning of nature's cycles (the seasons, the cycle of
water, trees, grass...), but we have good reason to believe that even
these cycles are created. There are also programs in the body, our
biological cells for example, are like machines that work continuously
in our human organism. If it were possible to constantly renew our
cells, death would lose its power over the body. The Bible announces a
creator from the very first line, if we know scientifically the order
of the appearance of life on Earth, it is interesting to read that a
rather similar order is found in the book of Genesis, written more than
2000 years ago:
Creation of the heavens and the earth < assumption of the water planet (the blue planet) < appearance of Light on earth for Life < formation of the atmosphere and water cycle < production of plants < *designation of lights < creation of animals by water < formation of animals by earth < creation of man and formation for modern man.
designation of lights : If you read the first chapter, the lights seem
to be made on the fourth
day, but Genesis verse 1 tells us that the heavens are already created.
I would say that the text rather would like to explain that the light
fixtures did not have their respective roles of illuminating and
marking the seasons, because the earth was covered by thick clouds and
gases. Moreover, the planet had to be positioned correctly on the orbit
in order to receive light in a constant, uniform manner, at
an ideal temperature. (Psalm 104:19; Psalm 8:3)
The earth was undergoing great upheavals, such as the formation of the
earth's core and crust, volcanoes, and earthquakes, and light fixtures
were designated at one time to serve the planet. The Bible does not tell us that the stars and the sun are created after the
earth (Job 38:7),
the Hebrew word "asah" does not only mean "to make" ("God made the
lights"), it also has the meaning of "designating, appropriating,
accomplishing" in order to achieve a task of a creation.
The word Genesis
means "Beginning" and the first verse of the Bible explains that the
Eternal first created the heavens and the earth at an unspecified time.
Then, we learn that the earth was covered with water, and the six-day
creation begins from that moment. These are not literal days of 24
hours, but six stages of construction. We know that the length of time
is perceived differently by different creatures, a butterfly lives for
a few days while man lives for many years, and the Eternal One does not
have the same notion of time either. The word "day" comes from the
Hebrew "yom" and also designates a period of time, an epoch. The
creation could therefore have taken millions of years, the author of
the text does not really know this and he does not try to establish a
dating. Other texts exist before that of Genesis, but we are far from the inspiration
of the Eternal which always leads us towards a truth that is more and more
precise in the spiritual evolution of mankind, this book is a best understanding of our world.
Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are as yesterday, which is past. And as a watch in the night, (2 Peter 3:8).
Hebreux 11:3 By faith we understand that the world was framed by the word of God: that from invisible things visible things might be made. (Genesis 1:1)
Dear readers, the "how" of our existence is explained by the Bible in a simple order, science explains it even better thanks to its precisions, but this is only half the work to understand our creation! Don't we want to know the "why" of creation? The plan of a person who wants to create has a purpose, chance has even less place if we accept that there is a real purpose in the creation. The good news is that there is a desire, an urge, a love impulse to create something and someone. The Eternal One considers man as the principle of his creation, that is to say that everything is created through him who must live on earth, just like the leader of a building site who builds buildings for people. In his spiritual scheme, Eternal has with him an image, that of the human being in his likeness, full of wisdom and intelligence, like a son who represents his glory on Earth. The Gospels enlighten us about the appearance of this image which will be called "messiah" (Christ/oint/loved). The son will be the fulfilled adam, the word of the Eternal, the reason for the beginning and the end of creation (the recapitulation of the alpha and the omega, the letter from A to Z, the Alef and the Tav).
Matthew 5: 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
The Mankind (adam)
generally teach that the Creator made one human couple who would be the
origin of all races of men on Earth. Contrary to popular belief, the
Bible does not necessarily teach that the Eternal created a single male
man or a single human couple. If we believe that several plants and
appeared on Earth, why think that the Eternal created only one
human couple? For example, the Eternal One did not make a single
serpent in a garden of Eden, it is not alone to lost its legs to crawl
on the ground. This beast represents the
animal of the field in general (Genesis 3:1) and the animal reasoning of Man. If the serpent and the man of Eden represent a species in general,
then all men are also confronted with the knowledge of Good and Evil
through this adam of the spiritual garden, the proof is that the whole
species of the serpent has also lost its legs. Then,the serpent in the text
represents the whole species that stoops to the ground of the earth.
Reptilian experts explain that the snake stooped to the ground during
evolution. That is why the Hebrew word "adam" that first appears in
creation in Genesis 1:26 does not refer to a specific man with the
first name "Adam" with an "A", as if it were a single individual. The
word "adam" also refers in the Bible to "mankind, humanity, human race". We have a proof of this definition in the verses of the Bible, man and woman are two beings with the same name: adam.
Genesis 5: 2 He created them male and female; and blessed them: and called their name adam, in the day when they were created.
In Genesis 1:26, the creator created mankind and we have no indication of the quantity of males and females in verse 27. The word "adam" comes from the root "adama" which means "red, earth", because humans come from the elements of the earth in the same way as animals. We have similarities with the animal, when we die, we also return to the dust. The capacities of our spirit will raise us above the animal and we must be sons of the Most High by practicing Good :
Genesis 1:27 And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.
first name "Adam" appears only to designate an ancestor of Israel who
is part of the human race (adam). When we read the word "adam" at the
beginning of Genesis, we should not confuse the ancestor of the lineage
of the people of Israel (Adam) AND the human race (adam). In the
original Hebrew text, we do not have periods, commas, capital letters
and we have to choose between "Adam" and "adam" in our translations. We
don't want to interpret and contradict the real facts proved by the
Genesis 5: 1 This is the book of the generation of Adam. In the day that God created Adam, he made him to the likeness of God.
Genesis 5:2 He created them male and female; and blessed them: and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
In the reading, if we put capitals everywhere for the name "adam", we understand that the verses speak only of one man named "Adam". However, if we remove the upper case letter and replace the word "adam" by "Man", we can understand the text differently. "Adam" would be the descendant of a people among mankind "adam". We can read that in others Bibles:
Genesis 5: 1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man (adam), he made him in the likeness of God.
Genesis 5: 2 He created them male and female, and blessed them; and he called their name man (adam), the day they were created.
find this idea in the creation of Genesis 2:4. The text connects two
events that move us forward in our reading of the biblical story. Adam
is part of the human race and the Bible will speak of his genealogy (Genesis 4:26),
it is through him that the knowledge of the Eternal comes, because he
is the ancestor "of Israel" placed in a spiritual garden that opens him
to the law, the torah. Tradition chooses this man as Abraham or the
prophets (Isaiah 41:8; Jeremiah 1:5).
Election is not a mark of superiority, but a grace, the method used to
spread the information of the Creator among men. An outstanding
scientist revolutionizes science through his discovery and takes other
scientists with him. It is also through the man of Mesopotamia and the
revelation of the Bible that the science of the Eternal One will spread
to others. This man placed in the Garden of Eden represents the human
race that is opening itself to the spiritual law of the Creator. The
Hebrew people (not to be confused with the religion of rabbinic Judaism
today) are the pivot for the transmission of the knowledge of the
Eternal to the nations, but they are men like everyone else, they may
have been barbarians and idolaters like other nations.
The symbolic story of Genesis chapters 2 and 3 is not an old past story, it is still current, the symbols reveal a universal teaching, even if we are not necessarily from the biologic genealogy of the Adam (ancestor) of Abraham, we identify ourselves with him as the first man who opened himself to the knowledge of the God. We use the same principle with Yeshua (Jesus) the Israeli, he is not the last man to exist on earth, but the last man of Israel who opens a new era for anyone who identifies with him (1 Corinthians 15:45; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Revelation 21:5).
Remember the story of Cain in Genesis 4, when he killed his brother out of jealousy and was driven out of his territory by the Eternal. Why was he afraid of being killed? Was he forced to commit incest with his own sister as tradition teaches? Adam and Eve were young, did they already have many children before Seth was born? (Genesis 5:4)
Genesis 4:14 thou hast driven me out this day from the earth; I shall be hidden from thy face I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.
Genesis 4:15 And the LORD said unto him, If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
Genesis 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
There is a period of time between the man created in chapter one who have to multiply and replenish the Earth and the "man farmer" in Mesopotamia of the chapter 2. Others men were living outside of the territory of Adam Israel. To conclude this chapter, let's give an explanation for the last arguments which maintain the fact there weren't others men in this time. Every one of us can draw his own conclusion :
- Mother of the living: Genesis 3:20 tells us that Eve is the mother of all the living. Eve means precisely "gives life", so we can think that the woman ("isha" in Hebrew) gives life (Eve) to the man (adam). Scientifically, we can see the mitochondrial Eve or the feminine side of the biosphere since the beginning of creation.
- The Flood : The members of Noah's family are not the ancestors of all men on the planet. Please, read the table in the end of the page, in the "symbolism" section.
- Romans 5:12-19
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world
and death through sin, and so death passed upon all men, because all
Romans 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world. But sin is not imputed when there is no law (A)
Romans 5:14 but death reigned from Adam to Moses, even on those not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression (B), which is the figure of him that was to come...
says men die because "all have sinned". However, before entering the
spiritual garden of Eden, men were lawless, ignorant, because of a lack
of spirituality (A).
Sin was therefore not imputed. The knowledge and the law came from the Hebrews through an ancestor called "Adam", he evolved spiritually to understand the existence of the Lord, his morals, the meaning of creation, the law of good and evil. Other men who had not received the law were not imputed with sins, but they were awakened to it through the Adam of Israel. It is in this sense that Israel's ancestor "Adam" is the bearer of the human race by manifesting the knowledge of good and evil that also develops in others.
Let us also note that other men do not sin in the same way as Adam (B), so there was not a genetic transmission of a wage of an error between father and son, it is a knowledge of sin that has spread to all men when they are confronted with good, with the holy law of God that separates us from animal or natural man.
In the verses that follow this passage, it will be written that all men, more precisely many men, have sinned because of adam. Thus, many will be justified by adopting the spirit of Christ (Messiah). Just like Adam, Jesus is the Jew who awakens others to the resurrection. Children are not guilty and do not die because of the parents' fault (Ezekiel 18:20).
- Acts 17:26 :
Acts 17:26 : And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
The word "blood" does not appear in Greek manuscripts (Bible Douay Rheims, Vulgate, Wescott and Hort...etc) and "one" is not necessarily related to blood. Paul spoke to the philosophers in Athens about the breath of life that the Creator gave to all men, and there was not a superior race of man made by gods. Verse 27 reinforces the idea that the spirit of Yeshwa (Jesus) or the spirit of the Lord is available to all men who seek the Creator in His spiritual garden from creation. Therefore, this verse does not prove that the blood of one man named Adam is the origin of all races. The Jerusalem Bible in French translates this verse differently: "If a single principle he made all mankind to live on all the face of the earth, and he allotted the times determined and limits the habitat of men"
- Corinthians 15:45 :
Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
We read some changes from Genesis 2:7 that may cause confusion. Let us not understand that the character Adam is the first man to exist on earth and that Jesus Adam is the last to live on the planet. Paul talks about the evolution of our race between Adam and Jesus. Jesus takes the same name as the man "Adam" in Genesis in a figurative way (Romans 5:14) because he is the prototype of the new creation. If John the Baptist is the expected Elijah, Jesus is the expected Adam of God by being a "life-giving spirit" through the Creator's word fulfilled in him. The text is in Greek.
Evolution of Men
The current world situation is far from being a paradise and sometimes we listen people saying that the creator can't be perfect since man created in his image is not. Yet, the book of Genesis said that all the things that were done were "very good", what does it mean so? If the creation of the first chapter of Genesis is only a beginning, that means there is a continuity to the story to reach a final goal. The six days of the creation are very good because they are just unfinished, it means the creation shall grow freely and at it pace for a period indeterminate. Let's take the example of the man, it was very good to create him, but he will be growing in the spiritual garden of Eden in Chapter 2 of Genesis. He will awaken to the consciousness of good and evil in front of the spiritual moral of the creator. The way we were created is very good because we are free! We create our universe on Earth, in the manner of the Eternal who created the heavens and the earth in Genesis 1.
Genesis 1:31 And God saw all the things that he had made, and they were very good. And the evening and morning were the sixth day.
Deuteronomy 30:15 Consider that I have set before thee this day life and good, and on the other hand death and evil:
Man is made from the dust as animals, he returns dust, he arrives the last in the order of apparition of species, science and Genesis are in agreement on that. If "dust man" is fashioned from the earth thanks to the Eternal the potter (Genesis 2: 7; Isaiah 29:16), we can assume that all creatures from the soil have some common points with us. The first plants and animals are like us in some ways because we are from the same principle of life, he gave two eyes to see, a nose for breathing, one mouth to eat, a brain to activate our skeleton and hair growing on our body like grass on the ground. We are creatures that possess a mind or spirit that depends on the capacity of our brains, we must take care of animals and the nature connected with us on Earth. The man has a second image that distinguish him from of the creation, he is in the likeness of the Creator (Genesis 1:26).
Israeli apostle Paul and the book of Genesis reminds us that different
bodies are formed; we read, for example, that the waters are teeming
with living creatures (1 Corinthians 15:36-45; Genesis 1:20).
All is information, Eternal lets a multitude of DNA and seeds develop
that will grow and form the species, a program had to manifest the
Work, life, death, reproduction are stages of an evolution, we preserve the process through reproduction. The birth of a new body comes out of us, in a way, we continue to exist by creating our own seed, the male and female spread their genes to produce a child, they become a new zygote that carries the characteristics of the parents. The Bible speaks of evolution, the message of the Gospels announces the covering of a new glorious body through the resurrection, this for the world to come. Man is now conscious and free to choose if he wants to live and be transformed by the word of the Lord which is a divine selection working in natural selection. The Israelite Yeshua passes through the way of the desert and the way to finally become a life-giving spirit (Corinthians 15:45) guarded by the Eterno. Are we expecting to evolve in God's creation, like the caterpillar that becomes a wonderful butterfly with the colors of the rainbow that flies to the heavens?
the first human race has biologically spread the life and knowledge of
the Lord in the manner of the earthly Adam, the second human race can
spread heavenly life in the manner of the one who becomes the heavenly
Adam, Christ or Messiah (1 Corinthians 15:47).
The word "heavenly" does not mean that man begins to fly in the sky and
that he will have no body, but that he is enlivened by the spiritual
qualities of the Eternal (Galatians 5:22).
Believing in Yeshua does not mean worshipping him as the creator god,
but it means believing in his ideas, words, and deeds. The Eternal
makes Himself known through him.
John 11:25 Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live:
John 14:20 In that day you shall know that I am in my Father: and you in me, and I in you.
Now let's look at the behavior and actions of men in the Bible, this subject is frequently a cause of incomprehension for readers who imagine that the Lord communicated with perfect men in a perfect world. Contrary to this popular belief, the word of the Lord is often proclaimed for the unrighteous (1 Timothy 1:9) and we have seen that man needs to grow spiritually while remaining free in the world. Man first drinks milk like a baby before beginning to eat more solid food (Hebrews 5:12-14), animal man or early man also practices incest, polytheism, polygamy, wars, worship of statues or money. Today, we have generally "evolved" in various fields, but barbaric behaviour sometimes returns very quickly to gallop (world wars, adultery, idolatry, "animal sacrifices" in chains for the stomach in slaughterhouses...). It is therefore necessary to accept the imperfect circumstances in which Eternal reacted in the Bible, let us try to explain some difficult points, Eternal sometimes "authorizes" our choices so that we can learn from them:
- A monarchy : Nations invented a monarchy and Israel adopted it, but Eternal didn't want necessarily it (1 Samuel 8:4-7). Eternal "authorizes" this choice.
Wanting to do like the other nations, Israel modify his history and create the accomplished man like a "messias and king" in the spiritual plan of Eternal.
- A house for Eternal : Construction of a house for the Creator who line in heavens and earth. Eternal "authorizes" again their choice, but it was not obligated (1 Samuel 7:2-13, Acts 7:48).
Eternal offers all to men as long as he doesn't practice the evil.
- Polygamy and divorce : In the beginning, man and woman are one flesh (Mark 10:2-9).
Passions and wars led to polygamy, an imperfect practice that was not sanctioned by the law of Moses.
- Animal Sexuality : Incest, homosexuality, zoophilia do not fit the logic of creation and the law of Moses prohibits these practices (Leviticus 18:6-23). Some parts of the body are not suitable for sexual relations. Some parts of the body are not suitable for sexual intercourse. Consanguinity is also bad according to the law of Moses and science.
- Slavery :
Bible slaves have nothing to do with racism, but after the wars there
were enemies and some people might want to revolt. During the reign of
some kings, enemies were attached to specific jobs. Nor should slaves
be confused with servants, people who "belonged" to the one who had a
lot of wealth.
In our society, the situation is not ideal either, are we not also slaves? In some countries, this is serious, affecting even children.
- Severe Sentence : Readers are often shocked by the condemnations of the
law (stoning, decapitation...). Eternal and Moses wanted to give a
glimpse of the kingdom directly on the spot, thus showing the spiritual
level we must reach to live in peace with the creator and creation.
Sanctions were directly applied. This kingdom did not hold by force,
perhaps one day we will participate peacefully in the peaceful kingdom
of Christ who perfectly and naturally fulfilled the law of the Eternal
One. The Lord judges the peoples and those who like sin.
- Circumcision and excision : Circumcision for the Gentiles was a delicate subject among the Israeli followers of Yeshwa in Acts 15:2 against other Jews. Today, some Jews are against circumcision. Did the Lord create man to cause him pain and take away a natural part of his flesh? It is interesting to read that the Lord wanted to kill Moses because he had not performed circumcision on his own son (Exodus 4), amazing. No doubt Moses must have represented the law because of this image of uncircumcision in the heart of man, but deep down, perhaps he had understood what the apostle Paul would later teach about circumcision (1 Corinthians 7:19)? Abraham represents the righteous circumcised and uncircumcised (Romans 4:11-13) and this mark probably comes from Egypt, I will talk about this one day in a topic concerning the law. Excision is worse and we must teach the cancellation of this dangerous traditional practice that still exists among some people!
- Sacrifices: Eternal doesn't need sacrifices. The story of Abraham brings a spiritual teaching, the creator does not want human sacrifices in the manner of the customs of other peoples and their gods. Eternal sees whether man obeys him, but still shows that human sacrifice is not pleasing to him. A true "sacrifice" comes from one who truly gives his life of himself for his integrity to the Lord and his love for his friends (Hebrews 10 / Psalms 40:6-8).
One Eternal alone
We notice during the days of creation that all verbs are conjugated in singular except the verse 26, showing that the Eternal is only to create in the beginning. However, a large majority of Christians believe that one God in three people or some angels-gods created the universe. The Trinity and Jehovah's Witnesses believe that a being called "Jesus" is in heaven as the creator or co-creator with the Eternal. These interpretations are based on a small quantity of verses and we will discuss about the identity of the man Yeshwa (Jesus) in the next theme of our home page. Well, how to explain this verse 26 so much discussed for centuries because of this plural? "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness".
We have found no creation in plural before the man, creatures are not in the likeness of the Eternal, nor created by several beings. The verse represents a particular intention to make man with the image of his creator, without rejecting the fact he is created in the likeness of the previous creation. The fact that man is the image of the Eternal is a supplement which stands him out from the rest of creation. So, the man has a resemblance with the creation AND the creator. Let's add more details :
- The image of creation: Man is often compared to a tree, but mostly he has some physical and behavioral similarities with the animal. We dominate as the lion, prudent as a snake, protective as the gorilla and let's not fail to emphasize the spiritual ideas or visions of angels in human and animal faces. In addition, we understand from the Bible that the man who doesn't listen Eternal is compared to an animal, the book of Apocalypse tells that the number of the beast is a number of men (Ezekiel 10:14, Habakkuk 1:14; Revelation 13: 17-18).
- The image of the Creator: The woman and the man have spiritual characteristics which allow them to rule over the other creatures. We have the ability to think about our origin and can project ourselves into the future like YHWH. The resemblance with the Eternal is not biological but spiritual (John 4:24) and in his spiritual plan, the accomplished man is one who possesses all the divine qualities. The final man represents the word of Eternal, it is the birth of a glory son who was born incorruptible above all corruptible creatures or creations (1 Colossians 1:15). The whole kingdom is created in him, for his sake.
Eternal sees things that should come as if they were under his eyes, same if it doesn't exist yet on Earth. "Abraham" was the father of many nations before the multitude exist (Genesis 17:5), Jeremiah was a prophet before he was born (Jeremiah 1:5) and the accomplished man or the messiah (a man who has the spirit of the Eternel) was also present in the spiritual plan of the Eternal although this kind of man he did not already exist. The verse 26 is an intention that is realized with the collaboration of men or ideas foreknow which help us in our spiritual evolution (Ephesians 1: 4).
Romans 4:17 (As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations") before God he believed,-which gives life to the dead and calls those things which be not as though they were...
Some people think that the Lord speaks with angelic creatures to explain this plural, it is possible, but our arguments above do not allow us to make an assertion. Will the angels suddenly begin to create man with the Creator? Are angels creators or messengers (flames of fire)? They appear at a desired moment of the Eternal in order to represent spiritual realities or to transmit the divine message. The creator shows modesty and sharing by using the plural in verse 26. Verse 27 reminds us that he is the only one to create:
Genesis 1:27 And God created man in his image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.
names "Elohim" (God), "YHWH" (He IS) and the names of men in the Bible
help us to understand the sharing of a divine unity among creation. Men
often bear part of the divine name, but God (Elohim) is one Eternal One
(YHWH) as written in Deuteronomy 6:4. YHWH means "I will be what I will be" or "I am who I am" and Elohim" means "The Mighty One in the Mighty / Judges".
To know if Elohim (the name given to the pagan gods or to men in Genesis 3:5) represents several people, we must therefore look at the verb that follows this name. When it is YHWH, Elohim always has the meaning of "the god (I AM) who is in them". At creation, there is therefore only one being, God. On the other hand, the plural indicates the sharing with the creation of the One.
Eternal saves man through the man who is united to him, a descendant of Adam united to the Eternal. (Romans 5:14, 1: 3).
- Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil. Lest the...
This verse is a proof of the intention to make man in the likeness of the Eternal in Genesis 1:26. The Hebrew word translated "of us" can also be read "of him," we move from the first person of plural to the third person of singular. This is possible if we refer to the main objects of this story that will allow man to open his eyes: The tree and his fruits of knowledge of good and evil. Man has become like him. The Jew Rashi¹ explains this verse as follows: "Behold man has become as an only one of his own species". We bear the fruit of this tree, good and evil and are different of the other creatures. The arrival of a symbolical angel makes us understand that man could not eat the fruit of life, because he falls down spiritually in front of the moral of the Eternal, he needs to change. This story is symbolic, the Bible often speaks in parables (Psalm 87:2; matthew 13: 34...).
- Genesis 11: 5-7 "Let the Lord came down ... and confond"...
In this verse, the men were not simply seeking to multiply on the territory, they wanted to be united and rised unto the heaven in building the tower of Babel. Pharaohs, kings, presidents want to show their power, but they forget that the power of the Eternal is in the simplicity of heart. Eternal said: "let us go down and confond". We know he doesn't need to go down literally or to see what happened, this is an anthropomorphism in the "Bible anotée" in french², see also Psalm 33:13-22 (verse 15); Isaiah 6: 8; 1 King 22:20-22. I think Eternal puts his mind on people who defend his ideas on Earth, it is the reason of divisions between the will of the Eternal and the will of man (Matthew 25 :32-33). The thoughts of the Eternal come from heaven unto men (James 1:17). The difference of languages existed before the story of the babel tower (Genesis 10:5), it is a prove that the text speak of a particular earth or a nation.
know that several ancient texts on cosmology exist before and after
that of the Bible, we can find certain similarities between them and
this is in no way pejorative for the book of Genesis. Let us not try to
confront these accounts by thinking that one is true in relation to the
others, that one copy on the other, it would be recusive to understand
the spiritual evolution of man in his way of explaining his origin. It
is true that, in fact, the Bible narrative differs from other texts
because it is very close to reality by setting aside a cosmoligy of
pagan gods that make no sense with what really happened (battle of the
gods...), but we can still take into consideration the attempt of these
men to reflect on their origin. Through the ancient texts they have
bequeathed to us, we can establish relationships with the text of the
Bible, we can find symbols and a more or less precise order to tell the
story of creation.
Genesis 1 :
- Verse 1: "In beginning (Time) God (Inteligence) created (Energy) heaven (Dimentions, matter) and earth (planet)".
There are different scientific theories and the Big Bang is not incompatible with the existence of a creator since we do have a beginning. Eternal is the source of great energy and the organization of the universe, everything is incredibly precise. In the past, it was said that the universe was infinite and static (Einstein's biggest mistake with Lemaître). According to the Bible, our universe is created (Psalm 148:1-5) and the heavens seem to expand (Isaiah 45:12), its host (stars, sun and then moon) are like angels organized to hold our heavens. The universe can continually renew itself, some suns go out and others appear, as if we were in a large body made of visible and invisible matter that breathes and renews these cells.
- Verse 2: The planet was deserted and disorderly like many other planets, the terms "hustle and bustle" are also used in Jeremiah 4:23-26. The author tells us that the breath of the Eternal (spirit of the Eternal) covered our planet which contained water on its surface, so the "blue planet" had a thought of the Eternal for it. The creator wants to give life, he covers the planet like a hen covers eggs.
- Verse 3-4: The word of the Lord is uncreated, it's a light, the expression of his identity. Behold, the light "appeared" on Earth. The Lord Himself is the true light (Psalm 4:6; 2 Samuel 22:29; 1 John 1:5; Psalms 119:105), the sun is of no use without the Lord's will to bring the life-giving light (Revelation 22:5).
The words days (light) and nights (darkness) are used. A day in Genesis
marks a stage of creation. The terms "day" and "night" imply a
rotation. In archaeology, we know that potters in Mesopotamia made
cylinder seals that rotated on themselves (Job 38:12-14), just like the earth.
The sun, the stars and the moon are presented by the expression "let
there be lights", we must understand it by a "behold the lights...", as
for the light of verse 3 which appeared on Earth at a specific moment.
They are not created at that time since the heavens were already
created in verse 1, the sun and stars appeared only to serve as repairs.
For example, the mouse warmer is not a bird or mammal, but a "flying creature".
Genesis 2 :
Chapter 1 should normally have stopped at verse 3-4, it was the men who
organized the chapters of the Bible and the separation of the books.
Man is not created in this verse, he is fashioned or figuratively
determined (to enter into the plan of the Lord). It is for this reason
that man is placed in a garden. It is often thought that this verse
explains the origin of man from the dust of the earth, I rather think
it is a state: "man dust (Genesis 3:22)
from the earth". Thus, the dust man of the earth is spiritually shaped
(Zechariah 12:1 Job 32:8; John 20:22) and he will develop his spiritual
inclinations (bad, good). The soul is not an invisible and
eternal part separated from man.
- Verse 21-24 : For the first time, the man of dust is called a responsible, righteous
man (Hebrew: Ish). The man will also become aware of the importance of
his partner, the woman (Isha). The word "rib" is not to be taken
literally like the rest of this chapter, it could mean "beside" in a
figurative sense. They form one flesh, the word flesh, "basar" in
Hebrew, refers not only to the physical skin, but also to the
psychological or mental part of the man. Man will realize the important
nature of woman (Isha), the indispensable being for the multiplication
of life, of his soul. Adam was conscious of his symmetry with the
woman, like the ribs of our body, except for the little extra bar on
chromosome 23 "XY" distinguishing sex.
- The serpent in the garden: It is not a demonic angel, but clearly a beast of the field: "the beast of the field that God had made". This serpent represents animal reasoning, the one we observe and can naturally practice. The animal spirit does not rise to God. According to herpetologists, the serpent has lowered itself during its evolution, a symbolism inspired by the book which specifies that the serpent will crawl on the ground!
- The trees of the garden: The trees often represent men; they produce fruit (Psalm 37:35; Proverbs 15:4; Jeremiah 17:8; Ezekiel 17:24 and 31:8; Matthew 3:10; Luke 6:43; Revelation 22:2)
. Adam becomes the bearer of the fruits of the knowledge of good and
evil, while Yeshua will represent him who manifests the fruits of the
tree of life.
- Removal of Enoch: Some people think that he is caught in the sky, without going through death, I rather think that he avoided death in a particular context, when people wanted to kill him. The Bible tells us that he died (Hebrews 11:5 + verse 13). Perhaps, the removal also represent the preservation of a type of human spirit faithful to the Eternal, which is renewed in history and returns.
- The long life of the
Symbolism of several generations passing by naming the most important
characters, the authors of the Bible did not know this long time
elapsed between the beginning of humanity and their time. The Bible LXX
and the Peshitta have different numbers, they are sacred, symbolic
- Noah's Flood: Flood on one or more zone of the planet, the earth can be what was knew at that time, "all the earth" can be a special earth, not all the planet (Genesis 6:8; Colossians 1:23; Romans 10:18; Acts 2:5; Isaiah 13:5; Genesis 41:57). The phenomenon may have been felt worldwide, with varying degrees of disaster depending on the location of the planet, but water did not cover the globe. The end of the ice age, for example, caused upheaval.
Several theories try to explain Noah's flood: opening of the Bosphorus
strait, the Scandinavian glacier, a comet, earthquake, inversion of the
- Tower of Babel: The difference in tongues already existed before the episode of the tower of Babel (Genesis 10:5), and this is further proof that this is still a special land, a people. One must have a simple and pure heart not to give birth to a civilization that rises above the gods.
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¹ "The Edmon J.Safra Edition Artscroll", page 19 about the verse 22, commentary of Rashi in the Targum (Yonathan, Berèchith 3,22).
² Note of the "Bible anotée" in french.