*Today we begin a series on in-depth study of Genesis 1 vs. 26-28, and Genesis 2*
THE EXEGESIS OF GENESIS 1; SEARCHING OUT ETERNAL PRINCIPLES
Vs. 26; And [the] Gods said, We accomplish humans in images of Us, for comparability of Us; and they reign over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle and in all the earth, and in all the creeping things that creep on the earth.
Vs. 27 And created the Gods the humans in images of Him; in images of the Gods created him; male and female created them.
Vs. 28 And blessed them the Godhead, and He said to them the Godhead, “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue and dominate the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and every living thing that crawls on the earth.”
Principle: God is a Deity; In verses 1-3 God introduces Himself to us as a Deity; a Godhead. Nothing is said about the names of the persons of the deity or how many persons that there are in it.
In verse 26, we see a prepositional phrase, bə-ѕal-mê-nū;
- In (bə)
- images (tselem) (Strong’s H6754)
- of us (nū);
The Godhead operates as multiple persons in consensus when humans were to be created, saying, “We [shall] make humans in images of Us…”, but in verse 27 we see humans made in the images of one Person—Him.
What could be the implication of that?
Principle: The Gods [or Godhead], though consisting more than one person, is one God; Christians do not have or serve multiple Gods; He is one God.
Principle: The human species was made to be just like the Godhead, to be one and also split in multiple persons; God made humans like Himself; to be one while still existing in diverse individual forms. The Godhead is ‘Us’ as much as the Godhead is ‘Him’, The reading, “In His images the Godhead created him; male and female He created them” lets us know clearly that God created the human race as one single entity (him), and equally as two multiple forms (them); male and female.
Genesis 5:1-2 also confirms this;
This the book of the generations of ’ā-dām [humans]; in the day that Ĕlōhîm created ’ā-dām [humans] in the likeness of Ĕlōhîm; [He]made him male and female. He created them and blessed them and called out their name ’ā-dām! [humans!], in that day that they were created.
The human species is essentially one; Humanity may be split in varieties but he is one. Thus, the individual forms are first human before they are the forms. That is to say, a male is first human before he is male. It is the same way that a lioness is ontologically a lion, before she is a female lion. The oneness of human nature comes first.
Principle: God is not any gender; This oneness of human nature also explains the reason for the frequent use of the masculine pronoun ‘him’ (ōw) in the scriptural writings. Ōw is often used, not to depict gender, but mainly as a generic pronoun to depict a creature that is not soul-less or inanimate. It is even used with respect to animals. From Gen.5 above, we see that ‘he’ refers to male as well ‘he’ refers to a female. It is in the same way that the Godhead, in reference to themselves as one Person, used the pronoun ‘Him’, in verse 27(and in the rest of scriptures), as against using the pronoun ‘it’. The use of the masculine pronoun this way does not mean that God is male (Or female) any more than it means that the entire human race is made up of only males. God is not a male or a female. It is the same way He is not Jewish, African, Chinese or American. Yet, all these sides of human expression came out of Him, and are equally connected to Him in nature. Males are not more like God than the females. God has both male and female traits, because the two genders indeed came out of Him.
Principle: The ‘male’ and ‘female’ sexual forms of humanity represent a first example of the infinite expressions of one God; The ʻzā-kārʼ (male) and ʻnə-qê-bāhʼ (female) expressions of God were the first revealed to us in scripture. This was the gender expression, and to this category God gave a finite number. Every living soul was made in twos; animals and humans alike.
Genesis 1:28 And blessed them God, and said to them, “be fruitful and multiply…;God made ‘him’ into ‘them’ and blessed them to be fruitful. By this divine injunction, it is safe to surmise that the foremost reason God made all living souls into two genders, i.e. the male-female sexual forms, was for the basic reason of specie propagation. That is, male and female sexual forms exist so that all living creatures would be able to continue their species and not die out. While sex (compatibility) is a pleasure to be enjoyed exclusive of the goal of procreation, it appears that the idea of sex did not originate just for its own sake. The Beginning account shows that the context within which the idea of sex was created was the existence of two opposite sexes.
Verses 28; And the Godhead blessed them (ō-tām), and the Godhead said to them (lā-hem), “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue and dominate the fish of the sea and the birds of the air…”
Principle; the male and the female were blessed with the same blessing.
Principle: The blessing commanded on humanity was primarily a call to responsibility; The blessing was not a call to recieve things, but to be and do things. It was a call to stewardship and a responsibility to serve; to serve God by taking care of His creations, and to be in the service of the earth by taking care of everything in it. Regency was the responsibility that humanity was called to in the Beginning. The male and the female were made to be co-regents of God; co-heirs to the kingdom of the earth. There was no sharing of the components of the blessing between the male and female humans; each person was expected to fulfil the same requirements.
Also, we find no distinction amongst the two genders on the jurisdiction of responsibility given to them by the Creator. Neither one of them was given a jurisdiction of the field, and another the seas or elsewhere. The options were thrown wide open to all. The difference of the genders notwithstanding, there appeared to be full capacity in each one to fulfil the divine mandate in whatsoever terrain.
Principle: The human race was blessed as a group; God did not bless him and then blessed her too; God blessed them. God blessed humanity as collective group; every race that would ever be, every tribe, every nation, and the two genders received the blessing. God blessed them and told them to be fruitful.
This also implies that God did not create humans to exist and/or function in isolation, but as teams, groups, and communities. No individual person, or an individual race or nation and tribe has it all and can do it all. We all need each other, because we all are one entity; one body with many parts.
Principle: Humanity’s jurisdiction of regency was outside of himself; The jurisdiction of humanity’s dominion was clearly stated, and there was no mention of his reign in humanity. Ā-dam’s reign was in the sea, over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the animals of the earth. God gave humanity authority that was directed towards entities outside of him. God never gave humans authority amongst themselves over themselves.
Gen. 1:29-30 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.
Finally, God speaks directly to the man and woman, but not to the animals. He speaks to the humans about all the animals and what they were supposed to eat. This suggests that the animals were being put in the care of the humans, which is same as the divine intention stated in vs. 26.
Conclusion; No imbalance or inequality between male and female is written or implied. There seemed to have been perfect sameness in the status and roles of the two sexes in the Beginning.
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