William Andrew Dillard
AND MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL
Genesis has been described as the baby book of mankind. Certainly it is true to its name which means “beginning.” The book is of immense value, attracting the keen attention of all who would learn of their origin, and the beginning of so many things affecting modern life.
Relating the creation story, Holy Writ profoundly states “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Gen. 2:7. Researching the ancient language one finds interesting information not readily stated here, but confirmed in other places in God’s Word. Specifically, attention is drawn to the word “life.” In the ancient Hebrew language, it is plural, thus: “man became a soul of lives.” Since the dual number is used in Hebrew for two things that normally go together, but is not used here, the employment of plural indicates at least three. Thus does the bible affirm that man is a spirit, a soul, and a body. I Thess. 5:23.
The body that God created from the same elements as the earth was a lifeless form until He breathed into it the breath of lives. The result is man became a soul of lives. Soul is the working expression of an intellect and spirit appropriately housed in a physical body to which they give life.
For those with hearing ears, this provides great understanding of the species as it relates both to sin and to salvation. Sin stained all three aspects of mankind. Just so, all three must be saved to realize the fullness of salvation. However in the wisdom and purposes of God, no one receives salvation in totality at one time. Instead, in the new birth, the spirit of a repentant person is both saved and sealed with the Holy Spirit of God, Eph. 4:30. In obedient discipleship, the mind is saved by being renewed to a high state of spiritual maturity, Rom. 12: 2. Under the operating laws of our present cosmos: that of sin and death, there is no hope for the body. It MUST die! However in the rapture or resurrection the body will be saved in immortal newness. It is then that men will know the fullness of salvation, and more precisely what Adam and Eve lost in paradise in choosing to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil instead of the Tree of Life.
It is of immense importance that every offspring of Adam should know this information, especially those of the household of faith. It is of eternal consequence what is done with the application of this information regarding the soul of lives that each one is.
IN THE BEGINNING – A PROBLEM!!
One of the biggest problems the world has with the Bible is Genesis Verse One: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
In the first place, the idea of an eternal, creator God being the author of all that is made sticks deep in the craw of those who claim modern enlightenment. This extends far beyond the realm of active atheists. Moreover, many of those who sheepishly admit to the existence of God will not admit to his being the Creator, preferring to accept the Darwinian theory of the evolution of species from a supposed, initial big bang. That poses the question of why the idea of God should be accepted at all, if He is not believable, as per Genesis Verse One.
The testimony of biblical writers from Old and New Testaments are of unified declaration. Consider what John said: “Without him was not anything made that was made.” The Hebrew letter clearly states: “And thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.” Heb. 1:1. Revelation 4:11 affirms: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for they pleasure they are and were created.” Truly, it is as the psalmist David wrote: “The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” Psalm 19:1-3.
It is of interest to note that the term “declare” is in the ancient Hebrew language “Sapher” the base word for “book” and carries with it the idea of writing. But in ancient times the base idea was more of engraving. The most durable message was thought of as being engraved in stone. The term “showeth” is in Hebrew “magidh” which means to plainly expose to view.
Thus is the handiwork of the Almighty, Creator God plainly exposed to view to all men in every generation as plainly as large letters engraved in gigantic faces of stone. How well then did the apostle Paul put it in Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
Men may call good evil and evil good, but that does not make it so. Men may call pseudoscience science, but that does not make it so. Men may theorize that the earth is an accidental evolvement, and there is no higher power to which all are accountable, but that does not make it so. Those who have a problem with Genesis Verse One have much bigger problems to deal with eternally.