“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” Genesis 1:27
|The deeper thoughts and longings of a mother’s heart:
“I can’t fix all the brokenness of a fallen world for my children. I wish I could and sometimes have been known to try. But I can pray, knowing that God can fix the brokenness in them that comes from living in this fallen world.”
It is said there is no stronger love than that of a mother for her children. There are countless examples of this love in all of creation.
For instance, we all have heard of stories of what happens when a hiker has the misfortune to come between a mother bear and her cubs; and we all have heard the story before of how after a barn had burned to the ground, how the charred body of a mother hen was found shielding her still alive chicks.
All of this, only exemplifies the love a mother has for her children; and as such, it speaks of God’s immeasurable love which He has for His children, who are created after His likeness, and in His image, who are among the descendants of Adam and Eve.
As we look at the attributes and personality of the God head, in the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, it is the Holy Spirit who most resembles the nurturing and comforting instincts of a mother for her children. We can plainly see that in Genesis, where the Spirit is seen hovering over creation; and in the New Testament where the Spirit is spoken of metaphorically, as a mother hen, hovering over her chicks.
After all, it is the Holy Spirit, who in scripture is referred to as the “Comforter” and the “Paraclete,” who comes along side of us, to assist us and comfort us in our times of need.
I would even go as far as to say, that in the Trinity, as we look at the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, in terms of their perspective rolls; it is the Father who originates the creative thoughts, strategies, plans, and ideas, who then by the power of His voice speaks things into existence; it is then the Son, who as the ‘Living Word,” who is the instrument of Creation, it is He who goes out to perform the will of the Father; and it is the Holy Spirit, who is the POWER SOURCE, who makes it all happen, and brings it all together!
As such, based on what we can see in scripture, I think it is fair to say that the most sensitive member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is also the most powerful.
It is also interesting to note that the Hebrew word for “Spirit” is Ruah (meaning breath, air, or wind); and it is of particular interest to note that this word Ruah, in Hebrew (“רוח“), and also this is true in the Aramaic, that the word for Spirit is in the feminine gender.
In Greek the word for Spirit is Pneuma (“πνεῦμα”), and it is neuter.
However, with that said and understood, nevertheless, every time in the New Testament, when the Holy Spirit is referred to, it is in the masculine gender.
It is my understanding, from the Bible, that we are created in the image of God, and the Bible clearly says that as Christians, we are a brand new creation, something which God has never done before, and it goes on to say that as Christians, obviously referring to when we will be in our glorified bodies, that we shall be as the Angels of heaven, neither male nor female.
God created the different sexes, male and female for the purpose of procreation; and even though God the Father is always referred to in the Masculine gender, Jesus said that He is a Spirit, and as such, I don’t believe He is either male or female, in the sense that we would think of the word.
Nevertheless, I believe it is clear that when God created Adam, in His image and after His likeness, as I understand scripture, He did so by taking a piece of Himself, in the Spirit, and then breathed the likeness and substance of His essence into that clay form, that He had made from dirt; and as the Bible says, as He breathed into His creation, that lump of clay then became a living soul, and God called his name Adam (which literally means taken from red clay).
God then took a piece of Adam, and likewise, as He did with Himself, He took a piece of Adam, in his rib, and as the Bible says, God then fashioned for Adam a mate, who is created after Adam’s image and likeness, and Adam named her Eve (meaning the mother of all creation).
So the Bible says that God formed from His substance and after His likeness, Adam; and then God made Adam into two individuals, one male and one female; and we are told that this union that takes place between male and female, where they both become one in flesh and in spirit; that all of this speaks also of a great mystery, as Paul referred to it.
It is my belief that this relations between male and female is the model, that represents the relationship that exists between Christ and His bride, the church; where they two also become one.
As Jesus said in the Bible, as the Father is in me; likewise, when we are born-again, we also become one with both the Father and the Son.
I think this is all quite interesting; and also there’s one more point. As God’s children, as I’ve already pointed out, we are created in the image and after the likeness of our Father; well likewise, I think it is also correct to say, that as it is with the God head, Father Son, and Holy Spirit, that they are all equal and yet separate; the same thing applies to us, as we are male and female; and as such we are also equals; but as with the God head, God has established a hierarchy in us.
Just as Jesus, the Son of God, is always submissive to the Father, and is always obedient to the Father; likewise, a similar hierarchy has also been established to exist between the male and the female, as well.
This does not in any way mean that the female is less important, or is of lesser value than the male. Quite the opposite is true, in that truly in the human species, though the male is the head, the female very definitely is the neck that turns the head. Selah 🙂