So God created man in his own image… male and female created he them!


“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.”
From an article by Jodi Detirck

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 (“πνεμα”), 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 🙂

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

This is an open forum where we look into and investigate the Rhema Mysteries of God's Word; and also other issues of importance for our day and time.

One thought on “So God created man in his own image… male and female created he them!”

  1. l received this comment from a brother, via my email address, and thought to post it here, in my blog, so that all of you could see my answer:

    From: JMC
    Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:00 PM
    To: Skip Barland
    Subject: Re: So God created man in his own image… male and female created he them!

    Hi Skip,
    Thanks for sharing, but I have a couple of comments.

    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.

    Comment: Can this be proven using Scripture?

    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.

    Comment 2: The actual transliteration is Ru-ach with the ch sound at the end.

    Keep up the good work. Have a great day.

    Blessings,
    Jay
    ________________________________

    My Response:

    Hi Jay,
    I can’t put my figure on any one verse of scripture to substantiate my belief; but that’s also true, I think, with other concepts and doctrines, in the Bible, where though the doctrine or concept is substantiated in several scriptures, you can’t just point to just one scripture alone.

    For instance, the doctrine on the Trinity, the Bible clearly teaches that God exists in three persons; but you have to look to several scriptures to understand it, and see it.

    For instance, at Jesus baptism, we have the Father speaking from heaven; Jesus is being baptized, and the Holy Spirit is descending as a dove.

    The same is true on the Rapture, and any number of other subjects, as well.

    On this one subject, regarding the Holy Spirit, it was a combination of several things, like pieces of a puzzle.

    To begin with you have the word for Spirit, in Hebrew , being a feminine noun; and then you also have the many metaphors of scripture, where the Holy Spirit is alluded to as a nurturing and mothering figure; as in the example shown in Genesis one; and then also of the mother hen, in the New Testament, wanting to gather her chicks.

    Also you have Wisdom referred in the feminine gender too, and I believe that is also speaking of the Holy Spirit.

    We know that when God first created Adam, we can assume that both natures, the feminine and masculine were both in Adam; and that since he was created in the image and likeness of God, both natures (feminine and masculine) also must have also first been in the God head, as well.

    The scripture goes on to say that man was created male and female, and so of course both the feminine and masculine natures, that we find now in Adam and Eve, had to first be in the God head. They said, “Let US make man in Our image.”

    So God takes a piece of Adam, his rib, and makes Adam into two people, male and female; and then Paul says that this is a mystery that speaks of Christ and His church, where they are not complete again, until they are joined back together as one.

    So I guess these thoughts and ideas mostly come from my just hanging out around the Bible, and learning to put the pieces of the puzzle together, though we do still see through a glass darkly.

    However, for that reason, this is only my opinion, and is what I believe to be the case; but I’m not dogmatic about it, and am still open to correction, and discussion.

    Being a Messianic Jew yourself, Jay, who also knows Hebrew, I”m interested in hearing what you think about all of this?

    I’m still the student here, as well, in search of the Truth.

    In any case, that’s my answer to your question; and I’m looking forward to hearing what your views are on this subject.

    Bless you,
    Skip

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