Abram was the first in scripture to be called 'Hebrew'. Why? What does it mean? Is it only referring to the lineage that Abram descended from? Or, is there an understanding of this discriptive term that also applies to us, as Believers In Christ? This writing explores this concept.
The Coarse Course of YHWH
The Hebrew letter ‘vav’ is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This is incredibly important to grasp. In Genesis chapter one, as we follow the progression of the narrative of orderly creation, ‘adam’, or mankind, is introduced into the creative order in the sixth day; not the first day, nor the third day, nor the seventh day, but in the sixth day. This is no accident or coincidence. The Spiritual significance of this detail cannot be overstated when trying to understand why mankind manifests the cruel and selfish carnality to which we are all too familiar.
The sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the ‘vav’, is representative of the carnal and soulish mind of ‘adam’, or mankind. And the mind of ‘adam’ is also the nature of ‘adam’. The words ‘carnal’, and ‘soul’ or ‘soulish’, indicate the lower level thinking of mankind when not influenced or inspired by the Higher level of thought from the Spirit of Truth. God is Love, and therefore is the Spirit of Truth. God is Spirit, and God is Love; Unconditional, Undefiled and Undiminished Love. This is the nature and characteristics of the Spirit of Truth, which Yashua referred to as “My Father”.
“For those who are joined to the Spirit of God exist as One Spirit with God”.[1 Cor. 6:17] My paraphrase, but I AM holding on to it. adn
The Spirit of God is often revealed as being manifested in ‘sevens’; the seven Spirits of God. And yet throughout all of scripture, Old and New Testament verses emphasize that God is One. How do we reconcile this seeming dilemma of one god having seven spirits, or seven eyes, or seven angels, or seven lampstands? The seven eyes of God are also called the seven spirits of God, and as such are revealed to be the nature of the Lamb. [Rev. 5:6] And ‘seven’ is not necessarily referring to a quantity, but rather to a revelation of Spiritual Wholeness, or Completeness. ‘One’ is not referring to singularity, but rather to complete and harmonious unity. Only in the Book of Revelation, which is the revelation of Jesus Christ, is it revealed to us the mystery of the ‘seven Spirits of God’. The Spirit of God is a manifestation of the complete understanding of the mystery of ‘seven’. For ‘seven’ is simply the process of adding ‘one’ to ‘six’. ‘Seven’ is the summation of the complete unity of ‘One’ with ‘six’. ‘Seven’ is understood as ‘completeness’, or ‘wholeness’, and as such, is seen as Perfect Rest. This is why the words ‘Seven’, ‘Sabbath’, and ‘Swear’ (as in to swear an oath) all are derived from the same Hebrew root. Yashua declared “My Father (in Heaven) and I are One”.
NKJ John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
‘Adam’, as a manifestation of ‘six’, is only a ‘living soul’, and when void of the presence of the indwelling Spirit of God, can only manifest chaos, confusion and destruction. Adam, without the consciousness of the indwelling Spirit of God, is no more than the beasts of the field with a bigger and more capable brain. And as such, he is capable of ultimate destruction and debauchery. Does anybody really question that? This is why the scripture emphasizes that ‘adam’, or mankind, is represented as being ‘made’ in the sixth day. Adam, or mankind, is no more than a carnal beast when not choreographed and orchestrated by the Spirit of Truth. Again, this story is not of man becoming God, but rather God becoming man -ifested as man. And God is the Spirit of Truth, which is Love. So, just who, or what, is this ‘adam’?
KJV Genesis 1:26 And God said “Let us make man in our image…”
At the outset of this investigation we must recognize there is a very real difference between the Hebrew words translated as ‘make’ and the word translated as ‘create’. To ‘create’ is to envision, in mind and heart, a finished and accomplished product. To ‘make’ that envisioned end product is an on-going process of making and growing and adding to and maturing; much like building a ship, or house or any other accomplishment that begins with a created vision, or blueprint. To ‘make’ adam “…imaging us” takes much more input from the Creator than just seeing the end product. And yet we are told that Elohim saw the end from the beginning. Hopefully the next chapter will more fully illuminate this mystery of ‘adam’.