Apr 20th, 2017
To really understand this scripture were first going to go back to Genesis. Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 2:3 is basically a rough overview of the first seven days. Where in the first six days everything is created and in the seventh day God rests. Then Genesis 2:4 goes back to clarify with more detail. First we get the summary and then we get the details.
In that first section the word for God is Eloheem:
H430 אֱלֹהִים' ĕlôhı̂ym el-o-heem' Plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: - angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.
It's a general term for God like you use the word God, but that's more of a description than an actual name. That's not really a name for anything, you're describing a powerful being, a super magistrate, a manager of everything. That's what you're doing when you say, "God," it's not a name, but a description.
In 2:4 it gets specific. It says, "the LORD God." The word LORD there is an insight into who this God is. Not just a being of supreme power, but he is this LORD God. The word there is yeh-ho-vaw':
H3068 יְהֹוָה yehôvâh yeh-ho-vaw' From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: - Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069.
You've probably heard this word before, but pronounced Jehovah. However, there is no letter "J" in ancient Hebrew. It means Self Existent, it comes from the word haw-yaw' meaning to come into existence the implication being that God exists because He wants to. If God didn't want to exist in the way we think of reality and existing then He wouldn't. It is out of this desire to exist is why He does in a way that we understand existence and interacting with it.
The question then becomes why does God want to exist. It was a question that really plagued me when I first started studying the scripture in the original language and came across the word Yeh-ho-vaw'. God existing because He wanted to, I couldn't get over this question of why does God want to exist. For the answer we go back to John 1 where we started. The word that is translated as word in the scripture is the word logos:
G3056 λόγος logos log'-os From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ): - account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.
When applying the word Logos to yourself in reference to scripture it means you take it from head knowledge to heart knowledge. Meaning it's no longer you just know in your head, it's something you've applied to your heart that changes your life. It then changes the way you see and approach life. The actual word means something said and the thought behind it, by implication it means a topic you're preparing to discuss. It's mental reasoning or summing all that up, it's a motive. So lets look at John 1:1 again with our new definition for the word word.
"In the beginning was the motive, and the motive was with God, and the motive was God." Given what we know about God existing because He wants to and the wording of John 1, were now closer to understanding why God wants to exists. We now just need to find out what this motive is. If we go down to verses 14 we see that the word or motive became flesh, talking about Jesus. Luke 4:18 says that Jesus came to declare the good news to the poor, heal the broken-hearted, to herald deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind and to give freedom to the bruised. And the ever popular John 3:16 says that Jesus came so that no one would have to perish, but have eternal life.
So there was a motive that caused God to want to exist and that motive was for you and I to be whole, living an eternal life with Him. That's it right there, that's what started this whole thing of creation. That's why God decided to exist, that's why God decided to create, that's why God has done everything that He has done. He has this motive, this deep seated drive that causes Him to move. It's you, and it's me, it's all of humanity in a state of perfection. We talked in the last podcast about how we've all fallen short of the bar of perfection. And even after receiving the gift of salvation we still, you and I, fall short of the bar of perfection. One day because of what Christ did, one day because we are in that covenant relationship with Christ, we will shed the imperfection that is tied to our flesh and become the way God intended us to be from the very beginning. We will enter into that state of wholeness and enter into eternity.
If you haven't entered into covenant with Christ then that's not for you, not as a punishment. God is a gentleman and He believes in authority, He gave us authority. He will not lie, He will not take back that authority and we have the authority to choose for ourselves to reject God and reject His plan and reject Salvation and reject being whole and living with Him and to choose exile. God doesn't want that for anyone, but you have the authority to choose.
Go back and look up these scriptures, study them out yourself.
Until next time...