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The Word in Genesis

In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. The first words of Genesis are the Word in action. They are creation. In John 1:1 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In this verse, the Word is in reference to Christ. Going back to the Greek translation, the word is actually logos, which in Christian theology is the divine word incarnate. In general, logos has a traditional meaning of word, thought, principle, or speech. In spiritual terms, logos has come to mean universal intelligence revealed to humankind. This is known as the divine, and to divinely create is the Word in action.

God is the Word. What we know of God is that He spoke the Word. This is because He is the Word. God can only speak what is of Him. However, since we have dueling natures, we have a choice in what we speak based on what our intentions are, what we think, and how aware we are of the voice of God inside, His Word.

God can only speak to create in renewal. In Genesis it says that the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters until God said, “Let there be light.” God called light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” Notice that God was naming His creation as He spoke the words of creation. This is important be-cause later on He created man. He gives humankind its first lesson in creation by asking man to name all of the animals within creation. Man did as God requested, but it appears that he was not moved by what he saw, so, as we know, God caused man to fall into a deep sleep, and out of man, woman was formed. Man would now get to name woman, and with this naming, he was clearly moved: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man” [emphasis mine]. The ego of man was born out of his own rib. He now began to feel the power of the Word, not in divine love, but only in awareness of self. The words man spoke didn’t come from spirit, but from what he perceived from the world around him. He didn’t give credit to God for creating woman, but to himself for her having come from his own flesh. The ego of the world was alive before woman ever disobeyed the Word of God.

After woman was seduced into eating the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil, man named woman Eve, since she would be the mother of all the living. Adam named three things: animals, woman, and Eve, but how do these incidents of naming relate to creation? Well, we know that the number three is the number of completion. For humankind, “the three namings of Adam” are essential for our spiritual evolution to take root and grow. For humans, we create with the word in three stages with all living beings, within our own species, and with ourselves. For Adam this occurred through forming a relationship with the world by naming the animals; a relationship to our species by naming the genders, man and woman; and by relationship to the individual, naming the selves Adam and Eve.

However, there is another side to our ability to create. It is our ability to destroy. For Adam it came out in the most human of ways, he labeled in judgment. Remember that when God came looking for man after woman ate the fruit, Adam immediately blamed both Eve and God, saying, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it”. It is interesting to point out that when Adam named woman, he glorified himself, but when God questioned him about how he knew he was naked, he pushed the blame onto God by saying, “The woman you put here with me….” He didn’t hesitate to acknowledge what God had done then. He labeled woman as the guilty one, and he labeled God as the creator of woman, and thus his conscience was clean. Or was it? When we label we become imprisoned by our labels because they come with judgment on ourselves…(to be continued).

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