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April 13, 2017

Synopses of July 09, 2015 and July 16, 2015…… The Physical Image and Likeness of Elohim Part 1 and Part 2

Our Genetic Heritagethe Physical Side of The Image
Psalm 139:13-14 – “You formed my inner parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Your works are marvelous. My soul knows it very well.”
Who, exactly, are human beings? In order to understand just who we are, one must knit together several different concepts addressed by scripture: the concepts of 1) Creation And Reproduction, 2) Strange Flesh / Mixed Seed, 3) Of One Seed, Species Or Kind, 4) Kinsman Redeemer, and 5) In The Image And Likeness Of.

Creation and Reproduction
Genesis 1:11-25 – “Then Yahweh said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them; living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind’; and it was so.”
Leviticus 19:19 – “You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; nor sow your field with two kinds of seed.
Scripture is very clear that each genetic kind (seed or species) is a distinct creation. Each kind is only to reproduce with its own kind, seed or species (Genesis 1:11 and 1:24-25). Genetic manipulation or cross breeding is strictly forbidden and results in the land becoming defiled. The word kind in Genesis is miyn [מִין H4327] which means: of one kind, or of one species, or of one flesh. Kind is often used as a synonym for the word: flesh, and is any kind that is of the same genetic seed. Humans are one kind of flesh. Birds are one kind of flesh. Horses are one kind, dogs are one kind. A Horse cannot breed with a dog, only another horse.

Take a stallion, mate it with a mare. The seed (sperm) of the stallion bonds with the seed (egg) of the mare, and what do you get? You get a baby horse in the image and likeness of its parents! Take a maple tree, plant one of its seeds, and what do you get? You get a baby maple tree in the image and likeness of the parent maple tree! Take a male eagle, mate it with a female eagle , and what do you get? You get a baby eagle made in the image and likeness of the parent eagles! Creation gives us billions of examples of what it means to be made in the “image and likeness” of another. When Elohim declares that we are made in his image and likeness, it means exactly what it says.

Strange Flesh / Mixed Seed  See also Noah Modernus
Jude 1:7They gave themselves over to fornication, going after strange flesh.
The word strange is the Greek word: Heteros ἕτερος G2087; meaning: Different, another. Strange flesh, then, is any mingling of two different kinds of flesh. Any sexual intercourse, reproduction, genetic splicing, or mixing of one species with another across the seed, species or kind is an abomination (Genesis 6, 7 & 8; Leviticus 18, 19, etc.) and cannot be redeemed or be granted salvation. The punishment for going after strange flesh is harsh; angels who chase strange flesh are bound and tossed into the abyss (Jude 1:6). Punishment for cities is devastation by fire (Genesis 18 & 19). The genetic manipulation, or defilement, of the human and animal genes brought the worldwide flood(Genesis 6, 7 & 8).

Of One Seed: Fully Human Species
Colossians 1:15 – “Yeshua is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”
Hebrews 1:1-5 – “Yeshua is the radiance of Yahweh’s glory and the exact representation of his nature.
Genetically speaking, the only way a human being can be fully 100% human is for both his mother and his father to be fully human, or to put it scripturally, both mother and father have to be of the same genetic seed, species or kind.

Of One Seed: Fully Human Species, Fully God Species
Colossians 1:15 – “Yeshua is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”
Hebrews 1:1-5 – “Yeshua is the radiance of Yahweh’s glory and the exact representation of his nature.

Scripture is very clear that Yeshua is both 100% fully human and 100% fully God (Hebrews 2:17, Titus 2:13, John 20:28, etc.). Yeshua is also the exact image of God the Father, Yahweh (Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15, etc.) In order for Yahweh to impregnate the egg of a human female (Mary) both he and the human female have to be of the same genetic seed, species or kind. Yahweh can not go against his own precepts and commands – he cannot reproduce with a being of a different seed, species or kind!!!!   He cannot go after strange flesh or mixed seed.

Of One Seed, Species, Kind
Genesis 1:26 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’.”
Genesis 1:27 – “Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created him.”
Ephesians 3:6 – “Both Gentiles and Jews are joint-heirs, and of the same body.”
When Genesis 1:26-27 tells us that human beings are made in the image AND the likeness of Elohim, it is saying that human beings are genetically the same species, or kind as God himself!   No wonder he calls us his children, his sons and daughters — we really are!

The Kinsman Redeemer
Hebrews 2:11 – “For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one [family].”
John 19:30 – “Therefore when Yeshua had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!
The kinsman redeemer is a vital part of the equation. Again, we see that requirement of same seed, species or kind. According to scripture the kinsman redeemer [ga’al גָּאַלH1350] is a male relative who is responsible to redeem, act as kinsman-redeemer, avenge, or ransom a person in need. He is the “nearest” relative, related by blood to the person in need (Leviticus 25:25; Ruth 3:12; 4:1, 6, 8, etc.). He is obligated to provide an heir (Genesis 38:8-10; Deuteronomy 25:5-10). He must be willing to redeem the person in need (Ruth 4) and the redemption is competed when the redemption price has been paid in full (Leviticus 25:27; Ruth 4:7-11). Yeshua is our kinsman redeemer (Hebrews 2:17) who has paid the price in full (John 19:30), and we are his heirs (Romans 8:17; Titus 3:7; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 3:6).

Anthropomorphizing God
Ezekiel 1:26-28 – “And seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.”
Revelation 4:2-3 – “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold . . .One sitting on the throne.
Many think that we anthropomorphize Yahweh when we say that he looks human and that they are just attributing to him our own human form. Scripture says just the opposite – God looks like us because we are of the same species, our physical form is identical! Yeshua confirms this when he states – “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him” (John 14:7).

Minimizing Human Beings
Psalm 139:13-14 – “You formed my inner parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Your works are marvelous. My soul knows it very well.”
Statements that we don’t look like God, or that he does not have a human form, or that we are just his “messengers”, are misleading. Such statements fail to see how fearfully and wonderfully made we really are as stated in Psalm 139:14. This position minimizes who we are, who we are meant to be, and who we will be when we are fully revealed – as literal sons and daughters of the Living God, Yahweh.

In The Image and Likeness Of
Genesis 1:26-27 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’. Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created him.”
Ezekiel 8:2 – “Then I looked, and behold, a likeness as the appearance of a man.”

Likeness – [dĕmuwth דְּמוּת H1823] means: looking like, resembling, having the same appearance or pattern of, fashioned after, having the same similitude, identicalness, or equivalence to. The word dĕmuwth is used over 25 times in scripture, and depicts someone or something that looks like the person or object that it is portraying. It is synonymous with the words tabniyth [תַּבְנִית H8403] mar’eh [מַרְאֶה H4758] and which also mean in the image, appearance, or pattern of. Elohim’s hand grabs Ezekiel by the hair and transports him to Jerusalem. Ezekiel takes a good look at who has done this and the being he sees has “a likeness as the appearance of a man” (Ezekiel 8:1-4). Adam has the likeness, the appearance of Elohim (Genesis 1:26-27)!

Image – [tselem צֶלֶם H6754] means: in the same fashion, identical look, having the same appearance as, being a shadow of. The word tselem is used over 15 times in scripture, and depicts someone or something that looks like the person or object that it is portraying. Adam has the image, the identical look of Elohim (Genesis 1:26-27)!

Conclusions
All five concepts: 1) Creation And Reproduction, 2) Strange Flesh / Mixed Seed, 3) Of One Seed, Species Or Kind, 4) Kinsman Redeemer, and 5) In The Image And Likeness Of are all about the genetics.
• Creation and reproduction are all about the genetics,
• Strange flesh and the mixing seeds are all about the genetics,
• Seed, species or kind are all about the genetics,
• The scriptures about Adam being made in the image and likeness of Elohim and about Seth being made in the image and likeness of Adam are also all about the genetics.

Elohim, Yahweh, Yeshua, human beings are of one kind, one species, one seed, one family! Yahweh’s seed is fully compatible with our seed! No wonder we look like Elohim, like Yahweh! It is appropriate to visualize Yahweh in a human form. Scripture gives many examples of this, and Yeshua confirms it. Indeed, we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14). No wonder we look like him! No wonder Yahweh holds us in such esteem and commands us to do likewise. No wonder Yeshua redeemed us. No wonder the angels anticipate the conclusion of Elohim’s plan. How awesome.

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One Comment
  1. Happy empty tomb, Jeff!!
    “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
    Blessed be your day, brother.
    Dave
    ––– Aldrich Design 17 Keane Street Lincoln, RI 02965 (401) 651-2939 http://www.aldrichdesign.com >

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