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“Let us make man [Adam] in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26)
“The man has now become like one of us.” (Genesis 3:22)
Who is in the "us"?
In the first verses of Genesis, we see ELOHIM as Creator, and the SPIRIT/ RUACH of ELOHIM is hovering (breathing) over the waters.
But where is YESHUA?
The Apostle John tells us that YESHUA was not only "with ELOHIM" but He accomplished His work as the Word of ELOHIM itself:
“In the beginning [Bereisheet] was the Word, and the Word was with ELOHIM, and the Word was ELOHIM. He was in the beginning with ELOHIM. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made, that was made… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….” (John 1:1-3, 14)
YESHUA knew exactly what to create and how to design everything because He is "the exact imprint of YEHOVAH’S nature," and "He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3)
Now those are powerful words!
The good news is that we are created in the image of YESHUA who is one in Elohim, so the words we speak have power, too.
we often abuse that power.
We seem to instinctively know that when we speak dark, destructive words, we may bring into existence the very thing we hate or fear.
So, why do so many Believers not speak forth the light of ELOHIM'S truth in order to bring forth His light into their lives?
Let There Be Light, Truth, and Freedom!
“And ELOHIM said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)
You are made in the image of Elohim, and your words have power!
When YEHOVAH declares one thing and we declare another, that's a self-imposed curse. But YEHOVAH in His great mercy gives us a way to break that curse, just as He did with Cain.
Cain, the first son of Adam and Eve was a farmer; he made a decision to offer a sacrifice to ELOHIM from his field. His brother Abel, a shepherd, offered an animal sacrifice.
ELOHIM accepted Abel's offering but not Cain's.
Resentment, bitterness, and jealousy toward the acceptance that ELOHIM gave Abel festered in Cain's heart.
However, in YEHOVAH'S great love toward His creation, He gave Cain the opportunity to think differently about the situation:
ELOHIM said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” (Genesis 4:6-7)
Although ELOHIM rejected Cain's sacrifice, He gave Cain real hope that next time he would be accepted if only he changed his thinking and behavior.
For instance, Cain could have said, "I'm sorry, ELOHIM, for not offering to you what you require. Next time, I will ask my brother Abel to help me choose a sacrifice and teach me how to offer it to you."
Cain could have mastered his shortcoming with ELOHIM by humbly acknowledging his failing and taking steps to follow ELOHIM'S instructions.
That would have been true teshuvah (turning back, repenting), something YEHOVAH has always desired from each of us, as He told the Israelites before they were taken captive:
"I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the LORD GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin." (Ezekiel 18:30)
In the prophetic reading for this Shabbat, we discover the consequences for using our words as ELOHIM created us to use them — to praise Him and only Him!
Sing to ELOHIM a new song, His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.
Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice.
Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.
Let them give glory to ELOHIM and proclaim His praise in the islands. (Isaiah 42:10-12)
Praising ELOHIM with our words can lead to ELOHIM stepping in to give us victory. It can also open our spiritual eyes so that ELOHIM'S light guides our path brighter than before, or perhaps for the first time, as He says in the next verses:
“ELOHIM will march out like a champion, like a warrior He will stir up His zeal; with a shout He will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies. ...
"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth." (verses 13, 16)
At the end of time, Israel’s eyes will be opened and their high vocation as ELOHIM’S witnesses will be fulfilled.
"'But you are My witnesses, O Israel!' says ELOHIM. 'You are My servant. You have been chosen to know Me, believe in Me, and understand that I alone am ELOHIM. There is no other ELOHIM – there never has been, and there never will be.'" (Isaiah 43:10)
And we know that one day, Jew and Gentile will walk together in the Light of the LAMB in the glorious New Jerusalem:
"The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of ELOHIM gives it light, and the LAMB is its lamp." (Revelation 21:23)
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