by David Holland
The Bible says that God created Adam from the dust of the ground, and then breathed life into him. He became a living soul.
God made a proclamation. He said; “let us make man in our own image and in the image of God He made them male and female.” Then God said, “be blessed”, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves on the earth”. (Gen. 1:26-28)
Now it might be interesting to note that all this happened on the sixth day of biblical creation. The boundaries of man’s influence were established. Man was the dominant creation by decree of God. God had blessed man and opened the way for him to prosper and have great favour in the land, and over all the plants and animals. Of course, when I write about man, I mean mankind, including the female of the species as referred to in Genesis 1:27.
Then in the beginning of the next chapter of Genesis the scriptures read that all the work of the heavens and earth were finished, and all the hosts (or occupants of the heavens and earth were finished). (Genesis 2:1)
That is interesting! That would mean that you and I were finished beings at this time long ago. You can see an indication of this in the King James Version of the Bible (2 Thessalonians 2:3), as well as in many other places in the scriptures.
We find that God knew things before the foundation of the earth. For example He knew about Jesus.
I Peter 1:18-20
“Forasmuch as ye know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
So how is it that God, who has given us free will, knows things from a time when there was nothing?
Again, in the King James Version of the Bible, we see that the world of mankind was structured around Christ and the words “fitly framed” are used to signify that the boundaries of the world of man were set, and included a wonderful future for mankind in the grace in Christ in the love of God. (Eph.2:21)
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (the anointing)”
“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto edifying of its self in love.”
(A frame is a boundary of the building as well as its structural component that gives it strength to stand. This building is knit tightly together in its joins and frame.)
“In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord”
This means that man, for strength and the reality of manifested power in the anointing of Jesus, which is Christ, and His Body, which is also the church, should work in love. And the boundary of man, as the glory of God, is also to working in love.
Mankind is the glory of God because of his potential, just as a son is the glory of a man. This working in love is only possible because of the grace of God, which has become manifest in the sacrifice of Jesus, and his shed blood through which, mankind has been reconciled to God.
If mankind has been reconciled to God and the Love of God works in him, then those in the body of Christ are LOVE as God is Love. Even those now not in Christ are still set apart because of their potential to be reconciled to God as sons of God.
In the book of Hebrews we see that the universe was made by the word of God, including all the hosts that live in it.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
God clearly knew about us and all things because He had planned all things and then proclaimed all things to ‘BE’.
So what was God resting from on the seventh day when He still had to breathe into the Man, Adam, ‘the breath’ of life and to have the water from a river to water the garden of Eden?
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
God was resting from what He had been doing through the days of creation and that was to proclaim over the worlds with his word.
“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
So, God rested on the seventh day and blessed it.
He sanctified the seventh day or set it apart for something new.
The Lord God had something special for the seventh day. This day was for the Man, Adam and his descendants. Jesus outlined this by saying: ‘the Sabbath was made for man but not man for the Sabbath’. (Mark 2:27)
This means that the ‘rest’ of God on the seventh day heralded in an opportunity for someone else to proclaim the word of God, since God had finished. This is why man was created.
Remember, God created man in His own image and likeness. This means that man, like God, has the destiny to proclaim His Word, and watch it happen and exclaim that it is good, just as God did in Genesis chapter 1. (Genesis 1:26)
However, God needed to do something before man could accomplish this. Man needed to have the spirit and mind of God available to him. God needed to fill man with something of Himself.
Since God is LIFE and also LIGHT, then man needed to be filled with this LIFE of God, the LIGHT of God and later the LOVE of God through Christ the anointed one and second Adam. Jesus is proclaimed the Light of the world and Christians are admonished by the Apostle Paul to also be the light of the world. (Ephesians 5:8)
So when God exclaimed that there was not a man to work the ground, He was saying that no man can yet proclaim my word to work the ground and care for this earth. (Gen. 2:5) It is easier to speak over the physical environment than to dig holes in rocky ground by hand. Just look at the contrast that Adam had in the garden and the hardship he had outside God’s blessing.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because you have hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I have commanded thee, saying, you shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; for out of it was you taken: for dust you are and unto dust shall you return.
God had to do something to bring man to a level equal with Himself. This is when He breathed into Adam the breath of life, and Adam became a LIVING soul, anointed by God to rule the creation.
However, when Adam looked around the animal kingdom he found no-one equal with himself. God had to transfer his endowment of God’s LIFE; that Adam had, to someone else, a female of the species of mankind. This is when the woman was made from the rib of Adam in the Bible story.
This process was more like a transfer of God’s endowment or anointing, and created a female of equal status to Adam, and with equal purpose under the anointing. Later Adam, who was charged with the naming of all things, called his wife Eve.
As Jesus the Christ or anointed one was called the second Adam, the first Adam, before the fall, had everything the second Adam, Jesus, was given before his death and resurrection.
And has put all things under his feet (Jesus’), and gave him to be the head over all things to the Church: Which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them,
and replenish the earth,
and subdue it:
and have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air,
and over every living thing that moves upon the earth etc”
1 Corinthians 15: 45
“And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”
Adam was to subdue the earth, so therefore Jesus and the Church are set to subdue the earth as well. Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead; his disciples also healed the sick, subdued demons, and walked in the authority of the second Adam.
The anointing of Adam, to speak as God, was rejuvenated by Jesus’ anointing, which was prophesied in Isaiah 61:1, and proclaimed by Jesus in Luke 4:18, and become manifest in the commands of Jesus and of the disciples. (Matt14:14, Acts 3:1-7)
Jesus proclaimed to his disciples, in Mark 16:18, before he left them, that they will lay hands on the sick, and that the sick will recover.
But the laying on of hands is not the magical elixir; there is something else that goes with the action of the hands being laid on a person.
Jesus, when He raised the centurion’s son to life, laid hands on the coffin of the boy and commanded;
“Young man, I say unto you, Arise.”
Jesus at the house of Jairus, went in even though his daughter was dead and put his hand in hers and said;
Peter and John at the entry of the temple found a cripple there and they said to him;
“In the name of Jesus the Christ (the Anointed One) of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”
Through these scriptures we see that the laying on of hands on a person was accompanied with an oral command of restoration.
The authority given to Adam had been made real by the righteousness of Jesus, and the power of God made available to man again through the healing of the breach between God and man through the death of Jesus.
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat of it, therefore you shall surely die.”
1 Corinthians 15:22
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all be made alive.”
Man on accepting Christ had become a living soul once more, just as Adam had been before he separated himself from God, and as Jesus was as a man. But now we, the church, are quickened with Christ in the spirit.
It becomes clear that man has been given authority to speak as God spoke, and command as God commanded, and expect the earth to obey these commands.
People like Noah, Abraham and Enoch of old, and even Job, would command and prophesy, and it would come to pass.
Noah walked with God and was righteous. (Gen. 6:9) (Gen 7:1)
Enoch walked with God. (Gen. 5:24)
Job was a man who was perfect and upright, and one who feared God. (Job 1:1)
Many were considered upright and righteous by God, even under the curses of Adam. And what many spoke came to pass.
“Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren”.
He also said;
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem and let Canaan be His (God’s Servant).”
Noah continues, and declares his sons as descendants, leaving out Ham.
“May God enlarge Japheth and let him (Japheth) dwell in the tents of Shem.” This sets Shem as the first born to oversee Japheth, but also giving Japheth status in the family.
“and let Canaan be Japheth’s servant”,
This would mean that Canaan will also dwell in the tents of Shem as a servant to Japheth.
All this was because Ham had seen his father’s nakedness and had told his brothers. However, Ham probably told them in a way that had little reverence to his father, a man who was called righteous by God and was now the Father of all living things on earth at that time. Noah had preserved the animals and preserved his sons, and their wives, and was indeed the father of all.
But because Noah was recognised by God, Noah’s proclamations were honoured by the authority of God, and provided a homeland for some of Shem’s descendants, the sons of Jacob, who became the nation of Israel, many years later.
The Canaanites lost their lands and the peoples of Ham became slaves and servants to God, and to the descendants of Japheth and of Shem.
Noah was probably so enraged with Ham that he never referred to Ham any more, but only to Canaan.
God used Canaan and the lands of Canaan to provide the groundwork for the salvation of all mankind. So as Noah proclaimed in anger that Canaan should be the servant of God, so God used Canaan and the land that produced milk and honey, (Lev.20:24) to provide for the beginnings of God’s kingdom on earth.
What transpired in time from that land was the Saviour, the Son of man and the Son of God, in Jesus.
But, do not lose the truth that man was always destined to rule the earth, and be like God, and proclaim the word of God throughout the earth. God has made a rest for himself and man is that rest, for we are responsible to subdue this earth and proclaim the Kingdom of God unto the earth forever and ever.
Noah was one man who has proclaimed the word for God, but in anger. However, God through His mercy has turned it into the purposes of God, love and goodness.
Adam, after naming all the animals and his wife, no longer spoke with creative authority and started to fear and not trust the goodness of God. He started to question God and listened to Satan, and by doing so effectively became a servant to Satan, and started to proclaim death, sickness and destruction. Many men over the years have also spoken evil into this world, through fear of men or of death or in anger, and produced sickness and death.
But God had spoken of something that transcended the words of Adam and that had been prepared from the foundation of the world.
“And I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman and between your seed (the followers of Satan) and her seed: it (the seed of the woman, Christ) shall bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel”.
It is interesting to look up the word ‘heel’ in the Strong’s Hebrew dictionary. This word comes from a word that gives a meaning of ‘to restrain’ or ‘to seize’. Remember, how the High Priest’s servants seized Jesus. (Matt 26:50)
The actual word in the Hebrew text is “aw-kabe” which means the rear of the arm.
Jesus would have been badly bruised by the scourging in these areas at his crucifixion, and again as he was put on the cross as the nail went into his forearms.
God has turned the evil words of men into the goodness of God and gave victory to the Sons of God through the saving power of the blood of Jesus which was foreordained but proclaimed again by God in Genesis 3:15.
1 Peter 1:20
“Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
1 Peter 1:20 clearly shows that God, who used words to frame the world, had pre-ordained that Jesus would come. When He said to Satan the words in the scripture in Genesis 3:15, God had already proclaimed his goodness, even before starting to say, “Let there be Light.” (Genesis 1:3, John 1:1) And Adam was to follow in God’s example to frame his world.
So who was Melchizedek? Was he God or was he Jesus, was he Adam or Shem, Noah or Enoch or some other king of the time, maybe a descendant of Shem?