Praise God in ALL situations!
It occurs, there is a reason,
Pray for understanding,
Study God’s Word and do right!
Greater is He that is within you than all in the world!
Amazing when we think of it,
God RULES the Universe!
ALL that is seen is Created from the unseen,
Let me ask you one simple question; “Have you EVER seen YOU?”
I will follow this with a simple: “who are you?”
Let me blow your mind (and Yes! We have shared on this earlier, but need to again.)
We ARE made in God’s image: Imago Dei
“In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him. Male and female created He them, and blessed them.”
man “possessing” the Image of God. We respond that the Image of God is not so much something that man bears as something that man is. Biblical scholar D. J. A. Clines, in his groundbreaking article “The Image of God in Man” ( Tyndale Bulletin 19, 1968, 53-103) argues that the Hebrew preposition be (“in”) in the phrases betsalmenu, “in our image,” and betsalmo, “in his image” (Genesis 1:27), should be taken as an instance of “beth essentiae” or “beth of the essence.” We realize that this may be difficult to grasp if you don’t know any Hebrew, but the point is that the grammar favors the translation “God created man as His image” over “God created man in His image.” As Cline puts it in his concluding remarks: “Thus we may say that according to Genesis 1, man does not have the image of God, nor is he made inthe image of God, but is himself the image of God.” Humankind, then, was created to be a “copy” or a “graphic image” of the Creator – a formal, visible, and understandable representation of who God is and what He is really like.
Did man’s fall into sin destroy or remove the Image of God? No – it merely marred or disfigured it. This is a crucial distinction, since it is the Imago that makes us different than the rest of creation. As theologian Louis Berkhof puts it, “The doctrine of the Image of God in man is of the greatest importance in theology, for that Image is the expression of that which is most distinctive in man and in his relation to God. The fact that man is the Image of God distinguishes him from the animal and every other creature”
Again we share:
On the last day of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” Genesis 1:26.
Thus, He finished His work with a “personal touch.” God formed Adam from the dust and gave him life by sharing His own breath Genesis 2:7.
Accordingly, humanity is unique among all God’s creations, having both a material body and an immaterial soul/spirit.
Having the “image” or “likeness” of God means, in the simplest terms, that we were made to resemble God. Adam did not resemble God in the sense of God’s having flesh and blood. Scripture says that “God is spirit” (John 4:24) and therefore exists without a body. However, Adam’s body did mirror the life of God insofar as it was created in perfect health and was not subject to death.
The image of God (Latin: imago dei) refers to the immaterial part of humanity. It sets human beings apart from the animal world, fits them for the dominion God intended them to have over the earth (Genesis 1:28), and enables them to commune with their Maker. It is a likeness mentally, morally, and socially.
Mentally, humanity was created as a rational, volitional agent. In other words, human beings can reason and choose. This is a reflection of God’s intellect and freedom. Anytime someone invents a machine, writes a book, paints a landscape, enjoys a symphony, calculates a sum, or names a pet, he or she is proclaiming the fact that we are made in God’s image.
Morally, humanity was created in righteousness and perfect innocence, a reflection of God’s holiness. God saw all He had made (humanity included) and called it “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Our conscience or “moral compass” is a vestige of that original state. Whenever someone writes a law, recoils from evil, praises good behavior, or feels guilty, he or she is confirming the fact that we are made in God’s own image.
Socially, humanity was created for fellowship. This reflects God’s triune nature and His love. In Eden, humanity’s primary relationship was with God (Genesis 3:8 implies fellowship with God), and God made the first woman because “it is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). Every time someone marries, makes a friend, hugs a child, or attends church, he or she is demonstrating the fact that we are made in the likeness of God.
The good news is that when God redeems an individual, He begins to restore the original image of God, creating a “new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” Ephesians 4:24.
That redemption is only available by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior from the sin that separates us from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Through Christ, we are made new creations in the likeness of God (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Again; I ask have you EVER seen you?
We have mirrors, camera’s, glass/water….these are ALL mere ‘Reflection’ of your “outer self!”
WHO you are! Is ‘seen’ by others. Your acts, your speech, your words, your thoughts define you!
Yet again, I ask…a different way… Who are you?
We read/hear/are told… “No one has ever seen God, but The One and only Son, Who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with The Father, has made Him known.”
Are you blessed?
You woke up this morning…be careful your answer!
Let me further complicate matters:
“Moses spoke with God face to face…”
When Moses left the tent of meeting, he would need to cover his face for The glory of God shone through him.
“…it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him….
When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered The Lord’s presence to speak with Him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant.
Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.”
Amazingly, mind blowing Elisha saw Elijah being taken up in a “Chariot of fire.”
No one ever saw Moses at his “expiration”! Even the accounts of those present…
He ‘saw’ the promised land as promised, but did not set mortal foot in it for his deeds as a mortal…
According to the final chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses ascended Mount Nebo to view the Land of Canaan, which God had said he would not enter; he died in Moab. According to Christian tradition, Moses was buried on the mountain, although his place of burial is not specified. Deuteronomy 34:6
I state this for a multitude of reasons!
Once on the mountain, Matthew 17:2 states that Jesus “was transfigured before them; His face shining as the sun, and His garments became white as the light.” At that point the prophets Elijah and Moses appear and Jesus begins to talk to them.
Many arguments to what is stated as fact. The disciples were instructed not to share this with anyone until His resurrection.
“As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until The Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
What is “To be blessed”?
Mind you; Moses was not a likely candidate for the position he was chosen…
So many occurences point specifically to this:
1. The edict that all Male infants be killed.
2. Connected to this His being placed in a wicker basket and being found by none other than Paroahs daughter. Mind you! His own mother raised him till he was weaned.
3. He WAS raised as a ‘prince’ schooling, education…etc but Moses let his temper get to him. He killed an Egyptian! Let me ask you this. Where was his adoptive mother? As the daughter of Pharaoh, did she not have say in decisions?
4. Moses ran away and ended up in Ethiopia! Where he demonstrated the character he was known for. Watering the flock of another.
There are so many “drive by’s” that we may miss in the first read.
‘Time’ does not exist outside the constraints of this life. The Isrealites had been subject to a cruel and unusual talking secondary to their increase. As we stated, in the spiritual the concept of “Time” is not existent!
Our “Years”, “Days” or “Periods” are a repetitive cycle in the spiritual. A “Day” to us is a “Period” in The sight of God and a thousand YEARS is as a day!
It makes issues even more complex! Yet we get a glimpse into what will be made abundantly clear in The Presence of The Spirit of God.
How long is a “thought”? Once it IS, it IS! None endind.
We have ‘inventors’/great minds. What is invented here on Earth will always be (with improvements). Our understanding becomes more keen with the passage of time.
An example: since the beginning of time (literallt) the sun has existed. It has been used for its energy and power. Heating items, drying items, growth of crop…. In innumerable ways. IF this is FACT and it has been here from the beginning of time (no arguments there… Scientifically, religiously orcfactually. The discussion is that we exist in a Solar system!) My point EXACTLY! SOLAR! As in Sun!
Our MAIN source of energy has been the Sun.
Another day, another chance?
A power station, also referred to as a power plant or powerhouse and sometimes generating station or generating plant, is an industrial facility for the generation of electric power. Most power stations contain one or more generators, a rotating machine that converts mechanical power into electrical power. The relative motion between a magnetic field and a conductor creates an electrical current. The energy source harnessed to turn the generator varies widely. Most power stations in the world burn fossil fuelssuch as coal, oil, and natural gas to generate electricity. Others use nuclear power, but there is an increasing use of cleaner renewable sources such as solar, wind, wave and hydroelectric.
We can get a better sense from reviewing:
If ALL of Mankind was of one mind and cooperation! The things we would have accomplished! We at this present time aim to be the “First” in competition.
All things that have come to be in His-story! Have reason and meaning. ALL has occurred already in His-story.
Ecclesiastes is a book that speaks on this:
The author of Ecclesiastes puts his powers of wisdom to work to examine the human experience and assess the human situation. His perspective is limited to what happens “under the sun” (as is that of all the wisdom teachers). He considers life as he has experienced and observed it between the horizons of birth and death — life within the boundaries of this visible world. His wisdom cannot penetrate beyond that last horizon; he can only observe the phenomenon of death and perceive the limits it places on human beings. Within the limits of human experience and observation, he is concerned to spell out what is “good” for people to do. And he represents a devout wisdom. Life in the world is under God — for all its enigmas. Hence what begins with “Meaningless! Meaningless!” (1:2) ends with “Remember your Creator” (12:1) and “Fear God and keep his commandments” (12:13).
With a wisdom matured by many years, he takes the measure of human beings, examining their limits and their lot. He has attempted to see what human wisdom can do (1:13,16-18; 7:24; 8:16), and he has discovered that human wisdom, even when it has its beginning in “the fear of the Lord” (Pr 1:7), has limits to its powers when it attempts to go it alone — limits that circumscribe its perspectives and relativize its counsel. Most significantly, it cannot find out the larger purposes of God or the ultimate meaning of human existence. With respect to these it can only pose questions.
Nevertheless, he does take a hard look at the human enterprise — an enterprise in which he himself has fully participated. He sees a busy, busy human ant hill in mad pursuit of many things, trying now this, now that, laboring away as if by dint of effort humans could master the world, lay bare its deepest secrets, change its fundamental structures, somehow burst through the bounds of human limitations, build for themselves enduring monuments, control their destiny, achieve a state of secure and lasting happiness — people laboring at life with an overblown conception of human powers and consequently pursuing unrealistic hopes and aspirations.
He takes a hard look and concludes that human life in this mode is “meaningless,” its efforts all futile.
What, then, does wisdom teach him?
Humans cannot by all their striving achieve anything of ultimate or enduring significance. Nothing appears to be going anywhere (1:5-11), and people cannot by all their efforts break out of this caged treadmill (1:2-4;2:1-11); they cannot fundamentally change anything (1:12-15;6:10;7:13). Hence they often toil foolishly (4:4,7-8;5:10-17;6:7-9). All their striving “under the sun” (1:3) after unreal goals leads only to disillusionment.
Wisdom is better than folly (2:13-14; 7:1-6,11-12,19; 8:1,5; 9:17-18; 10:1-3,12-15; 12:11) — it is God’s gift to those who please him (2:26). But it is unwarranted to expect too much even from such wisdom — to expect that human wisdom is capable of solving all problems (1:16-18) or of securing for itself enduring rewards or advantages (2:12-17;4:13-16;9:13-16).
Experience confronts humans with many apparent disharmonies and anomalies that wisdom cannot unravel. Of these the greatest of all is this: Human life comes to the same end as that of the animals — death (2:15; 3:16-17; 7:15; 8:14; 9:1-3; 10:5-7).
Although God made humankind upright, people have gone in search of many “schemes” (for getting ahead by taking advantage of others; see 7:29; cf.Ps 10:2; 36:4; 140:2). So even humans are a disappointment (7:24-29).
People cannot know or control what will come after them, or even what lies in the more immediate future; therefore all their efforts remain balanced on the razor’s edge of uncertainty (2:18;6:12;7:14;9:2).
God keeps humans in their place (3:16-22).
God has ordered all things (3:1-15;5:19;6:1-6;9:1), and a human being cannot change God’s appointments or fully understand them or anticipate them (3:1;7;11:1-6). But the world is not fundamentally chaotic or irrational. It is ordered by God, and it is for humans to accept matters as they are by God’s appointments, including their own limitations. Everything has its “time” and is good in its time (ch. 3).
Therefore wisdom counsels:
Accept the human state as it is shaped by God’s appointments and enjoy the life you have been given as fully as you can.
Don’t trouble yourself with unrealistic goals — know the measure of human capabilities.
Be prudent in all your ways — follow wisdom’s leading.
“Fear God and keep his commandments” (12:13), beginning already in your youth before the fleeting days of life’s enjoyments are gone and “the days of trouble” (12:1) come when the infirmities of advanced age vex you and hinder you from tasting, seeing and feeling the good things of life.
To sum up, Ecclesiastes provides instruction on how to live meaningfully, purposefully and joyfully within the theocratic arrangement — primarily by placing God at the center of one’s life, work and activities, by contentedly accepting one’s divinely appointed lot in life, and by reverently trusting in and obeying the Creator-King. Note particularly 2:24-26; 3:11-14,22; 5:18-20; 8:15; 9:7-10; 11:7 — 12:1; 12:9-14
ALL has occurred! We ARE Human. There are so many things we experience and could swear it is a “first.” Yes! I will not be ignorant and say “It is not a first.” Yes, it IS a first for you, it has occurred before, we ARE human!