Now, back to the difference between man and animals. Animals have a soul, with emotions and appetites, which is connected with their bodies. They do not possess a spirit of intelligence such as mankind. When an animal dies, their soul and body cease to exits. There is no life after death with animals. Man has a body, soul, and spirit. In I Thessalonians 5:23 we are told, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole Spirit, and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." When humans die, their soul and Spirit separates from the body and goes to Heaven or Hell, as there is no Purgatory, as projected by Roman Catholicism.
MADE: (Hebrew "asah"). As we have previously set forth, "created" means the instant, miraculous creation of something which had no previous existence in any form whatsoever. "Made," however, is an entirely different Hebrew word which means "to release from restraint, to assemble, or to allow something materialistically, Spiritually, and etc. to be used again, as it had previously been used.”
In Genesis 1:26, "God said, let us MAKE man in our image." This, of course, is referring to the spiritual qualities that God wanted man to possess, such as, personality, ability to think intelligently, free will, conscience, emotions and etc. Since "made" has reference to something that has previously existed, we can readily see that these spiritual qualities have existed before. Did not the angels and their overseer, Lucifer, possess these same qualities? They sure did. Lucifer, the anointed cherub, wasn't satisfied with the original creation where he was to reign. Isaiah 14:13,14 describes and shows forth his free will, conscience, thinking ability, emotions and etc.
"For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:" (V.13). "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most high." (V.14).
Here we have the five (5) "I wills" of Lucifer (Satan) who was given his residence on the original creation, as recorded in Genesis 1:1, along with the angels. In other words, the same spiritual attributes that God had formed or made Adam and Eve with, had previously existed with Lucifer and the Angels that God had created, possibly millions or even billions of years ago.
Therefore God, the Holy Spirit directed Moses to use the exact Hebrew word "asah" (made), concerning the spiritual attributes of Adam. The same Hebrew word is used in reference to Eve, concerning something that previously existed. Notice in Genesis 2:22,
"And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, MADE (Hebrew "asah") he a woman and brought her forth unto the man."
Here, the rib had existed before, therefore qualifying the Hebrew "asah" to be used instead of Hebrew "bara" (created) which would refer to something that had never previously existed; i.e., the rib.
Notice that we have the same thing concerning Adam which was formed out of the dust of the ground, which would prohibit the use of the word "created" (Hebrew "bara") in reference to this. Here is the record in Genesis 2:7.
"And the LORD God formed (not created) man of the dust of the ground..."
Since "created" has reference to something that had no previous existence, its usage here would be disqualified. The reason is, that man was formed out of something already in existence, that is, "the dust of the ground."
ADAM and EVE, CREATED and MADE.
It may seem at first glance that the words "created" and "made" as used in reference to Adam and Eve may appear contradictory to each other. Since basically "created" has reference to something that had no previous existence and "made" has reference to something that did previously exist; then, how could they be complementary instead of contradictory?
I believe we can summarize very simply how these two words are used in their proper context, as Proverbs 30:5 says, "Every word of God is pure..." You see, the words from God to mankind in Genesis were penned by Moses exactly and precisely as the Holy Spirit directed. Therefore, no mistake in the original Hebrew. (II Timothy 3:16 and II Peter 1:20,21).
With Genesis 2:3, God makes it perfectly clear that in His six days of remodeling a ruined and uninhabitable earth and bringing into existence humanity, He used precisely two words to distinguish any false teaching that may arise. One of those being, the pseudo-philosophy of a "young earth of only about 6,000 years old. Here is the record, concerning these two important words,
"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."
God makes it perfectly clear concerning the six days of renovation that He created some things and others He did not create; but, were made. A distinction that God wants us to recognize, or He would not have used two different Hebrew words as He stated in Genesis 2:3.
Here we will simplify these two words as used in reference to Adam and Eve only. A very simple principle to keep in mind is the following: First, where "made" is used in reference to Adam and Eve, it is in reference to something that has existed before. This will be used as PART of the complete embodiment of Adam and Eve. Second, when "created" is used in reference to Adam and Eve, it is always in reference to their completed form as homo sapiens, such has never existed before. You will see this as we examine the verses containing "made" and "created."
(1). "And God said, Let us MAKE man in our image, after our likeness." (Genesis 1:26). As you recall, "image" is in reference to the spiritual qualities of mankind such as emotions, free will, personality, thinking, etc. As noted before, these all existed with the angels ages before. Therefore, "created" meaning "never existed before" would be disqualified. Notice carefully that God said, "Let us make man." Adam had not existed as yet. Here God is telling us a particular part of what the complete man will possess; i.e., the spiritual qualities which God had previously endowed the angels with when He created them.
(2). "So God CREATED man in his own image, in the image of God CREATED he him; male and female CREATED he them." (Genesis 1:27). This verse differs from Verse 26 as this is speaking of Adam as a completed creation. Notice here that, "God created man" and "male (Adam) and female (Eve) created he them." Here God tells us that he has already created Adam and Eve, body, soul, and spirit. (I Thessalonians 5:23). Therefore the word "create" is properly justified as to its meaning of "never previously existing," as there has never existed homo sapiens prior to Adam and Eve.
(3). Angels were not homo sapiens. We do know that Lucifer and the angels, as we know them, did possess some kind of bodies when they resided on the original creation. Ezekiel 28:14 speaks of Lucifer as "Thou has WALKED up an down in the midst of the stones of fire." We do know that all angels are described in the masculine gender and are called "men." There are no women angels. What kind of material their bodies were composed of, we are not told. Whatever kind of body God created them with was not of the same exact material as we possess today. God lets us know that He can create a body for whatever species He sees fit. In I Corinthians 15:38-40 we are told,
"But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body." (V.38). "All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds." (V. 39). "There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another." (V.40).
Whatever species God creates, He gives it a body to function with, exactly as He sees fit. Therefore, the angels had bodies that could talk, walk, and function; but, their bodies were different. It is true that they had the same spiritual attributes as we do; i.e., they had feelings, they had intelligence, and were created with a free will to choose right or wrong. But, their bodies were different. Keep this in mind, all angels were men! God never created angels to reproduce; therefore, their bodies had no use for organs of sexual reproduction as there were no women angels ever created to reproduce with. Wherefore, our English "created" from the Hebrew "bara" is absolutely correct, as there has never existed a created being exactly like homo sapiens, such as Adam and Eve. Peter states in his second epistle, II Peter 2:11 that, "Whereas angels which are greater in power and might, " (i.e., than homo sapiens).
The foregoing makes it clear that the angels and Lucifer were created prior to mankind and inhabited the original creation, which could have been millions or billions of years ago. After Lucifer's rebellion, the earth was rendered uninhabitable as God states in Genesis 1:1,2,
"And the earth became without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep."
Since it became that way, it is evident it wasn't created that way. In Isaiah 45:13,
"He (God) created it (earth) not in vain (i.e., a wilderness, a waste, and without form), he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else."
It taxes our imagination as to how beautiful God had made the original creation for Lucifer and the angels.
Ezekiel 28:13 gives a little insight as to its beauty.
"Thou (Satan) hast been in Eden the garden of God. Every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold; the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created."
Lucifer lost it all because of his rebellion against God. Because of this, his eternal residence, along with the angels that followed him, would be eternal Hell. Matthew 25:41 lets us know that Hell, or the everlasting fire, was originally prepared for the devil and his angels that occupied the original creation, long before it was ever remodeled for Adam and Eve. Matthew lets us know that those who rebel and refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire with their father, the Devil. "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." (Read also Revelation 20:10).
Your Young Earth advocates want you to believe that there was no sin before Adam; therefore, denying the original creation where Lucifer and the angels resided. If Adam and Eve were the first to ever sin, then why wasn't Hell created for Adam and Eve instead of the Devil and his angels? We will expound more on this later concerning this false teaching of the Young Earth advocates, who claim there was no sin before Adam. One must remember that the advocates of this "new" philosophy, that the earth is only about 6,000 years old, appear to have come from a false prophetess, one Ellen G. White.
The Young Earth advocates claim their interpretation of geology lends support to a 6,000-year-old earth. They absolutely refuse to acknowledge the Biblical teaching of the original creation and the gap of time before God remodeled it, fit for human habitation. This gap of time could involve millions or even billions of years. This, they say, gives the evolutionist the time needed for evolution to take place. This philosophy is the wisdom of men, but not of God, because it denies the Biblical authority of Genesis 1. When God destroyed the original creation along with the beast of the earth, the cattle and every creeping thing, He rendered it a desolation, a wilderness and uninhabited!
You will notice, in Genesis 1:25, that the word "MADE" is used of the animals, cattle, and creeping things; not, the word "CREATED." "Made" in the Hebrew means, bringing into existence something that has previously existed (i.e., on the original creation). I have stated this to make a very simple point. How in the world could something evolve, when there was absolutely nothing to evolve from? So, again, the Young Earth advocates project another lie; that is, that the Gap Principle allows time for evolution to take place. Wherein the opposite is true. It would make absolutely no difference if there was 100,000, 20,000,000, or 50 billion years between God's judgment on the original creation and remodeling it for human habitation. Excluding the angels becoming disembodied spirits, all other forms of life and vegetation were completely destroyed, as Genesis 1:2 states. "And the earth became without form and void."
Therefore, as I have said before, How can something evolve from nothing when there was nothing to evolve from? This in itself disproves any possibility of evolution having taken place.
All of this Young Earth philosophy stems from not accepting the Biblical authority of God's Word concerning the original creation and the gap of time before God remodeled it for human habitation. Maybe if some of these men would spend the majority of their time studying the Word of God, instead of digging in the dirt, they wouldn't have to distort the Bible into fitting their so-called geological findings.
Next week...Part 11...