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Genesis 1:26-31 “26 And Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the livestock, and over all the earth and over all the creeping creatures that creep on the earth.” 27 And Elohim (Mighty One/God) created the man in His image, in the image of Elohim He created him – male and female He created them. 28 And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them, “Bear fruit and increase, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over all creatures moving on the earth.” 29 And Elohim said, “See, I have given you every plant that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it is for food. 30 “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to every creeping creature on the earth, in which there is life, every green plant is for food.” And it came to be so. 31 And Elohim saw all that He had made, and see, it was very good. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the sixth day.”
In the beginning, Adam and Eve were not created with the evil nature we see displayed in all of mankind. At the end of the sixth day of creation, God took pleasure in all He had made and pronounced it “very good,” including Adam and Eve and the nature or the heart He placed in them. An evil heart cannot possibly be termed “very good.” They were a blank slate, one might say, with a slight pull toward the self, but not with the strong, self-centered, touchy, and offensive heart that is communicated through contact with the world following birth.
Following Adam and Eve’s creation, God placed them in Eden and instructed them on their responsibilities. He then purposefully allowed them to be exposed to and tested by Satan, who most definitely had a different set of beliefs, attitudes, purposes, and character than God. Without interference from God, they freely made the choice to subject themselves to the evil influence of that malevolent spirit. That event initiated the corruption of man’s heart. Perhaps nowhere in all of Scripture is there a clearer example of the truth of I Corinthians 15:33: “Evil communications corrupt good manners.”
Comparing our contact with Satan to Adam and Eve’s, a sobering aspect is that God shows they were fully aware of Satan when he communicated with them. However, we realize that a spirit being can communicate with a human by transferring thoughts, and the person might never know it! He would assume the thoughts were completely generated within himself.
Following their encounter with the evil one, “the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked” (Genesis 3:7). This indicates an immediate change in their attitudes and perspectives. It also implies a change of character from the way God had created them, as they had indeed willingly sinned, thus reinforcing the whole, degenerative process.
This began not only their personal corruption but also this present, evil world, as Paul calls it in Galatians 1:4. All it took was one contact with, communication from, and submission to that very evil source to effect a profound change from what they had been. The process did not stop with them, as Romans 5:12 confirms, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” Adam and Eve passed on the corrupt products of their encounter with Satan to their children, and each of us, in turn, has sinned as willingly as our first ancestors did.
When we are born, innocent of any sin of our own, we enter into a 6,000-year-old, ready-made world that is permeated with the spirit of Satan and his demons, as well as with the evil cultures they generated through a thoroughly deceived mankind. In consequence, unbeknownst to us, we face a double-barreled challenge to our innocence: from demons as well as from this world.
Six thousand years of human history exhibit that we very quickly absorb the course of the world around us and lose our innocence, becoming self-centered and deceived like everybody else (Revelation 12:9). The vast majority in this world is utterly unaware that they are in bondage to Satan—so unaware that most would scoff if told so. Even if informed through the preaching of the gospel, they do not fully grasp either the extent or the importance of these factors unless God draws them by opening their eyes spiritually (John 6:44-45).
I am a person who ponders a great deal, not necessarily curious, mind you, but ponderous. I think that is a word. Anyway, I have always wondered why we have globally agreed that countdowns begin at ten. Whether it be a new year dawning or the launch of the space shuttle, the crowd gets real loud when the count gets to ten. Could it be that the number ’10’ is when things get serious? When reality begins to sink in? When the number ten is reached it seems as if the realization that whatever is about to happen is now going to REALLY REALLY happen. We also have a lot of top ten lists as well. It is as if to say that of all things considered, these are the top ten, and these ten epitomize all the rest.
The number ’10’ in scripture seems to have set the pattern for our top ten lists and countdowns. This number pictures the law, testing, and the summing up of a whole. Obviously the Ten Commandments come to mind when thinking about all the commandments being represented or summed up in the ‘top ten’, so to speak. The Ten Commandments are, after all, things you do, and what sums up good works, at least from God’s point of view. Interestingly, YHVH has given man ten fingers and ten toes in order to work, make, form, and otherwise do things. In the account of creation (doing, forming, making, etc.) the phrase ‘God said’ appears 10 times in B’reshith (Genesis) chapter one. We know from the life of Avraham that he was very wealthy and owned many camels, perhaps 613 of them. When sending Eliezer to find a bride for Yitz’chak (Isaac), Avraham sends a representative delegation of 10 camels. His instructions were that the woman who gives water to his servant AND takes care of the ten commandments, I mean camels, is the one who will be the bride of his only begotten son. Later, when bargaining with YHVH (Yahweh) for the cities of Sodom and Gemorrah, Avraham talks YHVH down to 10 souls. Seems like an average representation of faithful saints in a large city. I do mean faithful.
The number ’10’ in Hebrew is ‘eser, which means to take apart, to portion out. It is the Hebrew word for the ‘tithe’. Every man’s tithe represents his wealth, whether small or great. Our decimal system is based biblically upon the number ten, for it is a combination of the numbers 0-9 that make up all numbers. The first occurrence of ‘eser is found in the number of Seth’s age in B’reshith (Genesis) 5:8. The number is actually twelve, but in Hebrew the numbers 11-19 are represented by adding the numbers 0-9 to the number ten. When reading the number twelve you literally read ‘ten and two’ (sheney ‘asar).
The tenth letter of the Aleph-bet is the yod. This word literally means ‘of the hand’ or lifting of the hand’, as in 10 fingers. The hand is that which we work, make, and worship with. Yod is directly linked to Torah and the commandments in Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:18:
“For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one YOD or one tag shall in no way pass from Torah, till all be fulfilled.
It is with the hand that the terumah (heave) offering was lifted up as a representation of all of the dough from the produce of the field (B’midbar [Numbers] 15:17-21). A representative portion was taken from the offering, and when accepted by YHVH, all of the fruit of the land was accepted. The Messiah claimed to be that offering (‘eser, or portion) in Yochanan (John) 12:32.
“And I, if I be LIFTED UP from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
The Pharisees also recognized this same concept in Yochanan 11:50-51.
“Nor consider that it is expedient for us that ONE man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spoke he not of himself, but, being high priest that year, he prophesied that Yahshua should die for that nation;”
Below are a few examples of the number 10 in scripture.
10 plagues in Egypt
10 virgins of Mattityahu 25
10 servants and cities of Luke 19:13,17
10 horns of Dani’el 7:7
10 toes of the King’s image: Dani’el 2:41
10 vices of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
The Passover lamb to begin testing on the 10th of Aviv
Noach was the 10th generation from Adam
10 Gerahs was the redemption money: Sh’mot (Exodus) 30:12-16
Israel puts God to the test 10 times in the wilderness: B’midbar (Numbers) 14:22
Haman has 10 sons: Esther 9:13-14
The Number Eleven – Disorder and Judgment
All numbers from 10-19 are represented in the scriptures by using the base 10 and adding 0-9. Thus eleven is expressed literally as ‘one and ten’. Eleven in scripture seems to speak of disorder and judgment as if adding to the law (the number 10). Adding to God’s order or Torah creates disorder and subsequently judgment. Twelve, we will learn, speaks of God’s perfect government and eleven seems to fall just short of that. It is almost as if the disciples of Yahshua (Jesus) knew that eleven was short of God’s rule, when they quickly chose a replacement for Judas so that the total apostles would be complete at twelve. Otherwise, eleven is not a number that shows up much in scripture. Below is a handful of examples.
The 11th judgment on Egypt was burial in the Gulf of Aqaba (erroneously called the Red Sea)
Canaan has 11 sons: B’reshith (Genesis) 10:15-18
Zedekiah reigned 11 years. He was judged the 11th year: Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 52:1
Jehokiam reigned 11 years
11th hour of Mattityahu 20:6,9. A time in our culture that means time is almost up!
The Number Twelve – Governing Order and Rulership
The number twelve in scripture is overwhelmingly expressed as governing order and rulership. In the beginning, YHVH sets the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens to rule the day and the night. Subsequently, we have 12 months in our year, 12 hours of the day, and 12 hours of the night. 12 signs of the mazzaroth and 360 degree (12×30) orbits. Israel was to be represented by 12 tribes as also there were 12 apostles to sit upon 12 thrones (Mattityahu 19:28). Many juries in our judicial system are made up of 12 jurors.
As we related in the number eleven, it appears that the disciples were not prepared to take on their mission of going to the nations until there were 12 of them (Acts 1:20-26). Twelve is the product of 3 (heavenly completion) and 4 (the earth, things of the world). Godly rulership involves righteous judgment in this world based upon the instructions and precepts of a heavenly Creator. The 12th letter of the Aleph-bet is the lamad, which, when written, stands heads above the other letters. The word lamad means to lead or to teach. When we enter the New Jerusalem soon, we will all enter through one of the 12 gates into the city, each representing one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Below are a few examples of the number 12 in scripture.
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