Geraldine Hall wrote the following on September 19, 2015.
“That’s life!” That’s what we hear people say. But what does it truly mean? Is it a condition? Is it a way of expressing how we live or are living? Just what is life exactly? What is this four letter word? So small in spelling in the English language: but so HUGE: so GIGANTIC and sometimes, so OVERWHELMING and not to mention, IRREGULAR: yet day by day we say and do experience it. It’s what we call “Living”.
Most of the time, we live life, without thinking too much about it. We just know we are living whether enjoying it, or barely making it but we strive to “live” day in and day out. Today, while watching Iyanla Vanzant’s Show, Iyanla Fix My Life what she says at the first of every show caught my attention for the first time. She says something on the order of: Life happens to ever body even her. She went on to say “life” didn’t care about what she had accomplished or anything. She said when she thought she was “living”; “Life” left her broke and broken. She went on to say the only way for her to get “It” back was to do the “work”. A light bulb moment for me!
At that moment her show lost my attention and I was focused on the word LIFE. It’s time for me to get in my bible and see what light it will shed and share with me. Before getting my bible the first scriptures that came to mind was when Christ said “ I am the way, the truth and “The Life”, and when He said “I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly”. so began my search, on life, and living.
According to Quick Verse (Parson’s Technology) the word life occurs in the King James Version of the bible 450 times in 409 verses: that’s 264 times in 239 verses in the Old Testament and 186 times in 170 verses in the New Testament.
The Hebrew and the Greek translations have words that make distinctions of the word “life”. Their words make clear if they are speaking of the natural (physical) life or the soulish (spirit) life. There has to be an understanding of this because when God made man He made us to be trifold beings: body, spirit and soul (mind), with two lives. The image life (physical) back to the dust; the likeness life (soul, spirit); eternal .
There are eight different words in the Hebrew language that the English language translates as being the one word “life”, but I am going to only focus on two of them. The first one (H 2416) has to do with natural life; appetite for food to live; strong, alive; the word(H2416) is also translated as live, lives ,lively, and living. The second (H5315) has to do with; desire, the mind, appetite, pleasure, lust, greed, and spirit , soul (hence ghost).
In the New Testament Life has four different translations in the Greek. One (G2222) meaning lifetime, eternal; one (G5590) meaning breath, spirit, rational and immortal soul; one(G979) meaning presence existence, livelihood, good, life, living; and one(G982) meaning relating to present existence’ pertaining to life, things that pertain this life (in other word what the world brings me).
The first mention of the word “life” in the King James Version of the Bible was in Genesis 1:20. Gen. 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring fort abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. The word in the Hebrew used for life here is H2416 (natural life, lives, living).
In Genesis 9:4 (H5315) Gen. 9:4 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life (desire, the mind, appetite, pleasure, lust, greed, and spirit , soul (hence ghost). of man.
Genesis 1: 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life( 2416) to do with natural life; appetite for food to live; strong, alive); and man became a living (H2416) translated living) soul. 8 8And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, 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 moveth upon the earth. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
God created man in his own image, after His likeness. Let’s talk about the words image and likeness. Sometimes when a baby is born we say “He is the spitting image of his father!” Meaning he’s the image of his father” …double, living image, mirror image, carbon copy; we are made in the image of God. When God molded Adam of the dust, He shaped him in the outward form of Himself; He gave this unique form to man alone. At the very beginning God tells us what He is doing (Gen.1: 26 Let us make man in our image His project, His work, began with the formation of man as a physical being in the bodily form of God, and it will not end until mankind is in his likeness (the nature and character of GOD).
You know a child can be born and look just like his father, but grow up not being anything like his father; he may “act like” his mother’s father or his daddy’s brother. But God said of man “ I am also making him in my likeness”. In other words man will not only image me, man will act like me; represent all that I am. I am going to put it in him. “And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” When God breathed in man’s nostril It permeates every aspect, every attribute, of God-life. God’s character is holy, and it flows out from Him in acts of love. God breathing his own breathe in man’s nostrils making it impossible for man to do anything evil.
Jesus breathed on his disciples insuring that the disciples would receive the Holy Ghost. John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. And when the day of Pentecost came they did indeed receive the Holy Ghost! Powerful! The breathe of life that will lead and guide in all truth.
One writer in my research stated: “Nowhere does the Bible show God breathing life into any animal that He created. When He created them, they started breathing. Why should man be any different? He is different because he is in the likeness of God. He did something to man that actually made man into the image of God. While he was lying there on the ground, he was still yet a creature. But when God knelt down and breathed into him, the infusion of the spirit in man occurred. That is what made man in the image of God! That is what gave man the power to have dominion. It gave man the intellect he needed to rule what God has created.”
The writer goes on to say: “Man has creaturely life, but with the infusion of the spirit in man, he is more—a living being with intelligence. Man was given the power to govern his actions, not by instinct, but by memory, by conceptualization and thinking spatially. A man can appreciate beauty, communicate verbally, or write. A human being has feelings that are—in the expression of their subtly and power—far above an animal in terms of love or hate, and above all of the emotions that fall in between.”
Many years ago God revealed to me the reason there was no need for man to make idols, images to represent any part of Him. He had already done this when He made man. All mankind is the image of Him. That we need to honor and show respect to all men because in doing this we show honor and respect to Him. So we have no need to carve out, fire up and worship dead idols made by the hand of man. They cannot move or speak (no life in them) and no power. That we should be seeing and looking at the worth-ship in another human being, which He already made to represent Him.
Saved or unsaved all mankind was made in His Image and His likeness. All over the world all mankind is made in His image and likeness. We are all flesh. Remember Christ telling about the end times and judgment day in the book Matthew. Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 42 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Life: among the living on earth (lifetime) and life eternal.
Did you notice I said at the beginning life is IRREGULAR? I say that because in the last few years I begin to understand that my physical body coincides with my spiritual self (mind, thoughts, and emotions). My physical body becomes irregular because I am not eating right or something else is going on. Irregularity can surely make you feel bad; so goes with my spiritual self.
My health life gets off balance when I let my mind, my thoughts, and my emotions rule me and if I stay in that place of stubbornness it begins to affect my physical body. Cares, stress, anxiety will affect your health. It has mine. It gets my “life” and my “living” off balance. “Take your burdens to the LORD and leave it there.” Remember that hymn? Because if we don’t we’re headed for trouble. Anyway back to the word Life and living.
We think we are “living” [G2198] life, lifetime, alive, lively, quick) and we base our living on how we are “living”( [G979] life, the present state of existence, the means of livelihood – good, life, living. whether making it, or barely making it. If we are not making it at all society has taught that we are not living. But we hardly think about our lifetime “living [G2198]” we mostly think on a temporal level. Life and living is past the temporal level but eternity.
Jesus said, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life((G5590) meaning breath, spirit, rational and immortal soul; one), what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life ((G5590) meaning breath, spirit, rational and immortal soul; one) more than meat, and the body than raiment? Matt.6:25.
Living will bring about truths; truths of how “we” think of ourselves; the way “we” view, and live our life. Truth will shine the spotlight in our hearts and mind, if we choose to pay attention to what God is trying to tell us about ourselves. God will put truth in our path so we can find “The Way”. .. Christ. For He is not willing that any should perish.
When we see the light we must “walk” (do the work) to get on the right path. When we are willing to examine ourselves and repent then Christ will give us the strength to succeed. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil 4:13. After all If we know the truth the truth shall make us free. That is if we continue in Christ’s word (John 8:31-32 31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ).
Sometimes when the truth puts the spotlight on our lives it is so ugly, so unwelcoming, so unbecoming, so mean, so hateful, so not like we see ourselves; that it is hard to believe what it is showing us is us, let alone deal with it. Sometimes the light of truth becomes our “adversary”. We think because the truth hurts it must be false, but it is written in Matt. 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Prison: bound, in the mind in the heart; irregular.
When we are exposed to ourselves it’s hard. We think how can this be I am saved? The cares of this life, not to mention the world creeps in unawares. Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Cares make care about what others think/ say about and/or do to you. Cares trouble the mind and thoughts bring up emotions and emotions can carry you in a direction other than God. They burden us down. Phil 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Ps.55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Martha was careful and troubled about many things. Even serving at times can turn into a care a burden if you will. Emotions comes in then stress (Luke 10:38-42) Even though Martha bought what she thought was her burden to the LORD it was not.
Martha approached Jesus. The scripture says she was “cumbered about much serving”. Cumbered in the Greek translate ought what she thought was her burden as to drag all around; to distract, excess (beyond) completeness. Martha asked him Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
The Aramaic Bible reads this way: Luke 10:40. But Martha was engaged in a great many duties and she came over and told him, “My Lord, does it not give you pause* that she has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me.” 41. Jesus replied and told her, “Martha, Martha, you are committed and engaged in great service. 42. “But she wants only one thing; Mary picked of those blessings that are never disseminated* : “The seed that is not replanted.” [but rather stored.]”* relates to the grain that is stored
*10:40 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: “Idle you.” *10:42.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech retained: “The seed that is not replanted.” *10:42.2 The metaphor relates to the grain that is stored
On the other hand the three Hebrew boys were not. They were indeed in a stressful situation but they choose not to be distracted or stressed their heart, their mind and their “life” was with and in God. (Daniel 3).
Sometimes we get so tied up with our ministries that we forget they are not our ministries that the gift/gifts he has given us really truly belongs to Him and when we forget within ourselves the gift and try to work how we think it should be; we begin to get too full of cares and fretful and forget the purpose of the gift. Elijah did. He became fearful for his life and thought he was the only one. We forget to take that deep breath and get back in rhythm with Him. When God breathed into the nostrils of man He put man in rhythm with Him. He breathed life into man. When we feel anxious let us count to ten take a deep breath and remember our life is in His hand.
There is so much in this study that could be shared but I must bring it to an end and to bring it to a close and to do this I chose the parable taught by Jesus on the sower and the soil. It is recorded in 3 of the gospels. It is about faith it is also about life for all of us; It is about work being about the Father’s business, it’s about bearing fruit. By faith are we saved. It is the gift of God. Faith without works is dead … no life. Lifeless things do not bear fruit.
Matt. 13: 18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Mark 4: 14The sower soweth the word. 15And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. 18And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Luke 8: 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
So we must work and add to our faith so cares of this life won’t overtake us. 2 Peter 1:3-8 New Century Version. 2 Peter 1:3 Jesus has the power of God, by which he has given us everything we need to live and to serve God. We have these things because we know him. Jesus called us by his glory and goodness. 4 Through these he gave us the very great and precious promises. With these gifts you can share in being like God, and the world will not ruin you with its evil desires. 5 Because you have these blessings, do your best to add these things to your lives: to your faith, add goodness; and to your goodness, add knowledge; 6 and to your knowledge, add self-control; and to your self-control, add patience; and to your patience, add service for God; 7 and to your service for God, add kindness for your brothers and sisters in Christ; and to this kindness, add love. 8 If all these things are in you and are growing, they will help you to be useful and productive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Iyanla was right when she said Life happens to everybody . It happens to me and it happens to you and just like Iyanla said it does not care about what we have accomplished or anything. When we think we are “living”; life can leave us broke and broken and as she said the only way back is to do the work. Work! pressing toward the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus (The Life).. We have heard it said when life hands you lemons make lemonade. Good ole refreshing lemonade; always remembering that faith without works is dead, and that “There hath no temptation(in life) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. “ 1 Cor. 10:13.Always remembering faith if it hath no works is dead. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
We must bring out hearts and mind back under the subjection of God: casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having a readiness to revenge disobedience, when your disobedience is fulfilled.
In other words stop judging others. I first must get the beam out of my own eye before I try to get the mote out of my brother’s/sister’s. Because with the beam in my eye I cannot remove the mote I see in their eye with love. For God is Love.
Yes life, takes each one of us on journeys, just as it took Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,, Joseph, Hannah, Mary and Joseph, even Jesus, the Christ, the apostle Paul: who tells us that it is by faith in our Heavenly Father (Hebrews chapter 11) that brings us to our expected life in Him (Jeremiah 29:11). That’s why in all our ways we should acknowledge Him and He will direct our path (Proverbs 3:6), so that when “Life” takes us in the valley of shadows of death we will fear no evil that shows up in our life: because we lay aside every weigh, and every sin which doth so easily beset us, and run with patience (and faith) the race that is set before us.
Jesus said; In your patience possess ye your souls Luke 21:19! Cor. 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
I leave us with this the words of Jesus Christ the eternal WORD: Luke 21:33-36 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”- Genesis 2:7