Set apart the first Adam
Genesis 1:7 And the Lord God formed man (הָֽאָדָ֗ם hā-’ā-ḏām) of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Since the recounting of the creation ends clearly in Chapter 1 with males and females having been created and the second chapter begins anew with the 7th day rest, one can conclude the creation of Adam, the tiller of the Garden (vv5) , is next in chronological order, on the 8th day.
The letter “H” in Hebrew is also the number 8 and both denote the status of being set-apart.
EIGHT: sh’moneh in Hebrew, from the root shah’meyn “to make fat” or “to cover with fat” which means to super-abound. The first of a new series: there are seven days in a week; the 8th day is the beginning of a new series of days. It is the number of salvation, resurrection, and new birth/regeneration.
- Eight is the first cubic number (2 x 2 x 2). This is significant because the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and in the Jerusalem Temple was the same height, length and breadth–a perfect cube [1 Kings 6:20].
- Eight is the number of our salvation and the Second Coming. It is the day Christ arose from the dead [Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-8; John 20:1-10].
The males and females of the 6th day are the ‘Goyim’ or nations, thus answering the nagging question “how did Cain find a wife after leaving the Garden?”
Psalm 4:3 “But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself…”
In order to become a living creature, and more specifically a human living creature, he had to be injected with life. And this life, “chayyim”, was accomplished by means of God supernaturally breathing it into him.
The Hebrew word used for breathed or breathing is “naphach” and it is a root word that is good for us to understand. The essence is that breath, breathing, and being, as in a living being, are all something ethereal. It is something outside of the physical act of copulation has caused it.
Something that comes from outside the physical, 4 dimensional universe, in which we live, is the catalyst for this life. YHVH is the source of life; in fact the “life” or propagative of creation is in YHVH; life is one of His attributes.
So to this point life, in and of itself, is not exclusive to humans. Life was put into all of YHVH’s living creatures, by YHVH Himself, as an act of the divine will. “Chayyim” is a masculine plural noun the same as Elohim, so then, one can translate that short phrase as “the breath of LIVES”.
There is a difficulty theologians have had for many centuries in trying to decide “if the soul, generally acknowledged as the seat or essence of life, is the same thing as spirit; or if spirit and soul are two different things?” These theologians state they are separate attributes but both coming from YHVH, both coming from a dimension outside of our Universe. That unique ability comes from the spirit-life, which is somewhat different than the soul-life. The soul-life is what gives animation to basic life. YHVH is spirit and the way we are told that we commune with YHVH is by means of the spirit.
YHVH breathed both the soul-life and the spirit-life into the man (הָֽאָדָ֗ם hā-’ā-ḏām). The addition of the [hā] symbol denotes the addition of a consecration or set-apart status to the creation.
We can see this same thing in the life of Abram and Sarai. When YHVH changes their names to Abraham and Sarah he adds the [hā] symbol to the end of their names. It is a curious notation to see the [hā] symbol comes at the beginning of Adam’s name as well as Eve which is Ha’avvah in Hebrew, whereas with Abram and Sarai it is added to the end. This is an example of the redemption process as well. Adam and Eve were created in a set-apart status, pre-fall, while Abram and Sarai were set-apart after the fall.
We can see many attempts by Satan to usurp this status up to and including the “toy” called ‘The magic 8 ball’. The use of sorcery here is to strip the dignity of the ha/8. Hollywood abuses the 8 with the movie ‘The Postman’ and the order of the 8 as the evil menace to society.