Friday, October 16, 2020

Male and Female – Part 2

As I said previously, male images in the Bible represent spirit entities or beings and female images represent human entities or beings. This is a very important understanding, so I want to show more examples of this.

Ezekiel 16:1-2, 6-7, 13-15, 32
The word of the Lord came to me: 2, “Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices …
6, “ ‘Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, “Live!” 7 I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare. …
13, So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was fine flour, honey and olive oil. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen. 14 And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign Lord. 15, “ ‘But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his. …
32, “ ‘You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband!

This passage concerns the people of the kingdom of Judah which here is symbolically represented by the name of its principal city, Jerusalem. Jerusalem is frequently a code word, or cryptogram, for the kingdom of Judah, from which we get the name Jews. In verse 2 we see that Jerusalem (Judah) is referred to with the feminine pronoun, her. Looking further we see that she (Jerusalem/Judah) has breasts-clearly female.

In verse 13 we see that she became a queen and not a king. In verse 15 we see that she became a prostitute. And in verse 32 we see that God calls her his wife and himself her husband! Never do we see a nation or people referred to in the masculine. Human agencies and human beings are symbolically represented in the feminine.

Let us look at another example:

Ephesians 5:25-27
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (NIV)

Here the Church is clearly female, where God, that is, Jesus is male.

Revelation 19:9-10
Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” 10, At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (NIV)

In this passage, we see an unnamed angel and this angel is called he and referred to as him. This angel, and in fact all angels throughout the Bible are represented in the masculine.

Revelation 12:3-4, 7-9
Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4, His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.
7, And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8, But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9, The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. (NIV)

Here we see the angel Michael is masculine as is Satan the enormous red dragon, both spirit beings. More to come on this important topic.

Mark Heaney
This is my greatest desire: That the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which he has called me, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18–19


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