In our last session, we tackled some of the ways by which we ought to familiarize ourselves with His voice.
I want to share more of that with you – especially more about the ways by which He speaks to us. But in doing so, many may rush into just simply hearing and not listening (if you know what mean).
There are some core principles that you must learn to grasp before you can get to listen. You can get them from questions like:
“What are some of the reasons for which God speaks to you”?
Before I can delve in on that, I want to show you some things you need to know about God in relation to us, His kids.
Male and Female Natures
God is Spirit. Hence He has no gender as such, just like the Angels. However, in relation to the earth, as the creator of mankind, both natures of the male and female came from Him.
Through we usually view Him as a male, the female aspect should not be cast out from our considerations.
After God created the earth, He made man and set man as it’s custodian. But get this:
Man at that time wasn’t male. Man was spirit. Both male and female were in man. God had to separate those later.
You want proof? In Genesis 1:26, God said “lets make man in our image and after our likeness…”
Then verse 27 continued:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
God created both male and female in Man. Man was created first in God, as a spirit before a body was fashioned for “them” on the earth.
After God created man, He blessed them – not him, but them. Take a look at verse 28:
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…”
Well, there you have it. It was later in the next chapter that God then formed the body from the dust after creating Man within Himself (God).
Man just like God is a spirit being placed into a fashioned body on earth; and spirit beings have no gender. The whole idea of gender concerns the earth or physical realm. Therefore, the moment man was placed on earth, he assumed both natures – male and female.
He placed man into the body; and then both natures as one spirit entered to live in the body that He called Adam.
“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Genesis 5:2 KJV
That was why when God wanted to form (not create but form) the woman, He simply reached inside the body of man from which He put both natures and pulled her out from his side. It was at that moment man became a male and woman, female.
Mum and Dad
God has both natures within Himself in relation to us. He can act as a mother and a father. In reality, He actually plays both roles with us. He did the same in the early stages of the cycle of mankind.
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by my name JEHOVAH (YAHWEH) was I not known to them.
Two terms were listed here; God Almighty and Jehovah. In a more precise rendering, The English word translated as “God Almighty” is actually “El Shaddai” in Hebrew; and “Jehovah” is “YHVH” or “Yahweh.”
Looking at El Shaddai, that term actually means the “God the All Sufficient One,” or the God who suffices.” It doesn’t necessarily mean God Almighty. That was a slight error. I will show you why.
The Word “Shaddai” is from two Hebrew words; “dai” and “shad.”
“Dai” means enough and “shad” means who, which makes it “Who gives enough.”
That’s how El Shaddai actually refers to the term “God who suffices” – The One who provides enough to satisfy you.
It is from this Hebrew understanding that Paul wrote in His letters:
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
The same understanding of who He is as El-Shaddai made God say this to Paul:
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you… (II Corinthians 12:9)
That’s what God told Moses; “to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I revealed myself as the God who suffices; not by the name Jehovah.”
Meaning behind El-Shaddai
Many translators believed Shaddai was from taken from the root word “shadad” which meant “to overpower.” However, that wasn’t the case.
El Shaddai is actually motherly term. It’s taken from the root word, “shad” or “shad(a)im (plural)” which means “breast(s)”
When Jacob knew the nature behind this name of God. When he was blessing his children, He connected to this name and nature:
“Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty (EL SHADDAI), who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts (shadaim), and of the womb.”
Did you notice the blessings of the breasts and womb? Those were the blessings of El Shaddai. El Shaddai depicts God’s motherly love to all of His Creation. It’s a picture of a woman feeding her infant baby through her breasts with love unimaginable. She provides sufficient nutrition and love to her children.
That’s what God does with us too. You can see that all over His Word and in Our lives.
If you still find it hard to grasp. It’s okay. I was at the same place too. But let me ask a question:
If God made both men and women (which He did), where do you think all mothers (or women in general) got their nature from?
Manly Side of God
Later on, when God revealed Himself as Jehovah or Yahweh to Moses and the people of Israel, He gave them laws and instructions, with scoldings when they disobeyed.
That God revealing His Fatherly role.
All these I will continue teach in our next session. You need to understand these natures of God in order to be able to listen to Him when He speaks. He speaks at different times as one of each. Intriguing isn’t it? Catch me next time.