Posted on Jan 14, 2017 | 0 comments

So many various names that have been given to the first woman created by the Holy One of All Creation – what’s in a name? Well, we are going to go a little bit deeper here and see exactly what IS in a name!

As we study out the various words (cause words mean something you know!) we will discover a wealth of information contained within the descriptive language the Holy One breathed upon that first feminine creation whom He extracted from the man Adam. We will find out that the word helpmeet is a poor translation for such a deep well of richness from the original Hebrew word ‘ezer kenegdo.  It will surely rock your world and give your paradigm a shift in the way you perceive ‘woman’. Researching the scope and depth of this beautiful design of the Creator through the description He breathed upon her will be liberating for all mankind, and we will be on step closer to the garden.

So let’s go back to the beginning….the beginning of creation where the Holy One, blessed be He, saw that man was alone, that he had no one like himself and put him in a deep sleep.  The Scriptures are our foundation, our instruction manual and it would behoove us to see what the writer has to say about this creature, her job description and exactly what He made her for – don’t you think? Unfortunately, we come to the scriptures with our own idea of what it says … or doesn’t say. We bring our baggage of doctrine and traditions and plop them down on top of the words and say ‘see ~ that’s what it means’.  Ahhhhh, but does it?

In order to fully understand what the writers are saying, we must – we MUST – understand who the speaker is and who the audience is – and have clarity when understanding Torah talk. The speakers were Semitic, they were Hebrews and from the New Testament, they were all Jewish. Stuffing all the interpretations into a Greek box just isn’t going to get it done! Truth be told…we can’t even start or look at the New Testament (Brit Hadasha ~ Renewed Covenant) without a thorough understanding of the Old Testament (Tanakh). In order to see through their eyes, we must understnad what they were reading and view it through Hebrew eyes. Otherwise, we are simply adding to and taking away from scripture … putting our own biases and our own doctrines from our pet churches into the meanings. Look how well that has worked out!

So, let’s go back to the beginning, back to creation and look at the very first instance of what this creation is called. Let’s see what the English says, and then examine the Hebrew.  Every student of the bible knows that you have to look at the first encounter of a word to set the precedence for anything following. Turn if you will to Genesis 1:26-27. This passage is critical to our study. In my version it is translated as:

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 birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created Man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”

Look at that verse again – do you see anything that would indicate that either man OR woman had superiority over one another? Do you see anything in these verses that says one or the other is less than equal? Mmmmmm…. I don’t either. In fact, it leaves one with the impression that THEY have dominion over all, together! Interesting. So, basically, in the beginning they were equal? Yes, it would seem so.

Digging a bit deeper, let’s just briefly look at the words male and female – what are those words in Hebrew and what do they actually mean? What is their description? Everything the Father created had a description tied to its name. Male in Hebrew is zakar and appears 82 times in Scripture. From all intent and purpose it is derived from a root word that means, “to be sharp, pointed”. The Hebrew noun for female in Hebrew is neqevah, which is derived from a verb that means, “to pierce.” Interesting to say the least, don’t you think? To put an additional piece of the puzzle into the mix ZAKAR has a homophone (a word spelled exactly the same way in Hebrew (Zayin-Kaf-Resh) but has a different meaning. The verb, zakar means “to remember.”  Now remember (pun intended), Hebrew is an action language, so to remember must be for something! And that something is to remember something in order to act upon it! Remember and do.

Let’s pull that out a bit. Could it possibly be that it is man’s responsibility (because of what his NAME means) is to remember who God is and to act on what God has told him to do? Just a thought. A thought that is carried out throughout scripture in various places.  Man is continuously called to remember his God and to obey His commandments. Something to think about.

Hebrew has two words for the word man, one being adam but the other is ish which is brought out in Genesis 2:23. This brings about the word ishshah, which has an interesting word play associated with it. Ish basically means the “strong arm that consumes.” Yes, there is definitely a phonetic similarity. Adding a hey at the end of this word adds the meaning “that which comes out of.” So the pictograph language would embrace the meaning “what comes out of the strong consumer.” Yes, we know that woman comes out fo man, and that is the reason she is called ish shah. But ishshah is not a derivative of ish. Her uniqueness and her equality is not lost on our  man Adam.  There is so much more to this description and understanding, and for this I would recommend getting and reading the extensive book written by Skip Moen on the ‘Guardian Angel’. These points are brought out to cause you to want to dig in and understand that God’s ways are higher than our ways – and we need to get back to the garden to see the full picture! But let’s go on.

By calling her ishshah, Adam acknowledges a perfectly suited partner and now the two of them must live in tandem with each other. The first community!  We were designed to be in community, to work together to bring about the paradise of our Father. So, now, let’s look at the main word I want to get to in this short, very short study. The ‘ezer kenegdo. This was what the Holy One Himself called her, the very first name she was called at her creation.  The word ‘ezer kenegdo is such a deep well of understanding, we can not simply just ignore it any longer.  It is also connected to the word ishshah and in the Hebraic understanding both words have the underlying concept of one who complements and one who opposes. Someone who stands along side and someone who stands in front of. Interesting concept, don’t you think?  Also, remember that Adam eventually ‘names’ her Havvah (Eve), but YHWH named her ‘ezer kenegdo. Maybe we should take another look.

So…here we are…looking at this special word given to the woman in the very beginning. Let’s read the verse:

And said YHWH Elohim, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make for him a helper corresponding to him.” Genesis 2:18

In Hebrew, it says:

..lo-tov heyot ha’adam levado e’ese-lo ‘ezer kenegdo.

This word – ‘ezer is only found in Genesis 2:18 and 20 … and never again in the book of Genesis. This was God’s word, not Adam’s. What an unusual word ‘ezer. Very strange indeed. In fact, it is a masculine word! WHAT? What could that possibly mean? And to make it more interesting when the word ‘ezer does show up in other places in the Tanakh it refers to God’s relationship to His beloved Israel. So what does this word mean? Let’s take a look at some of the verses:

Exodus 18:4 ~ God delivers (ezer) from the hand of the oppressor. He rescues (ezer) from danger.

Deuteronomy 33:7 ~ God assists, supports and reinforces Israel against her enemies.

Psalm 33:20 ~ God is Israel’s shield, delivering Israel from death and showering Israel with loving-kindness.

Psalm 70:5 ~ God provides in time of affliction and need.

Psalm 115:9 ~ God is the one that Israel must trust

Psalm 146:5 ~ When God is ‘ezer, Israel is blessed and has hope.

All the words in italics are the actions and characteristics of an ‘ezer. And God is the ‘ezer!  The Holy One of Israel provides these traits in the form of the ‘ezer for His beloved. If this is true, and He has given this same word to the woman in the first instance of her being called, could they possibly be attributed to her job description as well? Something to think about at the very least.

Unfortunately, we have the fall of mankind in the Garden. We have the broken trusts, the broken relationship, and it continues throughout time until today. There is so much more to this understanding, but Skip has done such a wonderful job of going through all the nuances I would simply do it an injustice to go any further. Please consider several options to further your understanding on this subject. Skip has a website (Skip Moen) where you can search for the various terms and come away with a deeper understanding. He has several places on his site where you can purchase the video teaching, the book, or even a pdf file. Lastly, you can simply go to Youtube and search for his name and for Guardian Angel teachings.

You can get started in reviewing Skip’s teaching at Ahava Fellowship by following my channel ~

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