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Monday, March 19 2012
The Spirit Of The Breeze
One of the most well-known incidents of history:
"3:1 Now the serpent [see also Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent? and The Dragons Of The Bible] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The "cool of the day" in "they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day" seems like a plain and simple statement, but there's actually much more information provided, such as whether "cool of the day" meant early morning, before the highest temperature of the day comes, or later in the day when the maximum temperature for the day has been passed.
But moreover, a word meaning "cool" was not originally written in that verse! What was actually written there, that the King James Version (and others) translated as "cool"? It's the Hebrew word, pronounced roo-awkh, which means breath, or wind - not "cool." Consider how the same word is accurately translated in Young's Literal Translation as "the breeze of the day" (although they incorrectly render the Name as "Jehovah"):
"3:8 And they heard the sound of Jehovah God walking up and down in the garden at the breeze of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the face of Jehovah God in the midst of the trees of the garden" (Genesis 3:8 YLT)
So which is it? "Cool" or "breeze" - and why did translators use such seemingly different words? Another translation, the Complete Jewish Bible, provides the answer:
"3:8 They heard the voice of Adonai God, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, so the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Adonai, God, among the trees in the garden." (Genesis 3:8 CJB)
"Thou hearest the sound thereof"
From the example shown above, we have a lesson, in itself, of the importance of looking to more than one translation of the Word of God (see also What Does Word of God Mean To You?). If we read only a single version, such as the King James, would we know that "the cool of the day" was actually written as "the breeze of the day"? No, we wouldn't have known. Further, would we know that the "cool of the day" meant evening, not early morning? No, we wouldn't have known that either.
But there's more still.
That actual Hebrew word, pronounced roo-awkh, which means breath, or wind, is the very same word that is translated as "spirit." It was that "breeze," the "Spirit" in "the Spirit of God" that created the universe:
"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
As covered in Genesis 3:8 above, there is a dual meaning of the "breeze" that Adam and Eve heard, not saw i.e. otherwise, consider the curious statement (i.e. a walking voice) "And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day." It described not merely the time of day, but the Spirit of the LORD God that they could hear, but not see i.e. "3:8 And they heard the sound of Jehovah God walking up and down in the garden at the breeze of the day" (Genesis 3:8 YLT).
Are there other verses that describe the same situation? Yes, there are. Christ's very famous "born again" teaching (see the Fact Finder question below) uses the very same terminology as used for Adam and Eve i.e. "thou hearest the sound thereof" but cannot see it:
"3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8 KJV)
Fact Finder: How was the same word that was rendered as "spirit" and "breeze" used by the Messiah in His "born again" teaching?
This Day In History, March 19
721 BC: The first lunar eclipse recorded in non-Biblical history; seen in Babylon.
1279: A Mongolian victory the Battle of Yamen ended the Song Dynasty of China.
1452: Frederick III (Hapsburg) was coronated Holy Roman emperor by Pope Nicholas V (see Emperors and Popes). He was crowned with the crown of Charlemagne and married to Leonora in the same ceremony.
1563: In France, the Peace of Amboise brought the First War of Religion to an end. The Huguenots were granted a limited amount of religious freedom.
1687: The French explorer Robert Cavelier (La Salle) was murdered by his own men while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River.
1702: Upon the death of William III of Orange, Anne Stuart, sister of Mary, succeeded to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1861: The Maori insurrection in New Zealand ended.
1885: Louis Riel declared a Provisional Government in Saskatchewan, beginning the North-West Rebellion.
1930: Arthur James Balfour died at age 82. The British statesman maintained a position of power in the British Conservative party for 50 years, was Prime Minister 1902-1905, Foreign Secretary 1916-1919, was perhaps best known for his First World War statement (the Balfour Declaration) which expressed official British approval of "Zionism" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1932: Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge was officially opened.
1969: The 385 meter / 1,263 foot TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapsed due to a rare ice build-up.
1982: An Argentine scrap metal dealer landed on South Georgia and planted an Argentinian flag. The situation escalated and eventually led to the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.
1989: The Egyptian Flag was raised on Taba, Egypt proclaiming the end of the Israeli occupation after the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the peace negotiations in 1979.