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Monday, June 25 2018
A Bible Journey, 2: Mother Earth
"Out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil ... The LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground"
The English-language word "ground" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word that meant fine dust. The word is also used in a still-familiar verb form, ground (e.g. ground coffee) with the same intent. Sometimes, as in the Biblical usage, both meanings manifest together e.g. coffee comes from a plant of the ground (noun) and the seeds are then ground (verb) to make the brewed beverage.
It is entirely accurate then that translations of the Holy Scriptures render the actual Hebrew word, pronounced aw-daw-maw (a form of which, aw-dawm, was used for man as a species, male and female; see also What Was Adam's Real Name? and Adam's First Names) as "dust of the ground." But so too, all physical life began, directly (the first human, and the first of every form of life, were the only life to come directly from the ground) or indirectly (the first human female, and all subsequent humans, and all other life forms, began from those of their kind already living), originated from the "ground."
Although pagan religions often use "mother Earth" in their true-God ignoring ("ignorant" doesn't mean to not know; it means to ignore what has been made known i.e. the Creation itself), or even God denying (atheists frequently use the term "mother nature" in their humanist philosophy), ways, the LORD did use the Earth as the source from which all physical life, plant and animal, were "born" (a word which literally means carried, until such time that it became a life of its own).
Unlike physical mothers (plant or animal) however, all life eventually returns to the ultimate source "mother" from which it came i.e. "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Genesis 3:9 KJV).
Water is the element of life when combined with the "ground" (see also The Mist And Dust Of Creation).
"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
The famous Garden of Paradise was not itself Eden. The Garden was in Eden. "Of" does not mean "is" i.e. a country "of" a continent is not itself the continent.
"2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The creation of the human female was inevitable. It was delayed for the male to appreciate that reality (see How Long Was Adam Alone?).
"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
This Day In History, June 25
253: Pope Cornelius was beheaded at Centumcellae (the Church of Rome was actually created by the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
524: The Franks defeated the Burgundians at the Battle of Vezeronce.
841: Forces under the command of Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeated the armies of Lothair I of Italy and Pepin II of Aquitaine at the Battle of Fontenay-en-Puisaye (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1080: A council of bishops at Brixen declared Pope Gregory to be deposed and Archbishop Guibert as antipope Clement III (see Antipopes).
1530: The Augsburg Confession, the official Lutheran statement of faith, written by Melanchthon and endorsed by Luther, was presented.
1580: The Book of Concord, a collection of doctrinal standards of the Lutheran Church, was first published.
1741: Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned Queen of Hungary.
1870: Queen Isabella of Spain abdicated in favor of Alfonso XII.
1876: The Battle of the Little Big Horn (known to the Sioux as the Battle of the Greasy Grass) near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory. Sioux warriors led by Crazy Horse (contrary to legend, Sitting Bull was not present at the battle, but was in the area) annihilated the U.S. 7th Cavalry led by Lt. Colonel George Custer. Custer died along with his company of 264 men in what was known as "Custer's Last Stand" (see also The First Chinese American War).
1945: The Charter of the United Nations was unanimously adopted.
1948: After Soviet forces in East Germany cut off overland access to West Berlin, U.S. and British planes began the "Berlin Airlift" which lasted until September 30 1949.
1950: The Korean War began (see Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1975: Mozambique became independent after 477 years of Portuguese rule.
1991: Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1993: Kim Campbell was chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and became the first female Prime Minister of Canada. She lost the Federal Election a few months later, so Canada is yet to have its first elected female Prime Minister.
1997: An unmanned cargo ship crashed into the Russian space station Mir, causing extensive damage to the station but causing no injury to the 2 Russian cosmonauts and 1 U.S. astronaut aboard.
1997: Jacques-Yves Cousteau died at age 87. The French oceanographer was the co-inventor of SCUBA (an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving tanks and the producer of many popular books and television productions.