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How special are we?

How do human beings differ from the animal kingdom?

Just one last word on the creation of Adam. Here is the Scripture for it:

“The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)

And here is the Scripture for the creation of animals:

Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. (Genesis 2:19)

The interesting point to make concerns the Hebrew word used for the word “formed”. It is the same word in both cases, but … in the verse concerned with the creation of man (Verse 7), an extra letter is added. It is the Hebrew letter, yod. There is just one “yod” used in the creation of animals, but two in the creation of man!

In the Jewish writings, the Midrash on Genesis, this is explained by the fact that Adam was created with a dual nature, a soul as well as a body, whereas animals have a single nature, a body, but no soul.

This is highly significant. It showcases the special nature of the creation of man, of how we are the only living beings with a soul. It also gives those who believe in evolution something to ponder on. If man is descended from the animal kingdom, at what point did the soul appear? The Scripture seems to be shouting at us that the creation of man was a specific event and not part of an ‘evolutionary process’. God has given us that extra yod to make this clear to us.

There is so much to learn from digging into the Hebrew Scriptures. We will return to more examples at a later date.

 

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