The enlightenment teaching of the Essene was known as THE WAY. This teaching became the final interpretation on the Law and the Prophets, as revealed by Yeshua Messiah. The Way also became the transitional teaching into the early church.
In ancient Egypt pharaohs would usually rename kings they had defeated in battle. To rename these kings was intended to diminish or ridicule, and to assume a pronounced or final authority over them. For many decades egyptologists and historians had trouble matching up historical records. Kingdom periods were hard to designate and often a jumble. Historians finally realized that the defeated kings were afterward listed by their newly designated name, and pharaonic records were then clarified.
When Adam ‘names’ he defines and gives order;
The power of speech is enhanced and the spoken word gains power.
In a similar manner when God gives Adam the power to name the beasts of the field, He also gives Adam authority over the natural world (Gn. 2.19-20). From a biblical perspective proper naming implies a certain wakefulness or enlightened state. It essentially requires a person to function as the awakened Adam-man.
Adam’s naming of the animals illustrates an important enlightenment principle: as a person speaks, as they name, their environment gains definition, and the authority of the person increases or decreases according to how they name. Naming includes how you name others, how you name your circumstances, how you name yourself and how you name the whole of your environment. Just as in the garden, and as Adam named his world, how you name defines your world, and your world to come.
As you name, you also define yourself. You may perceive or define yourself as a person who is in no way awakened or enlightened. You may have no idea of what a more God enlightened state might be. You may never have felt the movement of the kingdom within or the anointing of the Shekhinah.* However, if you will begin to observe how you name, and then make positive changes in naming and general speech, your world will become positively defined, you will begin to experience a more enlightened state.
*Shekhinah, Shekinah: known as the Holy Spirit
Why should the power to name have such importance and impact? The first words spoken in the Hebrew Bible are by God, “Let there be light; and there was light.”
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Creating the Worlds
Speech denotes, speech creates! The spoken word has been with us from the beginning! Speech, our expression of thought and emotion, denotes us, defines us.
Psalms 34.15 instructs to, “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking guile.” Proverbs 15.4, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” In Proverbs 18.21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Negative naming delivers a stunning confusion into the mind, and results in a literal loss of consciousness for man. Man falls from the enlightened state of specificity into his own brand of mixed and improper naming. Eve misnamed the forbidden fruit as ‘good’ (Cain I), and Adam partook of this naming as well, and both ate. Their actions followed their naming, even as deceived as they were.
The lesson is to start naming to the good. Don’t weaken yourself by taking the bad unto you by naming the bad. “I can’t live without her (him),” becomes, “God is bringing me into a new pathway.” “I have been abused and I still carry this hurt,” becomes “I am still here and God makes me strong, for myself and for Him.” There is no situation that cannot be brought before God and the good God wants you to have. To rename unhappy circumstances opens the door to renewed growth. How you speak will have a great deal to do with what you receive.
If naming after the good, or the Tree of Life, is not applied, by contrast how can a person discern what is good and what is bad? In the garden Adam and Eve did not eat of the Tree of Life first, and thus would they gain discernment. They instead ate of the Tree of Good and Bad, and thus they lost discernment and became ‘naked’. They lost their light (naked) and were without power, helpless in the vicissitudes they created, and from hence would continue to create. Speak to the Tree of Life, then eat of its fruit becomes the lesson here. Speak to the Tree of Good and Bad and your life will become mixed and muddled.
In Matthew 20.32, Jesus asks of the blind men what they want him to do. Their reply is, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” This scripture, and there are many others, illustrates that Jesus never shows sympathy, or to sympathize with another’s lesser condition, lest in this example he should become blind himself! Jesus always speaks or asks, and it is then he takes action. Why do you sympathize with your condition of lack or injury? Thoughts matter, but spoken words give life to thought and thus matter even more.
Attitudes and thoughts, your words, precede you into every circumstance of life. Rename improper attitudes, rename improper thoughts, be attentive to how you use your speech. Be relentless in the practice of speaking the Word, and you will begin to produce a new universe for yourself. Proper speaking, proper naming, and other similar actions initiate a pathway which will teach and prosper you. Discernment between the good and the bad is accentuated, and allows a person to more easily differentiate. Walking in the Way becomes distilled when engaging in proper speaking, and the further steps you need to take become more clearly envisioned.
God in the garden with Adam & Eve
after they have partaken of the forbidden fruit.
God entrusts man (Adam) with the power to name. With this trust to name, Adam also has responsibility for his naming, and with this responsibility he is given headship. Since we all share the world, all of us must exercise this headship. The lesson is straightforward for walking in the Way: you have headship, you are responsible for how you name, you are also responsible for the consequences. A lazy mind yields no fruit!
Just as He did Adam, God has put His trust in you to properly name things. Trust is not ubiquitous, it is not everywhere; there has to be trust in something. Love may be proclaimed for all, and love may be sent out to the whole world, but trust is ‘case specific’. It is with trust that the firmer relationship with God begins. God gives us His trust as He gives us the power to name. That we may all ask, how well do you handle such trust?
Let us revisit the garden once more. At first Adam only tended what God had provided in the garden (Gen. 2.15). Now God gives Adam a direct responsibility, a responsibility which carries with it the power to designate, or to differentiate. In naming the animals Adam takes his first real step in responsibility. This step is taken thru the power of speech. Just as with Adam, your naming becomes specific and precise. What Adam named an animal is what it was. Naming becomes the first overtly directed action Adam takes, and is a major step forward for Adam in relationship to God. So it is for us.
We share with Adam this spiritual power to name, not only relative to how we name ourselves, but how we name our circumstances. If you see yourself as struggling through the wilderness, your thoughts and your spoken voice will have you behaving as fallen man. The counterpoint is walk in the Way and change how you speak, thus you become plucked out of Cain-mindedness, fallen mindedness. ‘Righteous naming’ comes of the spirit of God. ‘Unrighteous naming’ comes out of the nature or spirit of man, and just as with Cain ‘sin will crouch beside you’.
The earthbound-child limits his seeking only to the world he sees. He will discover some good and some bad. His mind will be completely absorbed with physical things, but will miss the over-brooding knowledge and power to rend the physical veil (see Lazarus), and step forward into the spiritual light Yeshua and our Father have given us. With the difference in results one begins to see how important it is to name oneself as Child of Light, Child of God, or follower of Christ. Naming yourself a Child of God or Child of Light is the first step in opening God’s great knowledge and wisdom.
Communing with God by speaking the Word enhances shared knowledge and a deepening presence with Him, and instills relationship and faith. Relative to this previous statement prayer cannot be emphasized enough. Adam is awake as a soul, he knows God, he is enlightened in his communion with God, and speaks positive naming from the kingdom within. Prayer works in just the same manner. True prayer is given power as the prayer issues from the spirit (kingdom) within to the spirit of God, spirit to spirit (Mt. 10.20; Jn. 3.6, 6.8, 4.24: “worship Him in spirit”, 6.63) .
Adam works with God even as he names, just as you will begin to work with God. Working with God becomes an empowering and exiting experience, a soul adventure that no experience in this physical world can replicate. The famous biblical quote in Matt. 7.16 applies to naming quite well: “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?” Upon close inspection the fruit of how you name, which also refers to the fruits of your beliefs, will always be apparent.
HELPS: Choose an attribute that you need help in changing. Pray that God instill that change within you, such as to forgive others, or love others. Pray that such a seed is planted in your heart and mind. When you name the attribute, name as if speaking from the hear (within). Return to positive naming throughout the day. Be wary of mixing complaints with your positive naming. As well, you may name to attributes in which you already have strength. Great spiritual progress as well as progress in the physical can be made if you name yourself and conditions properly.