The enlightenment teaching of the Essene was known as THE WAY. This teaching became the final interpretation of the Law and the Prophets, as revealed by Yeshua Messiah. The Way also became the transitional teaching into the early church.
When Adam ‘names’ he defines and provides order;
The power of speech is enhancing; the spoken word asserts power.
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 certain wakefulness or an 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 and as they name, they define their environment. The authority of a 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 your environment. Just as in the garden, and as Adam named his world, how you name defines your world, and your world to come. 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 thought-words spoken in the Hebrew Bible are by God, “Let there be light; and there was light.”
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.
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. The descent into flesh became completed even as their actions followed their naming.
The lesson is to name toward 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.” There is no situation that cannot be brought before God and the good which God wants you to have. In the short of it, renaming unhappy circumstances opens the door to renewed growth.
How you speak will have a great deal to do with what you receive. In the garden, Adam and Eve did not eat of the Tree of Life first and thus gain discernment. They instead ate of the Tree of Good and Bad. Helpless within the vicissitudes they had created. They lost their light (naked) and were without discernment and power. Mankind would continue to create the same confusing circumstances, all that could follow now is trial and error.
Psalms 34.15 instructs, “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.”
Speak toward the Tree of Life, then eat of its fruit.
Speak toward the Tree of Good and Bad
and your life becomes mixed and muddled.
In Matthew 20.32, Jesus asks 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 sympathizes with another’s lesser condition. Jesus always speaks or asks, and it is then he takes action. Sympathizing with a condition of lack, or of injury, keeps it in place? Thoughts matter, but spoken words give life to thought.
Sow seed to reveal & cleanse self-sympathy.
Attitudes and thoughts, your words, precede you into every circumstance of life. Rename improper attitudes, rename improper thoughts, be attentive to how you use speech. Be relentless in the practice of speaking the good Word, and you will begin to produce a new life for yourself. Proper speaking, proper naming, and other similar actions initiate a pathway that will teach and prosper you.
Speaking properly, speaking with discernment between the good and the bad eventually allows for values to be more easily differentiated. While engaging in proper speaking Walking in the Way becomes distilled. The further steps you need to take become more clearly envisioned.
Who Do You Trust?
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, within our daily lives 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. 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 something to trust in. 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 should all ask, how well do I 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 through the power of speech. Just as with Adam, your naming becomes specific and precise. Naming becomes the first overtly directed action Adam takes. It is a major step forward for Adam in relationship to God. So it is for us.
Sow seed for relationship to God through speech.
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 a fallen man. The counterpoint is to Walk in the Way and change how you speak, thus you become plucked out of Cain-mindedness, fallen-mindedness. ‘Righteous naming’ comes from 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 our Father has 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 Jesus. 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), 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 Adam names, and the situation is similar with each person. Working with God becomes an empowering and exciting 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.