In the beginning desire as growth.

The Qoheleth Team of Women, Leve Fanm Yo, greet you in the name of Yeshuah and take this opportunity to introduce you to a new topic which is titled:

"In the beginning desire as growth"

The teaching of YHWH is dynamic and progressive.

In genesis 1.26 "Let us make man in our image [Representation], after our likeness [functions]".

- The relationship between man and the image of Gd is physical in nature. we are the image in its replica, in its bust.

_ However, when man is created, he lacks the likeness.

Genesis 1.27: "And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

The resemblance therefore requires an effort, a feat, even a freedom.

In Genesis 2.9

"IHVH-Adonaï Elohîms makes every tree germinate from the soil covetable [desirable] for sight and good to eat,

the tree of life, in the middle of the garden

and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil ".

Here, Gd places no restrictions; all trees are covetable, desirable, pleasing to the eye, pleasing to the eye. All the trees in the garden are therefore appetizing and can contribute, promote the growth of humans. If we correctly understand Gd's statement, trees are placed in the garden to meet the needs of man in all of his physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions.

Through this verse, Gd offers man a means that could meet his aspirations, his needs, his expectations. Any lack must be "felt by man as an imperfection".

But one desire always led to another. Gd understood this well by revisiting his text in verses 16-17 of Genesis 2.

"IHVH-Adonai Elohîms orders the glébeux to say:

"From every tree in the garden you will eat, you will eat,

"but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,

you will not eat, yes, from the day you eat it, you will die, you will die ".

He therefore imposed a limit, for excess in all things good or bad can be fatal to man.

He calls for a moderate use of things, even for temperance. It's not good that humans eat everything.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:12 takes it up in his own way:

"Everything is permitted to me, but everything is not useful; everything is permitted to me, but I will not allow myself to be enslaved by anything".

In Genesis 2: 16-17 the word eat is repeated four times symbolizing "the four cardinal virtues of Christianity: prudence, temperance, strength, justice".

- The word "mourras" is repeated twice to indicate the very idea of ​​a couple of trees in the center of the garden. one can also "consider it as a sign of balance as much as of conflict: the good and the bad".

- and the tree is none other than man according to Psalm 1.

Hence the choice that man must make: eat the fruits of the tree of life to remain indefinitely in the garden in a carefree manner, without desire for growth;

- or eat the fruits of the tree of good and bad which "opens the eyes". By crossing the prohibition, man will be expelled from the enclosure of paradise to enjoy his freedom by managing life by the descendants . It is also not contrary to Gd's ideal.

The Qoheleth Team of Women, Leve Fanm Yo noted that the word desire in Genesis is not as pejorative as we think it is but positive since it is done to get us to act, to do something that should bring growth in a community.

Shalom and Shalom!

S. Onel Ecclesiaste

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