The Word Became Flesh
Except for a few believers, most believe that the Word was a pre-existent being, which I like to call a Word or Sound Being. These like to show several scriptures purporting to show Jesus preexistence. Notwithstanding the fact that in all languages, a word is, just that, a word replete with denotations, origins, connotations, and ideas relating to the word. Furthermore, a word is a group of sounds with its intended meanings. Now one can take anything and personify it, but that is only a literary device, not an actuality. For example, Jesus is called the Word of God in Revelation, and we know that is a descriptive for him, not that he is a Sound Being or a book of verses, the Bible.
Some use the scripture about Jesus saying something about before Abraham was born he was to prove Jesus had a prior existence. They say that I Am is the term God used for Himself in speaking with Moses near the burning bush. The I Am translation for God is YHVH, the Eternal One, the Self Existent One. However, the I am translated from the Greek has entirely different meaning: Its me! Or, It is I the G Man, which Gordon Liddy calls himself. Strongs attests to the eimi, I am or it is I meaning.
Another verse says something about God created the world through him, which they interpret as Jesus. Even though the pronoun linkage to Jesus is dubious, the translation of dia as "through" is likely biased as dia could as well and more accurately from a biblical perspective be "because of" or "on account of." One should not base such a great principle as a preexistent Jesus on choosing a word to build up ones theories.
Even so, we can go around in circles about Jesus supposed prior existence, what we need to find out is:
Aim: What exactly does the word became flesh mean?
Logos: 3056. lo/goß logos, ; from 3004; something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation.
A word is something said. Before a person speaks, he must consider what he is going to say, unless he speaks without thinking, patently absurd because while a person may not consider the impact of his statement, no one can talk without have a thought in his mind first. In fact, no one really says a single word unless he is an umpire: striiike! People speak in sentences, groups of words that make sense, which is the root of sentence.
When a person speaks, he speaks words; we say, he said. The first time in the Bible we have the word said is in Genesis 1:3:
Gen. 1:3 Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light.
To say the Word (as a being transformed to a human) became flesh context, the Word became Light. Actually, the Hebrew does not have, let there. Now if logos or Word is a person, how do we figure what is going on in the creation? God spoke and the logos or Word Being became or transformed into light. To make it further strange: if the Word Being became a human, the word made flesh, then it must follow that the Word Being became light. If so, then the Word Being ceased being a Word Being and became the phenomenon (energy and particle) called light. So, what is the logos, a person or light?
However, we really know that God commanded light into existence. Furthermore, we also know that logos is Greek and debar is Hebrew which has a simpler meaning:
696. Dabar [180b]; a prim. root; to speak.
Then actually God said something and it happened.
A few verses later God said something else:
Gen. 1:6 ¶ Then God said, Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.
Gen. 1:7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
If we reductum ad absurdum, then the Word Being transformed into an expanse as well as being a person and a light.
Note that next verse says God made the expanse. How did He make it? He made it by commanding it into existence. As we know many verses attest to the fact that God demands we understand that He is God, the Creator, there is no one else. So if a Word Being exists as a sound, which incidentally is made by the energy of ruach vibrating vocal folds, the energy of the ruach dissipates almost entirely, matter and energy cannot be destroyed, that it can no longer be heard even if the vibration continues ever so slightly. In fact, the ruach energy can also be transformed into other kinds of energy, which is no longer vibrating air. Oops, good-bye Word Being, you have been changed to something else again, a waving leaf or moving fur.
God continued to command other things into existence:
Gen. 1:9 ¶ Then God said, Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so.
Now we can add more to the shape shifting Word Being: waters below the heavens besides being a person, light and an expanse.
Gen. 1:11 Then God said, Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them; and it was so.
Gen. 1:14 ¶ Then God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;
Gen. 1:20 ¶ Then God said, Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.
Gen. 1:24 ¶ Then God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind; and it was so.
Therefore, we can now add that the Word Being became sprouts, lights, teeming water, living creatures as well as a being, light and an expanse. Will the real Word Being please stand up? Or, does the Word Being become transformed into all these things? How, one might wonder does a single Word Being become all these multiple things and a person as well? Furthermore, if the Word Being became transformed into these things at the creation, how can what was no longer because it changed into something else, later be transformed into a human being? After a transformation into something else, the Word Being cannot still be what it was before the change.
God has something else to say:
Gen. 1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Gen. 1:8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
Gen. 1:10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.
Gen. 1:22 God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.
Gen. 1:28 God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multi-ply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
Gen. 1:29 Then God said, Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
Gen. 1:30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food; and it was so.
Gods Word or Words explained what He was creating and why. The Word Being is out of luck here unless the Word Being is also heaven.
Gods Word not only created the universe, but also explained things to us, even blessed what He created and gave authority to man. (Gen 1:30) Finally, after the Word(s) of Creation, God said it was good.
We have begun to understand something about Gods Word commanding things into existence. In the first chapter of Genesis, Gods Word commanded an entire universe, world, planet, and all that is on the planet, which also includes people, into existence.
During and after the creation was completed, God began to instruct people in that which is good for them, because He knew what the creation was for and how people should act in relation to the creation He made for them.
Gen. 2:2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
This verse makes it perfectly clear that God completed His (singular pronoun) work, that He (singular pronoun) had done. If there were a Word Being, why does the Bible not mentioned it? Then He (again the singular pronoun) rested, not God and the Word Being, just God, the Supreme Being.
Gen. 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
God gave another blessing at this point: He blessed the seventh day dedicated to resting from ones work as God did. Within this blessing, God began to give commands to earthlings. If they would do this, they would live, if not they would die, cease to exist. God intended that man would live but only after undergoing certain challenges.
Gen. 2:16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;
Gen. 2:17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.
The challenge turned out to be the deceptions of the serpent:
Gen. 3:1 ¶ Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Indeed, has God said, You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?
Gen. 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;
Gen. 3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.
Gen. 3:4 The serpent said to the woman, You surely will not die!
Gen. 3:5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Gen. 3:6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Obviously, they both failed the challenge and died, not right then but eventually. Knowing that humans would fail His first challenge, God immediately continued to instruct people about life and eternal life, and offered, as well, offer new challenges. His Word created and established the keys to eternal life. His Word spoke the ten Words or the Ten Commandments. These Words or Commandments became the primer of His Language. See Dick and Jane, as the old childrens primer began.
I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
God said these Words beginning with an introduction to who He is and His relation to His People. He is the One who brought them out of slavery, the slavery of deception and idolatry.
Did the Word Being also become a set of ten rules? The concept of a sound becoming a human being becomes increasing untenable.
God goes on to say:
Ex. 20:3 ¶ You shall have no other gods before Me.
Ex. 20:4 ¶ You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
Ex. 20:5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,
Ex. 20:6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Again, God reveals who He is, the One who is above all else including the so-called gods, the most powerful things, which deluded people believe in. Then God tells people not to try to make anything which would be a source of worship because these cannot be greater than He. God proclaims the basic Truth that one must love Him by keeping His Rules or Commandments.
Here He shows His special relationship with people, love based on His Words and Commandments.
God continued to speak out to the earthlings He formed from the clay of the earth.
He told Moses:
Ex. 14:16 As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.
Ex. 14:21 ¶ Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.
First, God spoke to Moses His Word to lift up his staff. His Word inspired Moses to do what God told him to do. In this instance, God spoke the oral language, which prompted Moses to use body language, lifting up that staff. At that point, the ruach, the wind of God, the same ruach that empowers sounds to make words, blew the waters aside so the children of Israel could walk on the bed of the sea dry shod while Egypt was kept from moving against them.
Gods Word resulted in Mosess action, just as Gods Word in creation resulted in Gods creating the world from nothing other than His command. When God speaks, when words come from His mouth, they always accomplish what God wants.
Is. 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
From these events and the above verse, we begin to understand what God means when He says the Word became flesh. If there were a Word Being that became a human being, that concept would make a mockery of the power of Gods Word creating a universe, a ten commandments, and revealing His Character and Love.
Jesus extends that understanding when, by Gods power at work within, he healed by touch, body language, or by command. He, further, demonstrates the power of the word when he commanded the winds and multiplied the loaves and fishes.
Matt. 8:14 ¶ When Jesus came into Peters home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.
Matt. 8:15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him.
John 5:8 Jesus *said to him, Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.
Matt. 8:26 He *said to them, Why are you afraid, you men of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
Mark 8:6 And He *directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the people.
As we understand the awesome power of the Word spoken rightly, we can learn about the Word becoming flesh.
God's Word said that the Messiah would be from the line of David; both Jesus' parents trace their heritage to David. Jesus fulfilled the Word of God. Jesus, like Moses (with one exception) followed every Word God gave him in the tanakh (God's Word). Furthermore, Jesus had the whole Word of God beyond what was given to Moses, and, thus, could know and do more than Moses. Jesus said he only spoke what God gave him to speak; he spoke God's Good News; he healed the sick; and he died for mankind's sins.
Rom. 1:4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,
As Moses raised his staff to part the waters so Israel could walk to, eventually, the Promised Land, Jesus gave his body to sin, and died for all who sinned ,so all mankind could walk, by God's Word, to the new Promised Land, the Kingdom of God and eternal life. God's Word lived in the mind and body (the flesh) of Jesus, the Messiah. Therefore, Jesus lived as one made in the image of God.
For the first time in history, one man lived by every Word coming out of the mouth of God, he became the Word of God in the flesh. And, he made it possible for all whom God called and chose to become living Words of God also.
The Word became flesh and produced everything God wanted: sons and daughters to live forever in the Kingdom of God with Him.