The Method of Interpretation.
Also, Jesus Christ always existed & has no beginning & created all things & everyone.
Ever wonder why the creation account only mentions grass, the fruit trees and the herb as the plants that were created? What about all the flowers, all the shrubs, all the marine plant life? Why does it only mention the fruit trees of all the trees? Botanical science says there are 4 to 6 general groups. But the creation account has only 3 items. So they are not groups. Why? The reason for all of this is because the items mentioned in the creation account are a symbolic message.
The method of interpretation here of Genesis 1:11-13, & other points of this site, is the same method used throughout the Bible, and the same as in all the Messianic prophecies in the Bible. Some Biblical Prophecies of Christ's first & second comings are explicit in the immediate context & some are not. For example, it is the same as the Apostle Paul uses in Galatians 3:16 in referring to Genesis 13:14,15 and Genesis 17:8. where the word "seed" in the immediate context is a reference to the offspring of Abraham but in a prophetic context the word "seed" is referring to Jesus Christ. In Galatians 3:16 he is referring to the prophetic context of the Genesis passages just mentioned, but, in Romans 4:16 he is interpreting these Genesis passages in an immediate context.
Another example is Psalm 34:20 "He keepeth all His bones, not one of them is broken.", which was fulfilled at Jesus' Crucifixion "But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:.........For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken." John 19:33,36. Read all of John 19:31-36. But note, the context of Psalm 34:20 in the verses before & after verse 20 have nothing to do with Jesus or verse 20 as they are about advice, warning or encouragement: "19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate." Obviously, there have been many righteous people who have broken a bone, so verse 20 is not a reference to verse 19. Read all of Psalm chapter 34. Also, interestingly, note that the prophecy of Psalm 34:20 is current tense, "not one of them IS broken" as if the prophet is actually at the Crucifxion in the future, & the passage of fulfillment in John 19:36 is future tense when referring to its prophecy of Psalm 34:20 "A bone of Him SHALL not be broken" There are many other fulfilled prophecies of Jesus like these 2 examples above.
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ALL OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, THE LAW OF MOSES, HISTORY OF THE JEWS & THE PROPHETS WERE SYMBOLS, EXAMPLES & SHADOWS OF JESUS CHRIST TO COME. Luke 24:27,44. John 1:45;5:39,45-47. Colossians 2:17. Hebrews 8:4,5; 10:1
JESUS FULFILLED 351 OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES ( See Josh McDowell & many others )
THE CHANCE OF FULFILLING JUST 10 OF THESE IS 1 OUT OF 1,642,500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (See Dr. Roger Barrier at Crosswalk.com among many others)
The method of interpretation used on this site is the exact same to interpret the Messianic verses that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior and God, and the exact same method to interpret Genesis 3:15 as the "Proevangelion", which is really the second evangelion, not the first. Genesis 1:11-13 is the correct "Proevangelion", or the first preaching of Christ or the "Good News". In Genesis 3:15 the context is about Eve. But Genesis 3:15 is correctly interpreted by the Christian Church as a prophecy of the Virgin Mary and her Son Jesus, hence the term "seed" which is normally used of a man, not of a woman, thus implying her virginity. The interpretation of Genesis 1:11-13 is the exact method of interpretation.
"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." Romans 1:1-4.
The use of the word "his" referring to a non-human non-animal word symbolically: The very first use of the word "his" with a non-human non-animal word is when God spoke the word "his" in connection to the word "herb" on the third day of creation. Notice the intermingling of the word "his" and the word "itself" in Genesis 1:11 and the word "it" in Genesis 3:15, this is intentional. This use of "his" with a non-human or non-animal word was not a consistent archaic use but as you can see was intermingled with "it" and "itself" for a reason. There are also other areas in the Bible where the word "his" is referring to a non-human non-animal word symbolically, and the symbols are very explicit.
The Rock and "His" water: Numbers 20:8 with 1st Corinthians 10:4. Numbers 20:8, "Take the rodde, and gather thou the assembly together, thou and Aaron thy brother, and speake yee unto the rocke before their eyes, and it shall give foorth his water, and thou shalt bring foorth to them, water out of the rocke....". 1st Corinthians 10:4, "And did all drinke the same spirituall drinke: (for they dranke of that sprirituall Rocke that followed them and that Rocke was Christ)."
Notice in Numbers 20:8 above, the word "it" and "his" were used together in the same sentence both in reference to the "rocke". This was intentional, the word "his" isn't just an archaic way to refer to a non-living object, there was an intentional purpose as was explained in 1st Corinthians 10:4 above.
Also, in Revelation 1:20 we are told that the seven candlesticks are the seven churches. In Rev. 2:5 it says,".........do the first works or I will come and remove thy candlestick out of his place."
In the book of Exodus the Tabernacle and it's articles are explained. Several of the references to the Tabernacle and to some of its articles are referred to as "his". This is found in Exodus chapters 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39. The symbolic reference to these are found in the following: for the Tabernacle itself and its articles see Hebrews chapters 8, 9 and 10. To specifically in reference to the Tabernacle as the physical church or the physical body of a Christian see also 2nd Corinthians 5:1,4 and 2nd Peter 1:13,14. To specifically the candlestick as Jesus see John 5:35, 8:12, 9:5, 2nd Peter 1:19, Matthew 4:16, Luke 1:79 and 2:32. To specifically the altar as the heart of a Christian see Hebrews 13:9-15 especially verse 13.
Note, the candlestick and the mercy seat with its Cherubims are made of pure gold, but the Tabernacle and the rest of its articles are wood covered with gold. That's because the candlestick refers to Jesus, the mercy seat his mercy, and the Cherubims as heavenly, or non-earthly beings. The Tabernacle and the rest of the gold covered wood articles refer to beings from earth who are saved-Christians. This discourse on the word "his" is not meant to be exhaustive.
JESUS CHRIST ALWAYS EXISTED & HAS NO BEGINNING & HAS ALWAYS EXISTED AS THE SON.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2. In the margin of the KJV it says that in the original Hebrew text "Everlasting" is literally "the Days of Eternity".
O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. John 17:5
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Hebrews 7:3
The name of God the Father, or God as the Trinity-Father, Son & Holy Ghost, is Jehovah, which means Self Existent Eternal I Am That I Am, I Am for short.. The name Jesus is the name of God as the Son, & means Jehovah Saves, OR, The Self Existent Eternal I Am That I Am Saves, I Am Saves for short . So, THE VERY NAME OF JESUS MEANS JESUS ALWAYS EXISTED. For the word Jehovah see in the KJV Gen 22:14; Ex 6:3; Ex 17:15; Judges 6:24; Psalms 83:18; Is 12:2; Is 26:4. For I Am see Ex 3:13,14; John 8:58; John 8:24 & note the word "he" in this verse is in italics which means it is not in the original text.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-3
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell. Colossians 1:12-19
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds. Hebrews 1:1-2
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:16-17
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 28:19