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(Happy) Happy–a Sunday Song

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Happy? (more? or less?)

love & respect: 2 big CONTRIBUTORS to happiness within relationships/families…aka (we)

“And God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

{Handel’s Acis & Galatea considered by? (musicologists) some to be the “greatest pastoral opera” –Stanley Sadie}

Guess, one (namely me) could think of Genesis…starting specifically @ place/time (pre) -“Garden of Eden” and all that occurred therein Garden and post-Eden…as a living progressive (Pastoral/Seria/Verismo) Opera…still playing on…musically, etc. throughout the centuries. The Libretto aka “little library of 66 books”…leading us along…through time/space/place culminating in finale “Armageddon” and beyond.

If 1 bouquet symbolizes love…what does a field of flowers (symbolize)?? If 1 paper card symbolizes love, what does a forest of trees?? If 1 teddy bear holding 1 box of chocolates says: “I love You”…what do real-live bears eating honey mean?? (Makes 1 wonder: Could these be “love” expressions from the Creator/Designer-Organizer of the Universe?!:)

When men and women learn to appreciate each unique/important role—male and female—individually play in the human family/musical/opera of life, we find contentment/happiness. When males and females cooperate, appreciate, love, and respect each other…peace ensues…instead of competing for dominance, prominence and for who’s the greatest…

Man: The highest form of earthly life and a product of the Creator, Jehovah God. Jehovah formed the man out of dust from the ground, blew into his nostrils the breath of life, “and the man came to be a living soul.” (Ge 2:7; 1Co 15:45) After Adam was created and after he named the animals, Jehovah caused a deep sleep to fall upon him; and while he slept, God took one of Adam’s ribs and used it to make the woman. Therefore, when she was presented to the man, Adam could say: “This is at last bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” He called her Woman, ʼish·shahʹ, “because from man this one was taken.” (Ge 2:21-23) Adam later gave her the name Eve (meaning “Living One”).​—Ge 3:20.

A number of Hebrew and Greek terms refer to man. ʼA·dhamʹ means “man; human; earthling man; mankind” (generic); ʼish, “man; an individual; a husband”; ʼenohshʹ, “a mortal man”; geʹver, “an able-bodied man”; za·kharʹ, “a male”; a few other Hebrew words are also sometimes translated “man.” The Greek anʹthro·pos means “man; mankind” (generic); a·nerʹ, “a man; a male person; a husband.”

In what sense is man made “in God’s image”?

In disclosing to his “master worker” the divine purpose to create mankind, God said: “Let us make man [ʼa·dhamʹ] in our image, according to our likeness.” (Ge 1:26, 27; Pr 8:30, 31; compare Joh 1:1-3; Col 1:15-17.) Note that the Scriptures do not say that God created man in the image of a wild beast or of a domestic animal or of a fish. Man was made “in God’s image”; he was a “son of God.” (Lu 3:38) As to the form or shape of God’s body, “at no time has anyone beheld God.” (1Jo 4:12) No one on earth knows what God’s glorious, heavenly, spiritual body looks like, so we cannot liken man’s body to God’s body. “God is a Spirit.”​—Joh 4:24.

Nevertheless, man is “in God’s image” in that he was created with moral qualities like those of God, namely, love and justice. (Compare Col 3:10.) He also has powers and wisdom above those of animals, so that he can appreciate the things that God enjoys and appreciates, such as beauty and the arts, speaking, reasoning, and similar processes of the mind and heart of which the animals are not capable. Moreover, man is capable of spirituality, of knowing and having communication with God. (1Co 2:11-16; Heb 12:9) For such reasons man was qualified to be God’s representative and to have in subjection the forms of creature life in the skies, on the earth, and in the sea.

Testifying to man’s creation by Jehovah God, the apostle Paul told the Athenians: “He made out of one man every nation of men, to dwell upon the entire surface of the earth.” (Ac 17:26) Hence, all nations and races have a common origin.

Headship arrangement aka theocratic order/(organization)…

Being a creation of God, man was originally perfect. (De 32:4) Accordingly, Adam could have bequeathed to his posterity human perfection and opportunity for eternal life on earth. (Isa 45:18) He and Eve were commanded: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it.” As their family increased, they would have cultivated and beautified the earth according to the design of their Creator.​—Ge 1:28.

The apostle Paul, in discussing the relative positions of man and woman in God’s arrangement, says: “I want you to know that the head of every man is the Christ; in turn the head of a woman is the man; in turn the head of the Christ is God.” He then points out that a woman who prays or prophesies in the congregation with her head uncovered shames the one who is her head. To enforce his argument he then states: “For a man ought not to have his head covered, as he is God’s image and glory; but the woman is man’s glory.” Man was created first and for some time was alone, being in God’s image by himself. The woman was made from the man and was to be subject to the man, a situation unlike that of God, who is subject to no one. Man’s headship, nevertheless, comes under the headship of God and Christ.​—1Co 11:3-7.

A Free Moral Agent. Being made in God’s image, according to His likeness, man was a free moral agent. He had the freedom of choice to do good or bad. By his willing, loving obedience to his Creator, he was in a position to bring honor and glory to God far beyond that which the animal creation could bring. He could intelligently praise God for His wonderful qualities and could support His sovereignty. But Adam’s freedom was a relative freedom; it was not absolute. He could continue to live in happiness only if he acknowledged Jehovah’s sovereignty. This was indicated by the tree of knowledge of good and bad, from which Adam was forbidden to eat. Eating of it would be an act of disobedience, a rebellion against God’s sovereignty.​—Ge 2:9, 16, 17.

Since Adam was a “son of God” (Lu 3:38), his relationship to God was that of a son to a father, and he should have obeyed accordingly. Additionally, God created in man an innate desire to render worship. This desire, if perverted, would take man in the wrong direction and would destroy his freedom, bringing him into bondage to what was created instead of to the Creator. This, in turn, would result in man’s degradation. [excerpted readings Man, Insight Vol., 2]

G considering/thinking about “bondage”…of one sort/form or another…some of us…have the real “smarts” “insights” “fearlessness” to avoid (and perhaps, altogether) certain places of (the immediate and the future) bondage to begin with…i.e. fake government, fake religion, fake education, and fake relationships! And some of us (perhaps, through the hard lessons of pain, anguish, agony) have the acquired know-how and courage to flee such places before they inflict further harm on themselves or others!

 

published Monday, 6/9/18 @ 11:48 a.m.

male and female instead of male vs. female or female vs. male…topic for another post, eh? Ran out of time…and energy last night to continue.

HAPPY Monday to YOU:)

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