The image of God

Shroud of Turin (L), artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham (R)

“The flesh profits nothing – for God is spirit.” – Yeshua

‘Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’

There is a qualitative difference between what I understand to be that non-physical, non-corporeal Mind and Fount of all consciousness, the “Image of G-d” Himself – YHVH- was, is, and will be, endowing some of His invisible attributes into the consciousness of humanity, and the physical nature of the created humans made “in His image” as male and female with bodies and brains- magnificent priceless gifts to use for a spell. It is like the downflow of ultimate and infinite Wisdom begetting Energy that becomes Matter that becomes Man- E=MC2.

The meaning of the Hebrew divine Name YHVH- יְהוָה  is the immaterial eternal and inscrutable combination of the verb ‘to be’ simultaneously in past, present, and future. I believe that part of those properties of consciousness are imparted to us in our ability to gather the present through the senses, storing that into the magic of memory of the past, and then processing that stored information into our imagination to project new combinations into the future, and to realize them by the creative means of our members.  That same reflection manifest in the creation of male and female in bodily form gives us the nature of YHVH in the ability to create life in our own image, and to love and feel deeply, and like God Himself, have a family.

‘The image of God’ is all that gives human life intrinsic value, without which all is relative. But the image of God can be corrupted and grotesquely distorted and blinded by sin. It is to that end that Yeshua the Anointed came into our world, that whoever may gaze upon that uncorrupted Image of YHVH, who sacrificed himself to restore the lost image of innocence, just as Israel was healed looking upon the Nechushtan – the bronze serpent upon the staff (Numbers 21:6-9; John 3:14)- the very symbol of healing.* Yeshua of Nazareth, “the arm of YHVH” (Isaiah 53:1) called the Son of the Most High, took on a human body in the womb of Miriam of Nazareth, to be born into Israel, a nation called “the sons of YHVH” (Exodus 4:22; Deuteronomy 14:1), he being the quintessential Jew and sinless example of “the Image of God” on Earth. His resurrection from death, and ascension has given humanity now the hope of a second chance in this world, and the hope of a bodily dwelling place with him in the eternal Kingdom of his God and Father in Heaven.

Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham