“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) There are some very important facts that should be brought out in this verse that are concealed in the King James Version of the Bible. Therefore, we must go back to the original language of the Old Testament and see what it says in the Hebrew ancient text. The first word is “YAHWAH”, which is mistranslated “the Lord” and should be correctly translated “YAHWAH” which is the personal name our God. Realize there is now and has always been many gods with many names. Try sending mail to a generic entity, and you will realize why prayer is not answered. “Hey you!” will not suffice. Knowing your father’s name is not as important as knowing your God’s name.
The next word we come to is the Hebrew word “et-yadam”, which is indiscriminately translated “man”, and is where we get our English word “Adam”. The root of the Hebrew word is "adam" and means “of a ruddy complexion, to show blood in the face, to blush;” a word obviously not applicable to the dark races, which we also know from scientific facts to be much older than the “blushing” white race. Again if you desire to know more about what the Bible says about Adam and the other races and nations of people, then go to some of our other messages.
This brings us to the last word in this verse “chay nephesh”, which is translated “living soul”. But this is not the first “chay nephesh” used! There are two other verses where it is used in the first chapter of Genesis, verses 21 and 24 where it is translated “living creature”. Therefore, since Adam was not formed for sometime later, then we know that he was not the first “chay nephesh.” If Adam had been the first “chay nephesh,” then Genesis 2:7 would have been the first place that this Hebrew phrase was used, and this man instead of being named “et-yadam” would have obviously been named “chay nephesh.” The man was named for his uniqueness in the area into which he was FORMED and it was because he was white. There is another fact which is revealed by the word selection of Genesis 2:7. Notice that it says that “et-yadam” became “a living soul”. It does not use the word which would mean Adam was the only “living soul”, and that being the definite article “THE”. No, Adam was “a living soul” and not “THE living soul.”
If Adam was not the first “chay nephesh” that is, “living soul”, then was he the first of anything? Yes, we learn from Luke 3:38 “Adam was the son of God”, but was he the first son of God on earth? The verse itself uses the definite article “THE”, and in Romans 5:14, Paul says that Adam “is the figure of Him that was to come.” Paul carries this comparison still further when he says in 1 Corinthians 15:47 “The first man (Adam) is of the earth, earthy: the second man (Jesus Christ) is the Lord from heaven.” Many have tried to make this verse prove that Adam was the first man on earth, but if you will analyze the verse correctly then you will see that Paul is not speaking about the first and second human like beings, but of the first and second states of being for the sons of God. No, this passage of Holy Scripture does NOT say that Adam was the “first” physical man on earth, and anyone who wants to make Adam the first man from this 47th verse, must also make Jesus Christ the second man. (go to top)
How foolish to think that less than 2,000 years ago there were only two men on earth, the first man Adam, and the second man, Jesus Christ.
According to the Bible, Adam was the first son of God who was white, but what about these other “chay nephesh,” what were they? In the first Chapter of Genesis, this phrase occurs twice before ever being applied to Adam. “And God created great whales, and every living creature (chay nephesh, living soul) that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. … And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature (chay nephesh, living soul) after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind, and it was so.” (Genesis 1:21, 24) Upon first glance, one is led to believe that God is speaking about animals, but notice it speaks of the “chay nephesh” “after HIS kind”. “HIS” is the personal pronoun used for man. These beasts ARE people! Yes, these “chay nephesh” are people too which lived on this earth many thousands of years before the formation of Adam, and it is these “chay nephesh”, the pre-adamic peoples, that the Bible called beast. Now before you get mad or mixed up, remember that Jesus Christ even called people animals. Jesus said in Matthew 15:24, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. Here Jesus speaks of the House of Israel as “lost sheep”. In Mark 7:25-29, Jesus calls a woman a dog, and commands in Matthew 7:6, “neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Even Paul says, “I have fought with beasts at Ephesus”. (1 Corinthians 15:32) Peter says, speaking of men, “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed” (2 Peter 2:12). Even the brother of Jesus, Jude speaks of the “brute beasts” in Jude 1:10.
These beasts in Genesis are not only spoken of in the New Testament as people, but also from the Old Testament we learn much more. Jonah 3:7-8 records that the King of Nineveh “caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the King and his nobles saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: nor drink water: but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.” Evidently the beast were people because (1) they were capable of speech in that they were to cry mightily unto God, (2) they wore clothing in that they were now to wear sackcloth, (3) they were capable of thought and were to turn from their evil ways, and (4) they also had hands instead of hoofs or paws in that they were to turn from the violence that is in their hands. As recorded in Exodus 19:13 there were also beasts that had hands with the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt. There are more scriptural proofs that these beasts in Genesis are actually races of people that were created in earth before Adam was ever formed in a flesh body, but that is covered in detail in many other messages and is not the theme of this one.
Here it is clearly shown from the scriptures that Adam was not the first “chay nephesh”, “living soul”, but was the first “et-yadam” white son of God who came into earth (Luke 3:38; 1 Corinthians 15:47).