Gloria Copeland Ministries - Be a Voice for God Through Prayer. You have a voice and a choice! Watch Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim on Believer’s Voice of Victory discuss how we were created to be a voice for God through prayer. When we pray for nations and awakenings, in tongues, we are doing what we were created to do—to work with and be a voice for God through prayer!
Prayer changes things. Join Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim as they encourage you to be a voice for God through prayer. Next, on the Believer's Voice of Victory. Now, with today's message, let's join Gloria. GLORIA: Hello, everybody. I'm Gloria Copeland, and welcome to the Believer's Voice of Victory. Sister Billye's back, Billye Brim from Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks. And she's got some good things from a--from the book of Genesis. We're going to start way back at the front. BILLYE: Way back in the beginning.
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GLORIA: Yeah. Amen. BILLYE: You know, you said--you just now said, "Believer's Voice of Victory." So we looked yesterday at how--that God breathed into man and he became--Onkelos translates it "a speaking spirit." GLORIA: Spirit, yeah. BILLYE: And we talked about how science divides matter on the earth into three classes; animal, vegetable, mineral. But the Jews see the animal as divided into two parts; the speaking ones, and those who don't speak.
GLORIA: That's the way the Jews see it. BILLYE: Yeah, that's the way they see it. So man is given speech. God breathes in him, he becomes a--a speaking spirit. And so he is given a voice. And so that's--you said, "The Believer's Voice of Victory." There's so much in that. My son preached recently, Chip and I heard him preaching it, and he said this phrase that I remember, "If you have a voice, you have a choice." GLORIA: Well. BILLYE: You can use your voice the way God meant you to use it, to work with Him-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: --and speak with Him positive things and create. GLORIA: You have a voice. BILLYE: If you have a voice, you have a choice. GLORIA: That's the truth. BILLYE: And so God did. He put a will in man. He put a will in him, and He gave him a voice so that he could speak. GLORIA: He let man--in other words, we would've not had a choice. We couldn't have chosen. BILLYE: No. GLORIA: But now, the way God-- BILLYE: And what's that-- GLORIA: --God wanted us to choose Him. And that's what He wanted Adam to do, and Eve. BILLYE: That's right.
GLORIA: But they--they fought the course. BILLYE: And what He gave them to do with, their voice. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: And we're going to see as we study about-- GLORIA: I see that. BILLYE: --isn't it-- GLORIA: And, you know, we've been raised so much--well, we have absolutely been raised in "you can have what you say," spiritually, our spiritual raising. BILLYE: Mm-hmm. GLORIA: But that adds another part to it right there. BILLYE: Yes.
GLORIA: He gave man a voice. BILLYE: And a choice. GLORIA: And a choice. BILLYE: Whew. GLORIA: So we could choose. BILLYE: We could choose how we use our voice. GLORIA: Yeah, that's right. BILLYE: Now, He meant us, Gloria, to use-- GLORIA: That's why you make Jesus the Lord of your life. You do it with your voice. You make a choice. BILLYE: You--and you have to do it with-- GLORIA: I made a rhyme. BILLYE: Listen, guys, we're--
GLORIA: (Laughs) We're going. BILLYE: We're going here. We invite you to our party. We're having a Selah party. GLORIA: Ah, amen. BILLYE: We're thinking over it. And I told Gloria, I said, "Gloria, I don't even really know all I'm going to be talking about because it's coming to me like a revelation." GLORIA: Yeah. That's good. BILLYE: I heard your husband preach on fire and minister with fire. And I--I then started looking from the beginning. And these things that are coming to me about prayer and voice and choice, it's amazing. So we're--welcome to our party. No kidding, no kidding. GLORIA: Praise God, this is going to be good. BILLYE: And so now we're going to go down to--we're still in Genesis 2. GLORIA: Okay. BILLYE: And I am reading from the Hebrew translation.
GLORIA: Genesis, Chapter 2. BILLYE: And we're going to--we're going to read Verse 18. Genesis 2:18, "HaShem," and we know that is the four-letter name of God, "Yod-Heh-Waw-Heh," which people guess at being "Jehovah" or "Yahweh." "He took the man--" GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: "--and placed him in the garden of Eden." Now, this word "man" right here-- "He took the man," that is the word "A-dam." We say, "Adam." And it means, "of blood."
GLORIA: Hmm. BILLYE: He took the man, Adam, and it reveals to us--names reveal things. It reveals that this is a creature of blood. Now, God is not held to creating creatures of blood. Angels don't have blood. Actually, if you get right down to it, God doesn't have blood. He's a spirit. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: Now, Jesus had blood, but He shed it. And there was a time when God--you know, it says that He was a--He was a Lamb slain before the foundation of the world? GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: God was going to create a man. He knew that the man would fall, but He knew He could fix it. But what it took to fix it was, one of the -- somebody from heaven had to go to earth and live in a man's body and -- which is a body of blood, and shed it. So Adam, "A-dam," was the first creature. And He gave him this name: Adam. Now-- GLORIA: I had never thought of that, Billye, about the blood. BILLYE: The blood. GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: No. He didn't have--nobody ever had blood before Adam. It's a creation of God. And somebody said, "Well, he got the blood from the Father." Well, the Father didn't have any blood flowing in His veins because He doesn't have veins. But the Father created it with His mouth. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: So you could say, in a way, he got -- but you can't put physical laws of genetics into this. It's a mystery. GLORIA: Mm. BILLYE: He got from Mary--
GLORIA: It's awesome. BILLYE: --He got from God the Father. But the part He got from God the Father, He spoke it into being. And He names him the first Adam. GLORIA: And that's the part we get from God. BILLYE: And that's the part. Right. Now, right here I put this note, the Brim note. "Dam" is "blood" in the Hebrew. That's the Hebrew word for "blood," "dam." So this reference to man as Adam shows him to be a creature of blood. Now, in this family of words -- and all words grow from a root in the Hebrew language like the hub of a wheel, and the spokes go out with all the words that are in that word family. So all of these words are in the same family. "Dam" is the Hebrew word for blood, and "Adam" means he's a creature of blood. "Adamah" is earth, as being red soil. And remember, it says that his body was made from that earth, "Adamah." Dam-- GLORIA: Adamah. BILLYE: Adamah, Adamah. GLORIA: What would we say there? BILLYE: We would say, "Soil." GLORIA: Oh, "earth." BILLYE: "Earth." GLORIA: "Earth," okay. BILLYE: Yeah. "Adom" is the color red, in Hebrew. And "Edom" was Esau. So, you know, they said he was kind of reddish. So-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: --the plan of redemption is going to be through His blood. God's going to make a creature, put him on earth, make him a creature of blood. And then if one will go and live in a body like man's--
GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: --and will live a perfect life, then He can pour out His blood because the life is in the blood. And it will--it will settle the sin question. So one agreed to do that. And I like to read from--and I didn't print this out, Gloria, but I have my Bible turned to it. Just write down this note, people. It's Hebrews 9:14. This describes two times. The first time this happened was in heaven, in a heavenly council meeting. "How much more shall the blood of Christ," the anointed One, "who through the eternal Spirit," the Holy Ghost, "offered Himself without God--without sin, without spot to God," God the Father? Here we see God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. We see the word "Jesus," offered, "I'll go. I'll be the one that goes." And He offered Himself through the Spirit to the Father to purge our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Now, that's what we're for, to serve the living God. So this happened in heaven in a council, in a moment, an eternal moment someplace in heaven, "Will one go?" And--and the word "Jesus" offered Himself through the Spirit to the Father.
There you see the trinity. Well, it also happened on earth when He was nailed to the cross. You have the fulfillment of it. We have the Father. We have the Son, through the Spirit, offering Himself to God the Father. So He came. And this is the plan of redemption. The life is in the blood. So He was made a creature of blood. And this verse--we're going to go back to it and look at another part of it. In Genesis 2:18, HaShem, Yahweh, took the Adam and placed him in the garden of Eden for two purposes, to work it and to guard it. That--I'm reading from the ArtScrolls, remember, "to work it and to guard it." The King James says that, "He put him in the garden to dress it and to keep it." That word "keep" means guard. Now, Adam knew there was a being from which earth needed to be guarded.
Earth was the former kingdom of Lucifer-turned-Satan. So God told him, "You've got to guard this place. You've got to guard your garden. And you've got to guard it from the one--" Actually, we know how he came in the garden, Lucifer-turned-Satan. But Adam was not--this didn't surprise him. I mean, he knew there was something to guard it from. Then in Genesis 2:9--and I'm going to be reading this, again, from the--from the ArtScrolls from the Hebrew translation. "Out of the ground made the Lord God--" No, this is King James. "Out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." This is always--I heard someone talk about this, actually read it somewhere.
And it intrigued me that Eve may have had her trees mixed up because she told Satan, when he tempted her, "But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die." The tree that was in the middle of the garden was the tree of life, and God wanted them to take a bite of it. If they had taken a bite off the tree of life, then they would have been able to live forever in a perfect state. So she was a little mixed up on that. And then she added to it, "You don't get to touch it." So, that's just--in driving by-- GLORIA: That's interesting, very interesting. BILLYE: --we'll just--we'll just throw this out. You need to be sure about what God said in the Word and not add to it, not take away, not get mixed up on it.
GLORIA: That's right. BILLYE: And how do you do that? You feed on it and you feed on it, and you listen to good teachers of the Word. You feed on it and then-- GLORIA: Listen to the Holy Spirit. BILLYE: Yeah, listen to the interpreter of it. So now we're going to go to Genesis 2:18. And this is when God--oh, we'll just read it. Genesis 2:18, this is from the King James, "And Jehovah--" L-O-R-D, capital L-O-R-D, so we know that's Yod-Heh-Waw-Heh, "God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." Now, most people--you will just hear it over and over, "The woman is a help meet. She's a help meet." There's no such thing as one word, "helpmate" or "helpmeet." It is not one word. It means a help meet for him or corresponding to him, just like him, face to face, over against him. Young's Literal Translation of the Bible, and remember he's the one that did the analytical concordance of the Bible, he translates it like this: "And Jehovah God said, 'Not good for the man to be alone, for I do make to him an helper--as his counterpart.'"
GLORIA: A helper? BILLYE: "A helper--as his counterpart." The picture is she's exactly like him, face to face. I mean, they match. Even in the--in creating and children, they match face to face. She's like him. So that's what it means. Now, we'll see a little bit more about it as we go to Genesis 2:20. "And the man calleth names to all the cattle, and to fowl of the heavens." I'm reading, again, from Young's Literal Translation. And Adam calls names to all the cattle, to fowl of the heavens, to every beast of the field; and to man hath not been found an helper--as his counterpart." See, God's going to make him a counterpart. But, He wants him to see there's nothing in the animal kingdom like him. They can't talk. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: And He wants Adam to see that there's nothing like him. So the Chumash--the Chumash--this is a note that I gave from the Chumash. "In the Torah's concept, a name is not simply a convenient convention, but it reflects the nature of each creature and its role in the total scheme of the universe."
GLORIA: Hmm, interesting. BILLYE: "Thus, as we find over and over in the Torah and in the Bible," the Tanakh, "the names of people had a profound significance that expressed their mission. Adam had the power to recognize the essence of every animal and name it accordingly. Having this insight into every creature, he realized that none of them corresponded to his essence socially and intellectually." None of them had the power of speech. And he did name them. I remember I was in Israel when my--Chip's baby son was born. And I called home to see, "What you named him?" They said, "Well, we named him Caleb." And I knew that in Hebrew, it's the word "kehleb," and it means dog. And I didn't want him to be calling him "dog." So I said, "Well, did you give him another name?"
And Chip said, "Yes. We named him after dad, Kent, for the middle name." I said, "Well, I'll call him Kent." Well, it wasn't one day till I was down at Mr. Pomeranz' bookstore and I'm looking at Hebrew words, a book on Hebrew words. And this man--I mean, he's since become a good friend of me--mine. He's a scribe. And he said, "Oh, I see that you're interested in Hebrew words." He said, "Did you ever consider how Adam named the animals?" And he starts with a discourse on this. He said, "Every one of them came forth." And "A-dam," Adam, named them according to their dispositions. He said, "Let's take the word 'kehleb' for instance," "kehleb," dog. He said, "kehleb." He named the dog. He said, "Now, what does that word show you about its essence, the dog's essence?" And I said, "I don't know." He said, "Well, divide it into two words." Well, I did know those two words. The last one is "lev," and it means heart. "Kel" means all. He said, "The dog is all heart. It's faithful to its master." GLORIA: Interesting. BILLYE: It's very faithful, and he named it according to that essence. And I said, "Ah!" He said, "It literally means, 'wholehearted,'" wholehearted. I said, "Oh, I can call my grandson 'Caleb.' It means wholehearted." So that's how Adam named the animals. And he had the ability to look into them and to see what their essence was and name them. The Hebrew names are those that stick from now on. Now, he saw that there wasn't anyone like him, and God wanted him to see that. The very next verse says, Verse 21--2:21--and now I'm back to reading from the Chumash again. "So HaShem God cast a deep sleep upon the man and he slept. And He took one of his sides--" not a rib. There is a word for "rib," but the Hebrew word is not "rib" here. "He took one of his sides, and He filled in flesh in its place. Then HaShem fashioned the side that He had taken from the man into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And the man, Adam, said, 'This time it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This shall be called woman, for from man was she taken.
Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.'" Now we have two new words introduced-- GLORIA: Now man is whole. BILLYE: Yeah, now man is whole, sure. GLORIA: (Laughs) BILLYE: And one side of man, that's right. It's one side of man, not the rib of man. I'm telling you, people have misunderstood the Bible so much. He took one side of the man. They were together, and they were named--their name was Adam. Their name was man, was Adam, "of blood." So God took the man and took one side of him, and from that, He made the woman. But look what the man called-- GLORIA: So they were one. BILLYE: They were one. But look at what the man called her. We see these words introduced. And, oh, brother, after your husband preached on fire, I'm reading this. Oh, my goodness, here we go. "And the man, Adam, said, 'This time it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This shall be called ishah,'" i-s-h-a-h, "'for from ish,'" man, "'was she taken. Therefore a man (ish) shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife (ishah), and they shall become one flesh.'" Now, I'm going to ask them to -- now -- no, no, I better read a little--little more of the Chumash note. Adam named her gender "ishah" (woman) because she was taken from "ish" (man). Now, this is their note. This is their note, the Hebrew note. "Left unanswered, however, is why man is called ish. That name comes from the root word 'esh,' for fire." There's something about man in his essence that's tied to fire. Remember Hebrew names. They're not just out from the blue. They mean something. So I've asked them to put up something. I made a chart, and I've asked them to put up--here, Gloria, is one for you.
GLORIA: Thank you. BILLYE: These words you're going to see first--we're going to put up the chart that's the three words. "Esh" is the word for fire. Now, in Hebrew, you go from right to left. So we see that the Hebrew word has "aleph" and then "shin." GLORIA: Look that that. BILLYE: "Aleph" and then "shin," and that's the word "esh," fire. Now we're going to look at the word for man, "ish." You see the "aleph," you see the "shin," but there's a little letter in the middle. Here's the "aleph"-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: --here's the "shin"-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: --but there's a little letter in the middle. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: And that little letter is called "yod." GLORIA: "Yod." BILLYE: The "yod," and this "ish" is man as the male gender. Now we're going to see "ishah." You see the "aleph" as the first letter moving right to left-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: --and the "shin," but then you see another letter added. It's the "heh" at the end. So we have "ish"-- GLORIA: "Ishah." BILLYE: -- "ishah," and He has added little letters to their names. And the letters that He had added is "yod" and "heh." These come from the four-letter name of God. I'm going to ask them to show you that now. You see the four-letter name of God, going from right, "Yod-Heh-Waw-Heh." God added--now, this is the name of Yahweh, Jehovah. He is--He was, He is, He is to come. God added the "yod" to "ish" --to "esh." He added the "yod" to "esh" to make "ish" for the male.
He added the "heh" to "esh," fire, to make "ishah." So the two letters He took from His name were "yod" and "heh," and that is the word "yah." We say it every time we say, "hallelujah," praise to God. What did He do? He took a part of Himself and put into the word "fire." And He made the word for male and He made the word for female, "ish" and "ishah." Remember when He took to Adam, and He changed his name. "From now on, you're going to be named Abraham." He added the letter from His name, "heh," to Abraham. And He added the letter "heh" to Sarai and made her Sarah. So each case, He's taken part of His name, Yod-Heh-Waw-Heh--Oh, the name of God, it means so much. We haven't even tapped what it means.
GLORIA: Mm. BILLYE: And He took a part of that name and He added it to the word "fire." And He made male with the "yod" added, and He made female, "ishah," with the "heh" added. He added "God" to the "fire." Bless the Lord. There is something about man that has fire in him. Now, this is their--their comment. "The presence of godliness in human beings is expressed by the letters that are added to their names, 'yod' in the name 'ish,' and 'heh' in the name 'ishah.' These two letters spell the divine name 'yah,' because God must be present in the union of a man and a wife. If they allow Him in, their union is godly. If not, they are left with 'esh,' a destructive fire that will not only harm their own relationship, but may well unleash a conflagration that will harm all around." We're going to come back to this essence of fire. GLORIA: Wow. BILLYE: But there's something about us, Gloria, that got me after I saw Ken ministering fire. After he laid hands on people, they turned red before my very eyes.
They got miracles. There's something in us that is a fire. And that fire which can be good and create, or, it can be bad. It can be lust, it can curse. That fire--there's something about the fire of man and the coals off the altar and the fire of God that creates. GLORIA: My, my. BILLYE: And we're going to be looking more of this in its relationship to prayer. But when I saw that there's something basic in man--when God uses the root word of something, He used "fire." GLORIA: You don't want to miss any of these. Billye and I'll be right back.