Intercessory

ARTOS ZAHO GLOBAL VIGIL

Intercessory Teaching

God’s Original Plan

The answer to why prayer is necessary lies in God’s original plan when He created Adam.
I used to think Adam had to be pretty awesome.

The word Adam means ‘man’ human being. In other words, God made ‘man’. He made hu-man and
called him ‘human’. He made an adam and named him ‘Adam’. In fact, often times when the Bible
uses the term ‘man’ the actual Hebrew word is Adam.
What God intended for Adam, He intended for the entire human race.
What was God’s intention? Initially, He gave Adam and Eve and their descendant’s dominion over
the entire earth and all creation as we see in Genesis 1:26-28.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule
over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, [a]
and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and
female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and
subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature
that moves on the ground.”

We also see in Psalm 8:3-8
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you
have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
Adam, God re-Presenter on Earth.

The Hebrew word mashal, translated ‘rule’ in verse 6, it indicates that Adam (and eventually
his descendants) was God’s manager here, God steward or governor. Adam was God’s
mediator, go-between or representative.

Psalm 115:16 also confirms this: ‘The heaven…the Eternal holds himself, the earth He
assigned to men’ (Moffatt Translation, emphasis added). This translation communicates with
greater accuracy the meaning of the Hebrew word Nathan, otherwise frequently translated
‘given’. God didn’t give away ownership of the earth, but He did assign the responsibility of
governing it to humanity.

Genesis 2:15 says, ‘Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to
cultivate it and keep it.’ The word ‘keep’ is a translation of the Hebrew word shamar, which
means ‘to guard or protect.’ It is primary word used for a watchman in the scriptures. Adam
literally was God’s watchman or guardian on the earth.
What does it actually mean to represent someone?

The dictionary defines ‘representation’ as to present again.
A re-presentative is one who re-present the will of another. I for example, I’m honoured to
represent Christ wherever I go. The dictionary also provides these meanings; to exhibit the
image and counterpart of; to speak and act with authority on the part of; to be substitute or
agent of. Sound very similar to what God told Adam, doesn’t it.

It’s not no small task to re-present God. Therefore, to help us human more adequately carry
out this assignment, God made us so much the same as Himself that it was illusionary.
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and
female he created them. Genesis 1:27

The Hebrew word image is tselem, which involves the concept of a shadow, a phantom or an
illusion.
An illusion is something you think you see, but on closer observation you discover that your
eyes have tricked you. When the rest of the creation saw Adam, they must be thinking down
the line, I thought for a moment i saw God, but it’s only Adam.
How’s that for a re-presentation?

We are also told that Adam was similar to or comparable to God. The Hebrew word
demuwth, translated ‘likeness’ in Genesis 1:26, comes from the root word damah meaning to
compare. Adam was very much like God.
Psalm 8:5 actually says human beings were made just ‘a little lower than God.’ The same
verse says humanity was crowned with God’s very own glory.
Hebrew word for glory is kabowd, literally means ‘heavy or weighty’. This of course is
linked to the concept of authority.

Adam carries a lot of weight on earth. He represented God with full authority! He was in
charge.

1. Read Genesis 1:26-28. What was God’s intention for Adam in regards to the animals?
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2. What was God’s intention for Adam and Eve as a couple?
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3. Read Psalm 8:3-8. With what is man crowned?
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4. Over what is man to rule?
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5. Read Psalm 115:16. What did God give to man?
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6. Read Genesis 2:15. What two responsibilities regarding the earth did God assign to Adam?
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7. What is the Hebrew word for image and which scripture verse reflects this?
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7a. True or False; 1 Corinthians 11:7 says that man is the image and glory of God.
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9. Read Romans 3:23. What happened when Adam sinned?
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10. What does Romans 5:12 say about the long term effects of Adam’s sin?
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We must be changed back into God’s image ‘from glory to glory’ (2 Corinthians 3:18) for
this recognition to be realized again.

God needs our prayer:

Ezekiel 22:30-31
30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the
gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. 31 So I will
pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their
own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”