“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
Let’s take a look at the words I underlined in red.
Breath of Life=Neshemash chayyim
Living soul(being)=Chaya nephesh
Remember that the Hebrew language is based on root words. From one root word, there are many offshoots from that one word with related meanings.
Notice the similarity between naphach, neshemah, and nephesh.
They all refer to God’s life-spirit being supernaturally placed into man.
The point here is that life itself is something that comes from outside of our four dimensional universe and can only originate from God.
In this day and age, we have evolutionists and other scientists trying to prove that we can take things that are not living and given enough time (billions and billions of years they say) and the right set of circumstances life can somehow spontaneously erupt minus any divine intervention.
However, no scientist has yet had any luck proving their theories of spontaneous generation and never will.
Because life comes from God.
Let’s take a look at the term “Breath of Life”.
In Hebrew it is Neshemah chayyim.
Do you recall that whenever you want to make a Hebrew word plural, you add -im to the noun.
So technically speaking, this could be translated the “breath of lives”.
This indicates that more than one life was inserted into Adam.
However, what kind of “lives”?
Well, this is something that theologians have struggled to understand for centuries.
One kind of life could be the basic life force that is common to all living things and an other kind of life could be the spirit that allows us to commune with God. The Hebrews called this invisible essence that allows man to commune with God the Ruach Hakodesh. Ruach Hakodesh means the “Holy Spirit”.
Another interesting question that Hebrews have struggled with is “is the soul the same as the spirit?” When we look at the original Hebrew, we can see that both animals and humans are nephesh (living beings). However, only humans are able to receive the Ruach Hakodesh.
So we can conclude from this that only humans have the capacity to commune with God.