Gen 2: 19 Out of the ground Yahweh God formed every animal of the field, and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call (qara) them. Whatever the man called (qara) every living creature that was its name.
Hebrew: And all, whatever man (Adam) labeled ever part of God’s creation, that was the name of it.
The word “call” is “qara” in the Hebrew. Biblical calling has greater connotation than the simple articulation of an utterance.
“Qara” implies the labeling of creation, events, or circumstances with the words of our mouth.
Labeling classifies the object into a specified category, for good or bad.
Rom 3:27 Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.
As we studied, faith is a law. A law triggers specific results in quantified circumstances. Faith is a potent thing, for good or for evil. Every answer that we procure from God must come by faith. Many a time God has kept me in the lurch of trial until I learned to ask and believe by faith.
One day of great faith does more than one month of prayer.
When calling “qara” by faith, I place a label on what I call, and appoint it into a category.
By my labeling I assert sovereignty into that which I labeled. Summarily I decree what it will do, since I have classified, branded, and narrowed its functions within the category. I restrict the object to perform the specified tasks commensurate with its classification. Within those tasks, I endow the object with what it needs to complete them, for good or evil.
God did not label His creation. It was man! God brought every part of His creation to see what man would name and label it.
Adam’s labeling thousands of years ago, remains in full effect. Out of the mouth of one mortal, creation functions for us today, or we function for it. Many a time we are its prisoner, and all this, out of the mouth of one man, a long time ago.
What power God gives man!
What power lies in the tongue!
What freedom of will God gives, that He waited on Adam to see what he would choose. God honored what Adam chose! He waits to see whether we choose Jesus or not; whether we send ourselves to heaven or hell. He honors our decision.
I think of Christopher Hitchens. God honored his atheism. I pray that he found His maker.
Circumspectly we talk to our children, our neighbors and ourselves. We are creatures of labeling, and as with Adam, whatever we call, that is its name, for good or for evil!