DESIRE // LENT D::29

[ READING :: Genesis 2:4-7 ]

“...and humanity became a living being.”

I was flipping through my twitter feed the other day and read a C.S. Lewis quote that went something like this; “Man doesn’t have a soul, man has a body, he is a soul.” And this is true for all of humanity!

Biblically a synonym for the word soul is desire. Let me explain...

The word translated ‘being’ in Genesis 2 is central to our understand of the Christian self. The Hebrew word (the original language of the OT) is the word nepes.

The word nepes can be translated a few different ways; here it is translated being, often it is translated soul, and another common translation is desire. This Hebrew word is very nuanced and so translators try to help us understand the intention and feel of the biblical writer by translating this same word in a handful of different way. Sometimes it’s helpful and sometimes it’s confusing.

The bottom line is that we don’t just have a bunch of desires but we are one big desire, our being is a desire. You might read Genesis chapter 2 in one of these 2 ways;

“The Lord formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man being a living soul.”

OR —

““The Lord formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man being a living DESIRE.”

As in the story of Zacchaeus from yesterday the questions becomes not if you have desire but what is your desire after? What are you pursuing with you desire, which is all of you. What are you seeking after? Hungering and thirsting for? What is your soul craving?

This is central to pretty much everything. I’ll post another meditation or two later today.

May your desire be for Jesus, the living water!