B. Creation of Man (Genesis 2:7, 1:26-27)
Here in this verse we actually gain some insight into how Adam was formed. Let's note some particular facts.
(1) Yahweh God made man.
Man did not make or 'invent' God. God invented him from scratch. Man did not have an existence outside of God's creative purposes. Man and creation are totally and constantly reliant on God’s grace. Man's life should focus on what God's purposes are for him. Here man will find true happiness.
The Name of God is first used in chapter two in conjunction with His title ‘God.’ They are at first put together in this account (2:4) to make sure there was no confusion that they were not two different identities. ‘LORD’ is the poor English translation for God’s Name, Yahweh. Some people out of respect add vowels to His Name and form the word Jehovah. This Name is never to be said irreverently or even casually. As we continue on in this section, we will discover that God uses His Name when He speaks of fellowship with man. This was not needed in chapter 1 where He was presented as the Creator.
The Name of God is first used in conjunction with His title 'God.' They are at first put together in this account (2:4) to make sure there was no confusion that they were not two different identities. 'LORD' is the poor English translation for God's Name, Yahweh. This Name is never to be said irreverently or even casually. As we continue on in this section, we will discover that God uses His Name when He speaks of fellowship with man. This was not needed in chapter 1.
Genesis 1:1-2:3 do not use this Name because God's almighty power in creation was displayed. The covenantal Name is used when we see God interacting closely with man such as starting in 2:4 with the discussion of the Garden of Eden.
(2) Breath of Life
God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life. Life is from God. He has the right to give and take. Life is the animation of the body. In 1:20-21 there are living creatures. Breath is life. We now know how our breath brings oxygen into our bodies and thus plays an important part to all the cells proper functioning.
A good challenge for evolutionists is to consider how the whole air-dependent system. God says He first made man and then breathed life into Him. This is much more credible, once we understand the unbelievably complex body of man.
(3) God formed man.
Man did not arrive on the scene by accident but by design.
Because of further research, evolution has been shouted out of the arena. The cell was formerly thought to be a mysterious compound of material called protoplasm. The cell, it has come to be discovered, is an intensely complex manufacturing plant that could not have come about by accident. Today’s evolutionary theory is evolving to accommodate ‘sudden’ and radical development.
Those who contemplate the evolution of man, run into a host of unsolvable questions especially if they profess to hold to the integrity of God’s Word. Was Adam a real man? Did God lie about how He made man? Who was God talking to in the garden? Who fell? Who was the son of God (i.e. Adam) and how was he made in the image of God?
If there was no Adam, then there could be no woman, or how else can one explain woman’s creation? They couldn’t evolve together. They would die out in one generation if not made simultaneous. God clearly says man was made from dust and not a humanoid. Not one of these questions can be answered by evolution. The question is whether one believes God’s word or the myths of evolution. We should not be scared of evolution even though its advocates seem to speak with such authority. The discovery of the design of living things is shaking evolutionary thought to the dust. Right now it is embedded into the religion of materialism and so is held without evidence.
The verb ‘form’ is different from ‘create’ and speaks of a special aspect to God’s making of man. It was not creating man from nothing (more like creating) or the haplessly throwing chemicals together )accident). God carefully formed man. This is exactly what we find in the field of microbiology. The DNA chain demonstrates a complexity of life that only creation can explain.
(4) Man came from the dust.
Man is a humble creature even though Adam was made in the image of God. God’s origins are not spoken of because He is eternal. He was before and after time.
Man’s roots, however, are from the ground. The Hebrew word for man is almost the same word as ground. They both come from the common root of ‘red’ (red-colored earth). “Adam’ is simply a transliteration (i.e. pronunciation) of the Hebrew word. Below are two Chinese characters that reflect the connection between God’s word and the creation of man as well as his roots from the ground.
Because of sin, our earthly natures must remain here (die). From dust to dust. We should not be surprised to see that the chemicals in man and other animals are similar. Our humble frame leaves no room for pride.
(5) The image of God
Life is more than man’s physical presence. Does a man have a soul? Is it different than life? Yes.
There are many very long discussions as to what the image of God means. The phrase comes from chapter 1.
The word ‘image’ is repeated several times for emphasis. Furthermore, He clearly states that both male and female were made in God’s image. Man was made with God’s likeness. So was woman. It is evident that this likeness would enable him to rule over the earth with his reason and will.
It is possible that this likeness outwardly refers to the cloak of light that surrounded man. After man fell, he felt naked. His glory was taken from him. He was formerly clothed with light as God. The following verses make a special connection between the glory (light) of God and the image of man.
God’s glory shone upon Moses when he met with God. He had to cover his face. We saw the same thing with Jesus, Moses and Elijah during the transfiguration. Note the Chinese characters that seem to indicate man’s original ‘clothing’ to be God’s glorious light.
Maybe a glorious light was seen on the outer man to reflect God’s glorious image, but there are also many inward differences that sets him apart from other creatures. Some of these also are special characteristics of man that we find in God.
• Sense of a higher being (worship and God consciousness).
Genesis Introduction: Introduction to Genesis | Outline and Genealogies | Genesis' Chronologies (5 & 11) | Unified Themes of Genesis