Wouldn’t it be cool to be the first two humans ever? Talk about celeb status. Let’s learn a more about how humans came into existence by reading Genesis 2.
Genesis 2:1-3 – Rest
After all of His work, God rested on the seventh day and made it holy. This day is known to Jews as the Sabbath. As Christians, we also believe in the New Testament as the Word of God. Therefore, we are no longer obligated to observe the Sabbath, since everyday is set apart to observe the work of Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:16-17). Keep in mind we still are obligated to work six days.
Fun fact: this is the first time the word “Lord” is mentioned in the Bible.
Genesis 2:5-7 – Man Created
God created vegetation, but there was no rain?? Vegetation was able to exist since the outer atmosphere made of water vapor created a cycle of evaporation and condensation. God then created man from dust. Simple. Next to nothing. What does this mean? Dust is referenced multiple times again in the Bible, mostly relating to humility and lowliness beneath the perfection of the Lord.
And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.” – Genesis 18:27
And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!’ – Revelation 18:19
To give Adam life, God breathed into his nostrils. God’s breath… Divine air…That’s some high quality oxygen. God’s breath = life. We are made in God’s image in this way. We are given a soul. Life did not come from an evolutionary chemical reaction, it is a gift from God.
When referring to life, the Bible continuously uses these words.
If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust. – Job 34: 14-15
Genesis 2:8-17; 19-20 – Garden of Eden
Who doesn’t love a beautiful garden? Imagine the most beautiful flowers and luscious fruits and vegetables. Of course God put the first man there! It doesn’t get any better than that on this Earth. Perfect habitation. God put Adam in the garden to work and tend the garden. Work existed before the fall of man; therefore, work is good for man. God also formed creatures out of the ground and brought them to Adam to be named. I don’t think I could even come up with 10 names for animals. Adam’s intellect had not yet suffered from the knowledge of good and evil, so he is probably the most brilliant man to ever have existed (besides Jesus of course).
Now for the trees…
1) Tree of life – This is the tree of eternal life. Now, this tree of life is available to us in Heaven, to sustain eternal life. This is described in the last book of the Bible, Revelation, when Eden is restored. Lucky for us, through Christ we have this perfect garden to look forward to!
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. – Revelation 2:7
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. – Revelation 22:1-2
2) Tree of good and evil – The temptation tree. God forbid Adam to eat from it. The fruit would give Adam the knowledge of what is good and what is evil, allowing evil into the perfect garden. The consequence of disobedience? Death. No more sustaining eternal life in the Garden of Eden. It is important to note here that Adam had free will, and therefore the power of choice. He also had only one temptation, this tree, but it was a big one.
Genesis 2:18; 21-22– Hello Eve!
Even with all of these living creatures, Adam did not find one that was suitable to be his helper. This means he saw himself as separate from animals, even above. God never intended man to be alone. He saw it as “not good.” He created a woman to be “suitable” and “comparable” to him. In the marriage sense, women are an equal partner to a man, put on this Earth to carry out God’s work for them. I will dive more into the concept of marriage in a later post.
So God performed the first surgery, using a great anesthetic so that Adam did not feel a thing when God removed his rib from him.
–> Pretty awesome connection here: On the cross, a wound was made in Jesus’ side. The blood and the water that came out from Jesus’ side create the Bride of Christ, the Church. Christianity. A new creation. (John 19:28-37)
Adam saw that Eve was similar to him, since she was created from him. He also realized she was different from him, since she was taken out of man. We can get a little into equality here. Woman was made to work alongside man. Man and woman are spiritually equal, made in God’s image and intended to do His work. Yet God’s call for Eve was to be Adam’s helper/correspondent/suitor. Highlighting man’s duty to lead and women’s call of submission. Man submits as well, but to the Lord. That being said, Adam and Eve are still a team of equal nature. Confusing, I know. This whole “girl power” and “independent” movement has me turned around as well. Both are great, but we have to remember we are made in the image of God, and man and woman are created to do God’s work together, each playing different roles.
Genesis 2:24-25 – Wedding Bells!
Man and woman shall become “one flesh.” Kind of self explanatory, but take note the importance of sex. There is no such thing as “casual sex” (see verse below). Also take note that if sex is happening in a marriage, that does not necessarily mean there is oneness. The one flesh relationship has to become through time with God, fulfilling God’s purpose. Adam and Eve are unashamed of their nakedness, completely exposed, since they have nothing to be ashamed of, as there was no sin at that point.
Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” – 1 Corinthians 6:16
Genesis 2 is beautiful. Man came from dust, and man’s life came from God’s breath. Woman was created from man by God. No, scientifically these things don’t make sense. But God’s power is out of our realm of understanding. And that’s what makes Him God.