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Genesis—Where the Beginning Began
1/19/22
Part 2
“God Made Us”

Last time we saw that God created the heavens and the earth in six, twenty-four hour days. Now this time we’re going to look at His crowning creation—man! Starting in Genesis 1:26,

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

First, we note God’s plan—to make man in His image. Now, we know that God is a Spirit (John 4:24), so this does not mean that God looks like a man. And it also can’t mean his immortality, for God is immortal in eternity past and in eternity future, while man is only immortal moving forward after being born.

“In His image” refers to man’s morality, commonly called original righteousness. Ec 7:29 says, “God created man upright.”

Man was created with a moral nature that mirrored God’s holiness, goodness, and righteousness.

And “Made in His image” would also include the ability to think, assess, reason, make logical choices, reflect, create, and fellowship with God on a level the animals could never dream of.
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Second, we note that God is very specific in pointing out the gender distinctions of mankind—God made a male, and God made a female.

And chapter 2 will tell us that God’s plan for these two genders is marriage. He created the two genders to complement one another and create a oneness in the bonds of matrimony.

It is totally obvious to me that if God, who made human beings either male or female—and who ordained marriage starting with the first couple—if He had intended for two of the same gender to be married, He would have said so in Genesis. But He didn’t because this was not His original plan.
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28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

This is the second time God specifies that He gave man dominion over all the rest of creation. This means to subjugate, to rule over, to reign.

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

We note here that, before the fall, all of God’s creation were herbivores, vegetarians, not carnivores. Carnivorous activity became a feature of a fallen world. It was not God’s original plan.
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As we come to chapter 2, we’re going to see that Moses revisits the creation of all things with special focus on the creation of Adam and Eve. Chapter 2 is NOT a chronological account, but is more a deeper, detailed account of the special attention God put into the creation of man and woman.

2:1 “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.”

This describes the pristine condition of the world leading up to the first half of day 6. Because it is the second half of day 6 when God created Adam. Verse 7 picks up there:

7 “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 being.”

This is new information. Chapter one did not tell us that Adam was made from the ground, or that God breathed the breath of life (nesh-aw-maw’) into him. In verse eight the narrative continues:

8 “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.”

This also is new information. God gave Adam a task as soon as He created him—go and work the garden.
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Now let’s read verse 9 very carefully:

9 “And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

This is not contradicting chapter one. It is not saying that God created trees and vegetation AFTER He made Adam. It’s simply telling us that the vegetation He had already created had begun to grow.

And we also get our first glimpse of the two famous trees God placed in the garden of Eden—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life.
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Next, verses 10-14 describe four rivers:

“Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.”

The idea here is of a stream rising in Eden that flowed through it, and at some distance outside of Eden it divided into four great rivers. Some have traced these rivers and their original source to what is today Armenia, which borders the northern tip of Iran. This has led some to believe that Eden was located somewhere in that vicinity!

15 “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” This is the first ‘thou shalt not’ prohibition in the Bible.

Not the words carefully because this is the only “word of God” the first couple had for a Bible. And it is this command Satan will twist in Eve’s hearing.
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Next, we come to the creation of Eve. First, God notes that man is alone and it’s not good.

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him. 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them.”

Again, this is NOT telling us that God made the animals AFTER Adam. Remember, chapter 2 is not intended to be chronological. It is simply a non-chronological repeat of what chapter 1 already said—namely, that God created the animals and the birds.

And chapter picks up this account to tell us that, after Adam was created, those same animals and birds were brought to him that he might name them. This is the purpose of verse 19. So it is not a contradiction.

Consider the genius of Adam as described in the next verse:

Vs. 19b “And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.”

This means that Adam named hundreds of different creatures with original, different names. This would require a brilliant, creative mind!

Now we come to the magic moment God made woman:

21 “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”

23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
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So Adam was made from the ground, and Eve was made from Adam. The great Bible commentator, Matthew Henry, writes:

“Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”

There’s not much I can add to that!
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Next, God again reveals His purpose for creating male and female:

24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Jesus quotes this passage in Mark 10:7 and Matthew 19:5-6. Paul quotes it in Eph 5:31-33. So both the Lord Jesus and the Apostle Paul quote Moses’s description of marriage as God’s one and only plan.

God’s order is: “A man…shall be joined to his wife.”

And the two shall become profoundly connected—even becoming one flesh.

25 “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

This final verse of chapter 2 is a describing Adam and Eve’s innocence. There had never been a sin, so there was no such thing as shame. Adam and Eve were utterly childlike in their original state, having no reason at all to feel guilty about anything!

But after they sinned, they immediately looked for covering.

I close with a great quote: “Blushing is now the color of virtue, but it was not the color of innocence.”

If you have virtue and morals, then you can and will blush given the right moment. But in the beginning, there was no blushing because innocence ruled the day.

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