Last updated on June 26, 2019
One day the Eternal God scooped dirt out of the ground, sculpted it into the shape we call human, breathed the breath that gives life into the nostrils of the human, and the human became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7, the Voice)
Close your eyes and imagine with me.
On the sixth day of creation, the Son of God knelt down, plunging His hands deep into the rich, living soil of the earth that He had just created. In wisdom, He drew out of that soil the elements and minerals of which we are all made and lovingly formed the first human being.
As He worked, He thought about you…. and me…. every person who would ever exist because of this one creative act. And He smiled.
This Potter molded not only the exterior of ‘adam, as a human artist would, but He, with the finest detail, designed blood cells, an immune system, eyes that see and ears that hear. He formed enzymes and hormones, and a finely-tuned clotting mechanism that requires every component to be in place at the right time and sequence. He designed every system, every organ, every cell, every strand of DNA.
The Eternal One had already dreamed about each one of us, and wrote about us in His books. The color of our hair and eyes. The things that would bring us joy. The giftings and callings that would be the passion of our lives. The unique gift that we could be to the rest of His creation, for the time we lived and for generations to come.
As He worked, He was aware of the joys and hardships we would live through, because He already knew the rest of the story, from beginning to end. It’s amazing that He even started the project, for He knew the outcome of creating one in the image of God, one with a free will. And, yet, He continued, molding and lovingly forming the first ‘adam (human being).
Before time began, before the first Word went forth from the mouth of the Eternal One on Day One, there was already a Plan. The Wisdom of God already knew. His “beloved ones”, the joy of His heart, would need a Savior. He knew the cost… and yet He continued on with His work, for He could see “the joy set before Him”.
The Son of God put the last finishing touches on His new creation, then leaned in. It was time. Releasing His Spirit breath into ‘adam’s nostrils, Creator God willed His special creation to come to life. The first human being was now also a triune being — body, soul, and spirit.
We are not told this part of the story, but can you imagine what it was like for ‘adam to open his eyes for the very first time — looking into the very Face of God?
The very first thing he hears is the Voice of God. The first experience of every one of his senses was being in the Presence of Creator God.
The look on his face must have made God laugh for joy, with ‘adam joining in. That may have been the very beginning of those type of infectious laughing spells that are a common human experience, one that creates a joy bond.
The Eternal One took ‘adam’s hand and brought him into the garden in Eden (“eden” means “pleasure”), which God established as the perfect home for humanity to begin. Already the garden was full of beauty and growth – varieties of colors beyond imagination! A life-giving river, coming out of Eden, watered the garden, then flowed on, dividing into four rivers.
And then, before ‘adam’s eyes, God caused wondrously beautiful trees to sprout and spring up, trees that produced a variety of delicious and wholesome fruit to meet every need and desire of the humans who would live there. The fragrance itself must have been amazing!
The Son paused … pointing out to ‘adam two important trees, placed in the very center of all the other trees that had been freely provided:
The Tree of Life
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
I wonder if this was the first time that ‘adam experienced God’s serious side. He certainly realized how important it was to listen closely as he received these life-changing instructions:
“… Eat freely from any and all trees in the garden; I only require that you abstain from eating the fruit of one tree—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Beware: the day you eat the fruit of this tree, you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16-17, The Voice)
As the warning of the Tree sank in, and ‘adam turned, focusing once again on his Creator, did he see a momentary sadness wash across His kind face?
In the next moment, the Eternal One spoke what was next on His mind. He said (and I think He had a twinkle in His eye):
“It is not good for the man to be alone, so I will create a companion for him, a perfectly suited partner.” (Genesis 2:18)
The story continues next time in the post: “Created in the Image of God — The Power of Our Words”.
For further understanding:
John 1:1-5, 9-18
Hebrews 1:10 (in context of chapter 1)
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