“Then God (Elohim) said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness'” (Gen. 1:26-27). They said “Us” and “Our” because it was God and the Word.
This is classified information: humans are not animals, even if they sometimes act like it! They are of the God kind! The Word created them male and female because their destiny is to become sons and daughters in the Elohim Family and Kingdom (2 Cor. 6:18).
The First Adam
“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” (Gen. 2:7). Unlike speaking all of the earlier creation into existence, the Word knelt down in the dirt and shaped the first man with His own hands and fingers. He gave him a healthy masculine physique that would last 930 years! The Word would have personal intimate involvement with this special creation! Adam’s first sight was His Creator!
The Hebrew word for man is Adam, meaning “red.” If any would threaten, “your name is mud,” he’d say “well, yes it is!”
It’s crucial to note that when the Word forcibly blew into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life, Adam “became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7, King James Version). Don’t miss that: Adam became a soul. He didn’t have an immortal one! The Hebrew word for “soul” is nephesh, and that word is used in Genesis of various physical, material creatures—even dead ones.
The Word told Adam pointedly, “For dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19). A little kid looked under his bed, got scared and ran to his momma crying, “Somebody’s either coming or going!”
The Spirit in Man
Take crucial note: While Adam was not created with an immortal soul, the Word breathed into him a spirit in man. “There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent” (Job 32:8, New Living Translation). Zech. 12:1). Adam’s children become human and receive their spirit in man at conception.
This spirit in man enables a human to know “the things of a man” (1 Cor. 2:11). It empowers the physical brain with human intellect to make humans aspire to god-like qualities such as abstract thinking, art appreciation, and even questioning our own existence. This spirit in man is what makes humans so vastly superior to animals. It is not conscious of itself and does not exist apart from the human (Psa. 146:4). When a human dies, his or her spirit in man goes up to heaven as a recording of the person’s physical traits, memories, character and even fingerprints for God to use to resurrect the person (Eccl. 12:7).
The question arises about claims for prehistoric beings millions of years ago. The Bible calls Adam the first man (1 Cor. 15:45). Jesus Christ (the Word who created Adam) traces His lineage back no further than Adam. Speculation says perhaps there were creatures created by Lucifer/Satan which did not have a spirit in man. Radioactive dating methods are highly suspect for past the Flood because the sudden worldwide chaos didn’t go along with alleged uniformity.
The Word planted a special Garden of Eden for Adam and commissioned him to “tend and keep it” (Gen. 2:15).
Adam needed “a helper comparable to him”
And the Word said “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him” (v. 18). But first, to impress upon Adam his need for intellectual and emotional companionship, he brought all the animals and birds, probably in pairs of males and females, to Adam to see what he would name them. It was painfully obvious to Adam that he was odd man out.
So God put Adam into a deep sleep, took one of his ribs, and from it made a woman just for him. The Hebrew banah literally and figuratively means built! When God brought the woman to Adam, he—and she—probably gasped in appreciation! Maybe they both shouted “Vive la différence!” Maybe the first joke shared between this new couple was “Pardon my French.”
“Woman was not taken from man’s head, to rule over him, nor from his foot, to be crushed by him, but from under his arm, to be protected, and from near his heart, to be loved” (poet Mildred North). This would remind them that neither can be whole without the other. It’s not good for either to be alone. God apparently gave men and women each half of His great qualities so they could form a great team uniting together and picturing godly completeness.
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve (“life”), because she was the mother of all living” (Gen. 3:20).
God instituted marriage
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Gen. 2:24-25, Heb.13:4). God blessed them and told them to be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth.
Marriage was between one man and one woman, with each’s relationship with God being the most important part of their relationship. This is the Supreme Court of the Universe’s definition of marriage!
Adam and Eve were not created with evil human nature. They started out neutral. Innocent. Adam had fulfilled the arduous chore of naming all the animals in a good attitude. The Word summed up their special startup: “it was very good” (Gen. 1:21).
Beautifully understated! Adam and Eve starting life with each being specially created for the other by God in a private garden paradise created just for them, stocked with peaceful animals and real delicious uncorrupted food!
How could the Word top that? With a special day to keep!
Chapter 8: https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/chapter-8-the-sabbath-was-made-for-man/
Chapter 1: https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/what’s-it-all-about/