In the Beginning, God - Part 7
- In the Beginning, God - Part 6
Does Genesis 2 prove a second creation of God? Who was Lilith? Does she have a place in Scripture? We shall see as we continue in our study.
Look please at Genesis 2:4, “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens…” This verse clearly relates back to chapter 1. Notice, “. . .when they were created. . .” and “God made the earth. . . .” Both verbs appear in the past tense. Chapter 2 is dealing with something God already created, and something that God already made.
We learn more of the creation days in verses 5 and 6. We see that God had not yet spilled rained upon the earth. Rather, the plants were watered by a mist that came up from the ground. We will discuss this in more detail later.
We continue to read in verse seven, “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 soul.”
Both secular science and Scripture agree that man originated from dust – the difference being that science projects man’s creation from stardust from the Big Bang. God declares it was from the dust of the ground that He formed life.
We will look closely at this in a moment, but notice briefly the last part of verse seven. God breathed into his newly created form the breath of life. It was the very breath of a holy God that started man on his path of life, and 6,000 years later, that path continues. Man became a living soul.
God breathed into man His breath to cause him to come alive. God’s breath is eternal. God breathed into man, not just life, but eternal life. Due to the unfortunate events in chapter three, man lost his fellowship with the God who created him, but not his ability to exist forever. Man’s spirit will continue to exist after physical death in one of two places.
For those who come to their Creator the only way He has prescribed, Heaven awaits. For those who try to make it some other way, Hell awaits.
The Creator’s only method for His creation to enter Heaven is through the cross of Jesus Christ. There are many reasons for this, but if there was no reason at all, it is still God’s prerogative to decide the way. Yes, the way is narrow for we are told in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Again in Acts 4:12 we read, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [Jesus] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Unfortunately, this eliminates any other way to reach God. It is not in the name of Buddha, Mohammed, or Krishna. It is not in the name of church membership, baptism, or the Eucharist. It is not in the name of loving your neighbor, keeping the ten commandments, or giving to charity. It is in the Name of Jesus Christ. There simply is no other way.
Further, we are told in Ephesians 2:8, 9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Our salvation offered to us by our Creator is strictly a matter of grace. There are many definitions that apply to grace, but this suffices for our purpose here – a favor rendered by one who need not do so.
As we will see in chapter three of Genesis, sin has separated us from our Creator. God does not need to offer us salvation. He does so simply because His nature is gracious and His love is far-reaching. He offers us a free gift. It cannot be earned. It cannot be bought. It can only be accepted and received.
Now, man was created from the dust of the ground. We learn from Genesis 2:6, “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” The ground from which the first man was created was apparently wet. I cannot be dogmatic about this, but it would appear to me that Adam was fashioned not just from dust but from a clay-like substance. There are many times in Scripture that God uses the illustration of the potter and clay. Consider Isaiah 64:8 – “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Or Jeremiah 18:6, “ O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”
The earth is made up of many elements found in the human body that are necessary for proper growth and health. The dust of the ground speaks of our Creator.
Oxygen, by far, is the most abundant element consisting of nearly 61% of the human body. It occurs about 46% in the earth’s crust. It plays a vital role in breathing and metabolism.
Our bodies are 23% carbon. Virtually every part of the body is made up of molecules based on carbon chains. Hydrogen contributes about 10% of the body’s makeup, and nitrogen makes up about 2.6%. Of course, each of these can be found within the earth’s dust.
Man is made up of lesser amounts of calcium (needed for strong bones and teeth), Phosphorous (rebuilds red blood cells), Potassium (needed to maintain the nervous system), sulfur (element of the essential amino acids), sodium (necessary for the transmission of impulses from the brain to muscles). The list goes on to include copper, magnesium, aluminum, chlorine, silicon, iron, fluorine, zinc, manganese, iodine, selenium, Molybdenum, chromium, and cobalt. All these elements are found in the human body as well as the dust of the ground. Is it any wonder why the Psalmist David exclaimed, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works . . . ” (Psalm 139:14).
We read of Eden in Genesis 2:8-14, “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. . . . And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.”
The original location of Eden has been disputed over the years. Many believe because of the mention of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Eden was located in the Middle East, in present-day Iraq. Mesopotamia has long been considered “the Cradle of Civilization.” We run into a problem, however when we come to the mention of the Pison and the Gihon Rivers, thus confusing the location of Eden.
We can safely assume that these rivers were destroyed by the universal flood. Ken Ham says in his article, Where Was the Garden of Eden Located, “This is a major consideration that needs to be taken into account. The worldwide, catastrophic Flood of Noah’s day would have destroyed the surface of the earth. If most of the sedimentary strata over the earth’s surface (many thousands of feet thick in places) is the result of this global catastrophe as creationists believe, then we would have no idea where the Garden of Eden was originally located—the earth’s surface totally changed as a result of the Flood.”
We will continue our discussion in Part 8 soon.
- In the Beginnig, God - Part 8
Where was the Garden of Eden located? What is man's purpose? How far have we strayed from Bible truths?
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