Made In His Image Gen. 2:4-9, 15-18 HCSB Sept. 13, 2015
The first two chapters in Genesis are very significant. The tell us about mankind's beginning. Many different interpretations are man of these verses but those who are conservative in theology make the most helpful interpretations in my opinion. My Mother and Grand Mother were significant people in my interpretation of scripture and liberal theologians I have been exposed to could not explain away the foundation and respect I have for this story of God as creator in the way these verses tell us.
1. In His Image: . . Man Formed. 2:4-7
A. Man Formed After . . Shrubs and Plants. 2:4-6
4 These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation at the time
that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
5 No shrub of the field had yet grown on the land, and no plant of the field had yet
sprouted, for the Lord God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to
work the ground.
6 But water would come out of the ground and water the entire surface of the land.
B. Man Formed After . . Sequence for Man. 2:7
7 Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
One of the teachers Quarterlies shares an unusual truth. I had never seen this before as it tells us man is uniquely created in five different ways. This comes from Genesis 0ne and two. "First, the Lord God breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. He did this for no other part of creation." "Second, God created human kind make and female" Third, God gave the man and woman the role of dominion over the rest of the created order." "Fourth, the man and woman were created "in the image of God." Fifth, humanity is the final act of creation (Chapt. 1) and the central act of creation (chapt. 2), which elevates humanity above all the created order. If I had ever seen those facts before I forgot them. However I do think they are significant.
2. In His Image: . . A Place to Call Home. 2:8-9, 15
A. A Place to Call Home: God . . Planted A Garden for Man. 2:8-9
8 The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He placed the man He
9 The Lord God caused to grow out of the ground every tree pleasing in appearance and
good for food, including the tree of life in the midst of the garden, as well as the tree of
the knowledge of good and evil.
B. A Place to Call Home: God . . Placed Man to Work and Watch It. 2:15
15 The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.
Do you agree that "home" is a very significant term for mankind? God placed man in the garden. In it man had a significant place he could call home and feel secure. Yesterday my wife and I went to our churches regular service where I am the interim pastor. Then we went to a deacon ordination at a different church. We drove 150 miles and we felt relaxed just getting into the area of home. God planted a garden for man to work. Work is a part of man and woman feeling secure. The knowledge of good and evil was also in this garden.
3. In His Image: . . A Warning Issued. 2:16-18
A. A Place to Call Home: God . . Provides Food and Forbids. 2:8-9
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree of the
17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day
you eat from it, you will certainly die."
B. A Place to Call Home: God . . Provides A Helper. 2:18
18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper
who is like him."
I personally believe the second chapter speaks of creation in a topical order, where chapter One speaks to a chronological order. The difference in plants and trees spoken of simply focuses on the sixth day of creation. Then we see the plan of God to create a helper for man. Did you ever notice Christian men and woman stay married longer than non Christians. In all the churches I have pastored there have been people with long years of marriage. A big reason for this comes in the fact we are Made In His Image. Amen? Amen!