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 “In the Presence Of God”     Gen. 1:26-28a; 2:7, 15-22     May 02, 2010



Introduction    Interesting differences in creation:

1.     God spoke animals and every thig beside mankind into existence rather Impersonal.

2.     God said, “let us” create man in our image; a personal involvement.

3.     How would you explain “image?”      4.     God caused mankind to be able to have fellowship with Him.

5.     He spoke directly to them and with them.   6.     Man Is to be under the Authority of God.

7.     Mankind is to have dominion over other created matter.

 

1.   The Creation Of Mankind Summarized: “In the Presence Of God.” 1:26-28

Gen 1:26-28

26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth."

27 So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.


(Life Application Study Bible.)

1:26 Why does God use the plural form, "Let us make human beings in our image"? One view says this is a reference to the Trinity—God the Father, Jesus Christ his Son, and the Holy Spirit—all of whom are God. Another view is that the plural wording is used to denote majesty. Kings traditionally use the plural form in speaking of themselves. From Job 33:4 and Ps 104:30, we do know that God's Spirit was present in the Creation. From Col 1:16 we know that Christ, God's Son, was at work in the Creation.


1:27 God made both man and woman in his image. Neither man nor woman is made more in the image of God than the other. From the beginning the Bible places both man and woman at the pinnacle of God's creation. Neither sex is exalted, and neither is depreciated.


1:28 To "reign over" something is to have absolute authority and control over it. God has ultimate rule over the earth, and he exercises his authority with loving care. When God delegated some of his authority to the human race, he expected us to take responsibility for the environment and the other creatures that share our planet.(Life Application Study Bible.)

 

2.   The Creation Of Mankind Detailed: “In the Presence Of God.” 2:7, 15-20

       Gen 2:7 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.


Gen 2:15-20

15 The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree of the garden,

17 but you must not eatl from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die."

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."

19 So the Lord God formed out of the ground each wild animal and each bird of the sky, and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.

20 The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the manm no helper was found who was like him.

   

(Life Application Study Bible.)

2:7 "From the dust of the ground" implies that there is nothing fancy about the chemical elements making up our bodies. The body is a lifeless shell until God brings it alive with his "breath of life."

(Life Application Study Bible.)


(Dake Annotated Reference Bible.)

Verse 17

a [for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die] Adam died the same day he sinned, so this should be understood as a 24-hour day. The penalty of eternal death took effect immediately (Rom 5:12-21).


Verse 18

a [I will make him an help meet] God's work wasn't complete because man couldn't reproduce; so He made a helper to enable him to propagate his kind (Gen 1:28; 1 Tim 2:11-15; 1 Cor 11:9).

b [help meet] She would be suitable intellectually, morally, and physically — as his counterpart.

(Dake Annotated Reference Bible.)


(Ryrie Study Bible.)

2:15-20 God told Adam to do four things: (1) cultivate the garden; (2) keep it, i.e., guard its sanctity; (3) eat its fruit, except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but apparently including the fruit of the tree of life; (4) name the animals.

(Ryrie Study Bible.)


(Life (Life Application Study Bible.)

2:9, 16, 17 Were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil real trees? Two views are often expressed:

1) The trees were real, but symbolic. Eternal life with God was pictured as eating from the tree of life.

(2) The trees were real, possessing special properties. By eating the fruit from the tree of life, Adam and Eve could have had eternal life, enjoying a permanent relationship as God's children.


2:16, 17 Why would God place a tree in the garden and then forbid Adam to eat from it? God wanted Adam to obey, but God gave Adam the freedom to choose. Without choice, Adam would have been like a prisoner, and his obedience would have been hollow. The two trees provided an exercise in choice, with rewards for choosing to obey and sad consequences for choosing to disobey. When you are faced with the choice, always choose to obey God.

(Life (Life Application Study Bible.)

 

3.   The Creation Of Mankind Detailed More: “In the Presence Of God.” 2:21-22

      21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. 22 Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man. HCSB

(Life Application Study Bible.)

2:21-23 God forms and equips men and women for various tasks, but all these tasks lead to the same goal—honoring God. Man gives life to woman; woman gives life to the world. Each role carries exclusive privileges; there is no room for thinking that one sex is superior to the other. (Life Application Study Bible.)


(Dake Annotated Reference Bible.)

2:21-22 ribs. Though elsewhere the Hebrew word means "side," here it means "rib" (and doubtless includes the surrounding flesh, cf. v. 23). The NT understands this as actual, factual history.

2:23 Woman. Heb., ?ishshah?, similar to ?ish ?(man), reflecting the fact that woman was derived from man (though the word itself may come from a root meaning "to be soft").

2:24 This verse emphasizes the complete identification of the two personalities in marriage. The passage tells us that God instituted marriage and that it is to be monogamous, heterosexual, and the complete union of the two persons. Jesus added that it is to be permanent (cf. Mark 10:7-9).

2:25 They felt no shame until they sinned (3:7).

(Ryrie Study Bible.)


Verse 21

a [And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof] The first anesthesia and major operation (cp. Gen 15:12; 1 Sam 26:12; Dan 8:18).


Verse 23

a [This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh] See Eph 5:28-31.

b [Woman]

    

Woman (Gen 2:23)

Hebrew ?°ishshah ?(OT:802), feminine of ?°iysh ?(OT:376), man. Literally, "womb-man" or "female-man", because she was taken out of man (1 Cor 11:3-12; 1 Tim 2:9-15). Woman is said not to have been taken out of man's head to be lorded over by him, nor from his feet to be trampled on by him, but from his side to be equal with him, from under his arm to be protected by him, and from near his heart to be loved by him.

(Dake Annotated Reference Bible.)