The Sixth Day
The penultimate day of creation is the sixth day. Everything that God created before hand, from the formation of life, from the separation of waters that keeps the high waters in the heavens from the waters on the earth, establishing the raqia, to the creation of the plants and animals. The last part of the creation, in part stemming from the rest of the creation, is the formation of man. Man he is what all of the creation is about.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
There is some talk about let us, referring to another being existing at the time of the creation of man. However, linguistically, contextually and grammatically the us is an agreement to the plural Elohim, which means the Supreme Being in context. Furthermore, the us refers to the earths participation in the creation: let the earth bring forth... (Genesis 1:24) Thus, the methods God used in the creation has to do with us.
When God says, in Our image, man is both in the image of God and the earth, For you are dust, And to dust you shall re-turn. God formed man from the clay of the earth. Then God gave mankind authority over the flora and fauna on earth. At the very earliest God gives them rule. Since God created the earth and it belongs to Him, He can delegate authority to whomever He wishes. How man uses the authority given to him will result in either blessings or curses. If, for example, he does not feed and water his cattle the beasts will die, and he will have no food or milk. On the other hand, if he properly cares for his cattle they will produce milk and reproduce themselves for additional food. With all authority comes responsibility, or, unfortunately, irresponsibility.
Gen. 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
The word dust may be better translated as clay. In todays world, the breathing into a persons mouth seems like the first aid of resuscitation. However, in Adams case, Gods resuscitation resulted in the beginning of life, whereas resuscitation today restores normal breathing resulting in continued life.
Even though the word for breath here is naphach, breath is also translated as ruach, meaning breath, wind and mind. The breath of life equates furthermore to having intellect, reason and understanding, all of which comes from language. In other words, Gods Spirit, His mind, has a potential home in mans mind, if he wishes.
The air (ruach) that goes into our bodies contains about 78% nitrogen and about 20% oxygen and very tiny amounts of other gases such as carbon dioxide, which is a waste gas from oxidation in the body that is exhaled. Plants, particularly the algae in the oceans, convert carbon dioxide to oxygen constantly. The oxygen, the breath of life, makes it possible for the brain to function, thus the connection between breath and mind.
While the oxygen provides the essential life element, the nitrogen has a dampening effect on the oxygen. For example, if the atmosphere contained more oxygen, fires would rage out of control and excessive oxygen in the brain and the body would over oxidize the cells and kill them. The ratio of oxygen and nitrogen is perfect for life. Furthermore, carbon dioxide exhaled from air breathers and combustion promotes growth in plants with the help of photosynthesis from the sun. It is awesome the way God created life on this planet to interact with other life forms to produce life and life more abundantly.
... [A]nd man became a living being. A persons mind and brain, which needs breath containing oxygen to be vital, was created, especially the cerebral cortex, for verbal language particularly. Furthermore, a parents breath producing sounds by his vocal folds teaches the youngster language, and when the baby practices language, he uses his breath and mind to produce sounds and eventually words, sentences, paragraphs and the like. Breathing into man the breath of life not only gives life but also gives knowledge, understanding and wisdom through language inherent in the ruach.
God created our organs of mouth and hearing, in part for language and communication; our mind conceives the thought, which is expressed by verbalization, and the sound traveling to anothers ears is translated to thoughts. Other means of communication that God built in to the human body are hands, arms, legs, posture, facial expressions and eyes to read all the body and written language. We spend a lifetime communicating through the ruach.
All the fauna and flora have life but for human beings to breathe, eat, drink and move is meaningless life without language and communication in all its aspects. Truly, human beings are air breathers and the air gives us life intrinsically as well as life and life more abundantly through our minds and communication. Each human being is different as fingerprints and eyes scans specifically show, so also does a person have an individual language within the cultural, historic and national language. Having the ruach breathed into our bodies furthermore makes us a part of our families, circle of friends, neighborhood, state area and country. Whether by verbal or body language, we are always in communication with those around us; we are not alone, ever. How we communicate, and with whom, defines who we are. When God formed us from the clay of the earth and breathed into our mouths the breath of life with our first breath at birth, He created far more than just an air breather; He made a physical image of Himself. After billions of human beings lived and died, only the one lived up to his godly potential.
Gen. 2:8 The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.
Gen. 2:15 | Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
God gave man authority over the flora and fauna and in the verse above we see how that authority was to be exercised, by the hard work, cultivation and weeding, if you will. We see from the very beginning that authority is not sitting back and having people wait on you, but a rather working hard, very hard, to cultivate, that is, help people to grow in Gods way by good works, good words, and good example.7:05
Gen. 2:16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;
Gen. 2:17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.
There are different thoughts concerning this last verse. The He-brew means that he will definitely die with a sense of immediacy. However, Eve did not die when she ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, neither did Adam when he accepted the food from her. Nonetheless, the process of dying, as medical science will tell you, begins at birth. For example, almost everyone has a genetic tendency toward certain diseases many of which are deadly. A person may be born with a genetic tendency toward breast cancer or pancreatic cancer; so death may begin at birth however long it may take. More immediate examples might be a person contracting lung cancer which may take several months or more to cause his death. Even so, genetic defects may or may not be the cause of a persons death. Other causes of death might be lifestyles, reckless behavior and accidents, to name a few. In futile cases, heroic deeds can cause death as a Secret Service agent taking a bullet for the president or a brave swimmer rescuing a passenger from a downed air-plane in an almost frozen river who is unable to save himself from drowning as he tries more rescues.
While pervasive, life is quite fragile, and we are sometimes amazed by its resiliency and strength nonetheless.
However, one thing we know for sure, sin always causes death, and again not always immediately. God said it, You will surely die. The Bible also says, The wages of sin is death. Some might say we sin because we are born evil, our blood being tainted by Adams sinning. If that were the case, and we cannot help sinning because of Adams blood running through our veins, then how can God hold a person culpable and guilty of sin when a person cannot help having sin born into his nature. In fact, all have sinned by their own volition, choice. Each has died because each has deliberately sinned. However, it may be argued that though those people throughout the world who have no knowledge of right and wrong stemming from Gods Word, may not have sinned deliberately may not be culpable in the same way as the one who sins premeditatedly. Their sins, of course, while still resulting in death, are not of the same nature as a person who ought to know right and wrong. Besides, almost all will be given a second chance in the second resurrection. God did not create man for death but for life and life more abundantly. The second resurrection proves Gods intense de-sire that all may live completely aware of Gods great glory.
Gen. 2:18 | Then the LORD God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.
There is a saying that everyone has a perfect mate. So not only did God create man, but he also found the means and a way to make marriage work well for the benefit of both partners.
Gen. 2:19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.
Without the Bible specifically saying that God gives man language, we learn by inference that when God asked men to give the animals names, he would have to have language in order to do so. Additionally, unlike the rest of us, Adam was taught language as part of the unique creation of this man. This verse also suggests that God has enough confidence in His creation to not only give them rule over the flora and fauna, but also to choose names for the various creatures. Furthermore, names often de-scribed the named; for example, Jesus named Peter because of his rock-like character.
So Adam gave all the various creatures names: cows, donkeys, dogs, cats, elephants, eagle, hawk, flounder and codfish (obviously not in English). We continue to name the various creatures found in the world in the various languages found in the world.
Gen. 2:20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
Dogs, cats, horses, apes were not appropriate helpmates, for obvious reasons.
Gen. 2:21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.
Gen. 2:22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
It is interesting to note that while God formed or fashioned Adam from the clay of the earth, He made Eve out of the rib of Adam. She was not a new formation but a re-formation built on Adams DNA, if you will. Not very evolutionary, we might say.
Gen. 2:23 The man said,
This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.
Not only did Adam gave names to all the creatures, he also gave a name to his wife: woman.
Gen. 2:24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
Of course, we understand they are becoming one flesh results in a child born from both their fleshes, where the child is one flesh. Furthermore, we know implicit in this verse is a reference to what would become a commandment, you shall not commit adultery, given on Mount Sinai. Like the Sabbath commandment given in Genesis 1:14 and Genesis 2: 12, this commandment predates the codification of the Law. As it says in John 1, In the beginning was the Word..., Gods Law was created into the Creation by His Word in the beginning. While a subject for another topic, we can say with great confidence that what would become the Commandments existed as Gods law in the beginning. Therefore, the Commandments are for all human beings who were created along with the Commandments in the beginning.
We need to examine more closely Gods action breathing into man the breath of life. God made man in His image and in the Earths image because He formed him out of the clay of the earth.
The Hebrew for image is:
6754. MRlRx tselem [853d]; from an unused word; an image: also:
tselem, tsh«lm; from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e. (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence, a representative figure, especially an idol: a likeness, a similitude.
We are a representation of God; we talked about men being made in Gods image. We are made in his image not only in form but in substance; not in the substance of spirit but in our abilities, thinking and speaking. We are like God in our ability to be like Him in word and deed.
Few have lived up to the potential of being made in Gods image, the most notable being Jesus Christ. Noah was considered righteous, as were Abraham, Isaac, Moses, the prophets and many other righteous men throughout history.
Man has a godly potential due to His creation of man who can think righteously, speak righteously and behave righteously. There are people who lived up to their godly potential, the foremost being Jesus Christ, who having had complete knowledge of Gods Word written in the Old Testament had a great opportunity to live up to Gods characteristics and did, for he kept Gods Word completely. God, therefore, adopted him as His Son.
Gen. 1:26 | Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
Gen. 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
God states the fact that he created man in his image four times in two verses, which reiteration makes it profoundly so. God formed man from the clay of the earth and breathed into his mouth the breath of life man became a living being made in the image of His Creator.
The last six Commandments rest their importance on the fact that man is made in Gods image; therefore, men should honor his parents, not murder, not steal, not commit adultery, not bear false witness, or covet. Why? Because these crimes and immoral acts are against a human being made in Gods image. Murder is particularly heinous because it extinguishes the life of a person made in Gods image; thus, God says that person may not live having committed premeditated murder, purposely taken the life of a person made in Gods image. Naturally, only a person proven guilty by witnesses and evidence should receive a death sentence.
God created man as an air breather, given man a brain capable of using language with all that means. Most importantly, God made man in His image. What a great responsibility man has to live up to his godly image. Further-more, when man does live up to his godly potential, he receives a great reward eternal life.
Jesus said, you are gods.