Forming of Man

Forming of Man

On the fifth day in Genesis 1:24-30 God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. So God made the beasts of the earth according to their kind, and the livestock according to their kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Then God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is on the face of all the earth and every tree which has fruit yielding seed. It shall be food for you. To every beast of the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the earth which has the breath of life in it, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. M108

In my earlier book, we looked at Genesis 1:1-31 and talked about the things God created in heaven and earth. What we learned were the two things God decreed, permitted and created in heaven:

  • And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs to indicate seasons, and days, and years. Let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Then God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. Then God saw that it was good.
  • Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is on the face of all the earth and every tree which has fruit yielding seed. It shall be food for you. To every beast of the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the earth which has the breath of life in it, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. M109

It’s important to remember that man was created in heaven, and man was made in the image and likeness of God.

In Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” M110

A decree was issued by God. This decree was no ordinary decree. It was the first of its kind, compared to all the other decrees. This decree gave the following permission, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”

Noticed what made the decree different?

It isn’t the fact that permission was given to make man nor was it that man could be in the image of God, it wasn’t event that man could be made in the likeness of God. What made that decree different was just one word, “us”.

Who is the us?

John 14:9-11 has the answer.

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father. So how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you, I do not speak on My own authority. But the Father who lives in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me. Or else believe Me on account of the works themselves. M111

This one amazing word “us” brings to life every beautiful story in the Bible. It was this decree which was given that set everything in motion. Prior to this, the stage was being set, the roles were cast.

But after those words, a decree was issued for which a battle can be fought about. The battle started before man, and it was a battle against God, which is a losing battle in the first place. The problem was that there was nothing worth fighting for. There was nothing to prove. It was almost like Satan accusing God from the start that it wasn’t him that sinned, and everything He creates would sin, given time and circumstance.

Therefore, God created man in His image, and man was presented with the opportunity to sin. An opportunity to prove the accusations of Satan were unfounded.

If you watch any movie where a battle or war that takes place between the good guys and the bad guys. The bad guys don’t care if they kill everyone as long as they are able to seize and take control of what they are after. They just need to prove their point, make their statement, and that’s it. They do not care if they die, or everyone around them dies, as long as they are successful in proving their point.

In this battle the good guys are God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God’s army of angels and men, the bad guys are Satan and his army. Satan is fighting to seize and take control over us, while God and Jesus are doing everything they can to save us. But in order for it to be a fair fight, the option to choose good or bad is in our hands.

This is a battle against evil, against darkness and we are what this entire fight is about. We are not required to fight by engaging the enemy, but we are asked to fight by standing firm in the armor of God.

We are called to stand against the schemes of the devil and put on the armor of God so we stand and resist the evil that is coming our way. The words from Ephesians 6:10-20 are there to guide us and clarify any doubts we may have on who we think we are fighting, and how we are to fight.

Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your waist girded with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, having your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace, and above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit always with all kinds of prayer and supplication. To that end be alert with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Pray for me, that the power to speak may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may speak boldly as I ought to speak. M112

Now that we know that our fight is against spiritual forces, we can begin to understand our spiritual side. Man was created in the image of Jesus, who looks like His Father. Therefore, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him.

Now if we look at Philippians 2:5-11 we see something interesting said about Jesus.

Let this mind be in you all, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.

But He emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.

And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Therefore, God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. M113

Jesus was in the form of God, and He was made in the likeness of men. For man was made in the image and likeness of Him. But now Jesus would take on the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men.

We need to understand what likeness means. In Merriam-Webster likeness is defined as follows:

  • a picture of a person
  • the quality or state of being alike or similar especially in appearance MW16

Based on this, we can see that when God and Jesus created man, He created him to be in the appearance of Him.

Man was created in heaven, and as such was made as a heavenly being, and was made to have the appearance of God and Jesus.

When Jesus was made in the likeness of men. He took on the form and quality or state of being similar to men, which is to say He became flesh.

Why would Jesus come in the form of a servant and in the likeness of men?

The answer to that question can be found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 when it says:

Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love flaunts not itself and is not puffed up, does not behave itself improperly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. M114

In 1 John 4:8 we learn. Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. M115

And in John 1:1-14 it says, In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were created through Him, and without Him nothing was created that was created. In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. This man came as a witness in order to testify concerning the Light, that all men through Him might believe. He was not this Light, but was sent in order to testify concerning the Light.

The true Light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, He gave the power to become sons of God, to those who believed in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. M116

Therefore, if God is love and the Word was God, and then the Word became flesh and dwelt among us as the only Son of the Father who is Jesus Christ. For Jesus, who is the Word of God, was God. This would mean that if God is love, Jesus Christ is also love.

Using that information of Jesus and God being love and using that to explain what is written in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 we get the following:

Jesus suffers long and is kind; Jesus envies not; Jesus flaunts not itself and is not puffed up, does not behave itself improperly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Jesus came in the form of a servant and in the likeness of men so He could fulfill the scripture of what God and He is which is Love. This passage explains why Jesus came in the form of a servant and in the likeness of men. For example, when we replace the word love in the phrase love envies not, we get, “Jesus envies not.”

If we look up the meaning of the word envy in Merriam-Webster it is defined envy as:

  • the feeling of wanting to have what someone else has
  • someone or something that causes envy
  • painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage
  • an object of envious notice or feeling
  • to feel a desire to have what someone else has
  • to feel envy because of (someone or something) MW17

With this understanding of the word envy, we can see that Jesus envies not; because Jesus does not have the feeling of wanting to have what someone else has.

Just look at what Jesus said in, John 15:18-25.

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, the world, therefore, hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My words, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not performed among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin. But now have they seen and hated both My Father and Me. But that the word which is written in their law might be fulfilled, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ M117

Who envies being hated and persecuted?

If we look at Isaiah 53:1-12 we can see more of the treatment that nobody would envy.

Who has believed our report?

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before Him as a tender plant and as a root out of a dry ground. He has no form or majesty that we should look upon him nor appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him.

Surely he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.

All of us like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way, but the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment, he was taken away, and who shall declare his generation?

For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people, he was struck. His grave was assigned with the wicked, yet with the rich in his death, because he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; He has put him to grief. If he made himself as an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days, and the good pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the anguish of his soul and be satisfied.

By his knowledge, My righteous servant shall justify the many, for he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore, I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death, and he was numbered with the transgressors, thus he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors. M118

When God created man in heaven, He knew that when the “word” which is His Son would become flesh, they would hate His own. There was nothing to envy either by Jesus or man.

How did man get from heaven to earth?

That story is interesting and amazing as it is beautiful. But before we can begin to understand how man got from heaven to earth. We need to understand six words that were spoken about in Genesis 1:27.

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. M119

When we look at those words it seems fairly easy to understand until we come to these six words, “male and female He created them.”

To understand these six words, we first need to understand what is being said.

What’s being said is going to be difficult to accept and comprehend. Yet it doesn’t change the fact of what’s being said.

He created them male and female.

We need to keep aside the fact that they were created male and female, so we can focus on the real statement that was being made.

He created them.

God created more than one. And He created them male and female. I will expand on this a bit more in another chapter. Remember to keep aside our understanding of anatomy in the physical realm from that of the heavenly realm.

If we are still trying to figure out the anatomy of the physical realm how can we even begin to comprehend that which is in the spiritual?

Now let us understand how we got from heaven to earth and all this will slowly start to make more sense. First, let us understand what God did in heaven. God created man.

The word create in Merriam-Webster is defined as:

  • to bring into existence
  • to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination
  • to cause (something new) to exist MW18

God created and brought man into existence, He produced something new to exist by using His talents and imagination.

In Genesis 2:5-7 it states:

No shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist arose from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. M120

Notice what Jesus did?

The answer is in Genesis 2:7. Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. M121

Jesus formed man from the dust of the ground. The word form in Merriam-Webster is defined as:

  • one of several or many different ways in which something is seen, experienced or produced
  • the shape and structure of something as distinguished from its material MW19

Jesus formed a shape and structure of a man from the dust of the ground in a way in which it can be seen and experienced. Jesus did not create man but formed him.

In John 5:19 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. For whatever He does, likewise, the Son does. M122

After God created man, the Son of God likewise formed man. We know that man was created by God in heaven, and now we know that man was formed on earth by Jesus.

When did Jesus form man from the dust of the ground?

The answer to that is in Genesis 2:5-6. No shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist arose from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. M123

When there was no shrub of the field, no plant of the field and there was no man to cultivate the ground, that is when Jesus formed man from the ground and brought him to life.

We can read the entire story in Genesis 2:4-7

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, no shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist arose from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. M124

Man was made in the day the Lord God (Jesus) made the earth and the heavens. Jesus made the new heavens and the new earth. Man was made on the new earth.

MAN WAS MADE IN THE DAY THE LORD GOD MADE THE EARTH AND THE HEAVENS

Now it’s going to seem hard to believe, but that’s what is written.

How could man be made on the new earth?

The answer to that is in understanding when God created things and when Jesus made things.

This table will cover what we know so far from Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 with regards to creation. We will keep building it out as we progress through Genesis 2.

Day 2 is blank because on that day God did not create, but decreed and gave permission to exist. It is what God decreed and gave permission to exist that created things as per God’s command. We see this in Genesis 1:9-12.

Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. Then God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees on the earth yielding fruit after their kind with seed in them.” And it was so. The earth produced vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind and trees yielding fruit with seed in them after their kind. And God saw that it was good. M125

God did not create the plants or the trees, but the dry land God called earth produced them.

The word produce as defined by Merriam-Webster is:

  • to make or create (something) by a natural process
  • to cause (something) to exist or happen
  • to cause (a particular result or effect)
  • to make available for public exhibition or dissemination
  • to compose, create, or bring out by intellectual or physical effort MW20

The earth created by a natural process, plants and trees. The earth caused it to happen by the decree that God issued to it. The earth made it available for public exhibition in physicality.

For when God created man it was after these words in Genesis 1:3-5 when God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. M126

Then on the first day in Genesis 1:6-8 God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the expanse and separated the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse. And it was so. God called the expanse Heaven. M127

This was followed on the second day in Genesis 1:9-12 by God saying, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. Then God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees on the earth yielding fruit after their kind with seed in them.” And it was so. The earth produced vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind and trees yielding fruit with seed in them after their kind. And God saw that it was good. M128

In this passage we truly see what happened:

  1. God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place.
  2. And let dry land appear.
  3. God called the dry land Earth
  4. and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas.
  5. Then God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees on the earth yielding fruit after their kind with seed in them.”
  6. And it was so. The earth produced vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind and trees yielding fruit with seed in them after their kind.

God called the dry land earth. This is why before the dry land appeared we have these words in Genesis 1:1-2, In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. M129

How could the earth be called the earth if was not called into existence on the second day?

The answer to that is in Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. M130

God had already created the earth, (the dry land) in the beginning, that is why in Genesis 1:9 God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. M131

The dry land appeared after God told the waters under the heavens to be gathered in one place. In Genesis 1:10 God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. Then God saw that it was good. M132

Now that we understand this about the earth (dry land) God created and before we go to the (new) earth (dry land) Jesus created; I would like us to understand the gathering of waters God called seas. I will cover this in greater detail in another chapter.

On the earth that God created in Genesis 1:11-12 God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees on the earth yielding fruit after their kind with seed in them.” And it was so. The earth produced vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind and trees yielding fruit with seed in them after their kind. And God saw that it was good. M133

The earth (dry land) God created in the beginning and called forth out of the gathering together of waters He called seas, brought forth vegetation. The earth (dry land) and I quote from Genesis 1:12, produced vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind and trees yielding fruit with seed in them after their kind. And God saw that it was good. M134

All this happened on day 2 by God, but what was the scene on the earth (land) when man was formed out of the dust of the ground?

The answer to that is in Genesis 2:4-7.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, no shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist arose from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. M135

There was no shrub of the field and no plant of the field on the earth when Jesus the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and gave him the breath of life where man became a living being.

When man was formed, there was nothing on the land. What we will also notice is that the earth God created had seas, which is the gathering of waters.

On the earth that the Lord God (Jesus) created there was no sea or gathering of waters, but a mist arose from the earth and watered the entire surface of the ground.

We need to understand why there was no shrub of the field and no plant of the field.

This was because the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.

The word cultivate in Merriam-Webster is defined as:

  • to prepare and use (soil) for growing plants
  • to grow and care for (plants)
  • to grow or raise (something) under conditions that you can control
  • to improve by labor, care, or study MW21

The forming of man was required by the Lord God before any shrub of the field and plant of the field could be grown, because the Lord God wanted someone to prepare and use the soil for growing, to grow and care for the things of the ground. To grow and raise things under conditions that can be controlled, to improve by labor, care and study.