Reiteration of Creation

Gen. 2:3-4:
3 "Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven."

Verse 3 says that the seventh day was blessed and sanctified. The word "blessed" (Hebrew: barak) literally means to kneel and adore. That would, of course, be related to our God and us. We can also bless other humans not as a "kneel and adore", but to congratulate and thank. To sanctify is to set aside, to consecrate, to declare holy, dedicate, make holy (Hebrew: qadash). So we can see that this "rest day" was very important to God. The term "day" in verse 4 refers to the entire time of the creation. This word "day" is one reason some argue a day-age creation theory. Remember, context, context, context. The term yom used in the creation is specific to a 24 hour day when preceded or followed by a number. That is by-far the most used application in the Bible. However, the word yom can also be used for longer or undefined periods of time; but, only when the context says so. In this context, yom refers to a length of time that is defined but longer than 24 hours. Since we know about the length of the 6 days, we know how long the "day" is for verse 4.

Gen. 2:5-6:
5 "Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.
6 But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground."

Verse 5 describes the condition of the earth before Adam and Eve. It was perfect but was not being cared for by anyone. We are now re-looking at chapter 1 before mankind came into being. The sixth verse talks about some kind of a mist from the earth. Scripture infers there had not been any rain. Yes, God could have made everything grow. But, His laws say that plants need water. No water; no growth. Now we bring into out thought process the mechanism of rain. Did God create clouds and then the rain dropped? Or, did God have another "perfect" way of watering. Consider a perfectly balanced earth system. There is water everywhere in different forms (Gen. 1:6). How could a perfect system work without being a hardship on anyone. Remember, God wanted a gardener (care taker) not a farmer (very hard worker). Looking at the following figure, there is a theory that there was a perfect balance of condensation and evaporation. In the day, the water from the earth would evaporate into the atmosphere. In the cool evenings, the water in the atmosphere would condense onto the earth and growth. This would enhance growth and nourishment for all. Therefore, there probably was no "rain" as we know it. Rain can be destructive. In verse 6, the inference is there was a mist for watering. This mist would "rise from the earth" in day and "water the whole surface of the ground" by night. There was no destructive mold or mildew at that time. The weather was "perfect" and the watering system must be "perfect". There will be a very convincing argument on this type of water system when we study the Flood.

Gen. 2:7:
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."

Now God reiterates the action of humankind life. God "formed man of dust" says that we were made of the same or similar materials of the earth. That is why we are compatible with dirt after death. We were not "created" by the strictest sense of the word. We were not created out of nothing. We were "made" from existing materials, the earth. This does not give the story of the making of humankind; it speaks of the formation and energizing of life within this being. Of course, the breath of life is not enough. The heart must start beating to pump the new blood in addition to all the bodily processes starting. This is quite a complicated action, this breathing in of life.

In evolution theory, life does not start instantly like this. If humankind had come about after a long time prior to this instant in time. Then he would have been a living soul already; so there was no need for the "breath" of God. Scripture supports God breathing life into Adam. (1 Cor. 15:45)

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