Thursday, September 23, 2010

Genesis 2: Another Creation Story

Genesis 2

The second creation story (or a detailed description of the 6th day depending on how you view the text) focuses on the creation of human beings.

First God creates Adam (man) from the dust of the ground and breathes into him the breath of life, and then places man in a garden, which God has blessed, to work it and take care of it. (Of course there are those two pesky trees that will provoke a pretty big plot twist in the next chapter)

God realizes that it is not good for man to live alone and so God gives the animals to Adam for companionship. However, (after Adam is done naming all of them) this doesn’t suffice and God is still not satisfied so he creates, for Adam, a woman from one of Adam’s ribs. (There was actually a discussion over whether or not men had one less rib than women.)

So in Genesis 2 we find a story/poem where all is seemingly right in world (or at least in the Garden). Everything is in its right place. Human beings are in their primal state, living off the land. They depend on the trees and the local vegetation to sustain them which means, at this time, humans were completely dependant on God for their provisions and their survival (unless you believe there was no death at this point, and then I don’t guess they necessarily had to eat).

Things are, in a sense the way they are suppose to be. We don’t see Adam asking God, “How do we get to heaven someday?” I wonder why that is?

So what are some other detail that stick out to you in this part of the story? Are there any questions that arise due to the ordering of events compared to the first chapter's account?


Anonymous said...

Before any plant had come up God created Adam. Plants were made on third day/age, Man on 6th day/age. Suggests possibility of one or many pre ademic races. However, the importance of the Adam and eve story is the division. God said let there be light, God SEPARATED the light from the darkness and saw that it was good. Eve represents Adams sin, the darkness. Fast forward to Ephesians 6. Christ and the church.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Ephesians 5