• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

In The Beginning God – Part 4

“So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.” Genesis 1:21-23

So, in the process of time, evening and morning, God continued with each successive day adding one dimension after another to the substance of things on the earth and in the heavens. It is interesting to me that from the third day forward everything that was created was created in some relationship with the earth. The moon and stars for light on the earth, the planets to adorn the heavens for man to enjoy from the earth. Then, on the sixth day God created man (male and female) in Their (God’s) own image and after Their (Father, Word and Holy Spirit) likeness.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, 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. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:26-28

He created them not as two separate beings, but as one being like Himself. He created them triune in nature as He is Father, Word (Son) and Holy Spirit, man, in God’s image, is Spirit, Soul and Body.

From the beginning man was created to be immortal, to never die. He was created to rule and have dominion over the Earth. In the process of creation God brought every living creature before man (male and female) to see what he would name them.

And they (man) did so; naming every bird, every animal, every sea creature, everything that swims, crawls, walks or flies. Adam, man (male and female) gave names to every living creature.

“Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 2:19-20

Amazing! The created man was given the privilege of participating with God in the process of creation to the extent that he gave names to all living things except, himself. God called Him Adam but Adam called his wife Eve.

“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” Genesis 3:20

Adam though he was created the image of God with the God completed nature of male and female, he was alone on the earth where human companionship was concerned. He needed intimacy and compatibility with another like himself but complimentary to him. He needed a helpmate. He needed another of the kind with whom he could recreate and multiply himself as all living creatures. This is why every animal was brought before Him but none was found to be compatible with him.

So, God took of the substance of Adam and from that substance (a rib from Adam’s side) he created another like Adam but of a different kind. So from man came woman. In essence they were one but uniquely individual in personality and will. In their independent being they possessed the ability to come together and in intimate union procreate life.

Each one had the right to choose what they wished independent of the other. But, bound together by love in the presence of the glory of God they were united in all things and in perfect union and fellowship with God, the creator. They possessed all things. They ruled the world and had dominion over every living thing.

This was God’s eternal plan for their lives. They would increase and multiply and fill the earth with others like themselves, and there was no death. And it was very good.

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31

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