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Under God's Rule, Humanity Flourishes - Gen 2:4-25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:28

 

Like the four different Gospels that tell a fuller story of Jesus life and ministry; Genesis 2 offers a different and complementary perspective to the Creation story. There are four major themes in Genesis 2.

 

First, we are given a picture of God’s very personal act of creation when He breathed the breath of life into the man and the man became a living being (2:7). Adam is different from all other creatures in that he is a spiritual being. This is one aspect of the image of God and it means that only God can meet our need for spiritual relationship.

Second, we see the introduction of boundaries. Adam was free to eat from any tree in the garden except for the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This was important in that man now was given the option to love and obey God or not. True love and obedience is only possible with the freedom to choose.

 

Third, Adam was given the responsibility of work. Adam named and classified all the living animals. Essentially, this is biological science. It is important to note that work was given before the fall and it is declared good.

 

Lastly, we see the importance of friendship and intimacy in human relationships. The first time we see the phrase, ‘not good’ was when Adam was alone so God made a helper for Adam. A helper is, first of all, someone who shares in a common work and pursuit. The image of God is in us when we enter into male and female friendships in the Christian community. What Paul calls the Body of Christ is a reflection of the image of God. Another powerful way that we can see the image of God is through the union of a man and a woman in marriage. In this unique relationship, the image of God is reflected in the possibility of creating life itself when man and woman become one flesh. The ability to create a new life is indeed God-like. This is why the Christian tradition has always affirmed that marriage is between a man and a woman; because through it, we reflect the image of the God who created life itself.

 

Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:33