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In the Beginning, God - Part 7

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  • In the Beginning, God - Part 6
    Does Genesis 2 prove a second creation of God? Who was Lilith? Does she have a place in Scripture? We shall see as we continue in our study.

Look please at Genesis 2:4, “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens…” This verse clearly relates back to chapter 1. Notice, “. . .when they were created. . .” and God made the earth. . . .” Both verbs appear in the past tense. Chapter 2 is dealing with something God already created, and something that God already made.

We learn more of the creation days in verses 5 and 6. We see that God had not yet spilled rained upon the earth. Rather, the plants were watered by a mist that came up from the ground. We will discuss this in more detail later.

We continue to read in verse seven, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Both secular science and Scripture agree that man originated from dust – the difference being that science projects man’s creation from stardust from the Big Bang. God declares it was from the dust of the ground that He formed life.

We will look closely at this in a moment, but notice briefly the last part of verse seven. God breathed into his newly created form the breath of life. It was the very breath of a holy God that started man on his path of life, and 6,000 years later, that path continues. Man became a living soul.

God breathed into man His breath to cause him to come alive. God’s breath is eternal. God breathed into man, not just life, but eternal life. Due to the unfortunate events in chapter three, man lost his fellowship with the God who created him, but not his ability to exist forever. Man’s spirit will continue to exist after physical death in one of two places.

For those who come to their Creator the only way He has prescribed, Heaven awaits. For those who try to make it some other way, Hell awaits.

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The Creator’s only method for His creation to enter Heaven is through the cross of Jesus Christ. There are many reasons for this, but if there was no reason at all, it is still God’s prerogative to decide the way. Yes, the way is narrow for we are told in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Again in Acts 4:12 we read, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [Jesus] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Unfortunately, this eliminates any other way to reach God. It is not in the name of Buddha, Mohammed, or Krishna. It is not in the name of church membership, baptism, or the Eucharist. It is not in the name of loving your neighbor, keeping the ten commandments, or giving to charity. It is in the Name of Jesus Christ. There simply is no other way.

Further, we are told in Ephesians 2:8, 9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Our salvation offered to us by our Creator is strictly a matter of grace. There are many definitions that apply to grace, but this suffices for our purpose here – a favor rendered by one who need not do so.

As we will see in chapter three of Genesis, sin has separated us from our Creator. God does not need to offer us salvation. He does so simply because His nature is gracious and His love is far-reaching. He offers us a free gift. It cannot be earned. It cannot be bought. It can only be accepted and received.

Now, man was created from the dust of the ground. We learn from Genesis 2:6, “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” The ground from which the first man was created was apparently wet. I cannot be dogmatic about this, but it would appear to me that Adam was fashioned not just from dust but from a clay-like substance. There are many times in Scripture that God uses the illustration of the potter and clay. Consider Isaiah 64:8 – “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Or Jeremiah 18:6, “ O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”

The earth is made up of many elements found in the human body that are necessary for proper growth and health. The dust of the ground speaks of our Creator.

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Oxygen, by far, is the most abundant element consisting of nearly 61% of the human body. It occurs about 46% in the earth’s crust. It plays a vital role in breathing and metabolism.

Our bodies are 23% carbon. Virtually every part of the body is made up of molecules based on carbon chains. Hydrogen contributes about 10% of the body’s makeup, and nitrogen makes up about 2.6%. Of course, each of these can be found within the earth’s dust.

Man is made up of lesser amounts of calcium (needed for strong bones and teeth), Phosphorous (rebuilds red blood cells), Potassium (needed to maintain the nervous system), sulfur (element of the essential amino acids), sodium (necessary for the transmission of impulses from the brain to muscles). The list goes on to include copper, magnesium, aluminum, chlorine, silicon, iron, fluorine, zinc, manganese, iodine, selenium, Molybdenum, chromium, and cobalt. All these elements are found in the human body as well as the dust of the ground. Is it any wonder why the Psalmist David exclaimed, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works . . . ” (Psalm 139:14).

We read of Eden in Genesis 2:8-14, “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. . . . And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.”

The original location of Eden has been disputed over the years. Many believe because of the mention of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Eden was located in the Middle East, in present-day Iraq. Mesopotamia has long been considered “the Cradle of Civilization.” We run into a problem, however when we come to the mention of the Pison and the Gihon Rivers, thus confusing the location of Eden.

We can safely assume that these rivers were destroyed by the universal flood. Ken Ham says in his article, Where Was the Garden of Eden Located, “This is a major consideration that needs to be taken into account. The worldwide, catastrophic Flood of Noah’s day would have destroyed the surface of the earth. If most of the sedimentary strata over the earth’s surface (many thousands of feet thick in places) is the result of this global catastrophe as creationists believe, then we would have no idea where the Garden of Eden was originally located—the earth’s surface totally changed as a result of the Flood.”

We will continue our discussion in Part 8 soon.

© 2018 William Kovacic

Comments

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 30, 2018:

. So nice of you to stop by, Rodric. I appreciate your desire to follow along and even re-read this. I'll do my best not to let you down.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 30, 2018:

Just a thought, Jackie. Maybe the garden has been moved to Heaven. it would seem that the tree of life is located there. glad you were able to stop by. I always look forward to seeing you!

Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on August 30, 2018:

Though I am getting back late to your reply to my reply, I enjoy reading the series and having an open mind to see where the Spirit will take me in my understanding. I am planning to read through them all again and just ponder over them. When you find something good to read, a few times through can add value to the lessons taught and give more perspective. Thanks for writing this series.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 29, 2018:

I was so hoping the Garden of Eden still was around hidden somewhere but I can see that probably would be impossible (unless God has preserved it to show us all someday).

I love the thought of a living soul, I have never quite thought of it that way. Our souls have just been given flesh and blood. That will be something fascinating for me to think about Bill, thank you!

I will try to sign up tomorrow, just didn't have a photo handy or I would have today.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 18, 2018:

Sorry this so late, Jackie. there do seem to be a lot of apocalyptic films, but too much from the beginning. good point. Stay relaxed!

Rodric Anthony Johnson on July 03, 2018:

I know, right, Jackie?

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 03, 2018:

Can't wait to hear about the Garden of Eden. Am amazed there are not more fantasy stories and films about that. Just the name relaxes me. lol

Happy 4th!

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 03, 2018:

If not for grace, where would any of us be, Rodric? I do think I'd rather not exist at all than spend an eternity in hell - the worst situation is there is no God in hell. separated from His grace and love forever.

Reading your comments, I realized I failed to place a link to the next installment on all the articles. I apologize for that, and deeply appreciate you taking the time to find them.

Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on July 01, 2018:

Another great article. Grace is the only way to heaven through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus says He is the only way. He employs no servant there, but we must go through His grace alone. It helps when He applies His grace if we follow his laws, of course since no unclean thing can get to heaven. In my mind, His grace includes the hell that some of us will deserve at the end. It is far worse to cease existing. Hell is still a form of His grace and love.

I am satisfied with your perspective on the location of the Garden of Eden.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on June 23, 2018:

You're quite welcome, Peg. Thanks for being a part.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 10, 2018:

Interesting questions about the location of the Garden of Eden and the scriptures from Genesis. Thanks for this enlightening article.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 12, 2018:

Thanks, Dora. I'm always glad when you can stop by for a bit.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 12, 2018:

Bill, you state some very interesting insights for our consideration. A very good in-depth study.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 10, 2018:

You nailed it, Jack! Glad you were able to make the trip and stop by.

Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on May 09, 2018:

Hi Bill,

I liked your article but most particular these words.

"He offers us a free gift. It cannot be earned. It cannot be bought. It can only be accepted and received."

This is a stumbling block for so many and many think there has to be more to it than that, particularly those who say it is only by good works that salvation is achieved. Yes it's a 'mainstream religion' but it's a cult nevertheless.

Best regards,

Jack.

Tamarajo on May 09, 2018:

Oh please don't hurry. I want every detail. : )

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 09, 2018:

Hi, Tammy. Glad to see you, as always. And thanks for the added input. I taught these lessons (Genesis 1-11) at my church in thirteen weeks, but when I began to put them into the written form, I found there was so much more information. This is Part 7 and I'm still only in chapter 2. I may have to hurry it along a little. Thanks for following the series.

Tamarajo on May 09, 2018:

Well presented Bill. I like the clay connection it makes a lot of sense with the verses you presented.

The Gospel presentation is fitting as well. That very plan is present throughout the entirety of Scripture including here.

A person could spend an eternity looking into these first two chapters of Genesis and marveling at the power and beauty of God and the consistency in the world that He made.

God bless!

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on May 08, 2018:

I am so tired of hearing the cross glorified by those professing to follow Christ. The cross had NOTHING to do with us being able to redeem our eternal life. It was a tool of evil, meant to destroy Him. A horrible way to die and they never expected Him to be resurrected.

We who are real disciples of Christ do not glorify the cross, we hate it. We Glorify our Lord Jesus Christ who, because He trusted God more than himself and WILLINGLY GAVE UP HIS SPIRIT to close the previous age and bring in this new and final age where He gives us the opportunity to redeem our eternal life that Adam so foolishly forfeited.

The cross (or stake) is a symbol of evil not of Christ. Christ is the only redeemer of man, no one or anything else is or can be

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 08, 2018:

I'm glad you're enjoying it, Eric. I thought the video of God creating man was neat. I only use the KJV, and for good reasons. Of course, not everyone would agree. Here's a link to a series of articles I did years ago on my reasons if you want to check it out. I've since studied the issue closer and am even more convinced that the other versions can be dangerous. Anyway, that's where I stand. I'm so glad you were able to stop by. Here's the link.https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Things-Th...

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 08, 2018:

You're quite welcome, Bill. Maybe disagree is the wrong word, and I apologize for that. Thanks again for coming by. I knew you'd be here!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 08, 2018:

Fantastic Bill I saw this and opted out of my daily red letter reading for the day. This series is, dare I say, enchanting. Around here the name is normally chúa Giê-su. I hope that does not create a different paradigm.

Which Bible are you quoting from? - I like it and probably you told us.

This H2O concept is important to understand. A lot of stuff about water and air/breathing life.

Genesis 2 et seq is not to be trifled with. Fully worth contemplation of every line.

Thanks

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 08, 2018:

I'm not sure I've ever disagreed with you on your religions views. This falls under the category, for me, of everybody is right and nobody is wrong, or everybody is wrong and nobody is right.....for me its conjecture and again, the Gospel According to This Bill is not recommended reading. LOL Thanks for sharing your thoughts, my friend.