During the past 4 weeks in my Sabbath Class I have been teaching the early chapters of Genesis. The 2nd chapter (the creation of man, really, “the man” and his woman) and the 3rd Chapter (the fall of “the man“) have been eye-opening and have confirmed many of the things that I have already been teaching and added still more to my understanding.
Most of us have heard the story of “Adam and Eve” but have we really understood that story? Over the next few weeks I hope to put to print what I have been finding and teaching in Genesis.
Creation Of Man / Creation Of “The Man”
Like the behemah (the four-footed animals), the birds and the creeping things that came from the earth; so did ruach Elohim (spirit Elohim) create האדם (ha·a·Dam, “the man”) from the earth. The name “Adam” is only used a couple of times in chapters two and three, while האדם (ha·a·Dam, the man) with the definite article is used almost exclusively.
And Yehovah Elohim formed the man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a חיה לנפשׁ (le·Ne·fesh chai·Yah (le·Ne·fesh chai·Yah, living being). (Gen 2:7)
But the living of the field and the birds of the air came from the earth and were also חיה לנפשׁ (le·Ne·fesh chai·Yah) which is translated by many as “living creature.”
Out of the ground Yehovah Elohim formed every living of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. (Gen 2:19)
It was not Yehovah Elohim that named the animals, it was the man.
I think that it is interesting that Yehovah uses this phrase, Yehovah Elohim. It appears only 20 times in all of Torah; the last time is when Moses is talking with Pharaoh.
But as for you (Pharaoh, a man) and your servants (also men), I know that you will not yet fear Yehovah Elohim.” (Exo 9:30)
The other 19 times that this phrase is used are found in Genesis 2:4 through Genesis 3:23; the creation of man and his fall.
I never read the Hebrew word Elohim as “God” when I read the scriptures; there are far too many false images attached to that word for my taste and understanding. When I read Elohim, I think of the Lawmaker and Judge of the whole earth. A lawmaker makes commandments, statutes, and ordinances; and a judge makes judgments. Many dozens of time throughout the Torah Yehovah tells Israel’s seed (perversely known as “the children of Israel”) to follow only His statutes, His judgments and His ordinances. Here is just one example from among the dozens in Deuteronomy, this one is Moses speaking to Israel (His men).
“Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as Yehovah my Elohim commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ “For what great nation is there that has Elohim so near to it, as Yehovah, our Elohim is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? (Deu 4:5-8)
All the commandments, statutes, judgments and ordinances are given to the sons of Israel. Please, peace to all ladies, there is much that we all need to learn and that is why I am writing this series of articles; so please bear with me as I explain.
The very first commandment says,
And Elohim spoke all these words, saying: “I am Yehovah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other elohim [lawmakers or judges] before [besides, except, but] Me. (Exo 20:1-3)
The man was created to serve only Yehovah but most men have left the Elohim and have chosen to follow other elohim; this is the harlotry that got us (with our families) kicked out of our land in the first place. This is the very reason only the ezrach, Israel’s seed, are told to wear tzitzit.
And you [Israel’s seed] shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of Yehovah and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined. (Num 15:39)
As I said, Yehovah Elohim gave His commandments to His men, and it was Yehovah Elohim who put the man in the garden and commanded him saying,
Then Yehovah Elohim took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And Yehovah Elohim commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen 2:15-17)
The woman was not yet created when Yehovah gave the man his marching order; Yehovah rarely speaks directly to a woman in Torah, and never to an uncovered woman unless either of them are in trouble. We will talk about that next time.
But the man was created with something that none of the beasts of the earth have. The man was created in Yehovah’s own image.
So Elohim created the man in His own image; in the image of Elohim He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen 1:27)
Please note: Yehovah did create the man and his woman. But, we must understand that was the man whom He created in His image and in His likeness. In the video below I will also discuss the creation of the woman also, but here is an additional article I put together for that subject. (Creation of “the man’s” woman) It is imperative the we not confuse the created purpose of the man and the created purpose of his woman at the critical juncture (Genesis 2) in Yehovah’s eternal and unchanging word. Failure to understand this difference will pollute all further understandings and lead us down a very broad path.
It was only the man who was created in Elohim’s image. That said, what does the man have that makes him different from all the other חיה לנפשׁ (le·Ne·fesh chai·Yah, living creatures) which were created from the earth?
Glenn McWilliams, describes what the man has, that is different from the animals, very well.
The first manner in which man is to manifest the presence of Elohim is by exercising dominion over the animal realm, including his own animal nature. The second manner is by being fruitful and multiplying. To this end the Creator created man with two distinct natures. The first nature is that of the earth from which he was created. This is a tangible, sensual nature. It is this nature that we have in common with the animals. Because this nature is tangible, it is driven by its senses and appetites. This nature needs food, shelter, and rest to keep the flesh alive. The second nature of man is a spiritual nature that he has in common with the Spirit Elohim. Through this nature man communes with the Creator Himself, receiving revelation knowledge on how to live and manifest His image in the tangible world.
The man is the only חיה לנפשׁ (le·Ne·fesh chai·Yah, living creature) that is allowed to approach Yehovah Elohim; and it is the man to whom Yehovah Elohim gives all his instructions concerning how we are to live.
After the fall it was the man who Yehovah Elohim came looking for in the garden, not the woman. It was the man, not the woman, who violated His instructions. More next time about that also.
Then Yehovah Elohim called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9)
This is the message that Yehovah Elohim has for all men. “Where are you?” Oh, that we would all repent of following other elohim (other lawmakers and judges) and say to Yehovah Elohim (the Lawmaker and Judge), “Here I am!”
Who was it, that Yehovah Elohim drove out of the garden for disobedience?
So He [Yehovah Elohim] drove out the the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. (Gen 3:24)
And where the man goes, so goes his woman!
Creation of man / “the man”
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8 thoughts on “Creation Of Man”
Thank you for opening my eyes.
You are very welcome Andreas, please keep reading.
What is the difference in creation between genesis 1 and 2. What does “a place without the Lord’s presence” mean in Genesis 4/1.
Considering the three, I strongly feel that Eden was not on earth and mankind was there long before Adam, and that Cain was banished to earth, which was not a portion of the Lord’s kingdom.
In the Torah we often see that Yehovah gives a “big picture” or “overview” and then breaks it down into smaller pieces. This is the case in Genesis 1, it is the overview of creation as a whole. But Chapter 2 is the specifics as to how “the man” and “his woman” were created.
I see no reason to believe that “anyone’ was created in anyplace other than the Earth. You may be getting these ideas from a Bible version which translates ha-a-da-mah, “the ground”, as “the earth”.
Cain getting kicked out from Yehovah’s presence is a bit surprising to me. Consider what Yehovah said to Noah and his sons.
Now consider what Yehovah told His son Israel [His Ezrach men] concerning cities of refuge.
It appears to me that Cain got off easy. Why? Perhaps it was because there were no witnesses?
Good questions Stephen. Many people are confused about the difference between Genesis 1 & 2. Thanks!
In the fourth commandment regarding the Sabbath , the wife is not mentioned as one of the people not to abstain from doing any work on the Sabbath . Son , daughter , female and male servants , female and male slaves , strangers within your gates , and animals . Why is the wife not included ?
I would argue that the wife (his woman) is included. She is bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh, what he does she should do. But she is not the same as the man; the 10 commandment makes that very clear.
Could you please explain why the wife is not mentioned? Thank you
HaAdam’s woman is mentioned at length in the very next chapter. Here is a link to “The Creation of the Woman“