For some of us we wonder why on earth did God make human beings? After all if it wasn’t for human beings then much of the world would still be perfect.
That is because we haven’t fully understood God’s purpose in creating human beings.
Genesis 2:7 ‘Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being ’niv.
When you look at the ground do you consider your beginning? Do you consider that from the dust you were made by a Holy God? What power; what wonder; that God could make such a complex being out of what lay on the ground, the most basic component of creation. But did you notice that this human being not only was created from dust or ground (Hebrew word idamah) but God himself breathed his own breath into the lungs of this new person.
This is truly the wonder of humanity, that to give life God actually breathed into the nostrils of this new human, the very breath of God brought life to man.
But the wonders don’t stop there v 8’ Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed’ niv. Here we see the provision of God for the man he had created. As we continue to read, we see that this provision wasn’t just to be tended by the man but was to be for the benefit of the man.
There was one stipulation v 16 ‘And the LORD God commanded the man ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die’ niv.
Oh there is much that could be said and has been said about this moment in human history but before we move on to that we notice that after the stipulation God goes into more detail about Adam’s role and responsibility, the naming of the animals. What a beautiful picture of a God who cares, God himself brought the animals before Adam for him to name. God was officially placing the care and responsibility of the animals into Adam hands, Adam was officially the human leader of the garden of Eden.
However, for this man there was something missing v20 ‘But for Adam no suitable helper was found’ niv.
There was a longing in Adam to share this responsibility with someone suitable, someone like him. Unknown to Adam God had already planned the perfect partner and this partner was so perfect that Adam sang a song of praise and thanks to God, the world’s first love song;
‘This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man’ (esv)
Adam is so grateful to God for giving him the perfect partner, the very person he needed to help him fulfil the responsibilities God had placed in his hands.
Here we see the beauty of the marriage relationship, a partnership orchestrated by a loving, caring and providing God, to live out and serve His purposes so that all creation will be cared for.
Perfect isn’t it?