As we look at the record of God creating man, we might find it marvelous that the Bible describes this immensely significant event in one comparatively brief verse. This verse contains such a wealth of riches that we could expatiate on it for a long time. This is how man’s creation came about: “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 being” (Genesis 2:7).
Actually I object to the word being used here and in a number of modern translations; I much prefer the word soul, which appears in the original King James Version. Man became a living soul. The Hebrew for the words the Lord God formed uses the verb from which the word potter is derived. It suggests molding in clay. Although Scripture says that God used dust, the verse before this one says “a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground” (verse 6). So God was not working with dry dust. It was damp dust. It was moldable clay.
With his humble beginning achieved, man then underwent an astonishing turn. Scripture says that the Lord breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. The Spirit of God, the inbreathed breath of God, came into the clay. For me, this is profoundly dramatic and intensely vivid. I am naïve enough to believe it happened the way it is described. If you have problems with that, at least be indulgent with me. I believe that the Lord God is the Person who was revealed subsequently in human history as Jesus of Nazareth. This is true because, as John says at the beginning of his gospel, all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. So Jesus was, if I may say so, the agent of God the Father in this creative process.
One of the interesting aspects of God’s dealings with mankind is that every time He does so, He has to stoop. In Creation, then, as I picture it, this wonderful, glorious, divine being knelt down, put His divine hands in the clay and molded a body. It was the most perfect piece of molding that has ever been seen-much greater than anything the greatest artists living on this earth could ever produce. But it was just lifeless; it was just clay. Then this divine being stooped further and put His divine lips against the lips of clay. He put His divine nostrils against the nostrils of clay, and the Scripture says the Lord “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.”
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