About Man’s Creation – How He Was Made

In the first chapter we saw that there was nothing, and then the inorganic came into existence: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

The next step in creation was the organic, that is, the creation of life. We saw that in verse 21 where it says that God created great whales and then all animal life.

He created animal life, but apparently the plant life had not been destroyed, and at the time of the re–creation, the seed was already in the earth.

I would not want to be dogmatic, but this would seem to be the implication here. God has told us very little in this regard. Then man is the next step in the creation.

There is actually no natural transition, and evolution cannot bridge the gap that brings us to the appearance of Homo sapiens on the earth.

The earth, therefore, was prepared for the coming of man.

Genesis 2:7-15 KJV

[7] 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.

[8] And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

[9] And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

[10] And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

[11] The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

[12] And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

[13] And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.

[14] 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.

[15] And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Genesis 2:7

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.


  • This scripture proclaims the physical body made of clay.
  • The “breath of life,” which comes from God, pertains to the soul and spirit of man; this was done with the first man, Adam, God breathing the soul and the spirit into man, and thereafter it comes automatically at conception.
  • Man is a soul, has a spirit, both which reside in the physical body; the soul addresses the body; the spirit addresses God; the physical body addresses the world.
  • Perhaps the water mixed with dust provides clay the Lord God uses to create man (compare Job 10: 9; 33: 6; Isaiah 45: 9; Romans 9: 21).
  • The sound of the Hebrew word for man, which is Adam (Genesis 2: 19), resembles closely the word for ground.
  • Thus the lofty image of being created in God’s likeness (1: 26) is now tempered with the reality of what constitutes the human body, its humble origin.
  • “The first man is of the earth, earthy” (1 Corinthians 15: 47).
  • Some have proposed that for God to breathe the breath of life into the man is to place a tiny portion of God’s very own essence into a human.
  • This is wrong.
  • When 2 Peter 1:4 speaks of being “partakers of the divine nature,” the meaning is that we share in those attributes of God that He grants us as His image bearers (example: 1 Peter 1: 15, 16).
  • No part of our essence as humans is uncreated.
  • On first reading, this phrase may lead one to believe that it is at this point that the first human receives that element of his nature that sets him apart from the animals: the soul.
  • But the original language behind the translation became a living soul is identical in the descriptions of other creatures in Genesis 1: 20, 24, 30; 2: 19).
  • We are indeed a combination of physical and spiritual (Matthew 10: 28), but that fact cannot be established from this verse.
  • Here the sacred writer supplies a few more particulars about the first pair.
  • formed — had Formed Man Out Of The Dust Of The Ground Science has proved that the substance of his flesh, sinews, and bones, consists of the very same elements as the soil which forms the crust of the earth and the limestone that lies embedded in its bowels.
  • But from that mean material what an admirable structure has been reared in the human body (Psalm 139:14).
  • The breath of life — literally, of lives, not only animal but spiritual life.
  • If the body is so admirable, how much more the soul with all its varied faculties.
  • Breathed into his nostrils the breath of life — not that the Creator literally performed this act, but respiration being the medium and sign of life, this phrase is used to show that man‘s life originated in a different way from his body – being implanted directly by God (Ecclesiastes 12:7), and hence in the new creation of the soul Christ breathed on His disciples (John 20:22).

Genesis 2:8

And the LORD God planted a Garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed.


The Garden of Eden.

  • Eden — was probably a very extensive region in Mesopotamia, distinguished for its natural beauty and the richness and variety of its produce.
  • Hence its name, signifying “pleasantness.”
  • God planted a garden eastward, an extensive park, a paradise, in which the man was put to be trained under the paternal care of his Maker to piety and usefulness.
  • It was actually planted before Adam was created; the area is believed by some Scholars to be the site where the city of Babylon would ultimately be built.
  • The Garden of Eden was to be the home place of man.

Genesis 2:9

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.


  • Tree of life — so called from its symbolic character as a sign and seal of immortal life. Its prominent position where it must have been an object of daily observation and interest, was admirably fitted to keep man habitually in mind of God and futurity.
  • These are beautiful trees.
  • These are every fruit tree imaginable, even those which bear nuts.
  • This tree evidently contained a type of fruit; 3:22 says as much!
  • The Tree of Life had the power of so renewing man’s physical energies that his body, though formed of the dust of the ground and, therefore, naturally mortal, would, by its continual use, live on forever; Christ is now to us the “Tree of Life” [Rev. 2:7; 22:2]; and the “Bread of Life” [Jn. 6:48, 51]).
  • The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil presents the tree of death.
  • Tree of the knowledge of good and evil — so called because it was a test of obedience by which our first parents were to be tried, whether they would be good or bad, obey God or break His commands.

Genesis 2:10

And a river went out of Eden to water the Garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.


  • This means four rivers.

Genesis 2:11

The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;


  • Pison is believed to be the “Ganges” river.
  • The whole land of Havilah, where there is gold is believed to be India.

Genesis 2:12

And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.


  • Verses 11 and 12 present the first mention in the Bible of the precious metal, gold; it is mentioned last in the Bible as it refers to the main thoroughfare of the New Jerusalem, in which we are told is “pure gold” [Rev. 21:21]).

Genesis 2:13

And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.


  • Gihon is believed to be the Nile river.

Genesis 2:14

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.


  • Hiddekel is believed to be the Tigris river. These rivers at the present time have their sources far apart. The explanation, no doubt, lies in the flood, which altered the topography of the Earth.
  • The headwaters of the first two were drastically changed, while the last two remain basically the same.
  • In fact, it is believed that the Garden of Eden may have been located, as stated, at the joining of the Tigris and Euphrates, which is the site of ancient Babylon.

Genesis 2:15

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.


  • This man had dominion, and the forces of nature responded at his beck and call.
  • Put the man into the garden of Eden to dress it — not only to give him a pleasant employment, but to place him on his probation, and as the title of this garden, the garden of the Lord (Genesis 13:10Ezekiel 28:13), indicates, it was in fact a temple in which he worshipped God, and was daily employed in offering the sacrifices of thanksgiving and praise.

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