The Origin of Man
By Brother Mike
The biblical account of the origin of man begins in Genesis 1,
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The creation of man is further explicated in Genesis 2,
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.
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18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
From this account of the origin of man, a number of things can be acknowledged. First, it was God who created man. Man did not develop into being from some lower form of primordial soup and process such as evolutionists would have you believe, but he was miraculously created in a fully developed and mature form from the very beginning. Second, man was physically created from the dust of this earth. This became the material part of man. Everything in the physical constitution of man was organized and built from the building blocks of minerals, vitamins, elements and chemicals already present in the earth. But what made the material constitution of man become an actual living and moving being was the breath of life which the Lord breathed into the nostrils of man. We read,
"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."
It is this spiritual and invisible nature of man, which is his spirit or soul, that gives him life, and in the deepest sense is what keeps man alive. As soon as the spiritual soul leaves the body, the physical body then loses all life and returns back to being nothing but the dust of the earth. It must be recognized, therefore, that the very essence of life is not inherent in the physical constitution of man himself, but in the soul or spirit of man. Without a life giving spirit, man is nothing but a compilation of what is already found in the earth. He is nothing but dust, and, like the dust, he is dead! But once he has been given a soul or spirit, he has become a living soul.
Now an account of the origin of man is incomplete without an accounting of the origin of woman. It can be seen that God does not consider woman to be separate and apart from man; hence, it can be said that God created MAN; " male and female He created them." What this means is that MAN consists both of male and female, which makes perfect sense when it is understood that woman was created from the man. As we read,
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Because the woman was made from the rib of man, she too was created from the dust of the earth since man, from which the woman came, was also created from the dust of the earth. But the man was created before the woman, and that she was then created from the man puts her in a very unique relation to the man. She was created from and for the man; to be his helper and companion. And just as God brought the animals to Adam in order to name them, being the authority and keeper over them, so also the woman was brought to the man in order for him to name her, being the authority and keeper over her. So from the very beginning, it is clear that the roles of man and woman are to be quite different. The man is to be the leader, teacher, and authority while the woman is to be the helper and companion. They both together comprise what is called MAN.
This page answers the question, Where Did Humankind Come From?