Gods Intimate Design of Man ~ Genesis 2:4-7
Genesis to Revelations Series

Scripture Readings: Genesis 2:4-7, Psalms 139:13 & 14

Genesis 2:4-7 "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.  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."

Beginning in Genesis chapter 2 verse 4 we begin to see a second account of the creation.  It is slightly different from the first account in that it offers greater detail, but it does not contradict the first account in any way.  We see throughout scripture that different accounts are made of singular events and in each account various details are given but even with differing accounts there is never a contradiction, only further detail or explanation.  Here in the second account we see a little more information about what the Garden of Eden was like.  At this time in creation there was no rain.  God had not caused it to rain for there was no need for rain.  Instead God caused a mist from the earth to rise up and water the face of the ground.  The exact manner of irrigation is unknown, only that the whole face of the earth was watered by a mist that rose up from the earth.  Although not an exact example but similar in thought, the process of dew formation comes to mind.  Dew forms when a surface cools through loss of infrared radiation (heat) down to a temperature which is colder than the dew point of the air next to that surface.  Condensation of the water vapor within the air.  This verse also anticipates the soon coming story of the Flood.  Lastly in this section of scripture we have a more detailed description of the creation of man.  In this account of the creation of man we can see a more intimate process between man and our Creator.  Here we see that man was formed in the dust of the ground and after God breathed into man the "breath of life" man became alive. 

Although God created all other things with a mere word he became intimately involved with His creation of man.  It says "the Lord God formed man" meaning He applied His workmanship to man. Psalms 139:13 & 14 echoes again to us the intimate desire of God to be closely involved with mankind from beginning to end.  Psalm 139:13-14 saying, "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well."  He fashioned a body out of mud and clay, transforming the clay into something completely new.  Isn't this the God we have come to know?  He is the Potter and we are the clay; He makes all things new.  In verse 7 we see that when God breathed life into man, man became a "living being".  The words "living being" are the same used for the animals in Genesis 1:24, however, what sets man apart from the animals is God breathing the breath of life into man.  God created man in His image and likeness and brought man to life by imparting of Himself into man.  This theme will be repeated several places throughout scripture.  The actual "breath" mentioned here doesn't necessarily mean "air".  It could very well be the narrator's way of describing the infusion of the human spirit with its morals, intellectual, relational and spiritual capacities; the imparting of God's likeness into man, Spirit to spirit.  At this time man had not sinned and was perfect.  Death had not entered into the earth or man.  Man and the world were exactly as God desired for them to be.