The Creation of Man & Woman
The Principle of
Chapters 1 &
The creation of man and woman is specifically
addressed in Genesis 1 & 2. It is mentioned in chapter 1
and then followed up in chapter 2. Chapter 2
introduces one of the prime “principles of revelation” known as
either “recurrence” or “recapitulation.” This principle occurs when
the Holy Spirit after stating a series of facts, subsequently
elucidates and/or enlarges on one or more of the facts. This He
does in other sections of the Bible such as in the book of
Deuteronomy, which is not simply a repetition of the Law but an
interpretation of it. Likewise, we see this principle employed with
His use of four, instead of one Gospel.
Here in chapter 2 of Genesis, the
Holy Spirit amplifies certain creative steps of God that He
mentioned in the first chapter, specifically the creation of man and
woman, which is the primary theme of the chapter. This chapter
expands on Genesis 1:26-30.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our
image, in Our likeness,
and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the
air, over the livestock,
over all the earth,
and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created man in His own image,
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them.
God blessed them and said to them,
“Be fruitful and increase in number;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over
every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give
you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and
every tree that has fruit with seed in it.
They will be yours for food.
And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air
and all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that
has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.”
And it was so.
This passage indicates the following facts.
- Man was created. He did not evolve.
Science established on fact instead of assumption and
presumption is in total agreement with this Biblical truth.
Jesus Christ also confirmed this truth in Matthew 19:4
and Mark 10:6. (Strong recommendation: acquire and read
everything possible by Chuck Missler, www.khouse.org).
- The creation of man reveals the Trinity.
This is specifically seen in the use of the plural pronouns in
this passage. The Trinity is taught throughout the Word of God,
e.g., Genesis 3:22; 11:7; Isaiah 6:8;
48:12-16; Psalm 2; 45:7; 110:1;
Matthew 11:27; John 8:42; 10:30, 33;
15:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2; 1
John 5:7; etc. Notice also that God states 3 times
in this passage that He will create man in His own image. Why
the repetition? Why exactly 3 times?
- Man is created in the “image of God.”
What does this mean? Just as God is the Trinity, we are a
trinity. 1 Thessalonians 5:23:
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and
through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Body – link to
the physical world.
This component is fully functional
at birth and involves physical “feelings.”
Soul – link to
self-consciousness, reason, volition, emotion and conscience.
This component is developed through
time and exposure to the environment.
A newborn is not aware of his existence, but eventually
becomes aware of his individuality. A newborn is ignorant,
but eventually becomes educated and rational. A newborn
cannot make decisions, but eventually becomes decisive.
A newborn is without emotion, but quickly develops the
feelings of anger, sadness, happiness, etc.
A newborn can’t distinguish right from wrong, but
eventually develops norms and standards.
Spirit – link
This component is
“dead on arrival.”
Man’s spirit died at the
fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden
(Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12; 6:6; 7:5,
18; Ephesians 2:1, etc.). It becomes activated
for all eternity at the “Second
(John 3), when a
person accepts by faith alone Christ alone for his own personal
- Man was given a mission, e.g., “fill” the
earth, and “subdue” the earth and “rule” over it.
- Man and
animals were initially meant to be vegetarians. All this
changed after the flood in Genesis 9:1-3 –
Then God blessed Noah and his
sons, saying to
them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the
earth. The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the
beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon
every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all
the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands.
Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.
Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you
This is the account of the heavens and
the earth when they were created.
When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens – and no shrub
of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the
field had yet sprung up,
for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no
man to work the ground,
but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface
of the ground – the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the
ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
and the man became a living being.
In this passage
the Holy Spirit, using the “principle of recapitulation,” gives
further details of creation.
- The source of
water prior to the existence of rain upon the earth.
- The creation
of man – from (1) the dust of the ground and by (2) the breath
of God. It is interesting to note that human bodies are made up
of the very same 17 elements that make up the dust of the
ground. The atoms that make up human molecules are fungible,
that is, the carbon atoms needed are readily available and
chemically interchangeable with any other carbon atoms
(suggested reading: Cosmic Codes by Chuck Missler, or
visit his web site,
www.khouse.org). Man did not become a “living being” until
God breathed [the spirit of] life into him. Due to the fall of
man in chapter 3, the spirit of man died immediately,
and, the deterioration process of the body and soul was
The LORD God said,
“It is not good for the man to be alone. I will
make a helper suitable for him.” Now the LORD God had
formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the
birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what
he would name them; and whatever the man called each
living creature, that was its name. So the man
gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and
all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was
found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a
deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one
of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.
Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib He had taken out
of the man, and He brought her to the man. The
man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my
flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she
was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave
his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they
will become one flesh.
The Holy Spirit
provides further details on the creation of other living species and
the reason for and the creation of woman.
- The creation
of other living species – again, out of the elements of the
ground. The difference between man and all other living species
is the “spirit of life” that God includes in every man and
- The reason or
“mission” of woman – to cure the loneliness of man and to be his
“partner” in filling, subduing and ruling the earth. This was
accomplished after a review and naming of all other living
species, confirming that this purpose could not be filled by any
- The creation
of woman – from a bone from (literally) “the side” of the man.
three-fold concept of marriage – (1) the concept of “cleaving,”
which involves effort upon the part of man, (2) the concept of
“leaving,” which involves a decision on the part of man (to
leave his “childhood” and become a man who is responsible and
accountable) and (3) the concept of “transformation,” i.e.,
“becoming one flesh,” which is both instantaneous and a process
that matures over time.