It’s a good question. Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going to? This is the stuff of life that we have been pondering the minute Adam and Eve were evicted from the garden of Eden.
We have been created in the image of God. Both male and female are created in God’s image. We bear a likeness to our Creator in a way that no other creation does. When God wanted to show what He is like, He created an entire universe, formed a planet, filled it with plants and animals, then created a man and woman. Then He said (metaphorically pointing to the man and woman) “that’s what I’m like”. Man and woman are not God, but in God’s likeness. Before the fall, they are the best picture of God that exists in the universe, like a beautiful portrait in a famous gallery.
With this background in mind, we have a better understanding of WHY God had to become a man. The picture had been ruined by sin. God had to restore the painting to its original form since it had now become inaccurate. God was in the middle of demonstrating something (who He is) to someone (Himself? The angels? Mankind?) when the whole plan seemed to go awry. Yet God continued with His demonstration as if His plan were still unfolding just as He planned.
In the creation account of Genesis chapter 1, God is creating and naming; forming and designating titles. In the creation account of Genesis chapter 2, Adam is watching God form animals from the ground, then naming them himself. God brought each individual type of animal to Adam just to see what Adam would decide to call it. What fun! Adam is exercising His perfect free will to do whatever he wants to do, but in complete obedience to God. Adam is clearly the one in charge of the animals, giving them whatever title he decides. The highest authority he exercises with perfection comes when Adam names the second human created, his wife. Adam is not diminishing his wife as subservient by naming her, but elevating her to the position of equality with himself. “She was taken out of man and therefore is equal to me in every way. Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, she is also in the image of God.” It is interesting that Adam does not give her a personal name until after the fall. This also is due to Adam’s place of authority. After the fall, Adam knew that God’s promise (the seed promise) would be fulfilled. He demonstrates faith by naming his wife Eve because he knew she would become the mother of all living. This title was given to her before he “got to know her better” and she conceived. So naming his wife Eve is an act of faith.
Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going to? You have to go back to the beginning to find out. We were created by God personally breathing life into us. We were created to walk and talk with our Creator. We were created to rule the world however we want, but while being subservient to God.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman