While Genesis 1 summarizes Creation, Genesis 2 takes a behind-the-scenes look at a very pivotal part of the work created on day six. The author presses rewind and looks at the significance of how God created the unceasingly, stubborn race known as Mankind. While Genesis 1 describes Elohim the Creator, when his work with mankind is revisited, a subtle English shift takes place with major Hebrew implications.
Instead of God creating Adam, the LORD God creates Adam. In many translations, you might read the word “Lord” with every letter capitalized. This word is not the simple Adonai meaining “Lord,” this word is Yahweh. This is the name that God designates to himself when Moses later asks him how he should describe him to Pharaoh. “I am who I am.” Only when the shift happens from universal creation to the creation of mankind is Yahweh mentioned. This shows that there is a God over all, but there is a LORD in relationship with some.
While God spoke everything else into existence, he “made” man (Gen. 1:26). God formed man out of the dust from the ground like a potter skillfully shaping and molding a vessel to his liking.
His hands, matted with dusty earth, shapes this man to be a specific image-bearer.
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