Part Two – Creation
God decided that He would make a people for Himself and a land in which to place His people. He wasn’t lonely nor did He need the company of people. The triunity of God meant that God, in each of His three persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – had the fellowship of each other. So why did God create the universe with its people and creatures? God’s great plan began with grace and He made people for His glory, as we read in the book of Isaiah:-
As well as humankind, God made the universe and all the wonders of nature to reflect His Glory also. We read this in Psalm 19:-
So, God didn’t need to create us. He formed us by grace for His glory and He made us in His image to reflect that glory, to make Himself known throughout Creation. Image does not only mean a superficial physical resemblance, but also shared similarities in characteristics such as intelligence, emotions, and with a mind capable of communicating with God and thinking like He thinks.
God made a man, Adam, and placed him in the beautiful Garden of Eden. He then created all kinds of creatures to which He gave Adam the task of naming. God saw that, even though Adam was busy tending the plants in the garden and caring for all the animals and even though he had fellowship with God Himself, it would be better for Adam to have the company of his own kind too, so He created Eve and they would become a blessing to each other and form a special relationship that would continue to fulfill God’s plan.
Life in Eden before the Fall
God provided everything that His people could ever need or want. It must have been perfect, since God had pronounced it “very good” (“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day” – Genesis 1:31 New International Version), and what God says is very good cannot have had any flaws whatsoever. Adam and Eve lived a blissful life as God intended it to be. They had never sinned so they felt no shame or guilt. They had all the food they needed, growing in a glorious environment and best of all, they had continuous fellowship with God, their Father.
The life that Adam and Eve were living describes the true meaning of the word, “Shalom”. Everything was as it should be – a loving relationship, tending the land together in community, and living in harmony with God. All was at peace. This was life as God intended.
To be continued
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