Genesis 2:7, 15-18
Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature…The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
Though some today seek to devalue this account, the Spirit presents these remarkable moments as actual, factual history. Reflect on the wonder. The Uncreated One, the Lord God Himself, steps on to the planet He has shaped and continues to fashion. Suddenly, Divine Hands are plunged into soil while supernatural (yes, unfathomable!) craftsmanship, guided by limitless wisdom (cf. Prov.8:22), produces the greatest expression of His creation. Moments later, a mature human being, male in gender, lies in the grass.
The 2nd Person of the Trinity is not done. Purposefully, He bends low, almost as if to kiss, and personally “breathes” life into Adam’s nostrils, filling his lungs, enlivening his soul, energizing his heart. Oh to have watched these moments! What was prone now sits, then stands, perhaps stretches (?), flowing with the fullness of endowed life. Opened eyes behold the LORD God, the Almighty, Maker of the heavens and the earth…an arm’s length away.
“My Creator…not distant…present.” Were these Adam’s first thoughts? We are not told. Still, we see God ushering Adam to his home, explaining his calling, offering vast provision and defining the moral boundary. And then (significantly), observing that Adam needs unique help to obediently get after it.
Do we not yet today—each day—require a similar ushering from the Lord through the pathways of our daily lives?