Male and Female

Male and Female. God created the human race with two distinct individuals: male and female. Man was created first from the dust of the ground. Adam means “Red Earth.” “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.” (Genesis 2:7). God did not speak when He created man, rather God formed man from the dust. How is this possible when “God is a Spirit…?” (John 4:24). “…With God all things are possible.” (Mt. 19:26). God reached down to the ground and gathered some dirt/dust and formed man. “…For out of the dust you were taken: for dust you are, and unto dust you shall return.” (Ge 3:19).

Male. Formed from dust, yet made in the image of God; given characteristics, responsibilities, and uniqueness from all that was created before him. Man was made distinctly different from any other creature that came before him. As Adam was fulfilling his first responsibility of naming the animals given to him by God, there was a distinction between Adam and all the animals that came before him to be named. Not only were the animals not made in the image of God, but they also had mates and there was no mate found for Adam. Two distinct differences at this point in history between man and the animals: no mate and made in the image of God.

Female. After the naming of the animals, God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18) Enter the woman. God was the first surgeon and anesthesiologist. He caused Adam to go to sleep and took a rib and some of the surrounding flesh from his side. God took the rib and flesh and used it to form the first woman. God could have spoken and the woman came into being, as He did for the previous parts of Creation. God could have taken dust and formed the woman like He had for man, but instead He took a rib from man and formed and fashioned the woman from man’s rib. Again we see the uniqueness of both male and female.

Male and Female. We see the significance of this when we read Adam’s words when he first meets the woman, “This at last is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” (Genesis 2:23). Adam realizes that finally he now has a companion that is like him. Before Eve was created there was no human besides Adam. Adam was higher than the animals since he was created in the image of God and lower than God since God was his Creator. There was no one similar to him before the creation of Eve.

Male and Female. The male realized his need for the woman and the woman became the “helper” (Genesis 2:20) for the man. She was the helper and was needed to fulfill the command of the Lord, “Be fruitful and multiply fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion…” (Genesis 1:28). Male and Female both necessary to fulfill the command of the Lord to be fruitful and to subdue the earth. They were to work together to fulfill the commandment of God. God made the first team and put them together to accomplish His purpose for creation.

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