Genesis 2:4–9 (ESV)
The Creation of Man and Woman
4 These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
5 When no bush of the field
was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist was going up from the
land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 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.
8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring
up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
reading is a flashback to give more details on the creation of man and woman. Some people will say that this is a second creation, but that is incorrect. It’s like reading a textbook on a subject and then they have a break out box that gives
more information on what you are reading. This section is that break out box that gives more details of the sixth day when man and woman were created. Verse 9 begins to set up the Fall of Man by introducing the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge
of good and evil. Man was created differently… he was made from the dust of the ground. This is why we say on Good Friday: “From dust you came, and dust you shall return.” We were created from dust, and when we die…
we return to dust. I know a lot of people will want to tear apart the creation story and I am fine with that. I believe it, but it is only through faith that I can believe it. Without faith, I would probably be on their side.
I pray: O Lord, you were there at creation and helped form the universe, animals, and even man. Thank you for creating me, and then thank you for saving me. I
did not ask for either, but thank you. Amen.