Genesis 1:24-27; Genesis 2:7
Within seconds God transformed misery into happiness. Sewage no longer covered the earth now lush with plants. Flying creatures soared through the air. Great whales frolic in the sea now coming alive with a variety of swimming creatures.
Everything God has done is “good”, but he is not finished. Again God spoke before he acted. “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
On day six, God created a unique living creature – Adam. Adam looked like God in form. Therefore, I can conclude that God has one head with two eyes, two ears and a mouth, a torso, two arms, two legs, ten toes and ten fingers.
God had a purpose for creating man in his image – dominion. Adam was created to have dominion over the fish, birds, land animals, and plants. God planted a garden where Adam would live and work fulfilling God’s purpose to subjugate the earth, but something was missing. Adam was the only one of his kind.
God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Surely God knew exactly what Adam needed. But I doubt Adam knew what he needed. Instead of forcing woman upon the man, God formed a variety of animals and presented them to Adam. Adam named each of the creatures, but apparently rejected all of them as a suitable helper. To find a suitable helper, Adam must sacrifice a part of himself, specifically a rib taken from his side.
From the rib of Adam, woman is also created in the image of God. Our body parts distinguish us as either male or female, but all of us, God, Adam and woman have one head with two eyes, two ears and a mouth, a torso, two arms, two legs, ten toes and ten fingers.
Adam accepted the woman who came from his flesh and called her Eve, but God called the male and female he created “Adam”. Even though woman was created to help Adam, God sees them as equal. They are both Adam. Adam also announced that woman is his equal when he said, “this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.”
God considered Adam being the only one of his kind inadequate. None of the creatures walking or creeping across the land, swimming in the sea, and flying through the air could understand what it is like to bear the image of God. The solution to the problem was woman. She was not created to be a servant of man as he rules over God’s creation. She was created so Adam would not be alone. From this point in humanities history forward every male and female entered the earth through a woman.
God affirmed that man and woman are equal in his eyes when he said to both of them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Both man and woman are charged with dominion over God’s creation. God saw everything that he had made and it was “very good”.
While my first images of God were judgment upon rebellion and the darkness and misery that followed, everything that happened afterward is good. He responded to evil with good. He created good things. When he created man and woman it was very good. He entrusted his good things to humanity. When he saw something that was not good, like man being alone, he acted to make it good. The God I follow is full of goodness.