Lesson 05 第五课

LESSON 5

God created Adam.

Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7

 

1.      God finished preparing the earth for man.

 

a.      God prepared the earth for man.

Before God created the first man, He prepared everything that people would ever need. God prepared all that people would need because God is loving and kind.

In a similar way, God prepared the earth. God prepared every part of the earth, but it was not for Himself. He prepared the earth for man.

 

b.      God finished preparing the earth for man.

On the sixth day, after God had finished creating all of the animals, the earth was completely prepared for man.

 

2.      God planned to create man in the image of God.

 

Genesis 1:26.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

 

26 上帝说:我们要照着我们的形象,按着我们的样式造人,使他们管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟、地上的牲畜和全地,并地上所爬的一切昆虫。

 

a.      God said, “Let us make man in our image.”

To whom do you think God was speaking? God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit were talking together. They were discussing their plan to make man.

 

b.      God planned what He wanted man to be like.

Previously, God had decided what the spirits would be like. He had decided what the sun, the moon and the stars would be like. God had decided the design of all things on the earth. Likewise, God also decided what He wanted man to be like.

God Himself decided to design man. God didn’t ask for anyone’s advice. He didn’t ask the spirits what He should do. He didn’t ask the animals what He should do. God does not need to ask anyone for advice. God is supreme. He is greater than all. God is greater than all things, people and spirits. God alone designed and made all of His creation.

 

c.       Man was to be created greater than any of the animals.

Of all God created on the earth, man would be the most important. God decided to make man in the “image of God.” None of the animals were created in this way to be like God.

 

d.      God tells us in His Book that man would be made in God’s image.

What does it mean that man would be made in God’s image?

We know God is not talking about our bodies because God is Spirit. God doesn’t have a body of flesh and bones like we do. So we know that God did not make our bodies in God’s image.

The part of us that was made in God’s image is the part that cannot be seen. The Bible calls this part of us which cannot be seen our soul and our spirit. Man’s body was created to be the house for the part that was created in the image of God. God planned that the unseen part of man would have a mind, emotions and a will.

 

e.      God planned to give man a mind.

God has a mind. God thinks, makes plans and communicates His thoughts.

God wanted man to be able to think, make plans and communicate. So God

planned to give man a mind. With a mind, man would have the ability to know

God and communicate with God. God wanted to talk to man, and He wanted man to talk to Him. God wanted man to be able to think and reason so that man could do God’s work here on earth.

 

f.        Animals cannot think and communicate like people

Animals do not have minds like we do.

God did not make animals in His image. Animals don’t have minds like people.

 

g.      God planned to give man a mind that could think and reason.

God can think and reason, and He wanted man to be able to think and reason. God wanted to be able to communicate with man, therefore, God planned to make man with the ability to think and reason. Of course, people could never think and reason to the same degree that God can. God knows everything. Even the wisest man in this world is like a little child compared to God. God’s wisdom is greater than the wisdom of all people.

Because God planned to make man with a mind, man would be able to listen to God’s message, understand it and then do what God said. That is what God intended for man. God planned to give man a mind so God could talk with man, enjoy man’s friendship and teach man to do God’s work.

 

h.      God planned to give man emotions.

God has a mind, and He also has emotions. God loves, hates, feels sadness and also feels joy and happiness. Because God has emotions, He wanted man to have emotions as well. He wanted man to be able to feel joy and happiness. He wanted man to be able to love God.

God wanted man to be able to love Him. God planned to love man, but God also wanted man to be able to love Him, so God planned to create man with emotions.

 

i.        God planned to give man a will.

God has a mind and emotions. God also has a will. God is able to make choices. He can decide that He will do something or that He will not do it.

God wanted man to also be able to make decisions. God wanted man to be able to choose to love and obey God.

 

God could have made man so that man could not decide what to do or where to go. If man couldn’t make choices, then man would have had to do everything that God made him do, just as objects we control have to do what we make them do. Think about the sun, moon and stars. God made the sun, the moon and the stars to do the same thing every day, every month and every year. The sun, moon and stars do not have the ability to make choices. But God planned to make man with the ability to make choices.

God has a will. God decides what to do, and God wanted man to be able to make choices just like God makes choices. God wanted man to be able to choose to love and obey God. This is the reason God planned to create man with a will. God wanted man to have a mind so he could understand that God is wise and loving. God also planned for man to have a will so he could choose to love and obey his wonderful Creator.

God’s plan was to make man so he could understand with his mind what God is like; and because he would have a will, he would be able to choose to love and obey Him.

 

j.        God planned for the first man and woman to be managers of the things God created on the earth.

 

Genesis 1:26.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

 

26 上帝说:我们要照着我们的形象,按着我们的样式造人,使他们管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟、地上的牲畜和全地,并地上所爬的一切昆虫。

 

God planned for man to be made in God’s image so man could do a special job for God. Man was to be manager of the things God created on the earth. Man was to take care of the things God created here on the earth, and man was to be the leader over the animals, the birds and the fish.

 

 

 

 

3.      God created Adam.

 

Genesis 1:27; 2:7

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

27 上帝就照着自己的形象造人,乃是照着祂的形象,造男造女

 

Genesis 2:7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

耶和华上帝用地上的尘土造人,将生气吹在他鼻孔里,他就成了有灵的活人,名叫亚当

 

a.      God created the first man and woman.

God created a man first. On this same day, after God had made the first man, God also made the first woman. At a later time, we will read from God’s Book how God made the woman. Today, we are reading in God’s Book about how God made the first man. God named the first man Adam. This name means “man.” Later, we will read that Adam named his wife, Eve.

 

b.      God made Adam’s body from the dust of the ground.

When God made everything else, God just spoke the words and they were made. But when God made man, God took the dust of the earth and He formed the first man’s body the way He wanted it from the dust.

After God had made man’s body, the man still didn’t have life. Every part of man’s body was there, but he was like a dead person. His body was not breathing.

The part of man that was to be in God’s image and to live in man’s body was not yet made.

 

c.       God breathed life into Adam’s body.

When God breathed into Adam’s body, he became a living person who could

know, love and obey God.

Think about this: Who had the power to give life to Adam’s body?

·    Could the angels of God give the man life? No! The angels were all created by God, and they do not have the same power as their Creator.

·    Could Lucifer, the leader of the angels, give the man life? No! All the angels were created beings, and none of them, not even Lucifer, could give man life.

·    Could the sun or the moon give the man life? No! The sun and moon were created by God, but they had no mind or will or power to give life to man.

·    Could the earth give the man life? No! The earth was created by God, and He gave it no ability to give life to others.

·    Could the birds or the animals give the man life? No! They received life from God, but they are only able to reproduce life according to their own kind.

·    Could the man give himself life? No! Before God breathed into Adam, he was not living, so he could not give himself life.

·    All things received their life from God and are unable to give life to anything or anyone else.

Only God can give life. God is the source of all life. God gave life to the man.

All living things received their life from God. Man received his life from God.

Only God could give man life. When God breathed into the first man’s nostrils, the man became alive immediately. He was breathing, and he was strong and healthy. Everything that God created was healthy and perfect in the beginning. There wasn’t any sickness or death in the world.

 

4.      Adam was the first and only man God created from the ground.

 

Read Genesis 2:7.

Genesis 2:7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

耶和华上帝用地上的尘土造人,将生气吹在他鼻孔里,他就成了有灵的活人,名叫亚当

 

a.      God created only one man from the ground.

God did not make a white man and a black man and other races of people. Adam was the only man that God formed from the ground. Later we will read the story from the Bible which explains how God made Adam’s wife.

 

Read Genesis 1:27-28.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

 

27 上帝就照着自己的形象造人,乃是照着祂的形象,造男造女。 28 上帝就赐福给他们,又对他们说:要生养众多,遍满地面,治理这地,也要管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟和地上各样行动的活物。

 

God only made one man and one woman. God told the man and the woman to have children so that the world would eventually be filled with people.

Adam is the ancestor of all people. Adam is your ancestor. Adam is also my

ancestor. He is the ancestor of all people. We all came from this first man.

 

5.      God placed the first man and woman as managers over all living things on the earth.

 

Read Genesis 1:28-30.

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." 29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

 

28 上帝就赐福给他们,又对他们说:要生养众多,遍满地面,治理这地,也要管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟和地上各样行动的活物。” 29 上帝说:看哪,我将遍地上一切结种子的菜蔬和一切树上所结有核的果子,全赐给你们做食物。 30 至于地上的走兽和空中的飞鸟,并各样爬在地上有生命的物,我将青草赐给它们做食物。事就这样成了。

 

a.      God gave responsibility to man.

God put the first man and woman in charge of the earth and everything in it. God explained to the man and the woman what they were to do as God’s

representatives on earth.

In the same way, God was very pleased with the first man that He had created. God spoke to the first man and woman and told them what they were to do. God put them in charge of the earth and everything in it.

 

b.      God had the authority to put the man and woman in charge of all living things on the earth.

Why did God have the authority to give them control of the earth and everything in it? God created everything. Therefore, God could give the earth to whomever He pleased. God did not put His angels in charge of the earth. The spirits do not own the earth or anything in it. They did not create the earth, and God did not give it to them. Therefore, they do not have the right to control anything on the earth.

God is the creator of all things. This world and everything in it belongs to God. He decided to whom He would give the earth. He gave it to the first man and woman, the ancestors of all people. God had the authority to give the earth to people because God is supreme and sovereign.

 

6.      Everything God made was good.

Read Genesis 1:31.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-- the sixth day.

31 上帝看着一切所造的都甚好。有晚上,有早晨,是第六日。

 

Because God is perfect and good, everything He made was perfect and beautiful. In the beginning, no animal would hurt or harm man. In the beginning, thorns, thistles and weeds didn’t grow like they do now.

 

7.      God’s angels, along with their leader, Lucifer, all witnessed man’s creation.

God’s angels were watching when God prepared the earth and then made man.

The angels were pleased. They sang together with joy about how great and wonderful God was to have made everything. They praised and worshiped God.

 


Questions

1.      For whom did God prepare the earth?

2.      What does it mean that God created man in His image?

3.      What great difference was there between the creation of man and the creation of the animals?

4.      Why did God give man a mind?

5.      Why did God give man emotions?

6.      Why did God give man a will?

7.      How many men and women did God make in the beginning?

8.      Who is the ancestor of all people?

9.      God gave the first man and woman a very important responsibility. What was that

responsibility?

10.  Why don’t the spirits have the right to control the earth and everything on it?

11.  In the beginning, everything in the world was created perfect. Why was God able to make everything perfect?

12.  Who was watching as God prepared the earth and then made man?