Fearfully and Wonderfully made……

READ: Genesis 2:4-17

…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 (Genesis 2:7).

What tremendously significant things are contained here in this condensed account. I do not think we need to dwell on just how God formed the body of man. Did He pile dirt together, wet it with water to make a kind of a mud statue, and then breathe life into it? No one knows. When we consider the miracle of conception and birth, we need not ask about the ability of God to make man in His own remarkable way. Perhaps the event occurred along the line of the development of birth. I do not think we need to be concerned over some of the questions that people in the past have beat each other over the head with. Whether Adam had a navel is of little significance. What we are told here is that there are three divisions of man.

God first made the body of man, and He made it from the dust of the earth. It is scientifically proven that the same elements that are found in the dust of the ground are found also in the body of humans. It is shown to be a fact, because it is to dust that we return.

We may not fully understand all that is involved in these sentences about the formation of man’s body, but it is important to notice that though the body of man was evidently formed first, the text does not say the “body” but rather God “formed man from the dust of the ground” (italics are mine). I think that has significance. Man is more than a body. He is not merely an animated joint of beef with a nervous system. He is more than body; he is soul as well as body. The functions of the soul are wonderfully linked to those of the body in ways that we have not even begun to determine.

Firstly, the functions of the soul (reason, emotion, and will), are also functions of our physical life. Reason is related to the brain, for it is only when the brain operates that reason occurs. Our glands have great power over our emotional life. God made body and soul together when forming man, with the soul lying dormant within the body of man and therefore having no function.

Then, into this body with an inactive soul, He breathed a living spirit through the nostrils. The phrase breath of life in the Hebrew means “a spirit of life.” The word for breath and spirit are the same, so that this is more than simply a picture of God’s breathing into man’s nostrils in some form of face-to-face resuscitation; it is the impartation of a spirit into man. The spirit is our essential nature. It is this that distinguishes man so remarkably from the animal creation. As man comes into being, he comes complete, as a threefold being, existing in body, soul, and spirit.

I praise you, Lord, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.