In the Beginning: The Unique Creation of Mankind

As I have been preaching through Genesis chapters 1-11, the following question was asked:

Is there any significance to the fact that Jesus spoke everything into existence (out of nothing) but that he formed man from dust (something that He already made)? Why didn’t He speak us into existence?

While I understand the question, it is based upon a slightly incorrect understanding of creation. The question assumes that God spoke everything into existence. But did He?


Notice the similarities between the man and animals.

Both man and animals were formed from the ground.

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground…” Genesis 2:7

“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air…” Genesis 2:19

Both man and animals have life.

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life…” Genesis 1:20

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…” Genesis 2:7

The same Hebrew word for “life” is used for both man and animals in those verses.

Man is different than animals in that man was created in the image of God!

God regards man differently from the animals. The Bible account is primarily concerned with the relationship between God and man. Man was created by God, in his image, for God’s joy and glory, and exists only in the context of God. It is because God is (Hebrews 11:8) that man has being (Acts 17:28). True, the earth and animals too have a place in God’s economy, but essentially, the world was created as a place for man to live (e.g. Romans 8:19–22). (From Answers in Genesis website)

Man is different than animals. God had a special relationship with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – a relationship which He did not have with any other aspect of His creation. When Adam and Eve sinned, that relationship was destroyed. God, however, because of His love that He has for us went to great lengths to re-establish that relationship; He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die upon the cross to pay the eternal penalty for our sin! Click here to read more.

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