Building Character

Christ in the Creation Story

In the beginning, all was perfect. To summarize Genesis 1, God created Heavens, Earth, light, darkness, time, the sky, the waters, dry land, vegetation, the stars, sun, moon, and animals. The Hebrew is ELHOIM, which is plural – indicating the Trinity. God created by the Word, saying “Let there be… Let the waters… Let the earth.” But when it came to humanity, God said, “Let us.” There is an emphasis on the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit creating humanity in their image. In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them..” Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.” It is them creating us; the first Parents making the first children. But He is not as man, God is three in one.  God is one eternal divine nature with three persons, unified and distinct in ways that are beyond human understanding.
Mankind was also differentiated from the rest of creation in that we were formed from dust and given a soul. As Genesis 2:7 puts it, “Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” It is a very personal, intimate, face to face creation.Woman was created from the substance of Adam and just as much by the personal touch of God. Adam had literally been separated into two unique beings. Adam recognized this saying, “Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.” This is the first time in scripture the words father and mother are used.

Once created, God blessed them and told them to multiply. He gave them dominion over animals, and provided all vegetation to eat. They were naked and not ashamed. They were vulnerable, hiding nothing, and without embarrassment or guilt. They felt no negativity towards themselves.

But then came the fall. Adam and Eve at of the one tree God had forbidden them to eat from. “The eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were naked” (Genesis 3:7). They hid themselves from God and God banished them from the garden of Eden. But He did not banish them from His presence, and He did not leave them without hope. He spoke of Christ in that moment, saying to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.” Even after this, God is with Adam, Eve, and their children, speaking and interacting with them. Even after Cain murders Abel, God speaks with him and protects him. But he also sends Cain out from his presence and away from his earthly parents.

Then God gives Adam & Eve another child, Seth, and Seth fathers Enosh. And at that point, people began to call on the name of the Lord, proclaiming Him as Yahweh, a name signifying God is near and present. There is a sense of renewed hope and that people drew near to God.

And rest of the Old Testament continues with God staying with humanity, speaking to them, and guiding them. In Isaiah 64:8,”But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” He is active in His pursuit. God is devoted, interested, generous, authoritative, merciful, nurturing, loving, gentle, compassionate, truthful, and protective.

Christ in the creation story is confirmed by the gospel of John. John begins his account, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.” And Colossians 1 also testifies to Christ at creation, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:15-16). Both mentions are in the first chapter. Christ was a part of the story of God from the beginning.

What characteristics, especially parental, do you see in the story of creation?

​What parallels do you see in the creation story and parenting?

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Christina Dronen

Christian mom who practices gentle parenting. Author of the Parenting In Christ Bible study discussion guides.

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