Time or Eternity? ™

MAN

In Image of God on April 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

There were two steps in the process of the creation of man:—

First, The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground.”(Gen. 2 :7)  When MAN was created, he was complete in physical form. But he was an inert being, without life or power of action. He was like the well-made steam engine, with all parts perfect, but without power to move until the steam is applied.

Secondly, God “breathed into his nostrils the breath (Holy Spirit) of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2 : 7)  The breath put into the body of the man by the Creator, expanded the lungs, set the heart to beating and the blood to circulating, and the senseless clay became the living, acting, thinking, intelligent man.

When the breath of God entered into the man whom He had made, he lived, and “man became a living soul.” Isaac Leeser, the Jewish translator of the Hebrew Bible into English, renders the text as follows: “And the Lord God formed man dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.”

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