“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”Genesis 1v27 KJV
What was the first man like? Was he ape-like? Did he walk upright? Where did he live? What did he eat? How intelligent was he? How did he communicate? What was life like for him? No doubt these are just some of the questions that spring to your mind.
Genesis 2 does not contradict the account of Day 6 (Genesis 1v26-28); rather it is a more detailed account of how God created man.
Genesis 2v1-3; Exodus 20v8-11
Before we proceed with the study on the creation of man, I want to briefly mention Day 7 of the creation week. Notice:
God gave us our week.
Almighty God could have created everything in 6 seconds if He had wanted, but He didn’t. He worked 6 days and rested one day, giving us our week.
God set an example for man.
This is why God deliberately took so long to create everything. We ought to work 6 days and then rest and worship God on the Sabbath. In the Old Testament the Israelites kept the 7th day as their Sabbath. In the New Testament Christians met together on the 1st day of the week (Acts 20v7; 1 Corinthians 16v2).
All the days in the creation week were literal 24-hour periods;
otherwise these verses make no sense.
Picture of Christ coming
In the Old Testament people could look forward to the sabbath at the end of the week. In the New Testament could look back on the sabbath being on the first day of the week. Likewise, Old Testament believers looked forward to the first coming of the Lord and His atoning death on Calvary. New Testament believers look back on the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus our Saviour.
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