Creation and the Fall (Genesis 1-3)

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So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27, NKJV)

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:21-22)

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6)

Genesis 1-3 describes the creation of the world, the formation of Adam and Eve, and the corruption of creation through Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God. There are many important details, but at least three are particularly relevant to what’s going on in the world today:

First, God created only humankind in His image, distinguishing humans from all other creatures. This image includes the physiological distinctions of male and female. Gender and sexuality are not cultural constructions that we may manipulate biologically or dismiss because of how we feel. Our physical bodies are part of our creation in God’s image and are to be respected. Gender and sexuality are God-ordained distinctions to be celebrated, appreciated and valued.

Second, the first mention of something that was not good was Adam’s solitude. God created humans to live in relationship and community. Accordingly, God formed Eve from Adam’s rib—not from his head, to rule him, nor from his foot, to serve him, but from his side, that the couple might serve God together as complimentary equals. Similarly, God does not call everyone to marriage, but he does call marriage to be respected by all (Heb 13:4).

Third, God’s design for humanity is to live in trusting relationship with Him and in community with one another. But right before Adam and Eve disobey God, we see Satan entice the couple to doubt God, be divided against each other, and exalt themselves to become like God. This is the process of sin that has plagued the world since creation—humankind doubting God, dividing against one another, and pridefully exalting ourselves against God, others, and nature.

So, Genesis 1-3 shows how Adam and Eve rejected the goodness of God’s So, Genesis 1-3 shows how Adam and Eve rejected the goodness of God’s creation that they already knew by rebelling against their creator and embracing their own desires. This is the story of the world—the goodness of God’s creation became polluted by the sinful rebellion of humankind. Now creation groans, watching as the atonement for human sin was provided by the Cross of Christ, and waiting for the redemption of all creation when the Son returns to reign in glory and restore God’s goodness to the world (Romans 8).

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