The Physical Shadows, and Genesis One and Two

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Hi M____,
Thank you for your question.
You ask for clarification between Gen 1:26 – 27 and Gen 2:27.

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27  So God created man in his [ own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

And we also have verse 28 of Genesis one:

Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Then, as if every word of God’s Words has to be laid out in chronological order, you say,
“But he didn’t form the man until Gen 2:27.”
To your credit you continue:
“I know theres something I’m missing here. I pray you can enlighten me.”
I hope you do find it ‘enlightening’ to be told that chronology is not always the point being made in God’s Word. Nowhere in this narrative are we ever told that the events of chapter two all must follow the events of chapter one. There simply is no such qualifying verse or verses. What is obvious is that chapter two complements and fills in many gaps and details not furnished in chapter one.
Chapter one is concerned mainly with what was created on which day. That is the main point of chapter one. Mankind is God’s crowning achievement in chapter one and is created on the sixth day.
Chapter 2 on the other hand tells us that the Adamic world did not include an atmosphere that produced rain:

Gen 2:4  These [ are] the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
Gen 2:5  And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Gen 2:6  But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

There is no mention of this in chapter one. Does that mean that it was not so in chapter one? of course not. It simply wasn’t the subject of chapter one which tells us what was created on each day of the week.
Chapter two gives us more details of what were God’s materials for forming mankind, and we are told in chapter two that God breathed into mankind “the breath of life, and he became a living soul.

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Does anything in that verse contradict the fact that we are told that man was created on the sixth day of the week? No, of course not. It simply fills in the picture.
Next we are told about that garden of Eden, and the fact that God placed the man in the garden.

Gen 2:8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Not a word contradicts what is revealed in chapter one.
Next we are told more about the trees in the garden, and the fact that God had created among those trees a tree of knowledge of good and evil and a tree of life.

Gen 2:9  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

While every word we read about this creation, has a primary literal and physical meaning, every word also has a hidden, primarily spiritual meaning also.
What your question demonstrates is our tendency to miss the spiritual message in every word of God. Instead of seeing the spiritual meaning behind the primary, literal and physical meaning of these words, we all tend to pit one verse of God’s Word against another verse of God’s word. Once we see the spiritual meaning behind the words of God and we acknowledge that God’s word never contradicts itself, only then can we understand that it is “the sum of God’s Word which constitutes Truth.”

Psa 119:160  The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

So while chapter one is true, chapter two adds to and complements chapter one. Once we rest in the Truth that is God’s Word, we can say with king David:

Psa 119:161  Princes have persecuted me without a cause; But my heart standeth in awe of thy words.
Psa 119:162  I rejoice at thy word, As one that findeth great spoil.
Psa 119:163  I hate and abhor falsehood; But thy law do I love.
Psa 119:164  Seven times a day do I praise thee, Because of thy righteous ordinances.
Psa 119:165  Great peace have they that love thy law; And they have no occasion of stumbling.

I hope this all helps you to see that chapter two is simply filling in the blanks left by the brevity of chapter one. And above all, I hope God will give you eyes to see and ears to hear the “hidden wisdom” of each and every word of this creation account and every story in the entire Old Testament.

1Co 2:6  We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nought:
1Co 2:7  but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory:

1Co 2:8  which none of the rulers of this [ church] world hath known: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory:

Your brother in Christ.

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