When God created the world, it was good. He described it this way multiple times during the first five days of the creation process in Genesis 1. The Lord filled the earth with vegetation, land and oceans, day and night, creatures of countless variety…but he wasn’t finished there. The jewel in his creation was yet to be made: humanity.
In Genesis 1:26-27, we are given an insight into the creation of the first human beings and there is one important detail that separates them from everything else that God made. Verse 27 tells us that humans were made in God’s image. No other animal or creature can make such a claim and it is a very early indication of God’s incredible love for humanity that he would set them apart in such a way. Genesis 2 delves deeper into that creative process; we recommend taking the time to read it before continuing.
God created the very first man from the dust of the ground and placed him in Eden, a place full of abundance and plenty (Genesis 2:7-8). He would eventually be named Adam (Genesis 2:20; 3:17, 21). However, not wanting Adam to be alone, God took one of his ribs and formed it into a woman, Eve, to be his wife (Genesis 2:21-23).
Living in a world that (until this point) knew only the goodness that God had created, they had the privilege of experiencing the world as it was originally intended to be. For a time (we don’t know exactly how long), Adam and Eve lived in paradise. But before long, everything would change…
…next Friday, we will begin to look at “sin” and its effects on the world.