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Creation: God Speaks Man Into Existence

September 12, 2008

The first place my mind goes when I think of the power of God’s Word and the Word of His Power is the Creation account in Genesis:

Genesis 1:1-9 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”

6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse [1] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made [2] the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. [3] And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, [4] and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

Notice the connection here between “God created” and then “And God said…”  This shows clearly that the means by which God created was by speaking.

Also we see perhaps one of the first and greatest evidences of the nature of God: His Absolute Sovereignty, Power and Faithfulness, and Self-Pleasure. Sovereignty because God speaks things into existence. Power and Faithfulness because when God speaks, His Word is accomplished exactly how He spoke.  And Self-Pleasure, not in the sense of sick and twisted prideful arrogant man, but in the sense that when God Sovereignly declares His Word, then Powerfully and Faithfully establishes it, He finally takes pleasure in what He sees.

So, first God speaks. Then His Word is accomplished. Finally, He takes great pleasure in seeing the goodness of what He has done. This begs the question: Does God see it as good because it is good in and of itself or because He is good in and of itself. The answer lies in Psalm 100:5

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

And Psalm 119:68

68 You are good and do good;
teach me your statutes.

Since God is by nature, Good, all that He does must be good too. Its a simple principle that brings clear understanding of who God is and how He functions.

God’s next powerful and faithful spoken Word is when He creates Man:

Genesis 2:5-7  5 When no bush of the field [9] was yet in the land [10] and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist [11] was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Now we are not told just how God “formed the man of dust from the ground”, but we already know God has been creating thus far by speaking. However, we know textually that God then “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” thereby making the man a “living creature”.  This speaks volumes. God takes dust and earth and forms a man; as if that were not astounding enough.  Then God breathes into his nostrils.  God uses His mouth to exhale His breath of life into the nostrils of man.  What a glorious picture of God’s powerful mouth.

The same mouth that spoke everything into existence is now breathing man into existence. Without God speaking, nothing would be.  And likewise without God breathing, no man would be.  This should quickly humble us when we ponder on just what this must have been like.

We speak thousands of words every day.  How many of those words are used to create things into existence? Or rather how many of those words are used to breathe life into others?  While we don’t share this quality exactly with God, because He is God and there is no other like Him, we do however share a similar quality with Him: the power of mouth through word and breath.  Men can either create or destroy with their words. Men can “breathe” (metaphorically) into others life or suck out of others any ounce of life.  Our words can help strive and can also kill.

We are made in the image of our Creator. Think about it, the Creator God’s main means of interacting, relating, and contacting His Creation is by speaking. Praise God! God spoke Creation into existence. God breathed man into existence. God spoke His Holy Word (the Bible) into existence. God spoke to His Son and His people through Words. God spoke to His Daughter (His Son’s Bride, Christ’s Church) by way of His Good News and His Spirit. God respeaks (recreates, regenerates) His children into a new existence.

God’s word is indeed full of power. His power is indeed displayed by His words, when He speaks He creates. He also tears down when He speaks because He is God. And no matter what God says, how He says it, what happens when He speaks, or why He says it, it is always good. Why? Because He is good.

And what a humbling joy to know that when He created man in His image, He saw that it was good.

Today’s Quote:

“It is a great wonder that God still speaks today through the Bible with greater force and greater glory and greater assurance and greater sweetness and greater hope and greater guidance and greater transforming power and greater Christ-exalting truth than can be heard through any voice in any human soul on the planet from outside the Bible.” – John Piper, The Morning I Heard the Voice of God

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  1. Allison permalink

    So very true that our words can heal and they can destroy. Such a wake-up call to me and makes me realize that even when I think my words have no meaning, they have more power than I even realize. I’m sorry for not being more careful with my words. I love you!

    P.S. – I sure wish we could go to that conference!

  2. I do not see God Speaking anyone into existance. God breathed into Adam’s nosrils and Adam BECAME a living soul.

    Adam was not conceived by sperm and egg. Nor was Eve. I believe a soul comes into existance the moment of conception…when spirm meets egg. At that time a SOUL is born…still within the mothers womb…aka WOMAN means lifegiver.

    Are you saying life doesn’t begin until one takes his/her first breath?

  3. Karry,

    Good point. God spoke Creation into existence.And he “formed” man out of the dust of the earth. And you are right, it reads from the text that He breathed life into man’s nostrils, the breath of life.

    Thanks for the correction.

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