The LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.
Unimate was the first industrial robot,
invented in 1961, to work with heated
die-casting machines on the General
Motors assembly line. The 4,000-pound
robot performed tasks that humans
could not safely do, such as loading and
unloading heavy materials. But even
with all of their technical advancements,
inventors have not been able to replicate
the complexities of a human being.
Scripture tells us human beings came
into existence as a deliberate act of
creation by God Himself. As the second
chapter of Genesis begins, “the heavens
and the earth were completed in all
their vast array” (v. 1). An enormous level
of creativity and detail went into the
creation of everything we know on Earth
and everything in the heavens beyond.
In these first moments of creation, God
used springs to water the Earth rather
than rain (v. 6). As God surveyed His
work, He decided to create a caretaker
for this majestic creation, someone to
oversee the planting and harvesting of
this abundance (v. 5). God completed
His masterpiece of creation with a
God formed man out of the dust of the
earth (which was also God’s creation).
But this shape was not a living being;
at this point, it was little more than just
an elaborate clay container. In verse 7,
we read that God Himself breathed into
man’s nostrils. Only God could create
life from nothing. We were formed by
God and breathed into life by Him.
On the seventh day, after creating the
oceans, the land, the sky, the creatures,
and every living thing, God chose to
rest. Did God need rest? Was He tired
from overexertion or too much thinking?
No. An omnipotent God would not get
weary. Rather, He ordained rest as a
part of His creation. Then, God declared
His work complete (v. 2).
Apply the Word
Look closely at your hand. Notice the detail of each knuckle and fingernail. Bend your fingers and observe the way your hands grip and stretch. While scientists are able to form robotic arms, they do not have the capacity of the human hand. You are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank God today for the care He took in your creation.