Summary: Genesis 1:26-2:25 presents to us how God wants us to live as He intended it to be.
One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell God that they were finished with him. The scientist walked up and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just get lost?”
God listened very patiently and kindly. They He replied, “Very well, let’s have a man-making contest.”
The scientist replied, “OK, great!”
But God added, “Now we’re going to do this just like I did with Adam.”
The scientist said, “Sure, no problem.” Then he bent down and grabbed a handful of dirt.
God said, “No, no, no. Go get your own dirt!”
Who needs the instruction manual? Some time ago, I purchased a DIY computer table. It was a cash and carry purchase. The moment I reached home, I quickly opened it up and started assembling. I had not bothered to read the manufacturer’s instructions thinking that IQ and common sense should do the job. However, before long, I got stuck because the sequence was not right, resulting in not being able to attach the other parts to the whole. It took quite a while and a lot of humility to realise that I needed to read the manufacturer’s instructions in order to assemble the DIY Computer Table the way it had been designed to be. So, humbly I picked up the instructions that I had crumpled and thrown aside. If you had been there you could hear saying, “Aiyah, so simple, how could I overlooked this step and that small part.”
Yes, it was a very simple DIY Computer and though I failed to assemble it, I could simply disassemble the able and do it again and again. But, life is not like a DIY Computer Table where you can simply do it by trial and error. You cannot assemble, disassemble and then reassemble in life all the time. Some mistakes are costly and fatal. The most sensible and yet the most neglected step in assembling the DIY Computer Table was to read the manufacturer’s instructions. After all, they were the one who designed and manufactured the table. Similarly, for life, the Bible is God the Creator’s instruction manual for us so that we may live our lives the way it was intended it to be, according to Designer. When we do so, we are at peace with Him, with ourselves and others.
Genesis 2 is not a repeat of Genesis 1, as some people supposed; it contains a more detail account of the creation of humanity and their original habitat. Perhaps, an analogy may help: Genesis 1 is the BIG PICTURE and Genesis 2 is the ZOOMING IN of God’s creation, particularly humans.
I have entitled this morning sermon “Life as God Intended It To Be” because I believe in this chapter of the beginnings of humanity, male and female, it forces us to ask some hard questions about how are we living our lives in the light of God’s purpose and design for humanity – to display and declare God’s genius and glory!
• Completing the Work of Creating (2:1–2).