Genesis 2: The Divine “transfusion”

Creation of Adam, Michelangelo
Creation of Adam, Michelangelo

“The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”  Everything else the Creator spoke into existence.  He caused the earth itself to “bring forth” the other living creatures.  But man He personally sculpted.  Adam was hand-crafted.  As an artist I can relate to the joy of creating things with my hands, patiently detailing my work and feeling that thrill of making something beautiful.  That’s how God created man, with patience and delight.  Then, as God alone can do, He have his handiwork LIFE—not just animation or energy, but an eternal spirit.  He made man to dwell with him forever.  Surrounded by death and decay as we are in this world, it is easy to lose sight of our eternal destiny.  We think of life as this present existence.  But the life God breathed into man was so much more than that.  Like a transfusion of God’s life force, that breath transformed a sculpture of clay into an immortal being, a child of the eternal Father God.  We were created to live, love and worship forever in His presence.  This truth answers the age-old question of every man: What is the meaning of life?

Reading: Genesis 2