In our current series we’ve been going through an old list of questions and answers contained in the Westminster Larger Catechism published in 1648. In the last few weeks we’ve been looking at God’s work of creation, particularly in regards to angels. This week I want to begin discussing how God made another one of his creations: humans.
In the account of creation in the book of Genesis we learn that God created humans after he created all other creatures, and one of the first things we should note is that God created humans male and female. We read in Genesis: ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them’ (Genesis 1:27).
But we should also note that God created the two genders in different ways. Man was made from the dust of the ground: ‘the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being’(Genesis 2:7). Meanwhile, woman was created from man: ‘Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, ‘ for she was taken out of man.” (Genesis 2:22-23). Thus both man and woman were created by God as male and female and these two individuals were named Adam and Eve.
But what about the rest of humanity, how has God created them? Some believe that God created other humans in the same way that he created Adam and Eve, for example Cain’s wife. But the Scriptures tell us that we are all descended from Adam and Eve. Luke writes: ‘From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live’ (Acts 17:26). And in Genesis we read that Eve is everyone’s mum: ‘Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living’ (Genesis 3:20).
Thus we are all on equal footing with God – all created by him and all through one set of parents. Thus we should all worship the one God who made us by doing what he commands: repent of our sins and believe in Jesus death for us.
Do you recognise that God made you and that you have a responsibility to worship him along with everyone else on the planet?