On the sixth day of Creation, God created all the living creatures and, “in his own image,” man both “male and female.” The Hebrew word for Adam is ~da it means “mankind,” “men and women,” “people.”
The woman’s name was Eve (Hebrew hawwah, similar to hayyah, “life”). The Genesis 1 account of man’s creation stresses that man was created to have dominion, and secondly, that God gave man the privilege of responsibility.
The first act of Adam was to give names to the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air. After that, God caused a deep sleep to fall upon him, and while he was unconscious, God took one of his ribs, and made a woman. God presented her to Adam. Adam received her as his wife, and said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” He called her Eve, because she was the mother of all living beings. God then blessed the couple, told them to be “fruitful and multiply,” and gave them dominion over all other living things.
If God had formed Eve from the ground, Adam might have felt differently toward her. But Eve shared both Adam’s flesh and his spirit. Men and women are formed of one flesh. The woman was taken from his side to remain at his side, to be a “helpmeet.”
There are two responsibilities for the couple, first, to be fruitful, and second, to subdue the earth. Adam was the head of the human race. He was created perfect and given dominion over the earth. As the Bible presents Adam as the first man, Christ is referred to as “the last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). Adam was made in the image of God, Christ is ‘the image of the invisible God’ (Colossians 1:15).
Jesus Christ is the head of redeemed humanity (Eph 5:23). Since Christ died once for all time (Hebrews 7:27; 9:28; 10:10–14), there will never be the need for any further ‘Adam’. Hence He is the last Adam.
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made† a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (1 Co 15:45-47). When Jesus was crucified on the cross, He was crucified as the Last Adam. As the Last Adam, Jesus wiped out the old race; and brings in the new race.
- Read God’s story of Creation in Genesis 1:1–31 and Genesis 2:4–7.
- What was God’s attitude about His creation and about Adam in particular?
- Events occurring on the sixth day:
- God created livestock, beasts of the earth, and everything that creeps on the earth.
- God created Adam.
- God planted the Garden.
- God talked to Adam.
- God brought certain animals to Adam.
- Adam named animals.
- God created Eve.
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The Hebrew Word for Adam
The original Hebrew written text was a picture language, each letter has a meaning. Below is the Hebrew word for “Adam.” The Hebrew word pictures shows us who he is: the “first” to “enter” into “chaos.” The letters “dalet” “mem” form the word “dawm”, which means blood. We can also see that Adam was the “first” “blood.”
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