Genesis 1 & 2 A Healthy Self-Understanding

Genesis 1 & 2                        A Healthy Self-Understanding                                  WC McCarter
This week we have read The Story of “The Beginning of Life as We Know It.” To be exact, we read portions of Scripture from Genesis chapters 1-4 and 6-9. In this first chapter, we have read the creation event and incidents shortly thereafter. First, we were given a bird’s-eye-view of creation. Second, we were told in more specific detail how God created man and placed him in a garden. Then, we were told how the tempter helped to cause the man and woman to fall from the grace and glory of a perfect relationship with the Creator. Fourthly, we read how sin began to devastate the creation from very early on. The first siblings are marred by sin. Cain murdered Abel. Lastly, God is righteous in destroying mankind for their sin, but is merciful to Noah.
At some point this week, maybe on the video we watched Wednesday, I heard someone say how awesome it would have been to have a front row ticket to see the Creation event in the beginning. That would have been a majestic occasion! Can you imagine hearing God speak and then things beginning to appear? Can you visualize the beauty of the Garden of Eden? Can you see in your mind’s eye the hand of God scooping up dust of the ground and forming Adam? Are you able to see Adam cracking the mold as God breathed life into him? He began to live and move and have his being when God whispered. What an amazing thing. Today, I would like for us to look at a couple verses in Genesis 1 and 2 in order to develop a healthy and balanced understanding of ourselves.
Scripture Reading- This is the Word of God
Genesis 1:26-27 (pages 2-3)
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 2:7 (page 3)
Then 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.
We have form because God gave us form.
We are fragile and only made of dust.
            The word for ground and man sound alike.
            Abraham confessed his utter inferiority in comparison to the Lord God in Genesis 18:27:
            “Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord,
            though I am nothing but dust and ashes. . . .
            Maybe you remember what God told Adam after he had sinned in the Garden. He said, “. . .
            for dust you are and to dust you will return.
            We are flimsy, yet important.  We are dust, yet significant.  We are nothing, yet something.
            We must develop a realistic view of ourselves.  Our self-esteem must be balanced.
            The Bible does not demean mankind in anyway in this passage, yet we can attain a balanced
            view of ourselves from this text.
            We have life because God breathed life into us.
            We live because God wants us to live.
            He has given us life, breath, and all things.
            In Him we live and move and have our being.
Conclusion- Finding Your Story in God's Story

You are created in God’s image, but you are marred by sin. Like Adam, Eve, Cain, and so many others, you are not what you were created to be. You have fallen short of the glory of God. You are under sin and are controlled by it apart from Christ. The Good News is you can be renewed in Christ. You can be re-created, as it were.