by Kristen C. Strocchia
“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.” Genesis 2:7
God spoke every aspect of Creation into existence–living words from the mouth of the author of life. Incredible!
But man was created specially. God made just one unique male–and later, one unique female–so that all mankind to come would be one family. Unlike plants, fish, birds and all the animal kingdom with their various kinds spoken into existence en masse.
It’s fitting then that God names His first man Adam, which means earth in Hebrew and which is used as the generic term for man. To those who believe that the generic naming invalidates the Biblical Creation account, consider–what else would God have named His first man if not Man? How can we have Frank, Joe and Billy without Man? It’s like Adam naming the first zebra, not zebra, but Parker. Wouldn’t the whole species then be known today as parkers? “Hey, wanna see my parker? I named him Zebra. Cool, huh?”
But God also does one other unique thing with His newly formed man. While in every other created organism–plant, fish, bird, sea and land creature–life breath came part and parcel with the spoken Word, in the creation of Man, God breathes His own breath to bring life after the fact.
And why wouldn’t He?
After all, Man was created in God’s image [Genesis 1:26], so he was the only creation capable of reciprocating a relationship to God. Man was formed unique in all the Creation, then blessed and endowed with responsibility from on high [1:28]. God breathed His own breath into Adam, like a divine cardio-pulmonary-suscitation [CPS–it couldn’t be resuscitation, because he had never breathed before]. So our very life breath is God inspired, God’s image, God’s life filling our lungs, nourishing our mind, body and soul.
And since our every breath is His anyway, do we honor Him with each one? In worship? In obedience? In love for God and man? In prayer and meditation on His Word? In testifying to others about Him?