Volume 1 -THE GARDEN OF EDEN -
Adam's Creation and His Spiritual and Physical Environments.
For an in-depth study of God molding
man into existence return to Volume 1.)
2:7 (KJV) - And the LORD God formed
man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of
life and man became
a living soul.
- (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #3335 yatsar
(yaw-tsar'); probably identical with #3334 (through
the squeezing into shape); to mold into a form;
especially as a potter; figuratively, to determine
(i.e. form a resolution).
forming of Adam from the elements of the earth was done
to provide Adam with a physical and habitable earthly dwelling.
A living organism composed and molded from elements of the
earth and suitable for the indwelling Spirit of God. Man's
purpose is to be a habitable dwelling for God.
means to mold into a form as a potter molds clay into
a predetermined form. Yatsar also means to press, as in
squeezing. But, yatsar also has a figurative meaning "to
be in distress."
yatsar (yaw-tsar'); a primitive root; to press
(intransitive), i.e. be narrow; figuratively, be in distress.
in KJV-- be distressed, be narrow, be straitened
(in straits), be vexed.
was fashioned from the elements of the ground. Adam was
an earthly man, a physical being of flesh and blood. Rather
than speaking Adam into existence, "yatsar" reveals
God was using his hands to mold and shape Adam from clay,
as a potter molds his work. This process of molding requires
some squeezing and pressing (kneading) in order to shape
Adam. His created man would be formed through this pressing
and molding process.
yatsar means to be formed by distress and vexation. This
is a picture of
God pressing and forming the bride of the Spirit (Christian)
by a similar process when He molds the spiritual man. Molding
by faith in a time of distress and trouble. "Yatsar"
is the potter's wheel of God.
Peter 1:6-7(NIV) - In this you greatly rejoice, though now
for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all
kinds of trials. (7) These have come so that your faith
- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though
refined by fire - may be proved genuine and may result
in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
when we are experiencing growth in faith through the difficulties
of life's issues, the Lord is with us and will guide us
through those times as we remain faithful. God pressed Adam
into a physical form. God will use distress or times of
trouble through which He transforms the spiritual man through
30:20 (KJV) - And though the
Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water
of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed
into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy
16:33 (NIV) - "I have told you these things, so that
in me you may have peace. In this world you will have
trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
and distress was brought upon mankind by the sin of Adam.
Through his trouble man will eventually turn to God for
a solution to his distress. Christ will provide a way to
pass through his troubling issues of life as he perseveres
by faith. Faith in God will produce the character of Christ
as perseverance by faith finishes its work - James 1:2-4
(NIV) - Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you
face trials of many kinds, (3) because you know that
the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
(4) Perseverance must finish its work so that you
may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:4 (KJV) - According as
he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of
the world, that we should be holy and without blame before
him in love. It's prudent to understand God was seeing
into the future when He formed Adam from the ground. God
saw the day that man would be transformed spiritually (reborn)
and made complete in Christ. Man will experience and know
Christ by faith. Christians will know God personally
and intimately, as God empowers him to overcome his
trouble and distress in the world through Christ. Christ
will be glorified in the overcomer's soul. Eventually, there
will come a time in the future (end of the millennium reign
of Christ) when man will no longer be short of the glory
of God. Christians will be able to look God in the face
and not be destroyed by the power of God's full glory. Until
that day arrives God is continually forming man to be filled
with His fullness by love, faith and hope. Colossians
2:9-10 (NIV) - For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity
lives in bodily form, (10) and you have been given fullness
in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.