So, where do we come from? The story of Biblical creation versus evolution is a topic we are all familiar with. Take a step back and refresh your view on how we were made.
Remember our friend, Gerry Bertier and that pivotal scene from Remember the Titans?
Coach Boone asks the question, “Who’s your daddy?” If you need a refresher, watch it again here:
Gerry (pronounced Gary) approached Coach Boone with one daddy, but he boarded the bus with another. You see he was reflecting the image of his first father – an image that sadly was marred by prejudice and racism. Coach Boone could have asked, “Where did you come from, Gerry?”
As a military brat, you may dread that question. But, in reality, humanity has long been in search of the answer. Where have we come from really? If we are to know who we are (identity) then we must answer the question of our origin (where we came from). So hold onto your hats, folks, because we’re about to discover exactly what the Bible has to say about Adam’s first daddy!
A little preface is in order. People of faith have historically believed that God created everything seen and unseen. Perhaps you have friends or teachers that may disagree with this view. Shoot, you might even see things differently. But if we are to be open-minded, then we cannot dismiss the theory of creation, otherwise known as Intelligent Design, or ID for short, from the onset. If you would like to do some additional reading on this subject of origins, you might want to check out two links in the additional resources called 411. In this study, we will take a look at the opening chapter of the Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Oddly enough the first line of God’s Book answers our most sought after question. But we will focus our attention on the most unique creatures of all creation: man and woman and who they were designed to represent (i.e. image). Take a look with us as we dive in to learn more about Adam’s first Daddy.
Scripture: Genesis 1:1–2:4
- After reading Genesis 1, go back and observe what God says at the end of the first five days (Hint: v. 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, and 25). Then observe what he says at the end of the sixth day (Hint: v. 31). What do you notice?
- What is different about the first man and woman (later known as Adam and Eve; see Genesis 3:20)? Whose image do they reflect? Does anything else in creation get this special designation? In what ways are Adam and Eve to reflect (or image) God to creation?
- Take a moment to ponder your observations above. Then read the supporting Scriptures. What do these passages say about God’s attitude and feelings toward you? How do those truths affect your how you see yourself (identity)?
- Think about those qualities that make a good father. How did God depict himself to be as Adam’s first daddy?
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Lord, I know in my heart of hearts that this world could not have come about by a random, purposeless explosion. But the thought of you terrifies me. Can you help me to see myself the way you describe me in Psalm 8? Thank you! Amen.