Sometimes it is easy to read Bible verses over and over and miss something important. Common verses become common. This can be true when teaching kids about Creation. There are many cute coloring pages, story books, and activity pages about God creating the heavens and earth. But don’t leave out the most important part.
I was reading about Creation in Genesis 1 for the millionth time (exaggerated estimate) of how God said, “Let there be light…Let the earth sprout vegetation…Let the waters swarm with living creatures…”
He spoke a word, and it was. His very words brought about the universe.
But what about us? Mankind.
God said, “Let there be man…”
God said, “Let there be woman…”
Genesis 2:7 “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
Genesis 2:21-22 “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib he made into a woman…”
God didn’t sit at a distance and say “Let there be man…”
The God of heaven personally formed the man from the earth. And woman, he personally formed from man.
In a hands-on, intimate way, he gave us life.
After sin, and the fall, we separated ourselves from the God who breathed life into us.
But the God of heaven stepped down again to earth.
Jesus, in a hands-on (nailed to a cross), intimate (dying in our place) way–gave us life.