In the beginning, after Elohiym (erroneously rendered as God in most English versions of scripture) had created the skies and the earth, Elohiym (plural word) created MANKIND in THEIR own image (B'ereshiyth [Genesis] 1:26-29). Many people do not see the significance of this plurality and ascribe it to the Roman Catholic doctrine of "three persons in one godhead," or what is more commonly referred to as the "Holy Trinity." This is a false doctrine as can be seen by Yahuwah Himself making statement after statement in scripture that He is the ONLY ONE and there are NONE beside Him (more on that in the article "Trinity Doctrine," also on this web site).
When mankind, which included men AND women and probably a multitude of both as seen by the word "them" appearing in the narrative in the Ibriy, were created in this passage above, they were also BLESSED, told to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. In other words, they were to have children and migrate around the earth until they were to be seen everywhere. Every living thing on the earth was given into their hands to do with as they pleased. These facts are critical to understanding the creation of mankind on this earth and several other passages of scripture that occur later.
It was then given into man's hand the responsibility to use and safeguard the other parts of His creation. Unhappily, man has been misusing and abusing that authority ever since, and all to the detriment of the planet and its life forms. Instead of using it, we have abused it. Instead of safeguarding it, we have misused it to our own selfish purposes. He told us to subdue it, we have destroyed it. We have been able to do this because we were created with self determination. In other words, we were given freewill to go with the breath of life. Our continual abuse of that freewill has caused all the problems that our forefathers faced, that we face daily, and that our descendants will face, if it is in His will to leave this earth here long enough for us to have descendants.
B'ereshiyth chapter two starts off with the statement that the creation was completed, and we can see from the preceding verses in chapter one that it took six days. The actual length of those days has always been a source of controversy. Some make the claim that they were days of twenty-four hours, while others (such as myself) say that without an explicit statement as to their length we really don't know how long they were. They may have been twenty-four hours, or they may have been twenty-four thousand years, or any other number that we can pick out of the air. The Ibriy word for day in scripture is "yom," and it can mean a twenty-four hour period or any other indefinite period of time. Whenever scripture is not clear on any subject, it is best to stay flexible on it and not attempt to fix anything definite. To do so is to make your opinion look like the facts of scripture, and they are not. Many people are thereby misled into false doctrines and beliefs.
Chapter two continues with the narrative that the creation was finished and Elohiym rested. Yahuwah has yet to be personally mentioned in the creation account. At this point it would be prudent to look at Elohiym and exactly who is being talked about. Everything up to this point has been done by Elohiym, and remember that this is a plural word. That plurality is shown in chapter one, verse twenty-six, and we KNOW that Yahuwah is ONE so it cannot be Him personally being spoken of. There can be no disputing that fact by anyone that is intellectually honest about what they see in scripture. I believe that just as the deputies of Yahuwah are often called Elohiym in later scripture, that is the case here. Yahuwah Himself did not do the actual work of creation, but He delegated it to and directed the deputies (also called messengers and, erroneous "angels)" in the work of creation. (It was through His power, will, and control that the creation was accomplished.) It is in the physical image of the Elohiym that we were created and not the physical image of Yahuwah. Some strong evidence of this is the words of our Savior, Yahushua, when He was talking to the woman of Shomerown by the well. He said, "Yahuwah is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." Since Yahuwah is spirit, we cannot physically be in His image. Also keep in mind that the deputies of Yahuwah are all around and among us on a day to day basis and we cannot distinguish them as being anything other than human (Ibriym 13:2).
That the mankind that was created in the image of those deputies as related in B'ereshiyth 1:26 is also seen in B'ereshiyth 6:1 where the "sons of Elohiym," who were these deputies of which I speak above, are smitten with the beauty of the women of mankind and take some of them as their wives. They had children with these women which demonstrates a definite sexual mode of procreation, and that is the same mode given to mankind in their creation. These "angels" actually had sexual relations with the women of mankind and produced hybrid offspring (Ber 6:4). These offspring were called "men of renown" and many, including myself, suspect that they were the race of giants that abound in early scripture, even though scripture is not real clear on this point.
So, if we are not in the physical image of Yahuwah, why did Sha'uwl (Paul) say that men are the image and splendor of Yahuwah (1Ko 11:7)? If man is the physical image of Yahuwah, then Yahuwah has a billion different physical appearances, for man is composed of many different physical types of people, different sub-categories of humanity, and even has infinite variety among individuals in the same family. To me that is pretty well indicative that Sha'uwl was NOT talking about physical appearances, but rather the spirit within each man. That spirit always has the same "appearance" and that appearance is exactly like the Spirit that IS Yahuwah and which Yahushua told us about.
When the things of matter that we as material beings can detect, and the things that we cannot, were created, it was done with a very orderly plan as is everything in the universe. That is typical of Yahuwah. Order and not chaos. By plan and not haphazardly. The outcome of the plan was known by Him and He chose to reveal it to those who He wanted to know through His prophets. At His direction, these prophets wrote the plan down for those of us who would seek His truth later on. Believers and non-believers alike can see the pattern of His plan woven throughout the fabric of matter, and that matter includes mankind. The scripture describes the pattern and also describes what the result of the misuse and abuse is to be.
This pattern started off in the "macro" stage, meaning it was large and general, and as time has gone by, it has been refined, fine tuned, and refined some more, until it is nearing its final stages today, in this the 21st century CE. The absolute final stage of it is absolute perfection of all parts of His creation. The perfection that we think of when we think of our Master and Savior Yahushua haMashiach.
He too, is part of the pattern. It is His part to show us how to overcome just as He overcame and to reach the perfection that Yahuwah the Father requires of us. As we learn through Yahushua how to fit into His body, we misuse our gifts less and less and become nearer to the perfect creature that will be allowed to reside in the Paradise of Yahuwah that awaits those who overcome.
Looking at the pattern that Yahuwah has laid out is something like looking in a mirror that faces another mirror. The same scene, or pattern that you are standing in, is reflected an infinite number of times down to sizes too small for the human eye to discern. Look around and you will see it too. One aspect of this pattern has been named lately by the mathematical society whose member described it. These gentlemen call it "Fractal Geometry," because of the infinitely repeated shapes that comprise it. Looking at it from one aspect only, it has the appearance of chaos. It is only when viewed in the Macro sense that the infinite perfection of the pattern is seen. One way to look at it is by observing edges of apparently random shapes, such as the coastline of a continent. When this is done, the randomness disappears, and the repetitive nature of the edge will become apparent. It is really quite fascinating to me to think about it.
After Elohiym rested on the seventh day, chapter two verse four goes on to tell us that all of the preceding narrative is the history of the creation, including the seventh day shabbath. Take note that something significant has yet to be mentioned, and that is the creation of the man called Adam. Most denominations, regardless of whether they are catholic, protestant, or independent, believe that Adam was the first man. Scripture does not say that about the creation. Sha'uwl does call Adam "the first man," but I think I know the reason for that statement also.
As we continue to read in chapter two, we see that Yahuwah then personally created A man, and this was ONE man. The words actually used in the verse says that when Yahuwah breathed the breath of life into His creation, Adam, that THE man, singular, became a living soul. That this man named Adam was a single individual in seen on many places, such as the story of Yahuwah walking in the garden and seeking him and he hid himself. The word used there is masculine singular, and means ONE MAN. This contrasts sharply with the account in chapter one where the word THEM is used to describe the creation of the multitude of mankind. Yahuwah also created (or planted) a garden east of Eden. He then put THE man (singular again and one specific man) He had personally created into this garden, apparently as a caretaker. He did NOT bless him, did not tell him to multiply, or anything else that the Elohiym told their creation of mankind in chapter one and this too is a sharp contrast with that creation account. So now we can see that the TWO accounts were not of the same creation event, or if they are as is supposed by the greatest majority of people around the world, then something is very much wrong with scripture.
So now we have A man in Yahuwah's garden by himself and many men and women all around the earth doing the things that humanity does, such as having children, eating and drinking, being born and dying, etc., etc. Then the loneliness of Adam comes to the attention of Yahuwah and He creates a woman as a companion for him (you know the story). Adam names her Chawwah (erroneously Eve), for she would become the mother of all living persons, but not yet. A question that needs asking here is why Adam made the statement that he made concerning the fact that a man would leave his mother and father and cleave only to his wife. Since he had no physical mother and father, and apparently no contact with anyone outside the garden and he had no plans on leaving the garden, how could he know that? Anyway, the physical pattern for the woman was already set, just as was the physical pattern for the man, in the first creation of mankind by His deputies (messengers) of Yahuwah. (They were both in the physical images of messengers, and that these messengers could sexually procreate is seen in B'ereshiyth 6:1-4.) Chawwah therefore was capable of sexual procreation, but that was withheld. So Adam and Chawwah had all the physical capabilities of the messengers, and the messengers had passed all of those same physical capabilities to their creation of mankind, just as Yahuwah had given those same capabilities to His special creations of the two individuals, Adam and Chawwah. The biggest difference between the first creation and Adam and Chawwah was that Adam and Chawwah were pampered slaves of Yahuwah. These two were not required to scrounge for a bite of food, were not allowed to be hungry, or wet, or hot, or suffer any of the other vagaries common to mankind and suffered daily by those of the first creation. They were on an idealist settings with everything they needed, and it was all provided directly by the hand of Yahuwah.
Yahuwah told the man and the woman that every tree in the garden was food for them (another deviation from the first account where every kind of plant life was food) except for the tree at the center of the garden which was called the Tree of Life. Disobedience would lead to their deaths, which can only mean that they were immune to death as long as they obeyed. Keep in mind that the other humans around the planet already were born and died, just as we do today. But Adam and Chawwah would never have to participate in that cycle of life, if only they obeyed. (The statement that the fruit of that tree was an apple is ridiculous and there is has no such evidence of that in scripture, yet many people still believe that today because that is what the Roman Catholic Church said centuries ago.) The serpent tempted Chawwah, told her THE LIE (that disobedience to Yahuwah would not bring about death) and she succumbed to the lie. She also coerced her husband to eat and Yahuwah knew their sin. They were banished from the garden, put in the same category as the other humans, meaning that now Chawwah would have sexual relations with Adam, conceive, and give birth just as all the women of the rest of humanity had been doing for an indeterminate number of years. (Bless the ladies' hearts. If I had to go through that experience one time I am sure that I would never want to do it again. But Yahuwah gave them a forgetfulness of that pain, and so humanity continues.) Also Adam would now have to work for a living. Instead of a handout from Yahuwah for his daily bread, he would now have to dig, and plow, and plant, and harvest, and earn the food for himself and his family through the sweat of his brow, just as the men of the other group were already doing.
With their eviction from the garden, Adam and Chawwah did produce some children. The first one that is named was Qayin (erroneously Cain), the second Hebel (erroneously Abel), and Sheth (erroneously Seth) the third. After Sheth scripture relates that they produced more sons and daughters but give no number or names. We all know the story of Qayin murdering Hebel, and that for the crime he was banished from the presence of Yahuwah. He was condemned to wander the earth. He went to the land of Nowd and found a wife. This woman was of no kin to him whatsoever, contrary to what the Roman Catholic Church would have you believe. They say she was his sister or even a cousin. Since Adam and Chawwah had no brothers and sisters to bear offspring, that is little far-fetched. If that is so, why was her birth not mentioned in scripture and what was she doing by herself in that far away land? No, she was a daughter of the first creation of mankind. That explains the mystery of the wife of Qayin.
Eventually there were many people all over the world, and just as it is today, most of them only thought of what they could get for themselves instead of demonstrating the values that Yahuwah had instilled in them and desired for them to display. He said that there was only evil in the heart of man, and so it was. Because of that evil He decided to destroy His creation and brought the Deluge on the earth. The only living creatures that survived those flood waters were those with Noach (erroneously Noah) in the ark. Speaking in purely physical terms and with all the other humans now destroyed, with only Noach, his sons, and their wives left, Noach became the "father of all living" and his wife the "mother of all living." Noach was a direct descendant of Adam and Chawwah making them the first man and woman in the line of extant humanity.
Yahuwah's plan of creation was and is perfect and through the free will that He has given us has allowed us to almost destroy our part of it. He is perfect and therefore expects perfection from us also as part of His creation. We have no choice then except to become perfect if we desire to reside with Him. We gain that "perfection" by obeying scripture and becoming a part of the body of the Anointed, Yahushua, the assembly .