“In Genesis 1:26 it essentially states: “let us make man in our image and give a few directives.” Then man is made in God’s image and he is given a few directives. Then chapter two deals with making Adam, so was Adam first or were there other people first and Adam maybe was the first of the Jewish people?”
The book of Genesis provides us with two different vantage points for creation between the first and second chapters.
In chapter one we are led through the creation account with a wide-angle lens of the events. We hear what happens on each day. For some good discussion on creation vs evolution check out some of these segments from IssuesEtc.
In chapter two, we get a closeup of the creation of man. The camera angle zooms in as we go back in time to the day man was created so we can see it up close and personal. The language changes and we get God’s intimate connection with mankind as man is formed by God’s hand and God breathes life into man.
Even if we have some question regarding whether Adam was the first man based on the way Genesis is written, we can look through the rest of Scripture and see where Adam is referenced as the first man, often in relation to Jesus being the first man of the new creation. Here are just a few of the references regarding Adam and his significance: Luke 3:38, Romans 5, 1 Corinthians 15:45, 1 Timothy 2:13.
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