The aim of this devotional study is to consider the soul of man that distinguishes him from all other created things.
4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. 5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up–for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground– 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 soul.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil… 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
Observation and reflection
Note: The word “Adam” literally translated is “red” or “ground”; Adam got his name from the ground out of which he was formed.
- Retell this creation account in your own words.
- What details are highlighted in this version of the creation?
- From this second creation account,
- What do we learn of man’s environment?
- What do we learn of man’s uniqueness?
- What do we learn of man’s task?
- What do you understand from the phrase “man became a living soul”?
Personal reflection and Application and Prayer
The Psalmists frequently speak to their souls to console it or direct it towards God, as we see in this well-known Psalm. Read through this Psalm and learn from the Psalmist’s understanding and relating to his own soul. Then pray a similar prayer to God, as it applies to your own circumstance.
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From the Hill Mizar.
7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me– A prayer to the God of my life.
9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.